[Biturbos4] Body work question

dap128 dap128 at hotmail.com
Thu Feb 5 22:06:19 EST 2004

The front bumper is definitely adjustable, though once it has been removed
it is kind of a PITA to get it perfect again.  Mine has been off a few times
for various repairs and modifications and it is no longer perfect, but it is
really only noticeable if you are looking for it.

-Dave Pramanik

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Power, Sean Austin (UMKC-Student)" <sap187 at umkc.edu>
To: <Biturbos4 at www.audifans.com>
Sent: Thursday, February 05, 2004 9:12 PM
Subject: [Biturbos4] Body work question

After one month of waiting, I finally got the call from the body shop that
my 2001 S4 is ready to be picked up.  The car required new front and rear
bumpers among other things after being rear-ended.  (total repair bill
nearly $5,000)  Unfortunately, upon inspection, I noticed that the gaps
between the bumpers and the body of the car are wider than they were
pre-accident and particularly on the front bumper, the gap is not perfectly
parallel (meaning the distance b/w bumper and body is slightly wider at the
wheel well than at the headlight).  Just to make sure I wasn't imagining
this, I pulled photos of the car that clearly show the lines are not as
clean as they used to be.

The body shop I used has a very good reputation and generally only works on
Audis.  They have offered to try to do better, but in a moment of candor,
the tech said, there really is not much they can do to make the lines
tighter . . . IOW, the bumper cover just kind of snaps on, and due to
shipping, heat, etc., the covers are sometimes slightly warped and do not
fit perfectly - a condition that gets worse in cold (it is about 10-20
degrees here in Kansas City).

So my question is, does this explanation ring true with anyone?  Is it
possible to nearly perfectly line up replacement bumpers, so the lines look
clean and tight?

Don't get me wrong, they are not THAT bad, but frankly, not that good
either.  At the end of the day, I will probably take it back to have them
try to get it closer, but if what they said is true, maybe I am wasting my
time.  Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Sean Power
2001.5 S4
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