[200q20v] Problems again

WARATAP at aol.com WARATAP at aol.com
Sat Dec 2 12:37:49 EST 2000

In a message dated 12/1/00 8:28:44 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
fussball_3 at hotmail.com writes:

> Since I havent talked to anyone who actually worked on the car, I am a bit 
> unclear on whether this is exactly the problem. I am very disappointed that 
> they woll not even offer any help in this matter. Hopefully when I come in 
> I 
> will be able to clear things up, otherwise I will contact AoA. I do not 
> know 
> the legality of driving without cats, I have never seriously considered not 
> having them, so I have not checked. Does anyone know the law in Michigan 
> (it 
> would be hard to enforce since there are no emission checks). No clue on 
> the 
> codes since I have not talked with a mech, as I said.
>                                    Hoping for an Audi before too long,

Where in Michigan are you? I'm in the Detroit area. There are a few people 
who not only know these cars, but really appreciate them.  And if they worked 
at that dealership you've gone to, they've probably left to:

a) start up their own shop


b) Work for another reputable independent shop. 

They probably can't diagnose anything without OBDII!  Anyhow, you better have 
cats on that baby (cause it is against the law in Michigan not to have cats 
on a car originally equipped with cats)  BIG FINE!!!  But I'm sure you got 
cats, (otherwise you can sue the place that supposedly put them on).  Anyhow, 
assuming now you have cats:

Have them empty the oil, refill to lower oil dipstick mark, and then 
diagnose.  The BIG problem with dealerships is they have a very high FLAT 
RATE (the Audi one closest to my house is $95/hr plus....) and they really 
only want to work on the newer cars.  Reputable independent shops will quote 
you maybe $150-200 for the diagnosis, applying that to the repair.

'91 200 with a few mods...
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