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Thursday, April 05, 2007

Audi A4 B7 Report - 15,000 Mile Service

Today, I took my B7 Audi A4 2.0T 6-speed Front-Track in for its 15,000 mile service. Nothing that I noticed was going wrong with it, but since it was scheduled I took it in. Interestingly, the Audi only requires service every 10,000 miles vs. the 3,000 or 5,000 miles that some other manufacturers require.

A couple of notes about the service.

The first, is a little bit of an annoyance. While the service at 15,000 miles is free -- but, rotating the tires are not since Audi does not "manufacture" tires. Pretty annoying that they hit you up for $25 to rotate the tires that came with the car. Seems a little nit-picky for a luxury brand.

The other, is a plus. Apparently, there was an ECU engine management upgrade put out by Audi as part of standard maintenance. The technicians at Audi service for Rusnak Westlake put it in for me.

For those who are interested, it was considered an I3 Reflash, to I31B .70. What I noticed immediately was the flash fixed the direct drive lag that I had been noticing in first gear, as the throttle to a few seconds to respond. Other than that, not sure if there was much additional improvement noticed in acceleration or mileage performance.

Still, the news is all good on my Audi A4 2.0T 6-speed. It's been a perfect, problem free car -- not to mention one of (if not the) the safest vehicles in America as rated by the IIHS. If you are considering an Audi A4 2.0T, I highly recommend it!