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Hello, everybody! Take it easy now, my first post :-). Anyhow, I have
an 87 5000S Quattro with 211K; nearly perfect in and out. Seems to have
been made in the midst of a model changeover, because the dash design
appears 86-like (i.e., flippable switches vs. pushbutton ones), and its
interior appearance does not match well any of the manuals, particularly
the stock 87 5000 manual I recently got from an Audi dealer. Be that as
it may, I have loved this car! Never unable to get through any inclement
weather, including many long hauls from Seattle back to Minnesota.
Cruised through the mountain passes many times covered with snow and ice
without needing to disengage the cruise control from 65-70mph (er,
somewhere around there). And now, with no official speed limit in
Montana (there never REALLY was one), I blasted back over the holidays
all 560+ miles in just under 6 hours. Yes, could've done better, but
snow and fog, plus my compassion for the car, restrained me.
Problems? Minor power steering pump leak; went through first liter of
mineral oil last week, which had lasted 4 months. Have been told need a
new short rack, transmission mounts, and bushings by the dealer's service
dept. Hell, that was over 5000 miles and it drives as good as ever.
Also, recently replaced a broke left upper strut mount, front struts, and
blower fan for the cooling unit. Pretty cool, they just zipped open the
cover to the unit with a saw, slipped out the worn out unit, replaced
with new, and sealed back up again. Saved four hours of labor. Sort of
like a C-section on the cooling unit. Only problem, now my automatic
climate control seems stuck on defrost mode, only rarely does it blow
through my front vents when on "auto", "econ", or "bilevel." Any
thoughts? Also, this isn't a turbo version. Any performance
enhancements worth considering on my normally aspirated motor? Would
love any feedback. Also recently purchased a 1992 Subaru SVX LS-L AWD
with every conceivable option. A great car as well! Had it up in the
very snowy Cascades this past weekend, amidst all sorts of cars and
pickmeups strewn all over and off the road, and my SVX happily flew
through it all, rear end sliding out a few times though easy to bring
back in line by backing off the throttle a bit. In this respect, I have
to say, my Quattro probably handles better! Has better clearance and less
stout tires which push less snow and slush out front. Both are a blast,
though. Take care, all.