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Hi guys,

We often get asked for small maintenance, service and repair items. Our business model is not really set up for this - handling small items is fiddly and time consuming.
Also some repair options for more expensive items

We thought it might be useful to set up a money saving tips thread - where owners can be pointed to where they can buy common items and not pay the dealer price.
The more you save on the boring stuff - the more you can spend on the fun stuff with us!

We are only posting where the identical parts to OEM can be bought for less by not buying from Audi.
We are not suggesting any OEM replacements or alternatives


We will slowly add to this.

1. Gen 1 A/C compressor
Dealer price is $1,569.23
You can buy the identical compressor from Denso for less than $450
Denso ref 471-1505

2. Gen 1 V8 and V10 Ignition Coils (pre-facelift excluding GT)
Dealer is $63.33 each
Buy the same part from Bosch ref 0221604800
Will cost you around $30 each

3. MAF sensors
Dealer is $330 each
Buy the same part from Hitachi ref MAF0057
Will cost you around $120 each

4. Gen 1 V8 xenon headlight bulb
Stealership wants $193 for this
You can buy from Phlips ref 85415C1
Less than $50

5. Faulty ECUs
Stealership wants around $4,000 plus an install fee
Use a repair service - probably less than $1,500 for the two with a lifetime guarantee
Repair services can send you them back and you just plug them back in - no dealership involved

6. Faulty R-Tronic hydraulics
A new unit will cost you around $4,000
A professional overhaul around $2,000 - and they will use upgraded components which will give better long term reliability and improved shifting

7. Scruffy looking black exhaust tips
Go to your local wheel repair shop and get them powder coated for less than $100

8. Mag ride delete modules
Cost from KW is $450
Make your own set of 4 for less than $80
Will post components soon

For a plug in mag ride delete solution

Buy 4 of these plug in tails

And 4 of these resistors

Solder one resistor onto each set of tails.

The secure them using some tie-wraps to strap them onto the car
This pack will last you a lifetime for all sorts of uses


9. V8 Fuel Injectors - pre-facelift
Stealership $246.67 each
Buy from Hitachi ref FIJ0008 for around $90 each

10. Gen 1 Wiper Blades - LHD (not for UK, Australia, NZ etc)
Stealership $121.67
Buy from Bosch for around $50 - ref 3397014119
Great thread 👍.
Any info on dealer alternative for TPMS sensors for a gen 1 V8, UK.
 

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Great thread 👍.
Any info on dealer alternative for TPMS sensors for a gen 1 V8, UK.
edit: these are for US market vehicles

Personally purchased + tested:
Denso Part Number: 5501911

Cross-compatible (but not personally tested):
SCHRADER 29138
BH SENS RDE048V21
STANDARD MOTOR PRODUCTS TPM3
SCHRADER 20078
 

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Great thread .
Any info on dealer alternative for TPMS sensors for a gen 1 V8, UK.
By the time you have bought them abs struggled to code them in (USA use different frequency to UK) you may as well have just bought genuine!

We have nothing but trouble with aftermarket ones!

Genuine are fit and forget!!

Cheers Ricky


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By the time you have bought them abs struggled to code them in (USA use different frequency to UK) you may as well have just bought genuine!

We have nothing but trouble with aftermarket ones!

Genuine are fit and forget!!

Cheers Ricky


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Oh yes I'm wanting genuine denso ones just not at £150 plus for one. I think one or more of mine has failed but don't know which one. Any one know if vcds can give more info?
 

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Usually if one fails, the others aren't so far behind (assuming they failed because their internal batteries have drained).

Also, I didn't know uk uses different frequencies, the part numbers I supplied was for US market vehicles.
 

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Usually if one fails, the others aren't so far behind (assuming they failed because their internal batteries have drained).

Also, I didn't know uk uses different frequencies, the part numbers I supplied was for US market vehicles.
Ah ok. I thought it might have been a generic part number suitable for Europe too. I am aware of the frequency difference so would have checked that before buying. Would probably buy a full set of four as you say the others are likely to be on their last legs too.
 

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2. Gen 1 V8 and V10 Ignition Coils (pre-facelift excluding GT)
Dealer is $63.33 each
Buy the same part from Bosch ref 0221604800
Will cost you around $30 each


Rockauto shows the same coil for my '14 facelift V10, can anyone confirm?
 

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Great thread! I'm debating coilovers vs H&r springs at the moment and the mag ride delete resistor info is very handy and is swaying me towards coils to lose the risk of blowing mag ride shocks! Thanks
 

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Hi guys,

We often get asked for small maintenance, service and repair items. Our business model is not really set up for this - handling small items is fiddly and time consuming.
Also some repair options for more expensive items

We thought it might be useful to set up a money saving tips thread - where owners can be pointed to where they can buy common items and not pay the dealer price.
The more you save on the boring stuff - the more you can spend on the fun stuff with us!

We are only posting where the identical parts to OEM can be bought for less by not buying from Audi.
We are not suggesting any OEM replacements or alternatives


We will slowly add to this.

1. Gen 1 A/C compressor
Dealer price is $1,569.23
You can buy the identical compressor from Denso for less than $450
Denso ref 471-1505

2. Gen 1 V8 and V10 Ignition Coils (pre-facelift excluding GT)
Dealer is $63.33 each
Buy the same part from Bosch ref 0221604800
Will cost you around $30 each

3. MAF sensors
Dealer is $330 each
Buy the same part from Hitachi ref MAF0057
Will cost you around $120 each

4. Gen 1 V8 xenon headlight bulb
Stealership wants $193 for this
You can buy from Phlips ref 85415C1
Less than $50

5. Faulty ECUs
Stealership wants around $4,000 plus an install fee
Use a repair service - probably less than $1,500 for the two with a lifetime guarantee
Repair services can send you them back and you just plug them back in - no dealership involved

6. Faulty R-Tronic hydraulics
A new unit will cost you around $4,000
A professional overhaul around $2,000 - and they will use upgraded components which will give better long term reliability and improved shifting

7. Scruffy looking black exhaust tips
Go to your local wheel repair shop and get them powder coated for less than $100

8. Mag ride delete modules
Cost from KW is $450
Make your own set of 4 for less than $80
Will post components soon

For a plug in mag ride delete solution

Buy 4 of these plug in tails

And 4 of these resistors

Solder one resistor onto each set of tails.

The secure them using some tie-wraps to strap them onto the car
This pack will last you a lifetime for all sorts of uses


9. V8 Fuel Injectors - pre-facelift
Stealership $246.67 each
Buy from Hitachi ref FIJ0008 for around $90 each

10. Gen 1 Wiper Blades - LHD (not for UK, Australia, NZ etc)
Stealership $121.67
Buy from Bosch for around $50 - ref 3397014119
Thanks for the tips
 

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Maybe it's obvious, but in case people weren't aware (didn't see it mentioned on this thread), on parts.audiusa.com, at the top right it'll show a dealership. Click the "Not your local dealer?" link, and you can choose any dealership. The discounts vary from dealer to dealer, but if the part is listed on the website, you can generally find a dealership offering 20% off MSRP on it.
 
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