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Tranny Rebuild

On rebuilding a 5K slush:

The tranny in your car is the same tranny as in the VW Vanagon.  
BTDT and a good tranny guy in cental TX did the rebuild.

The tranny is marginal for Audi use - not the best decision 
VW/Audi ever made.

If you find a shop that's good with VW trannies, they can do this.  
Problem is that the normal failure is the seals (like small piston 
rings) on the hydraulic pump, and the replacement part is about 
$600.  My rebuild cost $1500.  

New parts are not an option - Audi doesn't even sell a new tranny 
separately.  You must you buy the assembly with transaxle: $3000 
for the assembly, thanks.

Used trannies are a possibility, but this failure is so common I 
would NOT do it that way.  Too much chance of problems.  If you 
can find a rebuilt with a warranty, that might be a good option. If 
not, find a decent shop, rebuild, and when you put it back together, 
use synthetic tranny lube (Amsoil, RedLine or Mobil 1) and extend 
its life by doing so.

Al Powell
1958 Fiat 1200 Spyder "Transformabile"
1983 Datsun 280ZXT
1990 Audi 200