[200q20v] V8 vs old S4/S6 in reliability and handling

WARATAP at aol.com WARATAP at aol.com
Wed Feb 28 13:00:53 EST 2001

Gosh, that's a tough one.  Biggest factor in either case is how well was the 
car taken care of BEFORE you bought it.  Those of us to be 'lucky' enough to 
have experienced both ends of that equation much prefer the 'taken care of 
before I bought it' side.  I really enjoyed, flogged and maintained my v8 and 
she stayed with me with minimal expense for the 117k miles that I had her.  
My 91 200q20v on the other hand has been much more needy :-(.  Main bitches I 
hear on the s4/6 side are tranny and clutch.  On the v8 it's usually 
'neglected before I got it' and on the 200q20v  --well, everything seems to 
be a real pain to get to...of course doing the steering rack twice this past 
weekend was no fun (one of the rare times that the first replacement rack was 

My v8 was heavy, predictable autobahn stormer.  My 200 is more nimble, but 
not as solid in feel...must be that 50+ lbs (guess) extra metal 

Yes, I still miss my v8q, and Ill probably have to get my turbo rebuilt soon, 
but the 200 really flies.  Now for my hybrid idea:  S4 motor in the v8q.  Now 
that would be fun :-)

'91 200q20v with a few mods...
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