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    Is Audi bodywork under any kind of long term warrenty?

    Hi guys.. long time no see...

    Got a quick question.

    I have a 2001 Mineral Grey S3 with rust bubbles shoing along the driver side roof rail insert.

    Obviously i'm going to get it sorted asap but someone mentioned it was worth taking it into audi and complaining as the bodys are under a different warrenty??

    Is this the case?

    if not Back to plan B and i'll just have to pay for it myself.

    Anyone else had this issue?

    Thanks


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    Yeah they should cover it. Its 12 year warranty as far as I remeber. Just phone your dealer and they should arrange a weiwing by their bodyshop.
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    Ive got the same issue... what paper work would i need too justify the warranty?

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    You shouldnt need anything Daz, I just took mine down to the bodyshop and they assessed it. Mine needed a specialist from Audi to come and have a look at it as they though it had been a respray but after he gave the go ahead the had it done within a few days. Nice courtesy car, good job, very happy.
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    cool, thats a weight off my mind. will pop in tomorrow. its just round the corner from me


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    I had posted about this happening to me. I didnt have it from new, 89k on clock now. forget what it wsa at the time, 2002 plate, out of warranty and audi coventry couldn't help me enough. they didn't need any paperwork they just booked me in and gave me a free courtey car. top service

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    ive got bubbling too on the rear quarter panel and drivers door.
    gonna take it to audi in a few weeks when i get time but it is definately 12 year anti corrosion warranty

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    I Have bubbling on both rear arches. I've read on here tho that the arches are almost impossible to get Audi to cover under the warranty.

    Anyone had experience of their bubbling arches being covered under Audis warranty.

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    When the audi guy came to my house he checked mydoors, arches andall sorts of places. He explained why the bubbling happens. Something to do with the galvanising process and a problem with it that whent undetected for a period of time so in theory it can effect almost anywhere on the car but there are common placess

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    Spotted this problem with mine yesterday whilst washing the car. Hadn't noticed it before so was wondering if all the bad weather recently could be causing it? I'm getting a bit along the groove of the roof on the driver's side. Dunno where my nearest Audi dealer is but looks like I'll be paying them a visit.

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    I had this problem, they said it was common, all covered by audi

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    Mines getting a quarter panel resprayed on the 23rd, warranty on Audi bodywork doesn't need any proof, they just need to approve for the repair to be done, which take approx. a week.



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    Quote Originally Posted by A3-frankie
    When the audi guy came to my house he checked mydoors, arches andall sorts of places. He explained why the bubbling happens. Something to do with the galvanising process and a problem with it that whent undetected for a period of time so in theory it can effect almost anywhere on the car but there are common placess

    sounds like a bit of audi marketing poop as its funny how the bubbles appear near "water traps" lol going to take mine in for its roof gutter soon will let u know what they say


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    as the galvanising is hot dipped onto the panels at the factory i wonder how a bodyshop can re-apply it or do they just do a conventional repair which is likely to rust again. can someone ask the question when they take theirs in for assessing.
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    Ive got bubbling on my roof guttering... its a 2000 W reg and its a uk spec car but the guy collected it from germany, would i still be covered on this rust warranty ?

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    Ah yes, galvanic corrosion. Dont worry, Audi seem to repairing everyones under the anti-perf warranty. Do a search - huge thread on here about a month or so ago

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    Just been to Audi with mine but they couldnt help as they said the part where the bubbling was is not part of actual car...........its the bit on boot lid where lock is...........he said it was a plymth or something

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    Isn't that bit made from plastic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dubplate
    Ive got bubbling on my roof guttering... its a 2000 W reg and its a uk spec car but the guy collected it from germany, would i still be covered on this rust warranty ?
    I think it should be - the warranty should apply to any audi regardless of where it came from as they were all made in the same place
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    Katy, yeah the lock 'plynth'. From memory someone on here got that covered too as it was still a galvanised part, might be worth pressing the issue.

    I would read through all the past threads though and get yourself armed with as much information and fact as possible.
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    try another dealer, some will paint it without hassle and others will argue black is white to avoid helping you out. at the end of the day it should be down to audi customer services as to whether it's a viable warranty claim, the dealer should only be the instrument by which you report it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeA3
    I think it should be - the warranty should apply to any audi regardless of where it came from as they were all made in the same place
    Cool.... cheers fella i shall get onto Epsom Audi then.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dubplate
    Cool.... cheers fella i shall get onto Epsom Audi then.....
    let me know how you get on - epsom is my local dealer as well and i'll have to take mine over there in the coming weeks as i've noticed a small patch of rust just above the plastic door sill
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeA3
    let me know how you get on - epsom is my local dealer as well and i'll have to take mine over there in the coming weeks as i've noticed a small patch of rust just above the plastic door sill
    will do fella.... im away this weekend so i'll pop down there the weekend after....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stewart
    Katy, yeah the lock 'plynth'. From memory someone on here got that covered too as it was still a galvanised part, might be worth pressing the issue.

