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Re: Transmission shop kills my car

At 11:00 AM 7/11/96 -0400, you wrote:

>If anybody on the list lives in the Research Triangle Area , NC and would
>like to know the name of the place to avoid it in future, please let me
>Any suggestions, recommendations, advices are extremely welcome.
>Many thanks for your attention.
>Sincerely, Andrei

I have two possible suggestions.  1) Seek legal consel.  2) Cut your losses
and get back the $400.  Then spend some time trying to locate a used 4000
transmission.  Those cars do not fetch much.  You may be able to buy a whole
'84 4000 for about $1000.  If you can find one with a fair amount of miles,
buy it and swap its transmission into your car.  Then part out the 4000 to
recoup some of your cash outlay.  With the exception of a V8 quattro
transmission, I would not recommend that anyone with an older Audi have the
transmission rebuilt.  Good used Audi transmissions are just too cheap at
wrecking yards to bother.  As an example, I wanted to convert my automatic
wagon to a 5-speed last year.  I called one of the bigger local wrecking
yards and was quoted $100 for a 5000 5-speed transmission and ALL the parts
to do the swap.  I decided that I would be upgrading soon to a 20V turbo
wagon, so I have not completed the project.

My mechanic has been known to scrap perfectly good Audi transmissions
because he needed more space in his warehouse and "they never go bad" (his

Good luck.


John Karasaki

The Karasaki's, proud owners of AUDI automobiles

1981 Coupe
1982 TQC
1984 5000S Wagon
1990 V8