Sound like AmD think they are beyond us all now, me thinks the name has got bigger than there heads, what a total waste of time and 40K.!<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o></o>
and unless the ex was a total stunner...... <o></o>
I know i took the Mickey out of the look of ya car years ago (corsa boy) but its technical spec always inspired me, but after hearing how bad one of the top (so called) tuning workshops has made the whole experience then it kind pisses on ya bonfire.<o></o>
<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comffice:smarttags" /><st1:City><st1lace>Gary</st1lace></st1:City> i think you should get them to return the full amount or get them to buy it off you for a pricely sum. To say your car has been on the road for 8 months out of 5 years, if you do the math?s you could have probably walked quicker! <o></o>
We should all boycott AmD, personally i have never dealt with them. Always found them up there ***'s with price and specs. i mean who takes two second hand rear track arms, cuts them in half, bolts them back together again and then charges you ?300 for the pleasure..... Losers.<o></o>
from memory there reputation was build on there chipping and rolling road technology, after years of looking for the perfect ecu map i have come to learn ( probably rather cynically ) that there are only a hand full of real maps and they are all around 99% the same..... Most of the variations come from how good the car was in stock condition and how tight the original parameters where on the ecu in the first place.<o></o>
<st1:City><st1lace>Gary</st1lace></st1:City> don?t know if you travel to get ya work done but there?s a good place in Queensbury (west <st1lace>Yorkshire</st1lace>) called the racing line seen him rebuild a few RS4 engines and also convert S4 into RS4 etc etc.....<o></o>
ps. sorry for the spelling mistakes and bad grammar as i still have not found a cure for being thick......<o></o>
Gary, i know it is hard, but i think that you have gone about things in the correct manner i.e ultimatum then legal proceedings.What would you do?
I don't think thats too fair Simch, If you paid for a jabba kit to be mapped and installed would you expect it to run lean? No, so why is it ok to think AmD didn't know?Sorry for the long post, and sorry if it looks a bit harsh on you Gary, in places, its not meant to, and I am sure I speak for us all here in that you very much have mine and everyone else's sympathy here. But I am not sure all the blame lies at AMD's door to be honest.
They should fix your car, if its clear that they are responsible for the failure. As its not yet diagnosed though, the failure I mean, how do you know if its their fault? Did you ever order the fuel pump? Is it that threy should have fitted one cos you ordered one, and they didn't, or is it just that they should have fitted one as you charged them with the task of modding the car and they should know it needed one? were you driving it when it blew, did you know it did not have the big fuel pump on? Did it show fuel stravation problems on the rollers at all?
All I know is that with my limited experience of modding 18T's I know roughly what injectors are safe for what power, and I know from a conversation a long time ago at Jabba, that they fit the uprated fuel pump (not regulator) to any of their IHI stuff that is making serious power (330+).
But surely, Gary (devils advocate) as someone who has been through all the many stages of modding the one car (different engines, turbos etc), you have to accept that when you (with AMD collectively) push things as far as you have, things are going to break, and you are going to find weak point after weak point, (as you cure or prevent one thing, you move the problem along to the next weak point? Not sure AMD are really responsible for thigs like that, you have asked them to more than double the power of your car, to be fair, there are obvious things that they should reasonably know may need replacing or uprating, but they will not be able to foresee everything that will go wrong. That is the whole point of "development" and you state that has been what your car has been part of. As for the gearbox mount........if you mean the tin strap thing fiar point, but if it was the massive ally casting thing that broke, I am not sure how you would uprate that thing, its enormous!
So yes, they need to fix the car, or give it you back. Realistically, they should diagnose the problem and cause of failure and if possible agree who is to pay for the damage and repair. If they are unwilling, you have the option to remove the car and get it diagnosed and fixed elsewhere, or pay them to do it and then recover your costs from them if they are at fault.
I would be wary of trying to stir up too much. It does not sound like they react well to having a gun held to their heads. it sounds like 90% of your dealings with them has been based on the personal relationship that you developed with them, and when that was good, your were happy (or happier). Maybe that is the approach you should now take, try to build the relationship again. It may be difficult or impossible due to the employee being with your ex now, but it may still be the best idea. I would also say that the fact you have been away form the place for so long will not help you. Out of sight out of mind etc, also letters, e mails etc can be easily taken the wrong way, a personal visit may smooth things over.
Have to say Gary, I feel sorry for you and the situation you find yourself in, but you have defended AMD with vigour in the past, and been dismissive of other tuning companies and their efforts. You chose AMD, you spent your cash with them and to be fair if you have spent 40k over five years, on a few engines, at least 2 BIG turbos etc, and they car has only been "roadworthy for 8 months", why did you keep going back wallet in hand........? Did the catalogue of problems that have obviously plagued your car for it to be off the road for 75% of the time not suggest that they were not quite as good as you thought? Maybe your personal relationship clouded your judgement?
When I looked to get a 1.8T and when I took delivey of it, I rang round and visited all the tuners to see what I could get done by whom. I very soon sized AMD up, and I used AMD a lot back when Geoff had the country garage at Oddington in 1990. The Bicester operation is no where near the same, I did not get the warm fuzzy feeling of trust that I used to get when Geoff did my old Fiesta on the rollers, and I just didn't fancy spending my cash there. After more phone calls etc, I visited Jabba one Saturday morning, and found a bunch of people like me! Enthusiasts, normal everyday people, knowlegable but not poncy with it, and instantly felt at ease at spending money with them. My point is that you must have felt similarly comfortable with AMD in the past, if you have llost that, maybe try to get it back, if not, I ma not sure you will ever get a satisfactory conclusion to the problem.
Surely you have to accept responsibility for the situation you are now in? Hope that does not sound harsh, its not meant to. I hope you get it sorted, but to be honest, I think if you start going through courts and threatening legal actions, it may be too late to sort it ammicably. You may even find if it does end in court, your defense of AMD on forums in the past will go against you. They will maintain your were happy with their work etc, and to be fair they would be right too, you WERE happy with them.
Threats of internet forum bashing etc will surely only serve to damage your case and credibility and will certainly mean you will never get an amicable solution to the problem. It may even make them raise you an invoice for storage for 5 years!
I do hope you get some resolution to this. Have you considered just taking the car back and getting someone else to look at it. May be worth a few hundred quid of invenstigation work, just to at least start the ball rolling? But if things have just come to this head and the course of action you are considering taking has even the slightest thing to do with your ex getting together with one of their staff, I'd be very cautious. It may end in an awful lot more tears than no doubt there have been already.
Very best wishes to you, Gary, and the very best of luck too. My opinions here should be seen as a little bit "devil's advocate", please dont think I am having a "go". You're a nice fella and I do hope you get something sorted, as this situation is clearly very upsetting for you. But do keep (as you always have) a very level head. I would hate to see some thread form somone at AMD "The truth about Gary H!"