[urq] Letter to Audi...
ekellock at gmail.com
Wed Jun 28 01:02:39 EDT 2006
This all was boldly underscored by a TV ad I saw when I got home from work
tonight. It was for the Q7, which was shown going up Pikes Peak (the race
btw, is this Saturday, no coincidence, I'm sure). The footage was a splice
back and forth between Q7 and Sport Q.
No clearer justification for our pursuit is necessary.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: urq-bounces at audifans.com
> [mailto:urq-bounces at audifans.com] On Behalf Of Louis-Alain Richard
> Sent: Tuesday, June 27, 2006 10:15 PM
> To: 'Wylie Bean'; urq at audifans.com
> Subject: [urq] RE : urq Digest, Vol 32, Issue 40
> Hi Wylie,
> This is my own personal point of view of the problem, and
> since you asked so nicely... If you can ask the "brass" where
> to direct our request, it will be a nice gain of time. And we
> can easily translate it in the language of their choice...
> For me, the problem lies in two areas:
> - parts that are no longer available, and that we need to
> keep the cars running or looking great. Most of them are
> specific, but not difficult to reproduce even in small
> quantities. More, these parts are not available from the
> usual aftermarket suppliers, mainly because the Quattro was
> made is such small numbers. Many owners, when facing an NLA
> part, follow the alternative route which is the conversion to
> a newer system. Then, the car is no longer an "original"
> vehicle, for all that's worth. We can provide a detailed list
> of the parts we need.
> - parts that are way too expensive (for no economic reason)
> here in North America, especially in Canada. One good example
> are the subframe
> bushings: all the 8 of them would cost you 540$CDN if ordered
> through an Audi dealer in Canada. That is for 8 simple
> rubber/metal bushings. When ordered in Swiss, the cost for
> the same parts, same part numbers, same manufacturer (BOGE
> parts made in 2003) was 105$CDN. How can someone justify a 5x
> increase just by crossing the ocean ? I have many other
> examples, but you get the point.
> For me, these two points are related to a lack of support
> from AoA. They can easily justify this by supply and demand,
> stocking charges, low volume, etc., but the feeling I have is
> one of disinterest from the manufacturer. It takes some
> effort to keep history rolling (litteraly, in our case), an
> effort where money is not the only parameter.
> Thanks in advance,
> Louis-Alain Richard
> Montreal PQ,
> > -----Message d'origine-----
> > Anybody want to type something tasteful up for me quickly?
> I'll see a
> > lot of Audi brass on Thursday evening....including the head of AoA.
> > Wylie Bean
> > TheRingmeister at triad.rr.com
> > 90 Cq
> > 99.5 A4 Avant 1.8Tq
> > 01 allroad q 2.7T
> > (no ur-q yet, and starting to feel a little left out)
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