I have an 2005 Audi A4 and live on Oahu. Wondering if there is an honest mechanic out here that works on these cars? The last time I took my car to the dealership for service I was informed that it would need brakes and that it had a leaky engine mount which would cost BIG bucks. I lost my job and ran out of unemployment benefits so I don't have tons of cash to dump into this car. I don't drive the car regularly and it has less than 50K miles.
Recently the gear indicator light has been flashing and the car has been shifting from Drive to "S" all by itself. The dealer charges $175 to diagnose it. I researched online a bit and found out these cars have known faults. Of course the car is out of warranty! I called my son, a mechanic on the mainland) and a quick internet search resulted in: that it is called the "flash of death" or, the Transmission Control Module is bad. Yes, a problem so common it has a nickname!
I started my own search and found this usually results from a flooding problem. Flooding problem? I found water on the floor of the back seat when I first purchased the car (used in '08). Guess what is under the that area, Yup, the TCM. So I called the service department back and told them what info I had found. He still insisted it would have to come in for diagnostics, and I probably should have it towed in for safety purposes.
Now I don't know what to do. I love the way the car drives (when I can drive it). I figured I would go to someone other than the dealer. All the places I contacted do not work on Audi's or haven't returned my phone call. I don't know what to do at this point. Should I just sell the car for parts or try to find an honest mechanic that won't bleed me of what little savings I have left?
My husband works but is visually impaired (legally blind) and recently lost the privilege to drive. I drive him in his '09 Ford Focus to and from work every day. Driving his car is like driving without power steering to me after driving my Audi. I have arthritis and it actually hurts to drive his car. I wish I could repair and drive mine but at this point I don't know what to do. We also have loans out on these vehicles. So I am paying for a car I can't drive at this point. Geez Louise! Hope someone has advice for us.