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'83 urQ problems
Gentlemen (& Ladies?),
I am new to this list. I am the reasonably happy owner of a black 1983
ur-Quattro which I have owned for about 5 years. I use the car for daily
transportation, and enjoy its handling and highway power, especially for a
car that will carry four people.
The paint and interior have held up very well for the car's age. I have
only rubbed out the paint by hand and it looks quite good (certainly not
perfect). I did have to do some minor fixing and reattachment of interior
items, recovered the steering wheel and had a leather hand-brake boot made,
but it looks great for the age. The leather is still excellent, but I put
skins on the front seats to protect the leather and make them more
comfortable (sometimes, a definite mixed blessing). I use Lexol on all the
leather (when I get around to it), and PB2 on the plastic.
I have pretty much given up on the dealer. I now use M&M Audi House and I
am very satisfied. I used Auto Dynamics for the interior work and I am
pleased with them as well.
My biggest gripes so far include a new clutch due to a bad throw-out
bearing, a head job due to a broken stud that couldn't be drilled out in
place (by the dealer!!!), a new air conditioning compressor, a new brake
booster and the requisite list of minor electrical problems which have cost
me almost nothing for parts and a lot of time and frustration. I have also
replaced other items such as rear struts (Boge), brakes, accumulator
(twice), power steering hose, tires, battery, stereo etc. that I consider
more typical for the car's age and mileage (@ 90,000, but tough to be sure
since the odometer was broken for a while). The turbo is still original
and tested fine when the heads were done!
I have some immediate questions that I didn't see answers to in the archives.
1- The oil temperature seems very high, often 135 deg Cel and as high
as 145. This seems very high, especially since I'm using synthetic oil
(Castrol Syntec 5W-50). I'm not sure how accurate the gauge is, but I'm
still concerned. Has anyone found a similar problem, and an appropriate
solution? Water temerature is steady at 80 deg Cel give or take a few
degrees as the fan cycles. I have thought about adding electrical fans at
the oil cooler.
2- I would like additional documentation on the car. I have the
Bentley manual for the car, and the Bosch book on fuel injection, as well
as Alan Henry's "Quattro" and some old articles. I have heard of out of
print manuals that were very informative. Does anyone have any information
about these or other books or manuals?
3- When the car gets very hot after running for a while on a hot day
in traffic or on the highway, the shifter gets very heavy. I had the
transmission fluid changed to synthetic but it made no difference. My
guess is the shift linkage but I see no procedure to lubricate it. Does
anyone have a diagnosis and hopefully a solution for this?
4- The air conditioner seems not quite cool enough. The shop says the
expansion valve isn't right but this is an expensive job and I haven't
heard of these going bad before. Any comments?
5- I have the ABT gauge panel, and I would like to double up on any
two gauges to make room for a voltmeter. Has anyone seen double gauges? I
seem to recall them from a few years ago but I can't find them now. Is
there another neat way to add a voltmeter?
Thanks in advance.
San Jose, California