The feds are still determined to get my car, they added in more money, my wife is still determined to see it gone.

Bernie Benz a200q20v at
Fri Aug 14 14:13:29 PDT 2009



On Aug 11, 2009, at 4:25 AM, <alancordeiro at>  
<alancordeiro at> wrote:

> I need some practical advice from all of you.
> When the cash for clunkers first opened up, I toyed with the idea  
> ( spurred on by a relentless persuasion by my wife) of finally  
> getting a new Jetta TDI. However it appeared all of them were long  
> gone, swept up by the first group of early birds. And when the Cash  
> for Clunkers ran out of money, I breathed a sign of relief, my  
> decision was made for me, thanks to my earlier foot dragging.
> Now that someone found out my car had been saved, they decided to  
> pump in more money to make sure that my wife would continue to have  
> a reason to keep reminding me. Here is the deal:
> 1) Wife wants to see the old Audi out of the driveway...even though  
> its a daily driver on cooler days (no Freon).
> 2) Rust starting to appear on the tip of the hood, and over the  
> wheel wells.
> 3) Rear suspension needs two upper control arms  (yes it actually  
> clunks)
> 4) It needs four new tires before winter......tread down to less  
> than an eighth.
> 5) Two more brake flex hoses need swapping, a few of the rear brake  
> fluid hard lines should probably be changed as well.
> 6) Timing belt has 80,000 (mostly freeway) on it, was going to do  
> it before winter, may just swap the belt and WP, since I did seals  
> and idler as well last time.....this time it may not need to go as  
> long
> Pending repair in the near future, since the car presently has  
> 278,000 on her:
> 1) Original muffler,
> 2) Original heater core...and some coolant hoses ( right at the  
> turbo for example)
> 3) Rear brake rework, new pads and rotors before winter.
> 4) original fuel pump
> 5) Drive shaft is still all original
> 6) Brake master cylinder still original
> 7) A/C control head is moody
> 8) both rear windows do not work.
> What is this car worth.....are there people still willing to buy  
> these cars for the engine and transmission for a reasonable price?  
> I would rather take a smaller amount and save her from being  
> crushed, but the $4500 is a hard number for me to argue with my  
> wife with against a much smaller number.
> And of course, I can just keep her......but it will be a continual  
> fight to spend $$ on the car if something more than a hundred or  
> two needs to be replaced in the near future, or she uses up a few  
> days or week of warm garage space during the peak winter days. We  
> live in Michigan, a snow and ice free car means a lot in January  
> and February.
> Thoughts from the collective???  I know what a few will say right  
> away.....but hoping to get a reasonable spread of opinions,
> Thanks,
> Alan Cordeiro
> 200q 20v, 278,000 miles,
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