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Potential Oil Pump / Balancer shaft problems on Audi A4 2.0 TDI

edited 22 May 2012 at 8:27AM in Motoring
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  • Interested to see these posts. Researching the internet indicates there is a latent defect in the VW/Audi group 2.0TDI engines. My 2008 VW Passat estate (58 reg) failed spectacularly this week. Driving along a busy road then the engine made a strange sound and the Low oil pressure - STOP warning message came on. I stopped immediately. Towed back to the VW garage. Told it was a failure of the balance shaft to the oil pump. VW has 'generously' said it can offer me £1500 on a new car or replace the engine for a mere £5,500 (+vat).

    So a 5 year old car, owned for 4 years and cost me £18K, 4 years later and it's scrap. Do we stand any chance of getting a fair deal from VW?
  • Nope.

    Because the middle british motoring press will not have a word said against VAG products.

    Audi cvt autoboxes go pop regularly. Audi A4 and A6 have an issue with sumps cracking.

    Passats have been known to fail the first MOT due to excessive suspension bush wear.

    The 2.0 140 diesel lump is onky good when it is owned by somebody else.

    VW alledgedly had to buy back an intire fleet of 2.0 140 diesel Passats with DSG boxes from a large Londin based Private Hire firm. All 07 registered in silver with black leather.

    There is a mod but VW never issued a recall.
  • audi a4 2.0 tdi 140bhp blb engine code failed yesterday on oil pump took engine and turbo with it looking at around 2k to repair audi know about this problem but denie it im so disappointed in audi after owning only audis over the years with no problems but the build quality now is rubbish there more bothered about making them look nice than been reliable this will be the last audi I own germans don't make them like they used to im not going to waste my time legally as audi have heard it so many times they don't care and don't compensate what so ever where all just audi victoms they knew this after 2005 onwards which is why they did away with the oil pump chain drive knowing every audi 2.0 tdi was a accident waiting to happen and there repair bills are in the ££££s this has been going on now for years with the blb engine code with audi not compensating or having any remorse for audi drivers this factory !!!! up with us fitting the bill disgusting if you ask me ive a good mind to go paint stripper every single new audi in my local area on the forcourts to make me feel better cause I cant explain how I felt with quotes for repair sick is word
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    Posting something like that with part of your name and year of birth in is rather silly - better keep the paint stripper at home :D
  • Posting something like that with part of your name and year of birth in is rather silly - better keep the paint stripper at home :D


    I said ive a good mind to lol ;);) disgusted in audi
  • Jaguar give you a 3 yr unlimited mileage warranty on a 3.0d XJL.

    I believe Mercedes do the same on the on the S350L cdi.

    Funnily enough BMW do the same on the 730ld.

    Audi give you 3yrs on the A8L but a limit of 60000 miles!!

    That only means one thing to me. They are not as well built as the middle class motoring press want you to believe.
  • 2005 Audi A4 2.0 Tdi. Thankfully caught my balance chain and oil pump drive early so no new engine for me. At least not yet anyway. 142000 miles. Noticed a while a go that there was a rattle from the engine. Got it looked at on the MOT and oil change and like many others the balance chain had stretched, the tensioner was hanging off and the allen/hex drive was worn, both on the shaft and the gear. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to spot the obvious design fault. Two grand to fit the replacement gear driven assembly along with the new sump required to accomodate the new assembly. There are numerous other ways you can fix it and I discussed a few with my local very helpful garage. Audi customer service have so far lived up to their lousy reputation. If enough people report it on here then Google and co will start to pick it up on their searches, more people will be made aware of it and eventually VAG may (a big may) be forced into doing something about it.
  • My car is Audi a4 tdi b7 170 dpf brd 57 reg. Got oil pressure warning light on the dash last wed,was on the M6 toward to airport picking up my mum in law with my wife n baby in the car. The car went to limp mode 5min after the warning light on. Few min later no break power,(break pedal became sososo hard). 60-70 mph on the motor way,I manage to slow down with my engine break skills(otherwise I won't be here talking). RAC towed to my local garage.....oil pump fail for that stupid £3.5 hexagonal shaft ---turbo gone---vacuum pump drive by turbo---break servo drive by vacuum pump. Only 5 years old car,can't believe!!! Great job Audi. If I m gonna buy a Audi again,I ll buy new,cause I ll dive for 3 years n sell it n let some1 els die.
  • January 2014 oil pressure light came on, and experienced loss of power, I had to drive the car a few hundred metres to get it to a safe place, as expected oil pump balance shaft was shot, after replacing it with labour £1810, then to find out camshafts need replacing, hydraulic lifters and a new turbo £1500, then I am told there's a possibility that further problems could be on the horizon.😥
  • January 2014 oil pressure light came on, and experienced loss of power, I had to drive the car a few hundred metres to get it to a safe place, as expected oil pump balance shaft was shot, after replacing it with labour £1810, then to find out camshafts need replacing, hydraulic lifters and a new turbo £1500, then I am told there's a possibility that further problems could be on the horizon.😥

    When the oil light comes on, it's best to turn the engine off instantly to reduce the amount of damage.
    A few hundred meters with no oil circulating around the engine will cause damage.
    All your base are belong to us.
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