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

Bernie Benz b.m.benz at prodigy.net
Thu Feb 1 09:53:15 EST 2001

> From: Wolff <wolff at turboquattro.com>
> Date: Thu, 01 Feb 2001 07:14:25 -0800
> To: Tomsaudi at aol.com, 200q20v at audifans.com
> Subject: Re: [200q20v] 200Q 20V Pre-Delivery Jitters
> Here is my experience with the UFO brakes:
> http://www.succulents.com/quattro/ufo.html
> 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.
> HTH,
> Wolff
> 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.
Don't go around corners either.
> 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
> within
>> a couple of days. I bought the car Saturday, but there was a delay since
> the
>> 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"
> tread,
>> and that all four were being replaced with "nearly new" tires. I had
> checked
>> the rubber myself, and they were certainly OK, not needing immediate
>> replacement, so obviously I was pleased at this news, at least it will
> save
>> me some money down the line.
>> However, the general topics of discussion here clearly show my
> unfamiliarity
>> 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
> shudder
>> 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
> much
>> out of ignorance, but simply not knowing?
>> I have been cautioned by members of this list about reading my boost gauge
> to
>> make sure the turbo is functioning properly. Well, that's good and all,
> but
>> where is the boost gauge? I stared like an idiot at the dash, and I
> couldn't
>> 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
> elusive
>> 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
> either.
>> I'm relying on your experience with the car's performance characteristic's
> to
>> guide me here.
>> I know the car has to go through inspection, and that the dealer's
> mechanics
>> are going to check it out mechanically. There is no warranty (CT law
> mandates
>> 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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