15-04-08

To all those who have an Audi Q7 or dream about having one: is this new Audi Q7 accident of March 2008 really surprising? Read the present article such as the previous ones of April 2008 and get your own conclusions...

 

March 14th, 2008 / 9:30 - The story and the photo's (click on the photo's hereunder to enlarge) of the 2008 Audi Q7 accident

July 1st, 2006 / 17:30 - The story and photo's (click on the photo's hereunder to enlarge) of the 2006 Audi Q7 accident

P. was driving on a highway in F. (at approximately 130 km/h), cruise control activated. At a certain moment, she slightly pushes on the brake, in order to deactivate the cruise control. At the same moment, the car instantly deviates to the right (absolutely no obstacle on the way). P. tries to recuperate control and to turn the vehicle to the left, the vehicle obeys for a very short instant but then it slides again to the right, outside of the highway, falls in a 6 m deep ravine near the highway and rolls over three times before it stops completely. One wheel has got completely loss, while the other one also got deformed. Just like in the 2006 accident, the articulation of the broken wheel is missing (lost somewhere at the site of the accident).

 

While driving on the highway in France (at approximately 130 km/h), the front wheel on the right side got loss (absolutely no obstacle on the way), stayed for a while under the car while the car went in one move to the right (the wheel pushed the interior side of the car inside breaking the leg of my daughter). The right wheel also got deformed, while the car was sliding to the right. The car flew into the outside landscape then hit (almost) frontally the land hill, obviously first with the right front side and immediately afterwards also with the left front side. It went then up to an angle of approximately 45 degrees, then fell back on the ground and hit it first with its right corner at its bottom, then fell completely on its right side.

 

It was a S-Line model TDI 3.0 l (233 HP), 7 seats. 5 months old vehicle, only 10.000 km.

 

It was a model TDI 3.0 l (233 HP), 7 seats. Weight of approximately 2.5 ton. 6 weeks old vehicle, 6.000 km.

 

No airbag deployed, even if the car was equipped with all possible airbags proposed by the manufacturer.

 

The frontal airbags didn't work (neither because of the frontal choke, nor because of the seat belts), the lateral ones neither, when the car (2.5 ton) fell on its side. The car was equipped with all possible airbags proposed by the manufacturer.

 

I do not know exactly which object from the inside of the car hit P.'s face, but I can assure you that after 2 weeks, her left eye had the same marks and colors as my wife's left eye in 2006.

 

As if this was not enough, the central internal mirror also got loss at the moment of the choke and hit the head of my wife, who was driving the car.

 

P.'s husband, Christophe, is very happy that his wife and their 2 years old boy - who was in the car with his mother - survived the accident. Happily the little boy was not on the passenger's seat - you'll understand why if you look at the photo of that part of the vehicle - see photo hereunder.

 

I'm very happy that my wife and my daughter survived to this very severe accident (the car has been very normally declared as a total loss), these two members of my family being relatively lightly injured (broken sternum for my wife and hit on her head and broken leg for my daughter).

 

Audi puts a new Audi Q7 to the disposal of P. and C., 2 weeks after the accident (upgraded Avius pack model). Audi 2008 vs. Audi 2006: different CEO, different attitude?

 

Audi do not propose any assistance to the owner or the injured persons and only calls the owner to get some news after the first article was published on our blog.

 

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Accident Audi Q7-07

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Accident Audi Q7-02

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Accident Audi Q7-20

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Accident Audi Q7-08

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Accident Audi Q7-04

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Accident Audi Q7-03

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11-04-08

AUDI AND THEIR “PREMIUM” Q7 MODEL SINCE 2006 UNTIL NOW: “VORSPRUNG DURCH TECHNIK”? (Audi’s slogan is indeed “Advance through technology”)

Sorry for the delay of this new article, I’ve been traveling abroad for some days and had no time to write it. Please keep some patience, still a couple of days to wait before reading all details about the new Q7 accident of this 2008 spring. In between, some words about the evolution of Audi and of its Q7 model since 2006 until now.  Some testimonials about certain Q7’s: 

-          Johan P (Belgium – E-mail testimonial): in November 2006, he had his Q7 since April 2006 and had already got the following problems: car delivered with defect lights at the rear en some other electronic problems. Johan brings the car back to the C. garage in Leuven (Belgium), where the car is being given back to him, without those problems but with the following explanation “we found nothing, everything was all right”. A lot of strange noises when he drove the car and when driving above a slow ramp. No electricity anymore on the battery when not driving the car for 7 days. Problems with the pneumatic suspension and the rear drive camera that do not work always.

