Coolant Leakage Solved- BUT now BOOST

Brett Dikeman brett at
Thu Aug 4 19:23:06 EDT 2005

On Aug 4, 2005, at 6:21 PM, Phil and Judy Rose wrote:

> Taka is correct, as certainly the stock Audi exhaust pipes are
> stainless and it's  widely accepted as fact (except possibly by you)
> that the exhaust system is predominately made of stainless steel
> components. I'm surprised that you think that "well protected mild
> steel" could survive 15 rust-belt winters

I'm pretty sure that on most of the midwest/northeast 200q20v's, the  
exhausts are going; I've got holes in both muffler units.

However- the Midas exhaust(s) on the old 5000 each lasted all but a  
few years.  Within a week, they all lasted exactly the same amount of  
time before failing- much to the chagrin of the Burlington Midas  
shop.  The last time we had it replaced, the manager asked if we  
wanted to schedule an appointment for "next time".

So, I suppose that even at $800, the stock system really isn't that  
bad a deal- and Chris Miller pointed out that it is virtually the  
same system as used on the 250hp NA V8q, so it's not exactly poorly  
designed from a performance standpoint, and seems to handle the few  
additional ponies a chip gets you over the V8.

I love the sound of the Stebro on the NA 20v; Peter Schulz has one on  
his Coupe, and that thing sounds meaner 'n hell coming down the front  
straight at NHIS...but I want something for the 99.9% percent of the  
time I'm in the car.

"They that give up essential liberty to obtain temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Ben Franklin

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