Why are 200 20v's worthless

Jeff Redig birdmanmt at gmail.com
Thu Sep 4 08:23:11 PDT 2008

Thanks for the experience David, i'm not expecting this to be a free ride.
I'm shopping for an 02 or newer car, so hopefully the maintenance train will
be a little farther behind, by no means am i naive to the fact that every
car needs work at some point if driven, hell especially when not driven.
We'll see if I can keep myself convinced that I don't need a "power" house
car for commuting.  Although I do have my ducati for fun, no Audi i've
driven or commuted in matches the fun I have on that.

Granted my brother's 04 is modified with a turbo, nozzles, chip, exhaust and
I forget what else.  It moves really well and is very fun to drive.  The
suspension and handling is much better than my 200, lots of goodies that can
be thrown at them.  Seems tough to compare the 98 and older cars to the 99
and newer, dramatic changes to so much.


On Thu, Sep 4, 2008 at 10:09 AM, Schaible, David <
David.Schaible at jrspharma.com> wrote:

> That's some bad mileage (I get 23mpg on 87oct), I commute 44mi each way,
> I stopped driving my 98 tdi this summer because it sucks,  it's got no
> power, it handles poorly (even w/ the new upgraded suspension I put in),
> the seats are pathetic, it's only front wheel dr, fuel is $1 more/gal,
> even with the fold down seat I fit a lot of stuff....etc.
> At least if you go with pd tdi you can get better performance...but I'm
> not sure your maintenance issues will cease.....the german tuned passat
> wagon tdi (company car in germany) I drive is ok, that car cruises at
> 130mph and feels ok, my jetta, feels like it may blow up at
> 85mph....good luck with the diesel...make sure you have a good battery
> when it gets cold.
> David Schaible
> JRS Pharma LP
> 2981 Rt. 22
> Patterson, NY 12563
> 845.878.8343
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jeff Redig [mailto:birdmanmt at gmail.com]
> Sent: Thursday, September 04, 2008 9:47 AM
> To: 200q20v at audifans.com
> Subject: Re:Why are 200 20v's worthless
> I'll chime in a little bit, i'm currently someone selling my 200.  I
> commute
> 25-30 miles one way per day.  A lot of times that ends up being stop and
> go
> traffic between 20 and 50mph.  This wagon in those conditions usually
> gets
> about 18.5mpg.  In liquidating my supply of parts/spares/goodies and
> selling
> the car I can come up with $6k+ in cash to put towards a TDI.  I
> borrowed my
> brother's TDI for the same commute for a few weeks and was averaging
> 49.2mpg.  The $300/month in gas is a killer when combined with the
> maintenance headaches that t44's induce.  I can't afford to spend 5
> hours,
> two nights per week working on old broken crap just to get to work the
> next
> day.  There's more to life than that, IMO.  The TDI will cost about
> $75/month for the same driving, I can't afford not to do that,
> especially
> with grand schemes of a track car in the future sometime.  I'll save
> over
> $200 per month by switching and get a 10 year newer car, that sounds
> pretty
> good to me.
> Cheers
> Jeff
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