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

In message <85256529.00417D34.00@isserv9.idx.com> Paul_Royal@idx.com writes:

> 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

Audi's spares prices are indeed _WAY_ out of line.  I'm currently looking at a 
new hydraulic pressure accumulator for the MB - Audi price $433, original 
manufacturer's price (physically identical to Audi part, complete with Audi 
part numbers printed on it) less than $150.

Same with Bosch parts - control pressure regulator for MB engine is $291 from 
Audi and $150 (LIST!) from Bosch.  I can also get 25% off Bosch prices and only 
7% off Audi prices.

Audi's price for a new manual transmission for the ur-quattro (MB) is over 
GBP6000 - around $10000.  Is it any wonder there's a lively market for used 
parts, and that stolen cars are never seen again?

 Phil Payne
 Committee Member, UK Audi [ur-]quattro Owners Club