first time 200 buyer has questions...

Steve Sprague ssprague at
Thu Apr 29 15:30:11 EDT 2004

Welcome to the list.  I am a relative new lister (2 years now) and have
enjoyed the information this list produces.  When I was buying my 91 a
lister directed me to Chris Miller's website.  He has a ton of information
from buying one of these vehicles to maintenance.  If you are going to be
doing most of the maintenance, picking up a Bentley manual is strongly

Good luck and hope your vehicle is as good as mine has been.  One
suggestion, convert the car to European headlamps so you can see where you
are going.  They are extremely poor in the dark.  I have tried to put PIAA
Extreme White bulbs in with no changes.  Actually, it got worse.  I
converted to Euro's a few months ago, via Blau and their wiring harness with
80/100's, with great results.  As you may know from your previous experience
with VW/Audi vehicles, headlamps are not up to the task.  I too am familiar
with older VW/Audi cars and had to convert a couple of them to European


>-----Original Message-----
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>[ at] On 
>Behalf Of Mike Fitton
>Sent: Thursday, April 29, 2004 12:28 AM
>To: 200 List
>Subject: first time 200 buyer has questions...
>Been lurking on here for a few days now.  I've been around VWs 
>and Audis 
>for a long time, so I speak most of the language, but I have 
>some random 
>200-specific questions.  The car I'm looking at has 63k on it, and 
>recently had the 60k service done.
>What tends to go wrong on these cars?  I'm used to the usual 
>bugs, but I don't know which ones are serious and which ones are just 
>switch-cleaners.  I know about the rear speaker thing...the one I'm 
>looking at has aftermarket speakers already.
>Can I expect the UFO brakes?  Are they not as bad as everyone 
>says they 
>are?  Are they absolutely horrible?  If I wanted to change them, what 
>are my options?
>Any opinions on the TAP chip/wastegate spring setup?  What's stock 
>boost, and what does this raise it to?
>Can a 245/40-17 fit in there without body mods?  Any problems 
>with an 8" 
>What's the stock tire size?  I've seen both 205/60-15 and 
>215/60-15 quoted.
>Are any swaybar upgrades available?
>What sort of things should I check out on the test drive?  Can I get 
>some details on the procedure for checking the bomb?  Is there a 
>diagnostic mode for the MFA?
>My urQ didn't seem to have any problems with locked diffs over 
>15mph, so 
>why did Audi introduce that disengaging function on later cars?  Is 
>there a way to defeat it?  Is it advisable (not thinking of dry road 
>situations, but more like dirt/snow over 15mph situations for a little 
>more sideways predictability)?
>Is the AAN cyl head hardware compatible?  That is, can it be easily 
>converted to coil on plug ignition with just the basic 
>hardware and ECU 
>How much can the stock clutch take if I avoid drop starts?  
>Any upgrade 
>kits out there?
>How sturdy are the engine mounts?
>How much can the connecting rods handle safely?  Are there any other 
>weak hardware links before 300-350bhp?
>How valuable is the ADU IM?  Is one dropping $600 on a much better 
>manifold or a Porsche logo?  Any chance the Sport Quattro 
>manifold fits? 
>  I'm sure it'll cost, but I like the idea of the throttle on 
>the front.
>I've heard of people using the 7A exhaust cam instead of the more 
>expensive ADU exhaust cam.  Any comments?
>I'm a little concerned about a single coil firing five cyls at 
>  By my math, that means just over 3.4ms between firings, and I'm 
>concerned about such short coil dwell times approaching redline.  Do I 
>have reason to be concerned, or am I being paranoid?
>What's the flow rate on the 3B injectors?  AAN?  ADU?  What's 
>the stock 
>FPR set to?
>Okay, that's all I can think of right now.  Thanks for all 
>feedback, and 
>I'm sure I'll have more in the future.
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