[200q20v] dubious distinction?
pjrose at frontiernet.net
Fri Feb 1 17:17:20 EST 2002
>well... I think I may have got you beaten. My car was one of the earlier
>build 20v's as well starting out on the west coast. I purchased the car end
>of October '01, and finally changed the timing belt 200 miles later at 71k
>miles on 1/10/2. when the timing belt came off however, it was still in
>fairly good condition.
Yes, perhaps so, but ...? My car is a 7/90 build, and the belt was
replaced on 12/19/01. So, I guess it comes down to respective build
dates. I'll happily defer to you if your car's build date is 7/90 or
As to belt condition, I guess that tends to be somewhat variable as
well as a subjective thing--mine wasn't frayed and had no deep cracks
going fully across the belt--but it was glazed, significantly
stiffer (more brittle) than new--and with many fine cracks. I
suspect it could have gone another few thousand miles--but the
alternative--we all agree (Bernie?)--wasn't worth the risk. A
close-up photo of a typical section of that belt is shown here:
(OK, OK, how about: "oldest living belt on '91 200q with _fewest_ miles"? :-))
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Phil Rose" <pjrose at frontiernet.net>
>To: "200q20V mailing list" <200q20v at audifans.com>
>Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2002 4:58 PM
>Subject: [200q20v] dubious distinction?
>> Last November, I parked our new red '91 200 in our garage and made
>> an appointment with a distant (170 miles) shop for t-belt service.
>> But a lister ("Wolff") urged me to consider getting the t-belt
>> replaced before ever again starting up the engine. You see--although
>> it had a mere 57 Kmiles on the odo--it was still running with the
>> original t-belt!!! After taking a peek under the cover, I spotted
>> numerous cracks in the belt and decided that instead of driving (or
>> flat-bedding) to a repair shop, I would do the t-belt service myself.
>> No problems encountered; the t-belt indeed had many, many cracks as
>> well as having lost quite a bit of flexibility, as might be expected
>> from an 11 yr-old piece of rubber.
>> Wolff ventured a guess that my car might qualify for a dubious
>> distinction--something like "Oldest Living '91 200q T-belt". The car
>> has a fairly early build date, and the PO took delivery in Sept.
>> 1990. The belt was replaced by me in December 2001, having been in
>> service for 11 yrs and 2 months. Anyone know of a "worse case" for a
>> '91 200q?
> > (still counting my blessings)
Phil Rose Rochester, NY
'91 200q (130 Kmiles, Lago blue)
'91 200q (57 Kmiles, Tornado red)
mailto:pjrose at frontiernet.net
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