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Re: '86 4KQ vs. "86 Honda Accord

> I hate to say this but in the short time I have owned a well-taken-care-of
> 4KQ, I've gone through several door handles, numerous interior and exterior
> trim pieces, heater control cables, electrical problems, window and mirror
> switches, seatbelt retractors, and poor engineering/quality control
> difficulties too numerous to mention.  Neat car, fun to drive when it's not
> at the shop, but a never-ending source of frustration.  Something is always
> broken on this car, requiring yet another trip to the local VW/Audi salvage
> yard where numerous examples reside.
> My boring Honda Accord (same year) has never required anything other than
> routine maintenance (oil changes, timing belt, brakes, tires) after 180,000
> miles.  Everything still works as new!  Looks good, drives good despite years
> of abuse.
> What was Audi doing during the '85-'87 period?

Building great cars that encouraged people to whip the crap out of

Answering issues in sorta reverse order, your list of 'plaints would
seem to disprove the claim fed to you that the car was "well taken care
of".  I think you've been fixing the last 5-8 years worth of deferred

Huw Powell


82 Audi Coupe; 84 4kq; 85 Coupe GT; 73 F250