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First MFK due and large service. Fix then sell? Or keep?

So, my Audi A3 (2004, 2.0FSI, 125K) has been called for it's first MFK. MFK "Pre-test" is booked in for TCS next week, after which I get the problems they find fixed (at Audi Schinznach Bad), then back to TCS first week in April for the real MFK. However, a 125K service is also due, which means timing belt change (quoted 1500SFR just for that). And, the yellow engine warning light has illuminated itself which, according to Audi today, will require some tinkering with the crankcase ventilation system (they need the car for a day for that, as it's not clear where the fault is. The cost they couldn't say, but from past experience, that damned warning light seems to smile at me, saying "Please give Audi 500CHF").

When I've donated all of my money to Audi (which will undoubtedly be a few grand...), I'm really thinking of selling it, as I guess it's resale value would be at it's highest just after the MFK.

I had kinda planned to keep the car for another couple of years, but by then, no doubt another MFK will be glancing around the corner.

Any thoughts, maybe from other Audi-owners ? Sell or keep ?

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Chris
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Old 03.03.2011, 14:17
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Re: First MFK due and large service. Fix then sell? Or keep?

Drive it to your nearest Audi dealer in Germany. Get the servicing done and save yourself about Fr 2'000 and then keep it for another 10 years.

http://www.autohaus-kaufmann.net/ the German dealer will be authorised to stamp your service book.

(I can drive it to and from Lörrach if you want to stay at work. I charge Fr 100 per day, plus rail fares. I can recover the German VAT and pay for the Swiss MWSt for you)
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Re: First MFK due and large service. Fix then sell? Or keep?

MFK is about roadworthiness, which means the car has to have its brakes, suspension, wheels and lamps in good working order, and there must be no issues that could compromise safety (such as a cracked front window). In my understanding, a pending timing belt change is no such issue.

If you're not otherwise unhappy with your car, keep it serviced and running for years to come, and another 2 or 3 MFK checks or until you reach 250k. I drive a 16yo Audi and it passed its MFK with flying colors, with no repairs necessary.
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Re: First MFK due and large service. Fix then sell? Or keep?

The timing belt change is due to the fact that the car is also due for it's 125K service (the same time as the MFK and the recently-illuminated engine warning lamp). So, I thought it best to do everything in one go.

It's just a toss-up between keeping this car, (in very good condition, fully paid for, but unknown future service costs) or trade it in for a new car (free 100K/4 yr. servicing, no MFK for 5 yrs, but fixed monthly payments - offset against the trade-in value)

(But, servicing in Germany is also an option!)

Well, some pondering must be done !

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In my understanding, a pending timing belt change is no such issue.

If you're not otherwise unhappy with your car, keep it serviced and running for years to come, and another 2 or 3 MFK checks or until you reach 250k. I drive a 16yo Audi and it passed its MFK with flying colors, with no repairs necessary.
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Re: First MFK due and large service. Fix then sell? Or keep?

If you want to trade it in for a new one, it would most likely be a better deal for you to do it before service, as the service costs are much lower for the garage, comparing to what you'd be paying.

Exchanging for a new one is probably false economy as a new A3 would offer nothing over your 6yo one, unless you of course want to upgrade to a better model. The service is not free, its included in the price ;-).
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Re: First MFK due and large service. Fix then sell? Or keep?

Once it's serviced why not keep it? You're already over the magical 100k that puts people off.
And everyone expects a car to be serviced when they buy it, so the best you can hope for is the going rate for the car, even if you spend CHF5k getting it done.

Get it serviced in Germany and save 50% at least
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My last A4, 1996 1.8 petrol, is still going strong at 180k miles and it hasn't seen an Audi main dealer since the warranty ran out in '99.
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Re: First MFK due and large service. Fix then sell? Or keep?

So, just as follow up. The MFK was passed (TCS in Brunegg did a pre-test, but found nothing wrong at all (save for a broken lamp), so he decided to call it the official MFK and stamped the fahzeugausweiss accordingly. I did not even need to have it professionally cleaned - I just did a full-service car-wash beforehand and he was happy enough with that.)

In hindsight, I guess I was expecting a worse story from the MFK; horror stories seem to be abound on this topic from all quarters, but I had a very good experience.

Car was then in the garage for two days, which cost 2100CHF (timing belt, 125K service, rear brake disks and pads, plus items that required replacement due to the engine warning light coming on)

All in all, Audi said that the car is really in good condition and should be fine for at least another 120K/150K, the money spent on the service was money well spent, and I may as well keep it for another few years. Which I will do.

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