 -          France (web testimonial of 2 July 2007): got his Q7 on 12 December 2006, after 15 days gets back to the dealer that sold the vehicle to him, complaining that the car was strangely deviating   to the right, the dealer said “don’t worry; we’ll see this at the first technical inspection”. He kept on driving for another two months, after that he observed an abnormal abrasion of the right front tire, the dealer cannot solve the problem, suggests him to drive another 1500 km; he refuses and asks the dealer to replace the tires under warranty. Telephone disputes over 15 days, he finally gets the acceptation of the dealer to replace under warranty the tires of his 70.000 EUR vehicle that had driven only 10.000km.  Recuperate his car, but once again, nothing goes right, despite 5 times at the service and 3 controls and adjustments of the wheel geometry, the car still deviates at the right and strange vibrations occur at the driving wheel…

Link to this web comment (in French): http://www.ciao.fr/AUDI_Q7_TDI_AVUS__Avis_1014970

 -          France (web testimonial of 28 October 2007): Q7 owner since December 2006, has not driven off-road nor hit any obstacles (!). First he had some water from the washer fluid flowing into the car and destroying the carpet. After 15000 km, no battery any more. Electrical problems with the radio, DVD and the lights of the dash board. The car deviates to the right. Right front tire suffers abnormal wear and tear by 19000km. Thinks the car is very comfortable but much less reliable, hopes Audi shall handle this problem seriously, as his opinion was that he thought Audi to be a responsible brand. Link to this web comment (in French):http://www.ciao.fr/AUDI_Q7_TDI_AVUS__Avis_1062880 

-          Italy/December 2007-April 2008 (E-mail testimonial): Tom M. orders his new Q7 directly in Germany as he had heard that some cars delivered outside Germany had problems. Tom begins to drive it in December 2006. After 2000 km, he feels uncomfortable vibrations when using the brakes. Audi replaced the discs in warranty. Yet, after another 2000km, the same happens again. Audi refuses to replace the discs again, arguing that it happened “because of the driver’s style”. Tom writes a letter to Audi in Ingolstadt and tells them that he’ll ask for a survey by SGS and TUV and that he plans to launch a legal case in Germany. The manufacturer accepts to replace the discs again. Tom is still arguing with them today, the Italian dealer where he brought the car does his best to try to solve the problem, at the last meeting they had with an Audi inspector, this one told them that this is due to the so called shimmy effect (shimmy = shaking or vibrations of a vehicle's front wheels from side to side due to problems with tire alignment or suspension). Tom is currently waiting for the dealer to buy a machine that allows solving the problem. To be continued.

-   Web article about an Audi Q7 accident with a truck on 5 January 2008 in Romania: no airbags have worked. See photos of this accident:

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Link to this web article (in Romanian): http://www.piticstyle.ro/2008/01/06/zapada-multa-zapada/  -          Netherlands (web testimony on 7 January 2008): when bringing his car to the dealer for a control, a Q7 owner gets informed that an abnormal clearance was found at the right front wheel. It has been found at the articulation between the handle bar and the wheelhouse. The car had not driven a lot and the driver has driven it softly. It was too early to have this kind of problems, this incident raises questions. The defect part was going to be replaced in warranty. Imagine what could have happened if the handlebar got loss from the wheel house. It should not left much together from the front wheel and the whole suspension.Link to this comment on the Dutch blog www.autoblog.nl (see down on that page, the comment of 7 January 2008): http://www.autoblog.nl/archive/2006/08/30/een-ontevreden-ex-q7-rijder#comment-1246422 -          A guy I work with  who got possession of his Q7 almost in the same time as me also informed me that his Audi Q7 already had two recalls at the dealer, out of the normal periodical technical inspections. I do not know if this has been the case for more cars delivered in the beginning of the delivery period of the Q7 model (March – July 2006). Maybe some of you can confirm this (please leave your comments by pushing on button “Reacties” here under). And some words about the company itself and its “premium” Q7 model: -          number of produced Audi Q7’s during the first 2 years: 72 169 units in 2006 and 77 395 units in 2007-          the Q7 model represents some 7,8% of the total number of the yearly production of Audi-          my statistics about similar accidents to ours, occurred during the first 2 years existence of this model: 0,13%-0,14% (related to the 2006 – 2007 production)-          after 5 financial successful years as CEO of Audi, “prof MW” (CEO of Audi during the dispute about our accident of 2006) got promoted as CEO of VW (by the end of 2006)-          one of the first things “prof MW” did as a CEO of VW was closing a big part of the VW factory in Brussels where more than 50% of the personnel lost their jobs (begin 2007)-          at the head of Audi, new CEO “RS” runs the business since begin 2007; does he have a new attitude towards similar accidents as ours? Read this in the next article on this blog. The next article will give you the details about the new accident of an Audi Q7. Until then, I can disclose another photo of the 2008 accident, near one of the similar 2006 accident:  2008                                                                                                2006

