[Biturbos4] need advice - interested in 2000 A6 2.7T

David Lau toomanycars at mac.com
Tue Dec 30 02:04:40 EST 2003


Had to chuckle... been there done that - from a 93 SHO to a 95 SHO, to 
the current 01 S4 Avant. I always said if Ford had built a SHO wagon 
(and kept the manual) that's what I'd be driving today.

Can't speak to the A6, but the 2.7T in my S4 has been quite reliable. 
I've had the usual hesitation after cold start (improved, but never 
solved), a blown diverter valve, a vacuum leak, but nothing to strand 
me through 36,000 miles (unlike the SHO's intermittant cam position 
sensor which had me coasting to the shoulder more than once). I chipped 
it back at 30K. Found an APR on ebay for about $700, spent 15 minutes 
with an 8mm wrench, and never looked back. It's WAY too easy with these 
cars. Yes, I'm scared of abusing the turbos since mine is a 10/00 
build, supposedly a month before they enlarged the oil passages, but I 
take it real easy till the oil warms, use Mobil 1, and don't hammer it 
ALL the time (unless I 'm provoked by a BMW, FireChicken, RiceRocket, 
SUV, you know). Guess my rating is 99% Total Joy.

01 laser red avant 6-spd

On Dec 29, 2003, at 11:13 AM, robert weinberg wrote:

> i've seen opinions on newsgroup searches range
> fromtotal joy to utter disappointment (reliability).
> i'mnot looking for honda reliability. after all,
> idrive a SHO ;-)

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