anybody in SF east bay wanna check out a 200q20v with me?

robert weinberg centaurus3200 at
Wed Jun 18 16:24:07 PDT 2008

ha ha!

well, i used to drive a 92 ford taurus SHO. i used to replace stuff before it broke - because i could pretty much guess what was going to take a crap at the worst time ;-)

here's the deal:

the car in question - owned by an audifan member - lago blue, 17" rims from an A6, new radiators, new bomb, new UFOs, new timing belt. 110k original miles

things to fix - sunroof tilts but doesn't slide back, a/c busted, slow power steering leak, windows work if you tap them a couple times, radio has a mind of its own, needs struts and tires. $3,000

another one in SF - red (not my favorite color), 164k on the clock (sorta high for my tastes) but needs nothing. $4200

the price difference doesn't concern me - i am intrigued by the lago blue and lower miles of the one that needs more work though.

i will keep the sentra for a daily driver. still it would be cool if someone who knows what the heck they are looking at would come with me. no biggie if no one can make it though.


--- On Wed, 6/18/08, Kent McLean <kentmclean at> wrote:

> From: Kent McLean <kentmclean at>
> Subject: Re: anybody in SF east bay wanna check out a 200q20v with me?
> To: 200q20v at
> Cc: ba-group at
> Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2008, 4:09 PM
> robert weinberg wrote:
> > there is another one in the east bay i'm
> interested in taking a look at 
> > but would like someone who really knows these cars to
> go with me. 
> What could possibly be wrong with it?  To paraphrase Nike,
> "Just buy it".
> Just make sure you have a truckload of money in reserve.
> Then we can help
> you through the "minor" issues to make it road
> worthy.
> Seriously, unlike "normal" cars, the 200 is
> subject to a lot of peculiar
> issues. The engine itself is pretty bulletproof, but the
> aged rubber (hoses
> and lines) will need to be replaced if they haven't
> already. There is other
> rubber that is probably 20 years old -- suspension
> bushings. Then there are
> the myriad electrical gremlins -- even if everything worked
> when you looked
> at it, on the ride home the sunroof will open on its own
> and the windows
> won't go up back up. And don't forget all the
> sensors that keep the ECU
> happy; they die with age, too.
> Other big-ticket items that will hurt you -- the heater
> core inside the
> dash is probably ready to go (8+ hours to replace it), and
> the blower motor
> is probably ready to make noise. The AC is probably R12 and
> should be
> converted to R134a.
> There are two approaches to buying an old Audi. 1) buy one
> from someone
> who has done all the hard work and pay a premium for it, or
> 2) buy one
> dirt cheap and be ready to spend the time and money to fix
> it all.
> Remember, even if you find a good one, the gremlins will
> still be there
> to bite you in the arse. And it will pick the worst time.
> Good luck.
> -- 
> Kent McLean
> '99 A4 Avant, w/ quattro, V6, Tiptronic, :)
> '91 200 TQA #1, backup car
> gone but not forgotten:
> '94 100 S Avant, "Moody", now with new owner
> '91 200 TQA #2, up in smoke 2
> '89 200 TQ, "Bad Puppy", up in smoke
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