[urq] The revolt is on!
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Fri May 16 11:34:13 PDT 2008
I'll simply respond that you can find whatever part you need for an urq.
Does it take more than calling up the dealer and ordering it? You bet. Is it
a challenge to do so? You bet. I don't support blanket statements that true
desire for any original urq part is impossible to find.
If you don't want to look at a world market and market value pricing, and
knowing all these spare oem parts had to go somewhere, to someone, fine. Then
it requires you compromise and accept a part that may be better than what
Audi delivered from the factory. In the world of high end restorations, there
are a lot of accepted 'oe' replacement part specs and manufacturers who's
parts don't detract from the value of the car. I'd bet Audi would fully support
that type of convention. I argue, the current owner base of these cars won't
pay the price required... Yet.
I believe there are better ways to put positive energy into a urq dedicated
owners list, than appeal to Audi, which has already made the business
decision on the SQ, at exponential value of our urq's. This is nothing new, and not
at all new for Audi, which has ditched support of all I5 iterations a few
years ago. Taking it to urq25, sharing enthusiasm for the urq, has more appeal
that turning this list to a tangential war on Audi over concern for clear
website trademark violations.
I think I understand what it takes to own and maintain, restore and service
urq's. I guess I never thought Audi support was stellar back when many of
these parts were available. I look at an urq passion as a commitment to
resourcefulness by definition. I don't believe Audi has to share my passion, they
already did when they built the car!
I say call Audi abandon of the urq parts support as given, and move on to
what can urq owners do for replacement part support.
In a message dated 5/16/2008 11:41:32 A.M. Central Daylight Time,
martin at quattro.ca writes:
If you can find an original OEM shift knob for an '83 I'll kiss your feet.
There are parts that you will never be able to buy new.
Looks like ball joints and rear tie rods for early cars are those parts.
So are the OEM flex lines for front brakes (a major safety item).
Not everyone is as resourceful as you.
I agree with you that most of the Ur-q owners are on shoe-sting budgets
and even if the parts were available they could not afford to buy them
However, there are people who would love to keep their low mile all
original cars that way.
Eric is looking for the correct lug nuts for his stud conversion... the
P/N 859 601 169 SQ lug nuts are NLA!!! If a mechanic accidentally cross
threads this puppy, guess what? The car will no longer be allowed on the
road. Can you replace it with a Porsche lug nut? Perhaps.. but for
someone like Eric that is not good enough.. and I appriciate that.
Even the front windshield (which is the same as a 4k) is NLA!!!
So I say Audi has dropped a ball on this one... it's a shame for all of
the people who have spent bunch of money getting their nice all original
ur-q or SQ just to find out there is 0 replacement parts to keep them on
the road. For the rest of the ur-q owners.. it doesn't matter, they will
keep their cars on the road by drilling out struts to 19mm.. or using
Suzuki Sidekick tie rods in tha back.. or.... or...
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