[200q20v] RUST!?!?!

C1J1Miller at aol.com C1J1Miller at aol.com
Mon Jul 2 08:56:11 EDT 2001

The area right behind the front wheel well gets a lot of stone impacts, etc. and over time, the paint flakes off.  Might have some surface rust, but shouldn't be pitted etc.  They all do this in New England; peel back the loose rubbery paint, and repaint it (good for another 10 years).

In a message dated Mon, 2 Jul 2001  2:45:56 AM Eastern Daylight Time, Tomsaudi200 at aol.com writes:

<< I must be legally blind, stupid, or both. At home I have a narrow driveway, 
so I rarely get a really good side profile look at my 20V. 

This past week I was in Cape Cod, staying at a house with a very wide 
driveway. Since I was able to, I gave my car a good look, admiring her fine 
lines, when my eyes cast down just aft the the driver's side front fender, 
when I noticed the black paint on the undersill was flaking off. As you know, 
on the front fender this is maybe 3 or 4" long before it meets the driver's 
door. It is restricted only to this area. 

What the hell is this all about? I know my Porsche had a 10 year rust 
warranty, so I assume my Audi does as well. Well, the 200 20V is officially 
10 years old, and given my experience with Audi dealers, it isn't even worth 
my time and inevitable frustration.

Is this something other owners have encountered? Granted, I live in New 
England, and we get our share of salt on the roads, but I am shocked 
nonetheless. I do have a vehicle history on the car. Bought at the Audi 
dealer in Manhatten, she spent some time in Houston, before eventually 
returning to Connecticut.

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