Audi designed the CVT to be able to handle the power and torque of the 3.0 so chipping a 1.8T with the CVT shouldn't be much of an issue. Even though the thing could probably take a bit more torque without breaking, I too would be very cautious about tuning my 3.0 with CVT. Imagine the repair bill when they deny you warranty coverage for you fried CVT because of an aftermarket intake. I bet the parts alone would be $3000
And oh yeah, to address the actual point of this post: 2004 is number I've seen floated around in the press.
I'm not so sure the CVT would be more expensive than a automatic transmission. I remember reading somewhere that the engineers designed it with less moving parts than an automatic transmission. Also, they designed it without an expensive torque converter. The CVT might actually be less to repair than a regular automatic. I guess time will tell.
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