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Demise of a Coupe GT

In message <90DC6C03D897D011ADA900805FC190035C47F9@freedom.charter.com> "Duff, Ian" writes:

> Sorry to hear of your loss, hope no one was hurt, let's see if insurance
> holds up their end of the bargain, and hope you can find a suitable
> replacement quickly. See what happens when you loudly proclaim that you
> will not be changing the timing belt, because it'd be more costly than
> the car is worth?

No (thanks) no one was hurt.  Sarah spotted smoke and a lay-by almost 
simultaneously.  She called the fire brigade on her mobile, and a couple of 
police officers passing in the other direction did the same.  
I noticed two days ago that the heater blower switch was intermittent - I had 
made a mental note to check it out tonight because I don't like problems in 
circuits with 30A fusing.  She beat me to it by announcing she was going to 
visit her father.  _NOW_ she tells me that she's been having intermittent 
problems with that switch - and perhaps associated burning smells - for six 
It's a weird feeling, looking at a vehicle that's fundamentally as sound as a 
bell - but also irreparable.  I'm told that healthy JS engines are scarce, and 
I can probably sell it ...
Otherwise, the event neatly solves our insurance problem.  Sarah used the car 
to commute to work - but the schools started their six week holidays today.  We 
could never have afforded to insure the car for Thomas - so it was up for 
replacement in any case. 

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

 (Anyone got a use for a 19mm Allen driver?)