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Old 01-14-2014, 01:37 PM
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After leaking for a few months, my steering rack in my 2006 A6 C6 finally gave out...Dealer wanter $2900. I told him that was ridiculous and he then called back with an offer for $2300. The car is old and has 115k on it and I was unsure of paying 1/3 of the retail value of the vehicle. I called around to some indy shops and all of the prices were $1500-1800....They even had the nerve to tell me that steering racks go out at 100k... I have had many cars past 100k and none of them needed a steering rack replaced... I need this car for another year and then I am dumping...german cars get pricey after 100k..
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Old 01-14-2014, 02:33 PM
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Dunno.. my 2000 has 214k on it.. original rack, and many many other things too. =)
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Old 01-15-2014, 07:23 AM
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My 2000 4.2 lost the rack at 166k. Cost me 1800 at an Indy shop. That was the first major failure in the car ever.
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What are the symptoms? Why is it so expensive to fix - costly part or very involved repair? DIY?
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Search on this used auto parts website. Some racks I saw come with warranty. The labor should be couple of hundred bucks on top of the rack price.

http://www.car-part.com/
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Old 01-17-2014, 07:14 AM
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Remanufactured rack should run around $900 (plus installation). I would *not* buy a used rack...that's just asking for trouble, unless you're doing the work yourself and you enjoy this particular job!
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