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Hmm, taking an old dog of a car to an Audi dealership in the most expensive part of the US sounds like an exercise in quick cash erosion. Given the $850 quote for replacing a sensor that is easy to replace and is probably not the problem is a red flag. You agreed to $265 for a diagnosis, which I don’t think they’ve provided. I think you need to talk to the guy’s manager and say:
1. What codes did you find?
2. Can you confirm the low compression reading?
If 2 is a “yes”, obviously the ESS is a waste of money. If 2 is a “no”, then the codes should determine the next steps.
If they won’t do a 2, tow the car away. There is a member on here, Ellie, from the Bay Area who had good luck with her mechanic.
 
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