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UK ur-quattro values
In message <4855161115081996/A17527/CSAV10/11A87AD03600*@MHS.minedu.govt.nz> Dave Eaton writes:
> One question which has perplexed me is whether air-con was available
> standard on the right hand drive 20v ur-quattros. i'd like to add factory
> air-con to my 20v, but have been unable to discover whether this was an
> option for rhd ur-q's. my dealer doesn't know and so far the factory
> hasn't responded to queries.
Was air conditioning _ever_ standard? I've heard people say that it was
_never_ fitted during initial manufacture but was always a retrofit -
sometimes by the factory, sometimes by the main dealer. There are two main
types found on RHD ur-quattros - both are pretty much "drop in" units. I can't
see any reason why they wouldn't fit a 20v. Not much of the gear goes into the
engine bay - most is behind the bulkhead.
One of the UK club members has a letter from the supplying dealer to the
original owner, confirming that his car had arrived but that there would be a
small delay "while the air conditioning is fitted". I also know of one main
dealer in the UK (Protheroe's, in Market Harborough) that has fitted air
conditioning after delivery - the job officially takes 2 1/2 "standard days" -
GBP600 or so at VAG's standard rates.
(After missing the fact that my turbo impellor securing nut had fallen off,
I wouldn't trust Protheroe's to change a sidelight bulb. Metal shavings
throughout the intercooler and up to the inlet manfold? Very worrying.)
I suggest you email Brian Rickets on email@example.com - he supplies a lot
of export RHD equipment, and would certainly know if a kit is available.
Committee Member, UK Audi [ur-]quattro Owners Club