a day trip with the 200...
centaurus3200 at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 11 13:14:59 PDT 2009
yeah, at this point, i'm so buried in the car financially - it will be with me for a long time (i hope).
in retrospect, maybe i should have held out for a cleaner example, but i really don't think they go for sale all that much. you usually have your choice, with regards to 200q20v, of decent looking high milers or lower mile ones that need some TLC.
i picked the latter. 114k on the clock for $2,800. on paper it looked pretty good. clean interior, new timing belt, UFOs, 02 sensor, 17" A4 rims, new radiators and cooling hoses, all paperwork. needed paint (faded roof), tires and shocks.
then the fun started ;-)
i probably have about $8,500 between purchase price, maintenance and mods into it and it's just now getting to be what i want. and it's not done yet - still gonna eventually change the color from worn out lago blue to oceanic blue.
my trials and tribulations are some of the reasons why these cars and the URS4s have really dumped in value. you really don't own an old audi - you sponsor it ;-) buying the car is the cheapest part of the equation. getting it reliable and even tastefully modded is the real wallet vampire.
i can't remember who said it - but when i was initially looking to buy, one cat said "sure, go for it. and once you spend 3 times your purchase price on maintenance, you'll have a really nice car!" SO TRUE!
From: "PeterBergin at aol.com" <PeterBergin at aol.com>
To: centaurus3200 at yahoo.com; 200q20v at audifans.com; ba-group at audifans.com
Cc: h_mehlschau at yahoo.com
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2009 7:58:39 PM
Subject: Re: a day trip with the 200...
I used to have a problem with my girlfriend not liking it when I
occasionally (very rarely) let the turbo spool up.
Still have the car!
Pete, 91 Avant
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