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Re: My '92 Quattro is a piece of #$$%^#@!!

>an Audi before and assure you I never will again.  Is this indicative of
>the quality of these cars?

No, not at all, unless the car was rally'd, abused, or just a fluke.

>The dealer (who happens to be a friend) has so far gotten the factory
>to say they'll contribute $2,000 toward the cost of the transmission,
>since I had it in twice for suspected problems, and each time they
>plugged it into the computer and reported "no problem."

The computer they plug it into can monitor engine performance, air/fuel
ratio, engine time, ECM functionality, boost on turbo cars, etc, etc,
however the transmission remains a mechanical link in the drive train,
therefore the shop's computer won't show the health of that system.  Plus,
the car is not moving when they test it <smile>.  Just kidding.

Being that you have a friend in the business, in all likelyhood you'll get
the best deal... however the problem with your transmission might not be
catastrophic... I had a non-audi vehicle that "needed a new transmission"
as claimed by several dealers, Lee Miles, etc, and Aamco replaced a seal
and the transmission fluid pump, and adjusted something and wala, the car
received another 50k miles before any transmission problems occured (which
was a failed pump incidentally.  I'm not saying that's what your situation
is, but you never know.

Also, you might be able to have it rebuilt for less, rather than new, or
possibly a junkyard pull revamped easily enough.

Good luck :)

Frederic Breitwieser
Homebrew Automotive Mailing List
Bridgeport, CT 06606
1989 AG Hummer 4-Door
1993 Supercharged Lincoln Continental
2000 Mid-Engine Sports Car <smile>

Seeking info on: Audi 5k Locking Diffs, Audi 5k trans bolt pattern, and
17x11" rims.