Remember that a lot of car recalls start where the manufacturer denies it. This makes business sense. However, when things escalate then a lot of manufacturers have to officially start a recall. The recent french car brake problem has been known about since 2004 but has only recently become officially a recall. Audi and all their operatives have to be very careful when answering questions like "Have you had many cars in with XYZ fault" as any reference to "We do get quite a lot" could be taken as an admission of guilt. I do understand Audi staying well clear of this one as to fix the fault costs a fortune in labour never mind in parts. Yeah, I'm making it up. The fact that this thread is way long just goes to show it's all hot air. Sarcasm aside, how do you know that these cars for sale do not have the rattling pre-symptoms sometimes shown by BLB failures? And how many people will sell bust BLB oil balancer shaft cars on Autotrader? To sound harsh, what good will a facebook page do? I know Audi UK operatives do read forums, I doubt they would bother reading a facebook page which is a poor relation to a full forum. I have been a member on these forums a while, I've had my BLB changed over but I am not a member of the facebook page so hence means very little, in my opinion. Yes, you do know the answer because ELSA/ETKA will tell you all you need to know. In fact, one owner who had the issue was a parts testing engineer for an aircraft parts manufacturer and it was interesting to hear what he thought of such components. May I just point out that you are the one posting in this thread so if you want to be in denial then that is your choice, in which case don't read anything. As a final note before I get thoroughly bored, there are several posts on this thread made by mechanics who clearly know their stuff. Their knowledge and experience surpasses mine and I daresay yours. It's rare I come across posts that, to me, appear troll-like but this gets added to the list. The end.