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RE: Exploding Audi Update (solution?)

Jeff, try this.... up here in Canada, CTV news has a guy called Dale
Goldhawk who is the consumer crusader.  If you are being done wrong by
big corporate Canada, call Dale and he will go to bat for you VERY
PUBLICLY and he does get results.  Now if there is a similar, well known
public crusader who is featured prominently on the tv news in your area
I would call Audi USA back and suggest to them that you feel this is an
extremely dangerous situation and  " My God,what if my kids had been in
the back seat and blah blah .. burnt by acid...blah blah (start crying
if you like) and suggest to them that maybe I better make sure this
doesn't happen to anybody else and that I think I should talk to so and
so at the tv news so that he can get the word out and people can protect
their kids and blah blah, (cry some more)...and I better talk to DOT as
they might want to recall...blah blah.. can't have kids sitting on a
(Or just mention 60 Minutes and they'll probably have a cheque in your
hands so fast it would make your head spin!)  

I bet they'll come to your party with a new battery and cleaning costs
pretty darn quick!

But then again, if they don't and Audi does get some bad press about
this, it means that Audi's will just get ... cheaper ... to.....buy....

Good luck
Stephane Livolsi
180 Yorston St
Williams Lake, BC, V2G 3Z1
ph 250-392-2637
fax 250-392-2693

'86 5KTQ stock (if you don't know what it means, you aren't in the club)


>Friday morning:  I receive a call from Audi USA, saying they will not cover
>anything, zero, zilch.  While I realize the car is out of warranty, in my
>opinion, this is a serious design flaw that allows battery acid to easily
>leak into the passenger compartment, and falls outside of normal component
>failure and upkeep.  They would not even offer to replace a battery that is
>4 years old, when the replacement battery comes with a 5 year warranty.  So
>basically they told me I am SOL and sure hope you have fun cleaning up that
>acid all over your interior.  And sure hope you got it all and that it
>doesn't weaken the floor pan at all to the point where the front passenger
>seat gets launched through the windshield when you have an accident.
>Needless to say, my frustration level with Audi at this point is very high.
>I understand that Audi's are quirky cars that require a lot of TLC and
>maintenance (see Honda vs. Audi thread).  But, as this is my first Audi, I
>don't know if I will be a repeat buyer when the time comes.  That's it.  I'm
>done ranting.  Sorry for the WOB, but I had to bitch to somebody...
>Jeff Fithian
>95 A6Q (for now)