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Re: A8 vs. 740 vs. S420
firstname.lastname@example.org (John Firkins) writes:
JF> Your not wrong there. So far there is only one repairer in Australia.
JF> I spoke to the "Autorised Audi Repairer" here in Brisbane who told me
JF> that the cost of the tooling for the repair of the A8 is $50,000
JF> (40,000USD)! Even if this is inflated by duty/sales tax etc, its still
JF> got to cost a US shop upwards of $20,000. How many are you guys gunna
JF> John Firkins
Not that bad. A while back I was at the A8 "inauguration"
cocktail party in Sao Paulo, Brasil. It was held at Senna's
(yes, the late one) dealerships (the family has exclusivity to
Audi). On that occasion I spoke with Fabricio (maybe Fabio) Ayrtons'
brother. He said that they had spent U$200,000 on the
equipment and training to work on the Aluminum bodies. Audi
would pull his license and not sell him any more cars unless
his organization can take car of ANY forseable problem a
present or future Audi owner had with his car. A8 #1 was
there, a beautiful car, but it had ropes around it, since
this was going to be HIS car. They were taking orders, and
managed to sell 3 A8Q's with 4.2L for future delivery, at
... Oh well, half of one, six dozen of the other.
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