[BiturboS4] Important for those of you pissed at AUDI of America

Bruce Mendel brucem105 at comcast.net
Thu Apr 24 01:29:15 EDT 2003

Sounds like you've been more than patient, and if your car meets the lemon
law requirements in your state, it should be "relatively" easy to win. If
not, you have, in my humble opinion, reached the pain threshold for someone
to sue, even if to get out of having to deal with it.

The stupid thing is, you most likely would not be contemplating this if
they'd just respond to your inquiries and make you feel like a valued
customer. That's free for them, beyond the 3 cents per minute call!

Good luck!

----- Original Message -----
From: "Erik J. Engstrom" <engstrom at rawbw.com>
To: "Bruce Mendel" <brucem105 at comcast.net>; <MAJIKKAM at aol.com>;
<stiles_s at hotmail.com>; <jimnetpa at yahoo.com>; <vr6pilot at hotmail.com>;
<biturbos4 at audifans.com>
Cc: <advocate1001 at yahoo.com>; <Tyger9 at aol.com>
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2003 11:35 PM
Subject: RE: [BiturboS4] Important for those of you pissed at AUDI of

> Bruce & Scott,
> Thank you very much for your mature and patient input.
> As some of you may recall, I've had a series of issues with my car that
> exceed the usual or even strangely unusual repair history of the Biturbo.
> I'm not talking about washer pumps or windshield wipers. I've had non-stop
> repair attempts by my dealer since October of 2002. I've driven the car
> a tiny amount since January. It hasn't been home for more than a week
> It's been averaging 125 miles between major malfunctions. I think its
> a dealer problem and some bad calls by Audi Tech Line.
> I first contacted Audi of America Customer Care 76 days ago. I'm still
> waiting for someone to ask me what I want for someone, anyone in the
> organization to actually meet a commitment. Every time frame, every
> every parameter has been broken. They can't seem to do anything in the
> promised time frame. Unfortunately the goodwill offer doesn't consider the
> tax plan I'm operating under. I can finish my lease and walk away with
> $900 less than Audi is offering, due to the ridiculous arbitration offer
> factoring for mileage. I leased the car for 3 years and intended to buy
> own the car for two additional years. This would allow me to actually pay
> about $13,000 post-tax dollars for the five years of ownership on the car.
> If I accepted a buyback, I would lose all of that tax advantage AND still
> have to come up with money for a down payment on another car.
> I do not want to enter a lawsuit. I do not want to get into a protracted
> legal fistfight. But after 76 days I finally sent a faxed ultimatum to the
> person handling my case. I feel I have been reasonable enough, and overly
> patient for too long. I indicated that I wanted one of three options
> selected in writing by 1:00PM on May 2, 2003. At 1:30 I'm signing the
> paperwork to begin a suit between me and Audi of America. The car is a
> 3 times over by my state laws. I didn't even being speaking to them until
> the 3rd time through the lemon loophole. Over the past 76 days Audi has
> nothing but drag its feet and I've had to do all of the follow up with
> my dealer and Audi since October. I'm passing the baton to specialists in
> this kind of law. I'm not worried about losing, or winning, I'm just tired
> of dealing with it every day without any change or result.
> I hope that Audi is more capable than they appear to me, but I certainly
> know that I'm in a STATISTICALLY small class of people who have had
> like this. People who throw lawsuits around frivilously deserve to enter
> into one and lose badly. I've been declared the winner in a lawsuit in
> I actually lost far more than I ever gained.
> Go take a community college course or adult education class on the law, or
> at least read a book on the subject by Nolo Press... I hope it would
> your opinion to toss "litigation" around lightly. Don't talk about it, I
> sick of hearing all the hot air. Just meet with a lawyer, discuss your
> options and think hard.
> Erik

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