Here we have a 2002 Audi A6 Quattro with a 2.7L V6 Bi-Turbo suited with a manual transmission with 260,000 miles on the clock. This car had a coolant leak between the engine and the transmission right above the rear main seal, both turbos leaking oil and one with a cracked wastegate seat, valve covers leaking, power steering fluid leaking, exhaust rotting away, and many other issues. This poor Audi was still going with the owner topping off fluids weekly as needed until the starter decided it was time. After putting it on the lift and seeing where the coolant leak was, the customer agreed with the technician that the starter would be easier to do with the engine removed, which was the only way to be able to change the bad turbos and fix the coolant leak.
After removing the engine we gained access to the rear main seal and the coolant jacket above it which was also leaking, as well as now being able to replace the bad turbo. Having the engine removed made refreshing this engine much easier to do. With the engine out we replaced all the gaskets, the timing belt, water pump, thermostat, clutch, many hoses and lines including coolant and power steering, power steering pump, injectors, and many other items that were much easier to do. As you can expect with close to 300k miles the expected list of needed and or recommended items grew substantially due to the fact that this engine was only coming out once in this car's lifetime and many items are only accessible with the engine out to begin with. We always try to bundle jobs together that overlap each other in order to save the customer money on the labor, whenever possible.
With the engine back in resealed and refreshed with all newparts this car is back to excellent like new running condition!
This car is the epitome of the saying fix it not replace it. There is no rust anywhere as these cars are fully undercoated from the factory, other parts are aluminum which does not rust. In today's car market, it is always more lucrative to repair your car than it is to buy a new one. This is because the price of cars are very expensive, and the interest rates are the highest we have seen in years. Long gone are the days of finding a thousand-dollar, in good-condition, vehicle that you can just drive. Today, maintaining your vehicle is key in this economy.