Bought my first audi - 200q20v!

robert weinberg centaurus3200 at
Sat Jul 5 16:44:14 PDT 2008

Thanks Ken and to all for the insight. yes, i guess y'all have a point - used tires are kinda ghetto and the S4 rims don't look all that much cooler (if at all) than the 17" A4 rims i have on it now.

so - i guess it's kuhmo escta sports 235 45 Z17s. sucks because i bought the same mode tire for my SHO only to total it 10k later :-(

i had Yokohama AVS ES100 on my SHO before that. a ho-hum tire IMHO - not stellar grip and squealed like a pig around corners, especially when i took the car to thunderhill in 2004.

oh, one question - i have that old european car mag from 1197 - that had an article on the audi 5000/200 - with a special section on the 200q20v. it said something about need to change the cam drive belts every 60k. not sure if that applies to the 20V. i know mike changed the timing belt at 90k, but know nothing about the cam belts - my sho had cam chains, so they didn't need replacing. i emailed him to ask - but have not heard back yet. i would assume he'd change those too if necessary.

see ya,

--- On Sat, 7/5/08, Kenneth Keith <auditude at> wrote:

> From: Kenneth Keith <auditude at>
> Subject: Re: Bought my first audi - 200q20v!
> To: 200q20v at
> Date: Saturday, July 5, 2008, 3:46 PM
> robert weinberg <centaurus3200 at>
> >
> > 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,
> > Robby
> Beautiful car, and a good deal too, IMHO.
> Cheers,
> Kenneth
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