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In message <Pine.A41.3.95b.970304133730.80150C-100000@homer14.u.washington.edu> 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.

 Phil Payne
 Committee Member, UK Audi [ur-]quattro Owners Club