Hello all, long time lurker here.
I own a 2008 Audi R8. Purchased the car in 2013 with 9k miles on it and have exclusively driven it since then. It now has 57k miles on it. Never been in an accident. Pictures:
Unfortunately, (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it) during a routine brake fluid flush, I asked my mechanic to inspect the frame for signs of damage or cracking, since it would be exposed during the brake flush. (Thanks to you all for bringing this issue to my attention. I would have NEVER known this car was prone to this type of damage without this forum and would have never asked the mechanic to look at the frame. The frame was exposed a few months earlier because of a coilover installation, because, yes you guessed it, mag ride dead and mechanics didn't see anything. I guess I should be happy that the mag rides lasted for 57k miles? Anyway, I can only deduce that the crack had not yet appeared, or the mechanics didn't look at the frame closely enough) Anyway, the brake fluid flush mechanic found the following crack:
I took a photograph of the right passenger side strut tower:
See anything? Looks like a pretty recent crack based on the color of the silver. I've spoken to several welders regarding this issue. They have told me they are aware of this issue on R8's and some A8's. Even with no accidents involved. I asked, in their opinion is this a DANGEROUS CONDITION?. They advised me that it was very dangerous and to not drive the car further. I've seen several photographs of frame cracking on this forum, and from what I can tell, mine is very new and minor (compared to other pics on this forum) However, I will take their advice and get the car repaired. However, that is not the purpose of this forum post.
I am a licensed attorney in the state of Georgia. The following is not intended to be legal advice. I AM NOT YOUR ATTORNEY.
I believe that this matter is actually a design defect and Audi should be held liable. As we all know, Audi actually changed their manufacturing process of the R8s sometime in 2010 or 2011 and reinforced the frame. I assume they did this because they were in fact, aware of this issue. For more information regarding the reinforcement measures Audi took specifically, see other threads on this forum, this forum has discussed this matter in detail.
The problem is, Audi had a DUTY to warn the public of this defect. They should have, in my opinion, at the VERY LEAST warned owners, and suggested the repair/reinforcement at the OWNERS OWN COST. As you know, Audi created a specific Gusset used to reinforce the frame (if it wasn't already cracked. If it was cracked, and the crack could be welded and Gusset installed. If the crack was too big to weld, I assume the car just got totaled.) For the statute regarding Audi's duty please see O.C.G.A. § 51-1-11(c). I am not here to have a legal debate with anyone. (I don't want to debate you about liability or duty, especially if you aren't even a licensed attorney).
If the mods have any issue with this post, please let me know, and I can alter it accordingly. Further, if the mods would like proof or evidence that I am a licensed attorney to practice law in the State of Georgia, I can provide it.
The reason for this post is simple. I intend to pursue litigation against Audi for #1 the defect and #2 failure to warn. (They don't have a duty to issue a recall, although they probably should have, but they do have a duty to WARN. Good customer service = recall. Illegal activity= failure to warn. See the above statute/law.) This is my opinion and my opinion alone. THIS IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE, I AM NOT YOUR ATTORNEY AND I DO NOT REPRESENT YOU.
However, if you would like to give me information about YOUR car feel free to PM me. (If not against the rules?)
I will update you with additional details in re: action I have taken. For now I am gathering additional information, however I do plan on filing suit in relatively short order.
And who said lawyers are useless? Fact of the matter is, Audi knew about this, knew it could be dangerous, didn't warn anyone, and people could (already have been???) seriously hurt or killed as a result.
I'm sad that I have to take this action. I love the car. It's awesome, aside from the faulty mag rides and the frame cracking issue.
Thanks for your attention! Feel free to discuss openly on this thread or PM me. I will be checking back.