[A4] Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy

Tom Love theloves at localaccess.com
Sat Dec 15 12:53:20 PST 2007

Ross-Tech VAG-COM would be a good thing for you.

Check the rear diff seals for leaks and your valve cover gaskets.

At 115k you might be getting into front control arms soon. Eight total if 
you do them all. It seems that the lower front forward position control arm 
is one of the most common failures.

HID's are a great upgrade.

Nice car and super buy. We love (most of the time) our Avant.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Derek Pulvino" <dbpulvino at hotmail.com>
To: <a4 at audifans.com>
Cc: <kentmclean at comcast.net>
Sent: Saturday, December 15, 2007 12:32 PM
Subject: Re: [A4] Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy

> Damn, you should feel guilty about stealing that thing!  That price
> is smoking!
> Like I'd mentioned on the 200 side of things, so far these cars are
> much less persnickity than those old T44's...not to say there aren't
> some things the t44 did well but...
> T-belt.  I'd allow a full weekend, especially depending on how much
> other stuff you're going to try and do.  I did the typical
> replacement of pretty much all the t-belt ancillaries, plus the crank
> and cam seals.  Before you dig in, I'd also suggest checking to see
> if you've got an oil weeping from the timing adjustment mech (timing
> chain tensioner).  I've got a little bit of weeping from there, and
> to get back at it, I understand I'd have to pull all the t-belt stuff
> again.   Job's not tough, just a lot of little things to pay
> attention to.
> Otherwise, congrats.
> derek p
> On Dec 15, 2007, at 12:00 PM, a4-request at audifans.com wrote:
>> ------------------------------
>> Message: 6
>> Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2007 13:56:17 -0500
>> From: Kent McLean <kentmclean at comcast.net>
>> Subject: [A4] Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy
>> To: quattro <quattro at audifans.com>, A4-list <a4 at audifans.com>
>> Message-ID: <1197744977.5803.106.camel at tosh>
>> Content-Type: text/plain
>> Love affairs always start out that way. :)
>> I just passed papers on a new-to-me 1999 A4 Avant, 2.8L 30V, quattro,
>> Tiptronic, sport package, 115K miles, and a full set of grins.
>> The test drive revealed a nicely firm suspension, the brakes haul it
>> down fast and smoothly, seat heaters work, cruise control works, no
>> sagging headliner, no unwanted bumps or thumps, creaks or groans. I
>> couldn't test the AC (it was 17F). Nice finds: Tiptronic has
>> wheel-mounted shifters, and shifting it doesn't shut off the cruise
>> control. Radio has a 6 CD changer (that probably won't get much
>> use). I
>> was surprised to open the hood and see -- nothing that could be worked
>> on, except checking the oil level.  I'll live with the mis-behaving
>> instrument cluster display (for now).
>> I found it on Craiglist (these may fail as the car has been sold):
>> http://nh.craigslist.org/car/495019700.html
>> http://www.ecarplanet.com/webtemplate.aspx?iid=92406
>> To do: change the timing belt (no history, but scheduled due in 5K
>> miles), change all the fluids (oil, coolant, transmission, diff?).
>> And then enjoy it.
>> I pick it up Tuesday. Let the good times roll.
>> -- 
>> Kent McLean
>> '99 A4 Avant, 2.8L 30V, quattro, Tiptronic, "Yeah, baby!"
>> '94 100 S Avant, "Moody" becoming "Old Faithful"
>> '91 200 TQA #1, for sale
>> '91 200 TQA #2, up in smoke 2
>> '89 200 TQ, "Bad Puppy", up in smoke
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