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I am new to the list and have had an 86'5KS since 1990 and now am
hooked on Audi cars. Well ever since the V8 first came out I have dreamed
of owning one but even now a decent one can run well over 10K. Well there
was a 1990 black/black V8Q for 7.5K that was not running. To summarize
the owner did not change the timing belt and some teeth sheered off. Audi
dealer said job could run 5k. A local mechanic said he could change belt and
car would run fine. NOT. These people were not audi savy but owner had
receipts for dealer maint. and UFO changeover. The car was in excellent
shape in and out, But I was about to take a big gamble; buy a car with a
bad engine and not know condition of mechanicals(no test drive). Owner
said car was running perfectly up until the car died. Other buyers passed
on car b/c of complexity of repair and expense.
Well I bought the car. Got the owner down to 5.5k. Flat bedded it
back to NY (I go to school in Boston). I have two good friends (Audi
mechanics) who would tear down the engine. FINDINGS: Bent valves, One
valve "head" was completely sheared off, its piston looked like someone
took an ice pick to it, cyl.head on that side had some cracks- a disaster
but I had anticipated as much. TASK: find a V8 engine. Shokan wanted 3k
for block and heads, too much I thought. Found one in West. Mass with 24k
but I was suspicious of mileage. Drove there and engine was complete and
looked good. I
got it for less than shokan. Changed tbelt,rollers,water pump,rear main
seal, serp belt, put in plugs(stock Bosch from owners manual-any upgraded
plugs for the 3.6L?), new seals for cooling connections, and exhaust gaskets.
My friends did a tremendous job, I would not have trusted anyone else. They
know what needed to be changed and cut no corners.
They said the engine removal and install. was a pain; many
special tools needed, but they have worked on these engines before
and knew the details.
This took about 2 months(from purchase to driving the V8Q) but
the car started up fine and was extremely quiet. TEST DRIVE-strong and quiet
and before you know it you are way past 65mph. No rattles or clunks,
steering is smooth, brakes are fine,smooth shifts from the AT. Gamma bose
is terrific. A V8 in black is just the ultimate in my opinion. Problems:
2 window swithes are erratic...that is it for now.
Drove the car 700 mi with zero problems. It is AMAZING. So I got
my dream car for (car, parts, labor, tow) around 10k and don't have to
worry about tbelt for a few years.