[Biturbos4] Body work question

Philip Pace pjpace at yahoo.com
Thu Feb 19 01:08:08 EST 2004

... better late than never. The bumpers are a pain, but everyone I've ever met
who has removed theirs (and that's a lot of people), and who has been
determined to get it re-aligned, has been sucessful. More often than not,
people just settle with it being close, but there are tricks (that I
unfortunately don't know about specifically, but several in the area do), that
will make it work. Good luck.

--- "Power, Sean Austin (UMKC-Student)" <sap187 at umkc.edu> wrote:
> 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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