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Re: TAP chip

If it doesn't hurt driveability and you get no performance improvements,
doubt if it will hurt the engine (from my experience, with decent care these 
engines run forever).

Would be MUCH more worried about timing belt - my experience is that past
50K miles, they should be changed.  Also, what about regular maintenance
(oil/filter)?  What does brake fluid look like - relatively clear or or black
an Exxon Valdiz spill?  Did he keep records?  Also, check the rubber donut
exhaust hangers - mine have been prone to failures.

Personal opinion - if a guy is doing these mods, he is also probably
hammering the car.  Have a mechanic check it over.

Ray Calvo 

In a message dated 97-02-17 11:57:04 EST, you write:

 From: Tim Reilley <treilley@gwi.net>
 Date: Mon, 17 Feb 1997 10:33:55 -0500
 Subject: TAP chip
 I am looking at a 91 Coupe Quattro with a TAP chip installed.  It has
 58k mi.  Any reason why I should avoid this car?  Could this chip damage
 it or reduce the reliability at all?  I know it does not do much to
 enhance the performance so I would consider removing it to make the car
 last longer and get better gas mileage.  
 The car also has the K&N cone and a modified exhaust(straight pipe in
 place of middle resonator).  Any help is greatly appreciated.
 Sorry to you 20V guys who are getting this twice.