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Re: differences between '86-'88 5kT, and '89-'91 200T??
If no airbag, then engine is the same, now with dashpot for throttle. The
midyear change to the engine was cam, compression and turbo (mit airbag). The
89 (all) changed the cam belt to the 'super belt'. The interior, door handles,
and trunk lock is different. There are some changes to the AC (including an
electronic addition to the AC relay that everyone should have that uses AC, and
a revised blower fan). The 89 uses the Procon 10 cable sys to pull the column
away from you in the event of an accident. If quattro, then you now have the
dreaded Torsen. The stereo is upgraded with the diversity dual window antenna
system most complain about for poor reception (Delta vs Wiesbaden). It also
gave a readout to the dash.
I have a copy of the 100/200 model year change information book
The Kostal connector system was dumped and snap lock color coded connectors
were used for the wiring harness (a huge improvement IMO). Relay positions and
various control boxes were moved, then moved again in the mid year change. The
ABS sensors were changed, and the # of teeth on the CV halved. Trip computer is
now integrated to the instrument cluster and controlled via the column
switches. For automatics, the shift lock was redesigned and included a buzzer.
Windshield washer bottle was moved to where the old headlight washer system
bottle was. Wipers were redesigned to stay up if lifted for cleaning. Heated
windshield washers and door locks were added to the cold weather package. Alarm
system was now standard on quattros (at least). The ergonomics changes to the
interior were very much needed.
These changes aren't especially noticeable to the non enthusiast, but really
turned the type 44 chassis from a luxury sport sedan to a sport luxury sedan.
Anything else you want to know?
> i have found a '89 200T (at, black leather sport int. around 100k mi) for a
> good price, and wonder how much different it is from my '86 5kT