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Re[2]: Diagnosis needed...

BTW my independent mechanic has access to all the Audi Service Bulletins 
through a CD-ROM based database.  He also uses the DB to help diagnose 

Peter Schulz
1990 Coupe Q
Subject: Re: Diagnosis needed...
Author:  jgreenst@motown.ge.com
Date:    9/15/94  4:17 PM

> From quattro-owner@swiss.ans.net Thu Sep 15 15:03:48 1994
> From: cmice@mke.ab.com (Christopher Ice x2136)

> To add a little excitement, while dumping the fault codes, the cooling fan
> will kick on and shortly after the car will die.  I would pass this as a
> fluke, but I got it do it 3 times!  Idling at stop lights is fine.
> If anyone has insight into the problem, please let me know.  If I can't solve
> it, I will take it to someone *other than the dealer*!  ;-)

What's wrong with taking a car with a problem like this to the dealer?
A friend of mine had a very strange problem with her 100S that occurred
only once.  The dealer looked it up in a database Audi has and fixed
the problem on the first try.  Free-lance mechanics are notorious for
not knowing what to do with sophisticated systems and they will rarely,
if ever, admit they don't know anything about them.  Time and time
again I've seen people screwed royally only to end up going to the
dealer only to find out it was a simple problem.  Also, if a dealer
makes a mis-diagnosis, you usually can get out of paying for it.  With
an independent mechanic, you're SOL.

John Greenstreet, Senior Engineer           (jgreenst@motown.ge.com)
Martin Marietta Government Electronic Systems    Moorestown NJ 08057
WPI Class of '75, Temple Class of '94

My new car history:
  1975    1978    1982       1986        1989      1992      1995
   VW ->  Audi -> Audi  -> Mercedes -> Mercedes -> Audi -> Mercedes
Scirocco Fox GTI  4000S    190E 2.3    190E 2.6    100CS     S320

POSSLQ's* new car history:
         1978       1981       1985      1988        1990     1993
       Triumph ->  Toyota ->  Toyota  ->  VW    ->   Audi  -> Audi
       Spitfire    Tercel     Corolla   Jetta GL      80      90S

*POSSLQ = Person of Opposite Sex Sharing Living Quarters
Note: All Audis and Mercedes above were sold to friends or family.