[200q20v] Radiator Woes

Phil Rose pjrose at frontiernet.net
Wed Jan 16 10:55:27 EST 2002

As others have noted, the proper oem style radiator is readily
available and will allow use of the secondary radiator. For example,
at http://catalog.thepartsbin.com/ there is one listed for the '91
200q that is priced at $218. Your mechanic--if he's experienced with
Audis--should have better sources for parts than he seems to have
(or, perhaps he's looking to charge you an enormous markup). In any
case, you should be able to obtain the _right_ radiator (yourself)
for not much over $200 and then have it installed. Doing without the
secondary radiator is not a good idea.


At 2:26 AM -0500 1/16/02, Zoot531 at aol.com wrote:
>      I would greatly appreciate any input you may offer into this
>very sore situation.  I have located a very reputable audi mechanic
>in my area (Stockton CA) and I currently have it under his care for
>a cracked plastic radiator pipe (among other things)...This pipe is
>integral to the entire primary radiator thus making necessary the
>replacement of the entire unit.  I say primary because i was not
>aware that a secondary radiator even existed...  He then showed me
>that indeed it does.  The problem is this:  The original radiator
>included a pipe running to the second radiator, and replacements for
>this factory set up are rare, so my mechanic suggests installing a
>radiator that will fit but not flow to the secondary radiator...he
>says the secondary is not necessary unless I am "racing" it all the
>time because the engine runs cool as is.  He was able to find the
>correct radiator, but it was priced around $450 as opposed to $200.
>As a college student on a budget, i want to go with the cheaper one,
>but what effec
>ts on engine cooling and or performance can i expect?  Is the
>secondary radiator really necessary?
>Thanks for your time,
>Adam Chinchiolo
>1991 200q20v Turbo Quattro
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>200q20v at audifans.com

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