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Assessing long-term longevity
I've decided it's time for me to make up my mind about my current
car: the '89 100Q. It has 130K miles on it, pretty young by Audi
standards, but I've been thinking about trading up for a wagon.
Gotta put that 4-legged bonehead somewhere....
Anyway, the car goes in for inspection this month, and I'm going to
have my mechanic (who knows a LOT about various Audis) go over it
with a fine-toothed comb to see what he thinks the prospects are for
it going another 100K without bankrupting me.
The suspension in freshly revamped and in great shape. Engine and
drivetrain *seem* quite strong. Wheel bearings and brakes are fresh.
What I'm going to get done:
* Change gear oil to a good synthetic
* New battery time
* Check persistent oil leak (likely the pump: $$$)
Anything else worth doing prophylactically at this age?
Now, what should I have the mechanic look at? Is a compression test
worthwhile? No oil burning noticed. Any way to check the "quality"
of the engine (open head to examine cylinders?) or drivetrain?
Anything worth checking on the frame/subframe?
Or, am I just being too paranoid about all of this. After all, 130K
is barely getting started for most Audis. I'd just hate to hunker down
for the next 5 years, then get walloped with a $1000 repair bill for
something I could have inspected.
Andrew L. Duane (JOT-7) email@example.com
Digital Equipment Corporation (603)-881-1294
110 Spit Brook Road
Nashua, NH 03062-2698
Only my cat shares my opinions, and she only has about 4K miles.