Many thanks to everyone of you who responded to my request for a VIN
translation on my 83 TQC.
I will sleep better tonight knowing I bought what I thought I bought.
And if you were wondering how the heck I racked up $1,300 in deferred
maintenance, well . . .
My husband and I have come to expect this, having bought 20-some used
cars (all but three were German) over the past ten years. While I
have no doubt I could figure out whether/how to fix some things on my
own, I have so little time that it is usually easier to just take it
to a dealer and say "find everything and fix it." In this case the
dealer is Vasek Polak, who is legendary in so Cal Porsche circles. I
knew there were some problems, which I pointed out to the service
writer. They found others. In round numbers:
cruise control inoperable -- 100+ to diagnose, 275 to fix
rear brake pads -- 145
rear trunk shocks -- 185
rough cold start and idle -- oxygen sensor, vacuum leak, fuel
injection system flush -- 130 to diagnose, 200-something to fix
poor to non-existent dash lighting -- 200-something including
diagnosis, parts and labor
I don't have the bill in front of me right now but you get the idea.
The good new is, things that didn't work, NOW WORK, and better still,
performance that was wonderful is now INCREDIBLE!
Only a couple of things bothered me about the whole experience,
- the service writer was a tad arrogant and questioned why this 40
year old female would WANT such an odd car -- until I dropped a few
comments about some of the other rare and wonderful cars I have
- labor charges for diagnosis seemed a bit high -- come on, how tough
is it to confirm that crusise control doesn't work?
Anyway after I finally got my car back today (after my husband
negotiated for a 10% PCA discount on the grounds that we would refer
our Porsche friends), the service writer agreed with my assessment
that I did indeed have a rare and wonderful car, and even
acknowledged that "Mr. Polak himself owns one." Well I figure if
this odd car is good enough for Vasek, it's good enough for me!