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RE: My '92 Quattro is a piece of #$$%^#@!!

Steve Spurlock said incredulously:

>>However, after putting a total of 3,000 miles on this piece of junk, my
>>wife had the transmission go out!!  Audi sells NO repair parts for the
tranny and
>>that I have to replace it with a NEW one for $6,000 !
>>>> Is this indicative of
>>>>the quality of these cars?

No, actually, but there are exceptions..read on....

>>>The dealer (who happens to be a friend) has so far gotten the factory
>>>to say they'll contribute $2,000 toward the cost of the transmission,
Good day to buy lottery tickets...you're lucky!

Join the club....only my 1990 MANUAL transmission retails at $6969..and IF
you can find a rebuilt one: $4985......mine failed and is currently
 in the hands of a guy that "may" be able to fix it.  I wound up buying a
used one from ****** for $1375.

I was also told...."no user serviceable parts inside."  As much as I hate
to say it, Audi's parts pricing structure is out of control and this may
very well be my last Audi.  I don't mind spending money, but I sure hate to
waste it.  Here are some regular retail cost examples:

Outside Mirror: $82       P/S Pump: $825      Brake Rotor (one): $132
     A/C Condenser: $725      Oil Plug:$11
Crankcase Vent Hose: $90+     Spark Plug Wires: $300+.......  Muffler: $625
Muffler Bearing w/ aux. Fetzer Valve: $4100

I haven't paid these prices, but it's getting really old trying to track
down a "deal."   It makes me feel like a cheapskate sometimes when all I'm
trying to do is save my wallet from early vacuum failure.

Hopefully I'll get a chance to speak to some Audi Germany and AoA people at
Road America next week....I'll be moderately interested to see what they
have to say about un-serviceable parts and the like.  I had my heart set on
a Quattro Wagon next...but now I'm not so sure.

You know, there's a guy in Maine that's converting Volvos over to Ford 5.0
litres for $6000.....I may give him a call....you think I'm kidding don't
you?   Hey, Paul Newman's got a couple, why not Paul Royal when the parts
are 1/3 the price and probably a lot more fun to break.
Currently really un-****ing-satisfied,

     Paul Royal (still checking the archives)