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longevity questions...


This is my second attempt to send this to the list.  I don't think it got
their the first time, so if you have read this already, sorry.

Hi, I'm new to the list and just wanted to say hello.  It's great
to find a list that knows my car! :-).  I've been wanting to ask other
quattro owners what the longevity of the car was.  I have had my 84 4000S
quattro since 86, and it now has 162K miles on it.  It has been real
reliable so far, but I'm starting to get nervous on long trips with this
kind of mileage.  It was my only car until 92 when I bought a miata, so now
I use it mostly for only skiing and moving people and such (I call it:
The Mule).

So, I was wondering what items tend to go first.  What to keep an eye on,
and any additional recommended maintanence for the car.  This is what
I've done so far:

Plug wires, 35K
Front outer CV boot covers, 60K,120K
Few sets of plugs, caps, rotors
Couple of batteries
Pads, 65K
Shocks, 80K  (for auto-x)
Muffler, 80K  (for auto-x)
Hydraulic clutch pedal master cylinder, 90K
Overhead cam timing belt, 90K
Brake job, 120K (new front rotors, spun rears, pads, fluid) mainly for
Water pump, 135K
Valve cover gasket, 150K

My god, the thing still has the original clutch in it.  I doesn't seem to
use any more oil than when I got it (about 1 quart every 3K).  The only
thing that I've noticed, is that the 2nd gear sycro might be getting
tired (cannot rush the 1st to 2nd shift).  I auto-xed it for about 4
years, had in on race track once.  I have been changing the oil every 3k
(castrol) but just started using SYNTEC and plan to change it every 7.5K.
The trany and diff fluids get checked/changed every 20K since 100K.
The air conditioner finally craped out last year.  They say I need a new
condenser.  Everything else still works, even the sun roof (slow, needs
help, but works).  Cars never been to a shop except for timing belt and
air conditioner.

Well, enough.  Thanks in advance for any help or info. :-)   ---JCG.
ELDEC corp.  Joe Goeke    CAE Application Eng.
address:     jgoeke@eldec.com