[A4] Purchase a second A4 quattro

Doug Johnson ur-quattro at msn.com
Tue Jul 12 15:41:12 EDT 2005

The college-kid-owner's mom returned my call and said they had replaced one 
shock absorber.  Yes, just ONE!  Doesn't sound good, does it?

An Audi from a financially-contrained previous-owner sounds like a direct 
route to the poorhouse, huh?  BTW, dealers didn't typically replace struts 
as part of the control-arm replacement, did they?

This is a bit curious.... <chuckles>


~ Doug

----Original Message Follows----
From: "Doug Johnson" <ur-quattro at msn.com>
To: A4 at audifans.com
Subject: [A4] Purchase a second A4 quattro
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2005 10:15:33 -0500

Fellow A4 fans,

I've located a 98 A4q with the V6 and Tektronixc tranny that I'm interested 

But first, I need you thoughts, if you don't mind helping me out.  (I'm an 
old inline-5 guy, so this possible purchase is complicated territory 
indeed!) <chuckles>

1.) Were the control arms replaced on a recall?  If so, and if they have not 
been replaced, is that recall still in effect?

2.) does the Tip make the car a real dog as far as acceleration's concerned?

3.) The ECU in my '90 and '91 coupe quattros allows them to run on regular 
grade fuel by simply retarding the spark to eliminate detonation, but the 
suggested fuel for the V6 is premium.  With ever-rising gas prices, I'm 
curious if this car will perform acceptably on regular grade gasoline.  
(Note: I'm no speed-demon on the public roadways.)

Please feel free to address other issues with this car that I haven't 

Thanks for your help!


~ Doug

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