TTAC: I have a question. My fiancée owns a 2008 Audi A4 2.0T with just under 15,000 miles on it. Tonight, the low oil indicator light came. So I said I’d get it checked out tomorrow. But before doing that, I figured I’d do a quick search to search about other A4 owners having oil issues. Turns out, they are. Both on topix.com and facebook.com, there are posts regarding the 2008 A4 2.0T burning a unexpected amount of oil and essentially Audi dealership and corporate claiming this is normal for turbo engines.
What do you guys think? Have you heard of this?
It’s amazing how we’ve regressed back to a world where this level of oil consumption is an acceptable manufacturing practice. What’s next, hand crank starters?
But consider yourself lucky this Audi isn’t a V-10 powered BMW M5 or M6. The one I tested ate a quart of oil every 3000 miles. And that’s perfectly acceptable to the folks working behind the BMW badge, too.
You didn’t give me all the information, so let’s make some assumptions. The Internet says Audi has 10,000 mile oil change intervals, starting after the first change at 5000 miles. If this regiment is followed, your fiancée’s car is burning a quart (probably) of oil every 10,000 miles. Which is disappointing, but not terribly surprising. The AudiWorld forum agrees.
And if you’re still upset, just remember how much more oil (and gas @12mpg) the BMW M5/M6 burns. So, consider yourself lucky. And perhaps you and your soon-to-be-wife might consider running the hell away from this car when the warranty expires. Relative to other makes, European cars are just too expensive to service as they age. It’s downhill from here, dude.
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