Hello to the 91 200q20v avant (was farewell)

ben swann benswann at comcast.net
Mon Jan 27 14:29:39 EST 2003

Speaking of VAG-COM, I guess I'll be needing that and a laptop sometime
in the future. I was just perusing through the Bentley on the car and
it was not clear - can I run onboard diagnostics like I did on the MC-
1, by inserting the fuse in fuel-pump relay.  Bently was not clear -
said "California cars only".  It would be nice to have the flashing
diagnostics codes without having to hookup and external analyzer.

I hope that with all of the upkeep you did I won't be needing to do
this any time soon, but I like to be prepared.

I will re-read all of SJM on this car as probably did not sink in
before I actually owned a 200 20v tq, and I'm sure I missed a lot.

----- Original Message -----
From: Dan Simoes <dans at audifans.com>
Date: Monday, January 27, 2003 12:22 pm
Subject: Re: Hello to the 91 200q20v avant (was farewell)

> ben swann wrote:
> > I have noticed the brakes seem to have quieted down after driving
> > around some.  I will probably leave them alone.
> Good :)  Having rear ended someone in an S6 with underpowered G60
> brakes, the UFOs are worlds better.
> > I still think that even with a thermostat that is stuck fully open,
> > that when the engine is completely warmed up, the fuel mileage
> should> be better.  My understanding is that the MOTRONIC system
> should do a better job of controlling fuel delivery than CIS -
chipped or not.
> > Perhaps it just is that cold out.
> From the mouth of SJM when I asked him about this:
> "Have you replaced the thermostat recently? Often times these cars run
> too cool and this will cause a drop in mileage. The 87 C
> thermostat should always be used as well as the standard temperature
> Radiator fan switch, the lower temp fan switches will also cause a
drop in mileage. The winter oxygenated fuel will also cause a slight
drop in mileage, as will a slow responding O2 sensor that needs
replacing, but yours should be ok.  Around town mileage should be
> around18-20 MPG if you are easy on the throttle, sustained highway
> travel at 65MPH should give 24-26MPG."
> The O2 sensor was replaced when I bought the car, around a year ago?
> And tested.  You can double check that with a vagcom, but odds are
> it's fine, as I showed you from the inspection report the emissions
are extremely low.
> > Also, I didn't realize I'd get so much feedback from this  thread,
as I was replying to another.  I certainly am not complaining - just
being> proactive.
> No worries, I've got nothing to hide. :)
> > Thanks again - and don't forget to hitch a ride when you are
> down this
> > way - perhaps at a better time when there are lots of crabs and
> beer.
> Sure, I'm always up for a good beer.  Never had crabs before :)

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