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06-04-08

BUT FIRST AN INTERMEZZO WITH SOME GENERAL NEWS…

 Before getting in detail with the new Audi Q7 « event » of 2008, let’s see what happened since begin November 2006, when we stopped updating this blog. Let’s begin with other manufacturers, as I always said that Audi is not the only manufacturer having this kind of problems or behavior. - In 2007, a Chinese driver had an accident with his S350 Mercedes, the airbags didn’t work. Read this story via this link: http://news.windingroad.com/countriesmarkets/china/chinese-man-vows-to-only-drive-cars-built-in-china-after-crashing-mercedes-s350/ - After a horrible accident of June 1999, where two kids of 9 and 10 years were killed, Volvo was condemned in January 2008 to pay a fine of 200 kEUR (accident due to brake problems);see French written article via this linkhttp://news.caradisiac.com/Volvo-condamne-a-200-000-EUR-844  - new incidents and accidents with several Lamborghini Murcielago’s (Lamborhini being 100% owned by Audi): see Martin’s blog http://www.lambounfall.de/lamborghini_murcielago_crash.html  - I bought myself by the end of 2006, after our Audi Q7 accident, a BMW 5 Touring (break) that had rain water coming inside because of a factory error when mounting the drains of the sunroof (BMW recognized their fault and repaired it) and a Mercedes R class that was only delivered after almost 5 months delay while ordered as a car in stock (human error of the commercial guy – Mercedes put replacement car at our disposal, for free, over the whole waiting period). The article of tomorrow will handle more specific news about Audi and about its Q7 since November 2006. Until then, some additional photo’s to compare 2008 to 2006 cases:           2008                                                                  2006

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05-04-08

SPRING 2008: AUDI AND THEIR “RELIABLE” Q7 MODEL BRING US BACK TO THIS “Q7 ACCIDENT” BLOG


Two years ago by this time of the year, we were counting the days left until the delivery of our Audi Q7, which we had ordered in December 2005 (new model, big excitement). On July 1st, 2006, six weeks after its delivery and after having driven 6000 km with it, our brand new Audi Q7 losses its right wheel while driving on the highway in France, at 130 km/h, in absence of any external impact or driver’s error.
 

Despite some inspection efforts, the insurance company was not able to find the technical problem and sold the wrack in order to limit their losses in this case. We could not afford spending so much money one needs to legally fight against such a giant multinational company as Audi.

Our last previous article on this blog was saying “thanks God we’re still alive” and the rest was counting much less for us. Nothing could yet take away from us the feeling of being a real nothing in front such a giant manufacturer (in absence of appropriate consumer protection European legislation for vehicles under guarantee) or regrets like “such a pity we were the ones who had such a bad luck with this kind of vehicle”. 

We also felt guilty in front of web friends like Martin (Germany) – a victim of Lamborghini or Paul (Great Britain) – a victim of Volvo, because we didn’t have the force to go further and join forces with them in order to fight together against this abnormal legal situation in Europe.

 

But today, new events bring us back to this blog. Please take a first look at the broken wheel hereunder on the left side; it is not the broken one of our Audi Q7 accident from 2006, but a new one of 2008 ! You can see our broken wheel on the right side...

You can read more about this new strange story in the next articles on this blog. Keep reading and you'll know very soon more about this!


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