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Re: Advice on an 87 5kq

hi, Jim, you are asking:

>I just found an ad for a 1987 5000 quattro for sale, The ad is fairly old
>(sept 7), so I am afraid the car is gone, but I would really like advice on
>how to buy an Audi of this vintage should another opportunity come my way.
>Here is the ad:
>Vehicle   : 1987, Audi 5000 quattro, 88K, $4,000, San Diego
>   Description :
>      Color, pearl white; gray interior; unrelenting
>      maintainance, excellent condition.
>   Options :
>      Anti Lock
>      Air Condition
>      4 Wheel Drv
>      Cassette
>      Cruise Ctl
>      Sunroof
>      Power Windows
>      Four Door
>      Manual Transmission

Good car, EXCELLENT color (subjectively speaking, of course). If you like the car 
and it is in such a good condition, as you are describing, try to knock a grad of 
the price and grab it. I wouldn't go above $3500 though...

>Any advice on how to find a pentosin leak or other information on how to
>avert a living nightmare would be greatly appreciated.

The rack is a common sourse. Take the right clamp of the boot, peel the boot 
towards the senter if the rack and look inside.

If there is green oil inside the boot or the rack, then the rack has already 
developed a leak. If there is no sign of pentosin inside - then it will.
Don't sweat it though. Ownership of an older Audi involves several mandatory 
replacements of some expensive components. A steering rack is simply one of them.

Igor Kessel
the sweetheart: 200TQ, chipped and MOMO'd through out,
in Tornado "arrest-me-officer" Red;
the ex: 5000s, the EE's nightmare
Phila PA, USA