a day trip with the 200.../clunker

robert weinberg centaurus3200 at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 11 14:20:16 PDT 2009

yeah, no doubt.

so far...

- another new timing belt (because the cam and crank seals took a crap)
- cam seals
- crank seal
- main power steering hose
- water pump
- timing belt roller
- slave cylinder
- clutch master cylinder
- tires (kuhmo ECSTA SPT 235/45/ZR17
- samco hoses (used)
- koni shocks (used)
- H&R springs (used)
- 034 stage I chip
- 034 billet bypass
- 034 N75H WGFV
- 034 tranny mounts
- new oil pan gasket
- new o-rings in the oil pump (nate at 034 was determined to rid the car of any leaks)
- CV boots
- 034 silcon breather hose kit
- replace the autocheck, boost, trip, etc. module from a junker cluster (did that one with shayne)

and a bunch of other crap i'm probably forgetting. but yeah, i should learn to work on the car. i do understand the basics, but finding time to do it, and screw up. and get pissed and walk away and come back, etc. i get spoiled by the instant gratification of 034 just getting it over with. they are great guys. not super cheap, but fair. never overcharge. and they will cut you breaks on labor and parts if they feel it's starting to get a little out of control. 

i remember not too long ago, these cars were going in the $7-10k range (like 2002-2003). of course, URS4s were going for $16k-$20k.

see ya,

From: "Schaible, David" <David.Schaible at jrspharma.com>
To: robert weinberg <centaurus3200 at yahoo.com>; "200q20v at audifans.com" <200q20v at audifans.com>
Sent: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 2:06:48 PM
Subject: RE: a day trip with the 200.../clunker

You wound up a little on the high side I thought for the project, but still what car can you get for $6-7k that is this well performing and solid and reliable?......i haven't looked in a while at what other used awd cars fall into this category

My last avant I bought for 4k, hit a deer got paid out $4200 paid $300 for some new fender and hood, took one eurolite and some grill parts off my donor car. Still pulls and drives good....allthough I do have the hp hydraulic hose leak to deal with....but overall I'm still very happy....i bought some sport seats which I haven't dealt with yet but after I dress her up for this winter I should have less than$1000 and 10hrs into it....so maybe the best program is not to give the car up as a clunker but get it totaled take the payout buy it back and keep rolling

-----Original Message-----
From: 200q20v-bounces at audifans.com [mailto:200q20v-bounces at audifans.com] On Behalf Of robert weinberg
Sent: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 4:15 PM
To: 200q20v at audifans.com; ba-group at audifans.com
Cc: h_mehlschau at yahoo.com
Subject: Re: a day trip with the 200...

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!

see ya,

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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