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Re: Need quick input on 89 200TQ purchase

I have an 89 200Q & used to own an '88 5000CSTQ, so I'll try to give 
you some help...

> Questions:
> 1) Steer rack problems similar to earlier 5k?

I had to do mine (later style rack). About $280 from Blaufergnugen 
with lifetime warranty.

> 2) Engine details-what hp rating in 1989? What differences from the 87 (MC).

Late '89's have higher compression & dual knock sensors I think. List 
gurus will fill you in here...

> 3) Any thoughts/experience/opinions appreciated.

It is a much more "refined" car than the 5K - quieter cabin & much 
nicer interior, better instrumentation (oil press guage) etc.

A lot of the essential mid-life work has been done on the car you're 
looking at. When I got mine it needed rack, bomb, 2 oil pressure 
sensors, thermostat, speedometer sensor, brake pads, some other bits 
& pieces. Other than that it's been solid as a rock.

for $5200, I'd snatch their hand off if I were you.

> Thanks,
>   ([____]=====OOOO=====[____])   87 5kcsTQ, 200k miles
>  []]]]]]]][Mike Aiello][[[[[[[]     original owner
> ___\}}}/________________\}}}/_______myke456@aol.com
>        Dutchess County, NY
Nick Craft
Siemens Corporate Research
Princeton, NJ