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Old October 9th, 2019, 14:30   #1
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I have an 80,000 mile A8 TDI. Iím thinking of using at it my house in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The car would get a couple months use in summer, and maybe a month in the winter.

What does the forum think of this? Would it be reliable if driven that little? Any suggestions on storage in the off months? Or is this just a bad idea?

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Old October 9th, 2019, 14:55   #2
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Should be fine. Storage wouldn't be any different from any other car. Only thing I worry about is furry creatures chewing on things.
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Old October 9th, 2019, 15:38   #3
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Disconnect the battery
throw some anti-gel in the fuel
moth balls under the hood if it sits out side.
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Old October 9th, 2019, 15:45   #4
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Disconnect the battery
throw some anti-gel in the fuel
moth balls under the hood if it sits out side.

If it is going to sit outside a solar panel trickle charger will keep the battery just fine. No need to disconnect it this way.


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Old October 9th, 2019, 16:06   #5
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I'm a big user of battery tenders.
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Old October 9th, 2019, 17:22   #6
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Agree on the mothballs. I purchased my brother's 03 Jetta in November of 2017. It sit parked until January, 2019. I did not start it during that time due to a leaky Injection Pump that would lose prime in 24 hours.

Anyway, in January, 2019, when I went to do the IP re-seal, I discovered that critters had done a lot of wiring damage under the hood.... mothballs would have discouraged those critters.... works fine under the hood on my 98 Dodge Truck.
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Old October 9th, 2019, 18:29   #7
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If it's kept inside, leave the hood up. Varmints won't see your engine bay as shelter then.
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Old October 10th, 2019, 03:47   #8
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And don't leave salt on the brake rotors when you're ready to leave in the winter. That would leave you with nasty rotors when you get back. Otherwise, do as above for the battery.

In general, your inclinations are right. A diesel is the best ever for leaving a car for long periods of time and having it fire right up when you return.

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Old October 10th, 2019, 11:39   #9
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Does anyone have experience with getting an Audi serviced at a VW dealership? Nearest Audi dealer to Jackson Hole is Salt Lake City, 250+ miles away. Much closer: the VW dealer in Idaho Falls, a mere 99 miles away.

Anyone?
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Old October 10th, 2019, 12:03   #10
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Shouldn't be a problem if it's just common maintenance items, like oil change and such.

I'd call ahead and make sure the service I needed can be done there.
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My father-in-law had a 1984 Mercedes 380 something-or-other which he purchased new in 1984.

It still ran exactly like new, with all original parts, and only had 48,000km (30,000 miles) on it in 2016 when he crashed it. It was like a brand new 32 year old Mercedes.

So he averaged about 937 miles per year and it did just fine.
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Old October 10th, 2019, 15:39   #12
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Does anyone have experience with getting an Audi serviced at a VW dealership? Nearest Audi dealer to Jackson Hole is Salt Lake City, 250+ miles away. Much closer: the VW dealer in Idaho Falls, a mere 99 miles away. Anyone?

A hint for a NOOBIE, Don't hijack a thread with something not related to the subject on hand.
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