Join Date: Jul 2013
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Very interesting news gang, I have 150k kms on mine and so far no knocks despite the awful road surfaces I encounter daily. I too suspected that my auto box had a serious problem until a mate suggested to top up the tranmission oil, the resulting change seemed like a new gearbox!!! Super smooth. Sachs was perhaps OEM???
Sachs is OEM, if you have Audi part number on in, so look in the Sachs sticker you should see VAG part number like 8T0 ....
End of the day OEM Sachs, Sachs, Bilstein all are same and I believe made by the same people too ... just different prices! The cheapest I could find is the Bilstein ones and I don't think they are any worst then OEM if not better.
Replaced all 4 shock absorber! What a difference in handling and driving!!!
Long story short - Have had few problems for more than 1 year and tried many different things but problems were still there until now.
Problem 1 - Steering vibration over 65mph... sometimes the vibration was really bad! Tried many things such as 4 wheel alignment, new brake discs and pads, new Tyres, tyre balancing .. mechanic checked steering rack and all control arms and bushes, nothing was wrong! All mechanic inspected suspension and shocks and they all said shocks are fine!
Problem 2 - Violent Judder while braking at high speed! Tried new brake disks and pads, wheel balancing, new wheel hub and bearing ... nothing fixed the issue.
Problem 3 - Intermittent Clunking noise at low speed over pot holes or bumps, which sounded like coming from steering rack ...
All of the above problem is now solved just by fitting new shock absorbers .... car now drives and handles like new car even after 192K Miles ....
So... if you have any of the above problems and tried all usual things like new brake disks, wheel balancing, alignment... etc.. etc... and problem is still there I would suggest try replacing the shocks. I purchased bilstein shocks.