Two For The Price of One, V8 sway bars, and Sight Unseen

Derek Pulvino dbpulvino at
Thu Apr 17 11:32:37 EDT 2003


As to buying a car sight unseen, I bought my 200 sight unseen, did my best
to ask a lot of questions, and wound up finding the car was better than I
anticipated.  This was also when 200's where going for more than they are



Message: 11
Subject: Re: super cheap Avant on eBay
To: "Mike Del Tergo" <mdeltergo at>, 200q20v at
From: Eric_R_Kissell at
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2003 23:35:56 -0500

Well, I ended up with this Avant for $4150.
I would have felt better about buying a car sight unseen at a little less,
but it still sounds like a good deal.
I will keep you posted.
Wish me luck.

1991 200q 20vt Avant (unseen)
1989 200q Avant, 1.8 bar (qlcc)
1986 5000cstq, 1.8 bar (SJM)
1987 VW GTI 16v, 1984cc - FOR SALE


That's always been my understanding of the handling dynamic; with all else
remaining equal, an increase in roll stiffness/spring rate at one end of the
car will increase the traction at the opposite end of the vehicle.

So...bigger front sway bar (according to this generaliztion) would result in
more understeer, in as much as the rear would be have more traction.

Derek P


Message: 12
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2003 08:05:53 -0700
From: Chuck Pierce <cpcycle at>
To: 200q20v at
Subject: V8 sway bars

I remember some people on the list putting V8 front sway bars on their
Considering that these cars understeer a bit by nature, wouldn't putting
a bigger bar on the front  tend to cause more understeer?
A friend sent me the Tire Rack Tech page on what changes to make to a
car to alter how it works and it states putting a bigger sway bar on the
front will cause
the car to have more understeer.

Opinions Please
91 200tq 20v slowly getting sorted out

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