Subject: RE: Tubular contro arms, any interest??

l.leung at l.leung at
Fri Feb 13 10:34:14 EST 2004

Unless there are any seams where ionic (salt laden)
moisture can accumulate and stay active for a LONG
time, I don't think that corrosion would be an issue,
although it's certainly MUCH more of a concern in a 
car compared to an airplane (they usually don't salt
the skies! except for cloud seeding, which is pretty
much not happening anymore). It'll be interesting to
see if 3rd or 4th owners will occur for these cars, 
they're so complex and costly to repair bodywork that
they'd most likely be junked (or at least in Europe,
recycled) rather than passed on to new owners. I'd 
think the cost of refurbing an A8 would be prohibitive
to most of us on the list, whom consider things like
type 44 TQ's an easy ticket to performance....


>And whom is ever checking
>an A8's shock 
>towers or rocker areas for cracking, as they do with aircraft?
I think the problem with failing aluminum parts is not one for the first 
2 owners to worry about.  I am sure (or rather hope) that they designed 
the parts so the fatigue life, even if not infinite, is very long.  So 
maybe the guy in 2045 who can still afford to find and put gas through 
his A8 for Sunday cruises should be checking things.  However now that I 
say that the primary driver would be mileage not age.  Although with 
aluminum corrosion might play a part.  Does Audi anodize the A8 chasis?

Eric Sanborn
'85 4ktq

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