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Re: OEM vs. generic floormats ('90 V8Q)


I had some worn out original equipment Floor mats in my V8 and lived with
them for a while.  Those cheap Auto supply store univeral fit floor mats are
just that --cheap, thin and not trimmed to fit your car correctly.  What your
dealer has, or should have are the LLyod's floor mats.  Very superior, and
now with better clips for attaching to the padded carpet base mats.  Your
prices sound about right.  Originals had the Audi rings, but I'm not sure you
can still get those aftermarket, due to licensing agreements.  They have a
whole range of colors to choose from.  I had mine stitched with "quattro"  of
course.  You don't mention where you live, but for the winter months here
(snow, salt etc.) I take the nice mats out and put the Cannon? rubber mats
in:  let them hold all that mud and snow, also available at most dealers or
in the advertising section of most automotive publications.

-Ingo Rautenberg

You wrote:

Subj:	OEM vs. generic floormats ('90 V8Q)
Date:	96-12-12 01:19:37 EST
From:	ATiura@engpo.msmailgw.intermec.com (Andy Tiura)
Sender:	owner-quattro@coimbra.ans.net
To:	quattro@coimbra.ans.net (Quattro mailing list)

My V8 (bought used) did not come with floormats.  Just black carpeting. 
  The carpet is in good shape and I'd like to keep it that way.

Did the car originally come with mats; carpeted or rubber?  Did the OEM mats 
have any special features or ornamentation which makes them especially 
desirable? (...other than holes to accommodate  the mat positioning pegs in 
front of the seats?)

The nearest Audi dealer and a local "performance" shop are quoting very 
similar prices for "OEM quality" mats (~$120).  My wife has noted that Al's 
Auto Supply has car mats for $35 a set.  How hard should I lobby for the 
Real Thing?  Is it worth it?  Do you have a preferred vendor for floor mats?