[V8] 90 V8 Bose rear amplifier recall?

Ingo Rautenberg i.rautenberg at waratap.com
Mon Dec 19 17:16:42 EST 2005

..and I might add that the door grilles (behind which are the front Bose
speakers and amps in a tuned enclosure) are integrated into the door panels.
So if you want to remove the door speaker(s), you will need to remove the
door panel first, and first remove the armrest and unlock inside door pull
assembly and window switch(es).  I think Kneale and others have posted a
link describing the procedure with pics.  Rolling down the window all the
way helps, as does rotating the door lock knob 1/4 turn and then removing
the plastic knob :-)


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Buchholz, Steven" <Steven.Buchholz at kla-tencor.com>
To: "v8audi" <v8 at audifans.com>
Sent: Monday, December 19, 2005 5:04 PM
Subject: RE: [V8] 90 V8 Bose rear amplifier recall?

... the grilles on the dash do not cover any speakers for the factory Bose

AFAIK the 1990s were excluded ... here's something I pulled from my

> I wrote to the NHTSA several months ago.  My rear speakers are making
> the same noise.  It irritates me that the 1990 model was excluded - as I
> understand it, all years used the same amps.  Could it be that it's
> most of the V8's were produced in 1990 and they didn't want to cover them
> all?
> Steve Buchholz wrote:
> ... seems to me that missives to the NTHSA might be most helpful.  It
> doesn't take much to show that the parts used in the 1990 cars were of the
> same part number as those in the 1991s ...
> Did anyone with a 1990 car submit a complaint with the NHTSA?  You can get
> more info n what recalls are active from:
>     http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/recall_links.cfm
> Steve Buchholz
> San Jose, CA (USA)
> ... got my official notice for the first '91 V8 in the mail yesterday as
> well ... it will be interesting to see what happens for the second one ...
> >
> > are there any other owners of 1990 v8s that have the
> > bose systems with crackling rear speakers that are
> > wondering why we were excluded from the recall??  what
> > can we do???  are our speakers less susceptible to
> > fire because they are a year older???

The thing is that the amps in the door speakers are subject to burning
themselves out as well ... I've got a door speaker in #344 that is showing
signs of impending failure, and I had another in #2 fail too ... it is just
that the risk of causing a vehicle fire are reduced because the amps are

It appears that if you want to get your car handled by a NHTSA recall you
will need to take up the campaign.  If you don't want to do it that way it
is my understanding that you can get rebuilt speaker units from Bose for
something like $75 a pop.

Steve B
San José, CA (USA)
> Hi, I just pulled all the speakers out of the car as one by one, they
> have failed/gotten worse.  I saw on one of the car audio sites "90 V8
> bose rear amplifier recall---contact dealer"...University Audi
> (seattle) said "no recall notice on '90 V8.  Anyone have any info if
> the '90 was finally included....Also, do the dash speakers have an
> amp?   My manual says to pry off the covers...and being very
> careful...cracked one and stopped there.  Sincerely Tom

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