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Hi Everyone,
Picked up my R8 yesterday, and first impressions so far are very positive. Couple of small issues I've encountered though and wonder if anyone else has had them.

Brake squeal, I know that there is a thread on this so no responses required unless someone knows how to make it stop! I have 100 miles on the car and this squeal by far is the loudest I have ever heard on any cars I have ever owned. I remember sitting at a light once in my Aston Martin and this Viper pulled up, and his breaks were squealing like a stuck pig. He just looked over at me and shrugged his shoulders and said something about all high performance brakes doing that these days, and I thought to myself I don't have that problem in any of my high performance cars, and just smiled back.

After driving to work from the dealership I tried to open the engine compartment and although the latch popped and the lid came up I could not fully open it. When I tried to lift it, it would stop after 1-2 inches as if there as still a latch caught. Later on that night it opened fine. I'll update if I ever have the issue again.

Lastly there is a loud rattle when I go over certain bumps. Again it sounds as if the engine compartment lid is not fully locked down or something. I have to investigate further with a passenger to see if I can find where it is coming from.

Everything else is wonderful, overall I absolutely love the car. It is way more comfortable then my M3, even with the Pirelli Sottozero's.
 

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Congratulations on the new ride. I had to put mine in winter storage after only two days of driving. :( I hope you can keep it under 6,000 RPM for the first 1500 miles of break-in. That was very difficult for me. What options did you get?
 

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It is Brilliant Red with Carbon Sigma side blades, and has every option except for the Alcantara headliner. Luxor Beige interior with the carbon fiber package adds a great look to the car. I love all the different contrasting colors. I like the B&O stereo, I had the "enhanced" stereo on my M3 and this sounds better then that. For the size of the cabin and how difficult it must be to get proper sound imaging I think it does a pretty good job.
 

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Congrats! Post pics if you have time. I don't think I've seen a red R8 with beige interior yet.
 

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Congrats!!! I have not seen a red in person, hope to catch one on the road one of these day! Break squeal....... good to know I am not alone....
 

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where are you located?
 

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Brake squeal

My dealer's service manager who's the resident R8 specialist says, "As you drive the car more the pads should seep more together and the noise should dissipate"

We shall see
 

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Congrats and welcome to the club.

I can speak to the rattle over bumps. In my experience, it only happens with certain bumps and certain speeds and really can be heard when the car is cold. Sounds like it is in the firewall behind the seats. I finally decided it was normal.
 

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When you guys say the brakes squeaks loud..... how loud (not sure if you can describe it or compare it to something we can relate to)? Can't wait for your pics! Congrats.

Just curious where are you from and how much did you get the car for if you don't mind me asking. Because I checked around houston and seen a used one go for $138,000 and then I checked Dallas and ran across this:

http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.j...=75250&cardist=18&standard=false&rdpage=thumb

I thought brand new they're like $115,000 to $130-ish?
 

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Thanks to everyone for the warm welcome. I will get some pictures posted as soon as I get a chance to resize them. I will also try to get some interior pics :) The car is great and I definitely feel I made the right decision as a daily driver. It is so civil and then when you need it, turns ugly in a good way. Best Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde car I can think of. I'm going to give the dealer a call when I get some time to see what they have to say about the brakes and rattle. I also wanted to mention that I had Venturshield wrap the whole hood and all forward facing parts, looks great and hopefully will protect the car from rock chips. One of my biggest worries since it is a 4 season car. :)
 

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Mine are loud and piercing. To tell you the truth I am subconsciously changing the way I brake, it is so embarrassing.

I live in CT and I found the car in Autotrader and told my local dealer to get it for me. I paid 500 below MSRP and had the dealer throw in Audicare and transportation costs from MD. Overall I am happy with the deal, it has everything I wanted. I was a little hesitant about it not having the Alcantara headliner but now that I have the car I don't mind at all.
 

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I'm planning to do the same Ventureshield wrap on all forward facing parts when my red R8 arrives. Is it very noticable on red? I've heard some colors make the Ventureshield more noticable than others.
 

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Re: Brake squeal

My dealer's service manager who's the resident R8 specialist says, "As you drive the car more the pads should seep more together and the noise should dissipate"

We shall see
I wonder Audi published a booklet for standard respond when customer complain or notify them of an issue ?
 

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Re: Brake squeal

Mine are loud and piercing. To tell you the truth I am subconsciously changing the way I brake, it is so embarrassing.

I live in CT and I found the car in Autotrader and told my local dealer to get it for me. I paid 500 below MSRP and had the dealer throw in Audicare and transportation costs from MD. Overall I am happy with the deal, it has everything I wanted. I was a little hesitant about it not having the Alcantara headliner but now that I have the car I don't mind at all.
Happy for you the deal, 500 + Audi care + free transport does add up. I got a pen... and a license plate. And welcome to the brake squeal club.
 

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Congrats! I can't wait to pick mine up tomorrow. They are installing the clear bra tomorrow.
 

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Congrats on the new arrival. Looking forward to picking mine up in just 11 days! Also had 3M mask and Audi Care thrown into the deal.:cool:
 

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You got a pen, you should be thankful. I got a "nothing".

But they did give me a lifetime deal on free brake squeaks. I got 7500 miles of brake squeaks at no extra charge.

They also threw in quantity 10 pieces of "add 1 quart oil" lights on my dash for the first 7500 miles. I'm sure they will continue giving me that gift.
 
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