[urq] What is everyone's opinion about Audi's parts
jbufkin at austin.rr.com
Wed Aug 2 10:03:05 EDT 2006
The intriguing thing is that Audi plans to simply abandon the urquattro
and sport quattro to the aftermarket world. These cars define what Audi
is now. A performance oriented all wheel drive car.
And more importantly the SPORT QUATTRO which is the embodiement of their
rallying heritage. lets talk about that for a minute or two.
The Sport Quattro essentially defines Audi as far as I'm concerned.
They are worth roughly 75000 dollars if in original good condition.
A very pricey car even by todays standards. A car of that worth being
only 25 years old or so DESERVES better from the manufacturer than to be
abandoned to the aftermarket.
There are 1955 mercedes in excellent condition that fetch 80,000 dollars
and one can still get parts for that car. So the bigger travesty here,
dare I say a Monumental Travesty is the treatment of Sport quattro
owners. To sell off all the Sport Quattro parts to the general public
without at least offering them to actual Sport Quattro owners is
RIDICULOUS to an Extreme. What if a Sport gets into a minor fender
bender or a breaks a driveshaft. The owner has to scrougne for parts
and many of these might actually be on copy cars, conversions and other
vehicles. Is that the end to a very rare machine that represents what
Audi is all about? To use these cars in advertisements such as the
new Q7 commercial while at the same time dropping all factory support to
keep these car on the road and in tenable condition is DESPICABLE. To
see the quattro logo on all their new cars while dropping support for
the original car that started the whole trend is beyond Belief.
So regardless of how new Audis are so great where one has to pay 500
dollars for maintenance, I can find plenty of other car makers who offer
similar products at better value. If Audi is going to treat some of
its most DIEHARD customers this way, I do not want to stick around to
see how they treat their average customer. I get the impression that
they think The urquatto is like Jars of Expired Mayonaise that need to
be throw out. I have a 2001 A8L that will be replaced soon, I will
not be another Audi. I have persuaded my mother to pass on a Q7 in
favor of a Mercedes Benz. It will not stop there. Audi will have to
realize that in the long term, this move is a bad move and is being
penny wise and pound foolish.
Now, I will not sell my Urquattros. Nor will I sell my Rally Car, I'm
sure many of you would be willing to buy it. I am not very proud of
Audi right now. I find myself personally in a rather unique position
because I do own a higher profile car that can be used with considerable
weight for advertising and promotion. Last year, things were great.
Audi was doing the 25 years of Quattro and things were looking up. Now
one year later, its a total and utter flop.
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