Opinions, please.

Kerry Griffith i2k at xmission.com
Tue Nov 8 01:04:58 EST 2005

Thanks to Peter and all the other respondents. I've not made up my mind 
(being a poor and indecisive teacher) so, keep those cards and letters 

Peter, my luck isn't always this way. And even though the 200 has been 
mine since 74k, (with Mobil 1 even with the first owner- sorry, 
Bernie;-)) it still hasn't been Toyota-like. Just like everyone else, 
mine has required lots of work, which in my case has been expensive 
since Bentley has served more as a part of my library than a guide for 
me to do my own work. However, it's in pretty durn nice shape as a 
result. If the S car has been maintained with the same vigor, it will 
be desirable. Haven't looked at it yet. I've seen it around town for a 
while, even to the point of not being surprised when the owner gave the 
address, since I''d seen one there three years ago. Like most of us, I 
tend to notice these things that civilians would never pay attention 
to. My impression without driving or looking closely is that they've 
been willing to spend what it took at the dealer to take good care of 
it, but I don't have the sense it's been much more than a car to them. 
So we'll see what kind of a job the dealer did. My hope of course is 
that the condition is about the same as it would be if one of us nuts 
had owned it. If not, I'll have an easy decision. Pity I've spent so 
much keeping everything right on my car,

Should mine become a parts care for the engine, someone will be quite 
happy. The engine very much likes having been in the hands of fanatics 
since new. It has yet to use any oil between changes. Actually, I take 
that back- when it was brand new the first owner kept careful records 
of the oil consumption- from his records and notes I strongly suspect 
he was concerned that the rings might not seat. But once they did, they 
have stayed at remarkable tolerances.
All the more reason why this S will need to be very tight- Edmunds.com 
puts my car at $2800, and the S at $7700- which is less than the owner 
is asking.


BTW, I drove my neighbor's '03 6 speed 2.7 A6 yesterday, and if I had a 
real job I must admit I'd leave the fold entirely for one of those. 
Shows my loyalty to the I-5. Sorry, but as with this potential purchase 
I've believed in the "buy the newest Porsche you can afford" approach. 
To me the same applies here. Would love to try it out on Porsches, but 
see above about a real job ;-)

On Monday, November 7, 2005, at 08:37 PM, Peter Schulz wrote:

> I just want your connections ;-)
> 200 since 74k miles, one owner scar,,,,geeze   ;-)
> If you are happy with the Scar, go for it....
> It seems that the 200s are going the way of the dinosaur and becoming 
> parts cars for their engines (sniff)
> -Peter
> At 10:24 PM 11/7/2005, Kerry Griffith wrote:
>> Thanks Peter,
>> My car has been pretty fanatically maintained since I bought it at 
>> 74k miles; previous to that it was under warranty and maintained >> well.
>> The S6 is one owner, with all dealer service records at the local 
>> dealer, and an invitation to call the service manager who has handled 
>> the car.
>> I'd expect the S6 to need the same or fewer parts to be replaced in 
>> the the next 12 months.
>> Does this change the equation as far as you're concerned?
>> Best,
>> Kerry
>> On Monday, November 7, 2005, at 08:10 PM, Peter Schulz wrote:
>>> Kerry:
>>> do you prefer apples or oranges ;-)
>>> The cars are similar yet different and have their own 
>>> idiosyncrasies....
>>> the S car is more refined, heavier, probably safer ( two airbags) 
>>> much more complex, but can be as or more reliable than the 200.....
>>> The 200 can catch fire due to Bose rear speakers, the S car can 
>>> catch fire due a known issue with the fuel hose ( that said I have 
>>> had the flex line near the fuel filter on BOTH my 200s fail.
>>> The S car has no distributor, but has $$$ coil packs and cam 
>>> position sensor.
>>> The 200 came with a distributor with a plastic drive gear that can 
>>> break and should have a special narrow distributor rotor.
>>> The 200 has annoying pot metal door lock linkages that can break.....
>>> The 200 may have the expensive to replace but superior to the stock 
>>> G60s on the S car brakes ( more swept area).
>>> it really comes down to what you really want and what you can afford 
>>> to spend.
>>> How well have both cars been maintained, etc, and what are the 
>>> expected wear items that need to be replaced in the next 12mos?
>>> -Peter
>>> At 06:39 PM 11/7/2005, Kerry Griffith wrote:
>>>> Hope this isn't considered the wrong forum, nor seditious heresy, 
>>>> but .
>>>> . .
>>>> If you had a nice 91 200q and had an opportunity to buy an equally 
>>>> nice
>>>> '95 S6, what would you do?
>>>> Assume cars have same mileage, maintenance, records, etc.
>>>> Would I have to sell the 91, thus spending quite a few (to me) thou 
>>>> on
>>>> a car that's only four years newer.
>>>> I suspect many would say that financially it doesn't make sense, 
>>>> given
>>>> how similar the cars are. I've always liked the shape of the ur 
>>>> S4/S6,
>>>> but are there any compelling reasons in the reliability, safety, or
>>>> other practical areas?
>>>> Many thanks in advance.
>>>> Kerry
>>>> Very nice '91 200q
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>>> 1991 200 20v Q Avant Titan Grey
>>> 1991 200 20v Q Avant Indigo Mica
>>> 1991 90 20v Q Red
>>> 1990 CQ silver (awaiting S2 engine transplant)
>>> 1990 CQ red ( to part or not)
>>> Chelmsford Ma, USA
> 1991 200 20v Q Avant Titan Grey
> 1991 200 20v Q Avant Indigo Mica
> 1991 90 20v Q Red
> 1990 CQ silver (awaiting S2 engine transplant)
> 1990 CQ red ( to part or not)
> Chelmsford Ma, USA

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