Bought my first audi - 200q20v!

robert weinberg centaurus3200 at
Sat Jul 5 03:53:05 PDT 2008

hi all,

i figure if I'm going to buy an Audi - lets get a real Audi - i.e. finicky, frustrating but sometimes very enjoyable ;-)

i think some of you guys probably checked the car out and passed. maybe for good reason too ;-)

it's the one in Castro valley (although i bought it in Hayward)

i paid $2,800. not an awesome deal - but good enough. passed smog the first time. idles and runs smooth, no leaks - new bomb, UFOs, timing belt, both radiators. a/c doesn't work, trip computer/boost guage doesn't work (fuse? - never that simple, i suppose). needs struts and tires (might as well lower it at this point). 114,000 original miles - Ian checked the car fax report to confirm.

all in all, it was as i expected - except the roof is faded. interior is very clean though and the body is straight. i know what I'm in for (i think) from owning a 1992 Ford Taurus SHO for the last 10 years and all the fun that was to throw money at ;-)

reasons for buying this one instead of the red one in SF is I'm smitten by the low-ish miles and the red one is...well, red and it has 166k on the clock.

the owner was really cool. he actually moved to Hawaii, so i dealt with his in-laws in Hayward - who were very cool too. they were always honest about the car and made no pretenses about it.

i drove it home - floaty due to the worn struts and shocks - but smooth and responsive when i hit the gas. i had an Infiniti G35 on my ass going from the 238 interchange to the 580. i was thinking "not yet my friend - in good time - you will get yours, Mr. Infiniti" ;-)

see ya,


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