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Return from the land of VW/Audi
I just made my first trip to the land of VW/Audi. Was really interesting. If
you were thinking Germany, bzzzt - its China! Yes, 90% of the cars there are
VWs (Santanas - the same as the US mkt Condoms, sorry Quantums). Very large
number of Audis too.
I went to a car display at the local mall in Shanghai and was shocked to see a
Chinese version of the Audi 100. It was completely defaced IMO w/ a red
translucent hood ornament about 12" long and other appendages. I took some
photos if anyone is interested in posting them on their website.
The latest version of the Santana (the Santana 2000) seems to be the old '82
santana stretched out, with parts added from VW/Audi parts bin. The C pillar
looked like that of the Audi 100, with the slots at the bottom.
I experienced a strange problem on my A4. I was at a gas station and as the
attendant wiped the sun-roof, it suddenly opened on it own. It did not open
fully, but only half way. The switch was still in the closed position. I
tried to open it and then close it. It would only come back to the half open
position. I could successfully change it to the vent position, but on closing,
it would again return to the half open position. Finally, I decided to use the
car key to close the roof (be keeping the key turned in the door lock). That
worked - it closed completely and has not misbehaved since. Has anyone else
experienced such odd behaviour? Any explanations?