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24000€ ICE Engine is more Expensive than Battery

These are OEM NEW Audi EPC catalog prices : Motor 24000 EUR – Transmission 13000 – Camshaft 3600 – NOx 1200 – DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) 5000 – Turbine 4000 – EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) 1500 – CR Pump (Common Rail Pump) 2800 – Injectors 7200 – Crankshaft 4000 – Mildhybrid 48V Battery 2800 – Alternator 2200 = Consumable parts over 100,000 km amount to 71300 EUR. AT THE END OF POST YOU HAVE EPC CATALOG PRICE SCREENSHOTS

For years, we have warned that “cheaper” fossil fuel vehicles (FFVs) are generally more expensive than electric vehicles (EVs), often costing at least twice as much over time. With 14 years of experience and insights from various sources, including tuners and technicians from authorized Porsche Interauto service centers, we’ve seen that new FFVs are often poorly made. They are constructed from low-quality and weakened materials, incorporate overly complicated solutions, are prone to programmed failures, and have excessively expensive parts. For instance, the 3.0 TDI engines installed since around 2014 have been problematic, yet this issue has largely gone unaddressed for nearly a decade.

The public only became aware of these problems when they experienced them firsthand. Despite the widespread issues, fossil fuel vehicles rarely face recalls or part revisions for even the most serious faults. In contrast, every detail of EVs is scrutinized and criticized. Mainstram media often provide shallow opinions and fail to hold FFVs to the same standard of reporting and journalism. They rarely question the cost of parts in gasoline or diesel vehicles, which are often more expensive than the entire EV they criticize.

These media outlets praise fossil fuel vehicles because they are paid to do so. If they criticize them, they risk losing exclusive access to new models for test drives. This biased reporting contributes to the declining quality of FFVs, making journalists who sell such propaganda complicit in the degradation of automotive standards. In multiple notable examples mainstream anti-EV media propagate misleading information.

As a result, consumers have a hard time finding reliable information about both EVs and FFVs. The automotive industry suffers from this lack of accountability, and the true cost of owning an FFV remains hidden, while the benefits of EVs are unfairly criticized.

After years of enduring journalistic bias and discrimination of EV in the automotive industry, it’s clear there is a significant lack of independent, unbiased information from ordinary users and crucially, experienced mechanics. Mechanics, the essential link in providing reliable information to vehicle owners, have been sidelined and demonized as “scammers” by journalists and self-proclaimed “car enthusiasts.”

The media landscape is dominated by biased reporting that fails to criticize low-quality, expensive engines and programmed failures. Only a few voices, like colleague Bagrameli, consistently highlight these issues from a fossil fuel perspective. Mechanics with their extensive experience should be respected and proud of their contributions to the automotive industry.

Audi has particularly struggled with their diesel models since 2012. Issues range from high-pressure pumps that deteriorate and cost €10,000 to repair on the 2.0 TDI, to catastrophic failures in the 3.0 TDI engines. These engines, identified by codes CRT, CUA, CZV, and DEWA, have fundamental design flaws. For example, a spring in the camshaft meant to tension the gear disintegrates as early as 50,000 km. Additionally, after an oil change, an air pocket can remain on the pressure valve or oil pressure regulation sensor, potentially destroying the entire engine block. Every component, from the crankshaft and camshaft to the oil system, 48V generator, and 48V Li-Ion battery, is prohibitively expensive and prone to failure.

Most of these vehicles face severe, costly problems by 50,000 km, where a vehicle with 200 kW can only be driven gently to ensure it lasts to 100,000 km. The state of the German auto industry raises serious concerns, and the lack of critical voices to address these issues is troubling.

As a result, many people will inevitably switch to EVs, not due to coercion, but because they have no alternative. These fossil fuel powertrains often fail before 100,000 km, with repair costs around €28,000. The need for reliable, critical reporting and recognition of the valuable insights from experienced mechanics has never been more urgent.

These vehicles are so risky that even simple oil change services, where the poorly designed engine can blow out the engine block, will result in blaming the mechanic, as it usually happens. Owners have started to harass mechanics with invented expensive problems, “it wasn’t like this when I came,” so there are fewer and fewer mechanics and services willing to work on these vehicles. It’s less of a hassle to replace the battery on an EV than to do a small service on an Audi diesel CRT engine.

Therefore, it is certain that fossil fuel vehicles have dug their own grave with poor quality. Those who drive them and charge once for subpar parts will realize that even the battery on a Tesla, costing 20,000 euros, is cheaper than diesel trash. We have been working on and servicing them for years, and we switched to EV primarily because of wasting money on oil, and the last straw was the poor quality of the engine and increasingly expensive maintenance parts. So, dear audience, the EV battery is 4 times cheaper than a fossil fuel engine.

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