    I would read through all the past threads though and get yourself armed with as much information and fact as possible.
    You see the guy played me cause he said it wasnt covered but then went on to tell me how he liked the colour of my car becauuse you dont see many about........so clearly i was like HERO he likes it woo woo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dubplate
    will do fella.... im away this weekend so i'll pop down there the weekend after....
    ok if i get there before i'll drop you a line - i might be able to make it this weekend failing that it'll be the weekend after as well
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    Quote Originally Posted by Katy_S3
    You see the guy played me cause he said it wasnt covered but then went on to tell me how he liked the colour of my car becauuse you dont see many about........so clearly i was like HERO he likes it woo woo
    katy was that Newcastle Audi or Tyneside (silverlink)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Katy_S3
    You see the guy played me cause he said it wasnt covered but then went on to tell me how he liked the colour of my car becauuse you dont see many about........so clearly i was like HERO he likes it woo woo

    DAMMIT , next time i wont fall for his car charm!
    Hi Katy
    Get back onto Audi and speak to there manager or something. The 12 year warranty should cover all painted surfaces.
    Who ever you spoke to you there is just fobbing you off

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    Quote Originally Posted by petewon
    katy was that Newcastle Audi or Tyneside (silverlink)?
    I weent to tyneside audi at silverlink, the guy on service reception then sent me to the body shop in the tyne tunnel industrial estate where i was fobbed off!!

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    well ive just been to audi vindis cambridge and a guy came out and looked at the bit i had spotted.. then looked at the other side and actually found some i haddnt spotted.. Both sides are being repaired under the warrenty and while its in i will also pay for the door to be resprayed in the correct colour at last (always been slightly darker due to a poor spot repair with a previous owner)

    Thumbs up.. saved me some money anyway!


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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeA3
    ok if i get there before i'll drop you a line - i might be able to make it this weekend failing that it'll be the weekend after as well
    nice one..... cheers mate

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    There's 2 distinct warranties here, one is the paint warranty that last for 3 years, the 12 year one is an anti-corrosion warranty. painted finish obviously comes under the paint warranty. corrosion, which is what we're seeing here obviously comes under the anti-corrosion warranty. usually to qualify the panel has to corrode through from the inside so bubbling isn't automatically covered as it could be caused by a stone chip. interestingly enough i've heard of people getting wheels replaced under the corrosion warrenty
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    i was told mine was a known fault caused by insufficent sealing wax being sprayed on the folded join between the rear quarter and the roof.

    end of the day both sides are being fixed at no cost and they were very helpfull.


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    Has anyone got the detailed small print for the 12 year warranty or can some one tell me where I can find out all the info. Dont want to turn up at my audi dealer with no idea what so ever...."errrrrr mr audi man...what this bout a 12year warranty my mate dave told me about..." lol doesnt fair too well if you get what I mean.

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    Just finished cleaning mine 5mins ago and found the runs on the roof bubbling

    thought my s3 had escaped the red evil
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    Quote Originally Posted by bouncer--daz
    Has anyone got the detailed small print for the 12 year warranty or can some one tell me where I can find out all the info. Dont want to turn up at my audi dealer with no idea what so ever...."errrrrr mr audi man...what this bout a 12year warranty my mate dave told me about..." lol doesnt fair too well if you get what I mean.

    You guys should try the pfficial Audi UK site!

    http://www.audi.co.uk/audi/uk/en2/to...ised_body.html



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    Nice find Jojo
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    Well I will have to pop into my local stealer for a chat then

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    I've been speaking with my local stealership for a while about my 'roof bubbling'. They finally agreed to submit a warranty claim and 48 hours later I've received conformation that the issue is covered by warranty. The car is going in next week to have the work done.

    In case anyone else is in central London, the dealership was Finchley Road Audi so they're familiar with the problem now.

    Good luck

    By the way my car is a 1999 1.8t

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    I need to get my rear bootlid lock part sorted... Its bubbling!!

    Do they give you an Audi S3 (new one) for courtesy...

 

 
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