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Kelvin, A3 KID, bhb399mm, and any others that might be kind and patient enough to read this post,

I am new to this forum and a first time Audi owner. I purchased a 2001 Audi certified S4 with 21,600 miles just 2 weeks ago. I recently noticed a few very troubling things about my car. I am hoping since you guys are knowledgable about Audis in general, you'll guide me as to what I should do. I really need some advice..!! Here are the problems:

1. Yesterday morning, after washing the car in my driveway, while I was drying it, I noticed some inconsistency in the paint finish on the front bumper. Closer inspection revealed that the passenger side of the bumper had a high-gloss factory-style finish, while the drivers side had a dull matte finish. One way to describe this is, my reflection in the dull side of the bumper was marred and unrecognizable, while the other side reflected clear. I am not an auto body expert, but this seemed unusual to me, so I decided to inspect other areas of the body more closely. I found that the rear driver side fender of the car had the same inconsistency in paint finish. Almost 80% of the panel was matt and reflected poorly. In the bright sunlight, I could even see regularly-spaced pits in the surface, as if the required filler and base-coat had never been applied. At this point, I started to panic. But there was more... The entire rear bumper had the same appearance as the driver's side half of the front - dull matte.
2. I decided to check out the underbody for any other tell-tale signs. Along either side of the car, just behind the under-body spoiler, I noticed a row of evenly spaced metal studs (I plan on taking a picture of this and posting it on the forum for you to get a better idea). These studs protruded enough to be visible as I stood at a distance without putting my head to the ground. At the time, I didn't know what to think. This morning, I came across a 2001 A4 in a parking lot outside a shopping area. So, I looked underneath from its sides to see if I found a similar pattern of studs. Well, I didn't..!! Just beyond the spoiler, there was a strip of metal (or plastic), running the entire length of the car's sides, concealing everything behind it.
3. I feel a strong low-frequency vibration (kind of like a continuous shudder) from the engine compartment when the car is idling at full stop. Moreover, immediately after I turn off the engine, I feel one last strong shudder before the engine dies.
4. I have also noticed that wind noise in the cabin is very conspicuous, even at low road speeds. I would think that for a luxury sports sedan of this caliber, this would be highly unusual.
5. The seams of the front and rear bumper are a bit too wide at the ends and thus not completely flush with the body frame.

So, I'm sure you'll ask me why I didn't inspect the car with meticulous detail before I bought it. Well, I figured since it was Audi certified, had a clean title and carfax record and was being sold at an Audi dealership, I need not be worried about such things. I am freaking out pretty badly now and I need some help to figure out the most appropriate course of action. First off, I would really, really appreciate if you could comment on the 5 items I've mentioned above. Secondly, I need help in deciding which of the following paths to pursue, or if there is another way to deal with this issue:
1. Go to the dealer I purchased the car from and demand an explanation.
2. Take the car to a different Audi dealer, ask them to check out the 5 items mentioned above, and take their analysis back to the dealer I purchased the car from.
3. Call Audi corporation of America and tell them my story.
4. Take the car to an independent mechanic or body shop and have it checked for body-frame damage. Take their report back to the Audi dealer or Audi corp.

If none of these sounds like a viable plan of action, what would you suggest I do? I would be indebted if you or anyone else on this forum could give me some guidance. I am not a wealthy person. I have been working full-time and driving a beater for the last 6 years to save up for a nice car like an Audi S4. I spent $27,500 on this purchase, which is a big chunk of change for me. I will likely be working overtime for a while to make my car payments. I've been in worse situations in my life before, and I'm willing to do what it takes to get out of this one. But I need some help from you guys. I realize you don't know me and that you have no obligation whatsoever to respond to my post, but I am hoping that you will understand my predicament and give me some advice.

Thanks in advance...!!
-Streetwolf
 

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You may have bought the car from a less than scrupulous dealer. Keeping in mind many of the dealers in a given area (city) are reluctant to outwardly critisize eachother, I would do everything you have outlined in your 4 steps.
That way you are ceratin to get some results.
Good luck.
 

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Sorry to hear your problem. I would think that I would find out as much as possible about your vehicle, return to the dealer then if nothing evolves from that continue with any and all your options. Waste no time, the sooner the better, there are laws, I'm sure, that pertain to this type of situation. But I would think that 3-10 days would be the limit. I think also that when the car is "certified" that gives you leverage. Read all paperwork carefully, there may be information you could use, such as how much time to return the car or time frame for complaints, how and where to file a complaint, etc. Good luck and let us know how it pans out!
 
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