10-06-2002, 07:58 PM
Just bought a used 1998 A4 2.8 Quattro (I do so love saying that!) with 58K miles from CarMax. Not even a month out, it needed an oil change (that's okay). I took it to Audi of Alexandria (3 blocks from my house, yay!), and heard the dreaded phrase "while we were in there...." They want to replace my tie rods and I have a cracked thermostat housing causing a coolant leak. Don't have any questions about the thermostat, but I did some research online and some 1998 A4s were recalled for tie rod END problems -- but my VIN number wasn't included in the recall. I want to build a rapport with Audi of Alexandria, but I'd be seriously bummed if they were saying I needed bogus service right off the bat. Can anyone offer reassurance??? Thanks in advance!