Need buyer's guide info for 200q20v

Andy Schor walbum at
Wed Jul 18 17:09:44 EDT 2007

Hi Robby,

If you have enjoyed (put up with) a '92 SHO, then you should have no trouble 
maintaining a 200q20v.  The first step was finding this list.  I'd also 
suggest Motorgeek.  The folks here (and on the 'geek) tend to be very 
helpful.  There is a 3 volume Bentley shop manual that is worth having even 
if you don't do the work yourself.  These cars were (over) engineered and 
built well.  As with any turbocharged engine, synthetic oil is important. 
There are a few websites (Chris Miller, Scott Mockery) with valuable parts 
and troubleshooting info.  There are also a couple of good sources for used 
parts (Force 5, GAC).  Ask questions and someone will usually respond.

Andy Schor
'91 200q20v Avant (wagon) 289,500 miles (so far)

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "robert weinberg" <centaurus3200 at>
To: "Kneale Brownson" <knealeski at>; <200q20v at>
Sent: Wednesday, July 18, 2007 4:06 PM
Subject: Re: Need buyer's guide info for 200q20v

> Thanks Kneale,
> does Audi still make the majority of the replacement
> parts for the car or is it getting sorta like my Ford
> Taurus SHO where Ford stopped making virtually
> everything. I'm left to rebuilds (fine by me) and used
> parts.
> how much is a rebuilt starter and alternator? what
> about a new radiator?
> you had to replace the fuel tank and fuel lines? why,
> do you live back east or something? or replacing the
> fuel tank normal?
> I'm not a DIY sorta guy, but surround myself with
> friends who can. sounds like the 200q20v is still a
> usable daily driver. i understand it's not reliable
> like a new car, but my 92 Taurus SHO with 180,000
> miles is not viewed as the last bastion of reliability
> either. and I've made do with it for 8 years and
> 120,000 miles.
> see ya,
> Robby
> --- Kneale Brownson <knealeski at> wrote:
>> These were the last models in the original design,
>> so many issues with earlier cars were worked out.
>>   My 200q20v sedan currently has 275K miles.  We
>> just completed a 1500-mile trip.
>>   The only times I've been stranded by this car were
>> once the starter died, but a pull got the car going
>> again so I could get it to my shop, and twice in
>> about 10 years of ownership the alternator has run
>> out of regulator brush material and quit working.
>> I'm going to repeat the timing belt replacement
>> soon, and I'll include refurbishing the alternator
>> as part of my next timing belt (at around 330K
>> miles).
>>   I've had to replace a fuel tank, replace fuel
>> lines, replace brake lines, replace the radiators
>> and all the plumbing, and I really need to redo all
>> the suspension bushings front and rear.  Otherwise
>> it's been lubes, tires and a few other bits like
>> rewiring the driver door.  There's always little
>> problems and some parts are becoming NLA items, but
>> most of the time there are workarounds and used
>> parts.
>> robert weinberg <centaurus3200 at> wrote:
>> are the engine, turbo and tranny good for 200k+ if
>> well cared for?
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