2015 Audi A3: New Oil Pan Gets Us Back on the Road
June 30, 2015
When we last left our 2015 Audi A3, the injured sedan was sitting at the only Audi dealer in Idaho. We had accidently run over a hidden stump just off the road, tore the A3's plastic oil pan and dumped its contents all over the grass. We had it towed to Audi Boise on a Saturday, where it sat over the weekend awaiting inspection on Monday.
Our team continued home but someone still needed to retrieve the car after the repairs. I volunteered and flew out on a Wednesday evening, the same day the work was completed.
An employee at Audi Boise picked me up from my hotel at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday. Dan Edmunds arranged for the service manager, Kevin, to keep the oil pan and give it back to us. Kevin obliged and packed the pan, mostly oil-free, in a plastic bag and placed it in a box for me. Then we went over the work order.
The oil pan and several associated components were damaged during the hidden stump incident. The sump, oil pan baffle, gasket and drain plug were all replaced. Six quarts of oil and a new filter were the last parts required for the repair.
I paid for the repair, then started on my 900-mile journey home.
Oil Sump: $198.00
Oil Pan Baffle: $107.55
Shipping for Sump, Baffle and Gasket: $60.00
Drain Plug: $6.82
Oil Filter: $12.05
Shop Charge for Miscellaneous Parts: $14.34
Cameron Rogers, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 12,078 miles