[200q20v] 200Q 20V Pre-Delivery Jitters

Wolff wolff at turboquattro.com
Thu Feb 1 07:14:25 EST 2001

Here is my experience with the UFO brakes:

The boost gauge is part of the trip computer. Use the buttons on the end of
the wiper stalk to switch to boost. There is a small triangular curser that
should point to "bar" in the display. With the ignition on, but motor not
running it should show 1.0. When you are driving and floor it, the gauge
should zip up to 1.7 or 1.8. Note: if you floor it in first or second, it
should go like stink and basically, you will have no chance to look at the
gauge :-)  Find a hill and watch the gauge when you nail it in 3rd. Above
2,000 RPM it should spool up to 1.8.
Also, I would feel more comfortable with 4 worn tires that 2 new and 2 old,
unless the new tires are the same brand, model, and size as the old tires.
Mixing tire sizes/brands on a torsen equiped car can wear the center
differential prematurely. I don't know how big the difference in tire size
would have to be to cause this problem, but I wouldn't risk it for the cost
of a new set of tires. Also, you want some decent tires. H rated are OK, if
you obey the speed limit, but consider that the car can go 150 mph and is
heavier than an econobox.

----- Original Message -----
From: <Tomsaudi at aol.com>
To: <200q20v at audifans.com>
Sent: Wednesday, January 31, 2001 10:23 PM
Subject: [200q20v] 200Q 20V Pre-Delivery Jitters

> It looks like I'll be picking up my '91 Maritime Blue 200 20V Quattro
> a couple of days. I bought the car Saturday, but there was a delay since
> dealer wanted the hood re-painted. I received a phone call Monday evening
> telling me that they had decided that two of the tires had "marginal"
> and that all four were being replaced with "nearly new" tires. I had
> the rubber myself, and they were certainly OK, not needing immediate
> replacement, so obviously I was pleased at this news, at least it will
> me some money down the line.
> However, the general topics of discussion here clearly show my
> with the car. All this talk of UFO brakes, etc, has me confused, and
> uncertain of how to assess my Audi when I take delivery of her.
> Things that worry me:
> During my test drive, on the highway, I braked hard, and there was a
> in the steering wheel. I demonstrated this to the salesman in the car with
> me, and again to the sales manager upon my return. BUT, according to the
> list, correcting the brakes on this car can be elusive even to a seasoned
> European car specialist. What if they do not correct the problem, not so
> out of ignorance, but simply not knowing?
> I have been cautioned by members of this list about reading my boost gauge
> make sure the turbo is functioning properly. Well, that's good and all,
> where is the boost gauge? I stared like an idiot at the dash, and I
> see it. For the love of Pete, someone tell me where the boost gauge is. I
> have begged this question before (to the Quattro list, not you guys
> exclusively), and no one will tell me. And provided I can find this
> bit of info, please tell me how to tell if the turbo is working properly.
> Granted, the car felt very quick, but, since I have been driving a Range
> Rover all year, I wasn't used to a multi-valve engine with a turbo, which
> typically gets its boost of power higher up in the revs. I didn't really
> sense any turbo lag, nor did I sense a turbo kick in and kick my ass
> I'm relying on your experience with the car's performance characteristic's
> guide me here.
> I know the car has to go through inspection, and that the dealer's
> are going to check it out mechanically. There is no warranty (CT law
> that no dealer has to offer a warranty on any car over 7 years old). I am
> sure I will have many questions once I get the car, but any
> encouragement/advice would be greatly appreciated.
> On the flip side, I am terribly excited to own one of the most coveted of
> Audi's of the 1990's. She is a truly gorgeous automobile to behold, and I
> look forward to many happy, hopefully pain-free miles with her.
> Tom
> 91 200 20V Quattro
> 95 90
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