Should I fix 06 Audi a3


Asked by Nov 24, 2017 at 01:05 PM

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My daughters 06 A3 needs replacement cam shaft.  It has
126000 miles and I am being told approx. 2-5000 to fix
depending on if it needs a complete new engine.  She
wants to roll over the balance into a new car because she
was told by a friend that it is just going to be a money pit
now and not worth fixing.  Seems like a lot of money to

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I wouldn't bother fixing it. The vehicle is 12 years old. If she can trade into a lease the dealer will buy the old vehicle outright and the balance owed will be absorbed. Assuming the vehicle is worth more than she owes on it, of course. How much would she be rolling over? HTH. -Jim


She owes 7000, dealer said they would give her 700... ☹️

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That's a problem. I ran it on Kelley Blue Book and it's only worth about $4400. Of course I don't have all the details of the vehicle so you could get more accurate pricing. But $7000 is a lot to roll into another vehicle. Under the circumstances she may be better off fixing it then trying to sell it. She won't make any money on it but at least she'll be rid of it. Put a good used engine in it. That'll be considerably cheaper. Then sell it. HTH. -Jim


This is why I do not recommend used Audi's especially to people with limited budgets. Live and learn! A used engine might be a solution to your problem. Rolling over the debt will make her next car payments HUGE.

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Who told you what the engine needed? Skip the dealer and go to a good independent Audi shop.

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