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In message <Pine.A41.3.95b.970304133730.80150Cemail@example.com> Jon Blake writes:
> Ah yes, but did it have Lucas, Prince of Darkness electrics? That afterall
> is the sine qua non of the British sports cars' reputation of
> "reliability". :*) - jon
>From an Audi enthusiast?
Pot - meet kettle. Kettle - meet pot. Audi electrics are nothing special.
I worked with some Lucas people on alternator design (I made the wire) during
the late 1960s and the products they were building were good. They certainly
cut no corners in their specifications for windong wire - they were as tight as
the old GPO.
What I suspect happened is that many implementations used under-specified
equipment. Maybe this was the car manufacturers' fault for trying to save
money - maybe Lucas' salesmen sold the wrong products to each one. The truth
is that Lucas equipment was as good as anything else and better than most - but
still earned the reputation it did.
Committee Member, UK Audi [ur-]quattro Owners Club