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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by necroeire, Sep 22, 2006.

  1. necroeire
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    [Sep 22, 2006]
    Well as some of you may know my car is in the stealers for the last week getting three relays changed.

    Now that service is a joke.

    Anyhow previously in January I had to rent a car for 2 weeks while they tried to repair an immobiliser fault on my A3 and now it will be at least 10 -14 days to change 3 relays.:wtf:
    I can no longer cope with living with an Audi.

    Don't take me wrong, the car is great, I love the styling, the torque, quality, build, and so on but the service from the stealers is total ****. Anytime I ever had to call them their response was always the same "sorry but we can't fit you in for at least 3-4 weeks" no f*****g wonder when it takes them this bloody long to change a relay. Just as well I could change the bulbs myself.

    Anyhow I'm after some advice on what alternatives to I could get for my 1.9TDi 130bhp A4 - it's a 2001 so I'll have approx €20,000 to spend. Passat is out as the Audi / VW is the same garage in my area. :sob:

    The dark side is calling with a 320d but I'd appreciate your advice all the same. There are not many alternatives to the A4 TDi out there. I don't think I could downsize or even go for something like a mondeo so please help me in looking for an alternative.

    Dave.
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    [Sep 22, 2006]
    I take it Skoda is out on the same grounds too - VRs would be cheaper to make up for the petrol
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    Skoda dealer is different so hopefully their service is better. Actually they're a hell of a lot cheaper. I'll check around on them but there's still the old 'skoda' stigma though. Any other alternatives?
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    [Sep 22, 2006]
    Seat Cupra R quite a nice car and very fast
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    You can buy a Leon Cupra in diesel form, with the PD150 unit, should still be pretty quick and fuel efficient, not many about though...
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    Why not use an independant car garage? Surely some of your friends use a local garage and could recommend one.

    I would not worry about using a main dealer on a older car and lots of small garages have computers like VAG.com now.

    Will be cheaper to.
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    Or why not just take your Audi to the Skoda dealer?

    Still VAG receipts, they've got all the same gear, and their labour rate is probably less too...

    Regards,

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    [Sep 22, 2006]
    ........:iagree: .....even better idea
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    [Sep 23, 2006]
    Hey guys - stupidly I never thought of that. Doooh....Must make a call to the Skoda and a few of the other local smal fries on Monday.

    I had a look at this today - very nice car but strangely only had a tape deck and no aircon....




    had a look at a 318i Touring and although it too looked nice it was also missing the aircon and again only had a tape deck.
    Not big issues but hey - when a car costs this much then it should have all the extras. Thinking of going to see a few V40's and V70's too, they have high specs for a much lower price - but then again if I get lucky with the Skoda stealers then I'll more than likely keep the car.
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    Update - still no car.....I called yesterday about 10 times and finally got through to find out.....most of the service personnel took a days holiday.

    Seems to be a bit of a money spinner to me. Getting real angry now though, thinking of seeking advice from my solicitor.
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    I wouldnt sell my audi because I dont like my local dealer, but if I did the beemer would be the next best thing
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    [Sep 27, 2006]
    Ok got the car back late last night in working condition 12 days after dropping it off.
    The wanted to charge me €850 approx for this amazing service.
    Obviously I refused on the grounds that the delay in getting the parts were their fault and also the fact the parts were available in 2 other Audi garages and also in Vagparts.
    Upshot was after a lengthy discussion with their service manager last night and his boss this morning they are going to half the cost to €400 as they will pay for the car rental and charge the labour to that of a polo. Good result but all in all a very dissapointing experience and an unnecessary wait on the getting the car repaired.

    I will never use this garage ever again as they are complete rip off merchants - i.e. €800 to replace 3 relays and they have tarnished the brand IMO. I am currently calling around some other local garages to see if they have the necessary tools to service the A4 - which no doubt they will. Still thinking of changing to the 320d Touring but other than the garage I do love my car.
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