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k04 good deal or too good to be true ?

Old 01-23-2013, 10:29 PM
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Default k04 good deal or too good to be true ?

i found this k04 online today and like the title said. Is this just a good price on a quality part or is it just cheap and should i avoid it ?
Old 01-24-2013, 10:48 AM
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That's a turbo often sold on ebay. Do a search for ebay K04 and you'll see that many people have had issues with them going bad in 15,000 miles or less.
Old 04-28-2013, 05:27 PM
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That is awfully cheap, and does not have a brand. If you're going to do a ko4 spend a little extra for a Borg Warner. It's about $940 for one, price reflects quality. Or... buy if and boost the hell out of it for a couple months, and take it off, check the shaft play, and depending on that junk it and buy another or throw it back on.
Old 04-30-2013, 06:33 AM
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that is not a K04!!! thats a K03s pretty much. its a K03 turbo with a K04 compressor wheel and housing.
Old 06-11-2014, 05:13 AM
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I saw that on ebay today..
96 06 Audi A4 VW Passat 1 8T K04 Upgrade Turbo FOR 1 8T K03 Factory Turbo | eBay
Was thinking of buying it as the turbo on my 1999 Audi 1.8T Quattro has lost boost
Old 06-11-2014, 10:47 AM
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Buy with caution. I can't speak from my own experiences, but from the experiences of others if you plan on running stock boost levels (7-10psi) then it should last for a while. If you plan to run chipped boost levels, longevity will be hit or miss.
Old 06-20-2014, 02:06 AM
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Is this turbo K04 same as K0415? I have found a similar one from K04-015 Turbo Audi A4 A6 Quattro & VW Passat 1.8T Turbocharger -
It comes at a good price and fits for my 1996 A4, and I am going to place an order.
Old 06-20-2014, 07:17 AM
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Im pretty sure thats the same turbo I used to replace my blown out k03. Its worked well for me and I run 10psi on it. I've had it for about 20k so far. Was a pretty cheap replacement and easy to install.
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