[200q20v] Getting Acquainted

Mike Miller MikeMilr at blackfoot.net
Sat Feb 17 02:21:25 EST 2001

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From: Tomsaudi200 at aol.com 

Hi All-

I'm still getting to know the 200 20V Quattro, so I thought I'd pass on my 
continued observances of the car....


The popping in my speakers come and go. Some days there is none, others its 
every 5 minutes. Regardless, I am having the dealer check this out-my car did 
not receive the airbag sensor recall, so when I have that done, I'll have 
them check out a couple of other annoyances.

<mike says>This is the caused by the A/C clutch causing a voltage spike  - there is a Tech bulletin out on it - I don't have the number handy, but shouldnt be hard to find


Apart from that, I do have some questions about the 91 200 Quattro in 
general. I know we've discussed production figures here, but why did Audi 
build such an exceptional car for just one year, only to have it replaced by 
the comparitively lethargic 100/200 cars of 1992? Why were these cars built 
in such limited numbers? Were they built alongside regular 100/200 cars, or 

<mike says>Perhaps the 91 200q20v was just a predecessor to the 92 S4.

I guess I find it hard to believe that, according to factory figures, this 
car could eat Ferrari 308's for lunch, shame Porsche 944's, and practically 
keep up with BMW M5's that Audi did not exploit this car further.

<mike says> perhaps they did with the S4/S6 in the 92-95 time frame

I went to an Audi dealer today to pick up my new floor mats. I went to the 
showroom first to check out the new cars. I sat in a TT Coupe for the first 
time. It was neat, but it didn't overwhelm me, I think the media hype may 
have raised my expectations so high it put the car at a disadvantage. Also 
checked out an S4. You know, I hate to say it, but if I could have my pick of 
any car to leave that dealership in, it would have been my own 200 Quattro. 
There I was staring at a $40,000 S4, and it still did not excite me like my 
own car does. I guess that's a good thing, since I can't afford a new S4, and 
I should also bear in mind that ten years ago this car sold for $45,000. 

Anyhow, I'll appreciate any comments/insight you guys can provide, and as 
always, thanks.

<mike says> I think you will be happy with it!! I've had mine for close to 5 yrs and I can't see parting with it, except for a 95.5 S6 (maybe) or an A8 - both still out of my price range.

mike miller
quattro'ing it in Montana - bring on more snow :-)
pearl (of course) /black/sport seats
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