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Old 01-16-2018, 04:57 AM
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My TTS turned 80k miles and I'd been experiencing a lot of lateral movement in the back end when going over small bumps, expansion joints and lane dots. I thought it might be tire pressure, alignment, or worn bushings -- but not so. The increasingly harsh ride also seemed to indicate that the struts may be on their last legs. Not surprising, as I put MSS springs on the car ta 19k miles (great improvement over OEM) and they tend to wear out the struts sooner due to the lowering aspect.

With the initial price quote of OEM mag-ride strut replacement from the dealer (after I recovered slightly from sticker shock!), I investigated alternative options for 4-corner replacement and mag-ride delete. Though it seemed to save me some $, I was not sure of the ultimate outcome without having the opportunity to experience another TTS with aftermarket coilovers. My fear was that I would opt for some aftermarket alternative, drive out of the the shop, and regret the ride decision -- but have no easy alternative from there.

Then I stumbled across www.audiusaparts.com and realized that I could stay with OEM suspension parts at a savings of about 25-30% over the quoted dealer price (no, I'm not a compensated endorser). And the online customer service was great! So I took the plunge and ordered up the whole replacement package for OEM suspension (with the exception of the springs).

I just got the car back from my independent Audi mechanic (Houston members need to check out Audi Underground for service) and it is like having a new car all over again! Great ride restored, mag-ride retained, and good for another 80k miles...or more.

Hope this helps out fellow members facing the same aging issues on these cars we love...
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My TTS turned 80k miles and I'd been experiencing a lot of lateral movement in the back end when going over small bumps, expansion joints and lane dots. I thought it might be tire pressure, alignment, or worn bushings -- but not so. The increasingly harsh ride also seemed to indicate that the struts may be on their last legs. Not surprising, as I put MSS springs on the car ta 19k miles (great improvement over OEM) and they tend to wear out the struts sooner due to the lowering aspect.

With the initial price quote of OEM mag-ride strut replacement from the dealer (after I recovered slightly from sticker shock!), I investigated alternative options for 4-corner replacement and mag-ride delete. Though it seemed to save me some $, I was not sure of the ultimate outcome without having the opportunity to experience another TTS with aftermarket coilovers. My fear was that I would opt for some aftermarket alternative, drive out of the the shop, and regret the ride decision -- but have no easy alternative from there.

Then I stumbled across www.audiusaparts.com and realized that I could stay with OEM suspension parts at a savings of about 25-30% over the quoted dealer price (no, I'm not a compensated endorser). And the online customer service was great! So I took the plunge and ordered up the whole replacement package for OEM suspension (with the exception of the springs).

I just got the car back from my independent Audi mechanic (Houston members need to check out Audi Underground for service) and it is like having a new car all over again! Great ride restored, mag-ride retained, and good for another 80k miles...or more.

Hope this helps out fellow members facing the same aging issues on these cars we love...
I recently replaced my rear magride shocks at 80,000 miles and used the prices at audiusaparts to get my Audi dealer to bring his prices down to the range that's on the web site. It's good to have some leverage.
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Good for you Alan4.2 -- great move. I didn't have the option for that, but if they worked with you it is all good.
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My TTS turned 80k miles and I'd been experiencing a lot of lateral movement in the back end when going over small bumps, expansion joints and lane dots. I thought it might be tire pressure, alignment, or worn bushings -- but not so. The increasingly harsh ride also seemed to indicate that the struts may be on their last legs. Not surprising, as I put MSS springs on the car ta 19k miles (great improvement over OEM) and they tend to wear out the struts sooner due to the lowering aspect.

With the initial price quote of OEM mag-ride strut replacement from the dealer (after I recovered slightly from sticker shock!), I investigated alternative options for 4-corner replacement and mag-ride delete. Though it seemed to save me some $, I was not sure of the ultimate outcome without having the opportunity to experience another TTS with aftermarket coilovers. My fear was that I would opt for some aftermarket alternative, drive out of the the shop, and regret the ride decision -- but have no easy alternative from there.

Then I stumbled across www.audiusaparts.com and realized that I could stay with OEM suspension parts at a savings of about 25-30% over the quoted dealer price (no, I'm not a compensated endorser). And the online customer service was great! So I took the plunge and ordered up the whole replacement package for OEM suspension (with the exception of the springs).

I just got the car back from my independent Audi mechanic (Houston members need to check out Audi Underground for service) and it is like having a new car all over again! Great ride restored, mag-ride retained, and good for another 80k miles...or more.

Hope this helps out fellow members facing the same aging issues on these cars we love...
How much for parts and how much for labor at your indy shop?
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Hey Larry -- Tod here.

Parts for full mag-ride replacement was about $2400 and my mechanic charged $550 for labor. If I had done the full coilover swap out, it would have been within dollars of this. So I stayed with the OEM mag-ride. The MSS springs I installed back at 19k miles made a significant improvement over the stock springs and let me keep the magnetic option.

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Hey Larry -- Tod here.

Parts for full mag-ride replacement was about $2400 and my mechanic charged $550 for labor. If I had done the full coilover swap out, it would have been within dollars of this. So I stayed with the OEM mag-ride. The MSS springs I installed back at 19k miles made a significant improvement over the stock springs and let me keep the magnetic option.

Hope that helps!
I'm seeing a lot of mag ride failures in Mk2s after about 7-8 years. Mileage does not seem to be a factor. Cost of replacement is becoming a frequent question on several forums.
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Originally Posted by Vegas-roadster View Post
I'm seeing a lot of mag ride failures in Mk2s after about 7-8 years. Mileage does not seem to be a factor. Cost of replacement is becoming a frequent question on several forums.
Well, at 5 years they were tired... Hope that pricing info helps.
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