[A4] A4 funky instrument cluster display

Richard Hurt rnhurt at gmail.com
Fri Dec 14 02:28:41 PST 2007

Agreed on the cluster.  Mine's been messed up for years and I just live with
it.  <sigh>  It also goes almost completely blank in the summer heat - in
the winter I can use it quite well.
As far as the timing belt goes, if you don't know if it has been changed or
not then assume it hasn't and put a new one in.  If you are good with tools
and have worked on cars before, you can change the belt in a weekend.
 However, this is not a first timers job and if you have any doubts about
your ability let someone else do it.  A bad timing belt can make very
expensive noises very quickly.  I had a independent mechanic fix mine (along
with changing some seals) and I think it cost around $1k, but I don't really
remember.  I'd say your looking at about $750 to have someone else do it or
about $350 in parts to do it yourself.


On Dec 13, 2007 5:59 PM, Kent McLean <kentmclean at comcast.net> wrote:

> I'm interested in an A4 Avant for sale locally.  The instrument cluster
> info-center display "has some lines missing."  Is this an updated
> version of the Type 44 bad grounds to/on the instrument cluster, or is
> this a "replace cluster for $x,xxx" problem?
> Also, I don't know if the timing belt has been changed (mileage is about
> 110K). If not, is this a week-end DIY job, or a take it to the local
> wrench for $x,xxx?
> OK, one more: how robust is the urA4 Tiptronic automatic transmission?
> Is it as delicate as the urV8/early A8?
> It might be a bargain unless these 2 or 3 items make it a deal breaker.
> --
> Kent McLean
> '91 200 TQA #1, not for sale (not yet)
> '94 100 S Avant, "Moody" becoming "Old Faithful"
> '91 200 TQA #2, up in smoke 2
> '89 200 TQ, "Bad Puppy", up in smoke
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