Alan Cordeiro alancordeiro at
Sun Mar 28 10:54:43 EST 2004


The German connection was Rob Braun, was living in Rottenburgh the last time
I e-mailed/spoke to him, which was April 2001. If the email below does not
I might be able to find a phone number for him.


-----Original Message-----
From: Robert B. [mailto:robbrauns at]
Sent: Sunday, March 25, 2001 11:16 PM
To: Cordeiro, Alan
Subject: Re: Posting on audifans

Hi Alan:

I live in Rottenburgh, which is 30 miles south of Stuttgat. Nex weekend I
be be in the north (Hamburg) and also be in Holland, so I will be on the
road. I assume that you are flying into Frankfurt, which is 3 hours north
of here. I'd like to talk Audis and shoe you my small Audi collection.
None of my Audis are pristine though.

Kind Regards


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Brett Dikeman" <brett at>
To: <200q20v at>
Sent: Sunday, March 28, 2004 1:09 AM
Subject: trannies

> The tranny leak on my car apparently went from a slow drip to a near
> flood in the days proceeding a planned trip down to Lime Rock for a
> photo shoot of a friend's car on-track.  It wasn't until I got home
> that I noticed the huge spot of oil on the floor of the garage(it was
> in the garage temporarily, almost always outside); the fluid was just
> changed barely a month or two ago, and of course I had the chance a
> few months ago to buy a used tranny for about $500, and passed on it.
> I never made it to the track.  An hour and a half into the trip,
> precisely half-way there and 20 miles past what AAA covers, the car
> lurched like someone firmly pressed the brakes 3 times, and then it
> was continuous- I put the clutch in quickly and brought the car over
> to the breakdown lane.  From the side of the mass pike I found I
> couldn't shift out of whatever gear it's stuck in now. The car rolls,
> somewhat, with the clutch in.  No noises(not even during the
> failure), no warning.  It had been making a whine in 4th for months
> that hadn't changed; all other gears were silent.  I would have
> expected a transmission failure to be much more dramatic.
> Speaking with a cornerworker(I did eventually make it to the track)
> who happened to also have a 200q20v and works with Greg Haymann(well
> known Audi mechanic in northwest CT/nearby NY), he mentioned the
> right front seal is a common failure due to heat from the downpipe,
> and recommended I send my downpipe out for jethot coating inside+out
> to prevent it from happening again.  "The heat shield is not enough".
> What is the current situation with transmissions for our cars?
> Here's what I understand-I know Audi doesn't offer them rebuilt or
> new.  I remember there was a guy in Germany who kept "discovering"
> small quantities of new 200q20v transmissions, although weren't the
> prices outrageous, and didn't include shipping from Germany?  Another
> option is possibly a rebuild, although I have no idea how bad things
> are inside; it might be shot to hell and back, especially the center
> diff.  A tranny from a wreck is a total unknown, with absolutely no
> way(that I know of) to check it out, no guarantees, no nothing.  I
> could spend a huge amount of money on labor only to drive the car
> 1000 yards, hear all sorts of lovely noises and be right back where I
> started and an empty bank account and two dead transmissions.  I'm
> slightly less than thrilled about that option.
> I also remember some discussion at one point about how the 01E
> 6-speed from the biturbo S4's might fit- according to Charlie, the
> resident Audifans 013/016 tranny expert, the input shaft splines are
> different, but he thinks it "should work" with the right clutch and
> such.  I have no idea what the S4 01E units run these days, so I
> don't have the slightest clue as to whether this is an option, but
> S4tt owners seem to be extremely talented at smacking their cars into
> various things and one would think there would be plenty used units
> with rather low miles, at least compared to our cars.  New I know
> they had a dealer-cost of about $12k back in '99/'00....
> Any opinions?
> Brett
> -- 
> "They that give up essential liberty to obtain temporary
> safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Ben Franklin
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