[Es2] S2 opportunity

quattro + 5 or 8 = fun thequattroking at yahoo.com
Tue Mar 7 18:37:46 EST 2006

I am a lurker on this list.  Hope I can add some insight here.

I have a colleague that has a Land Rover Discovery.  He desperately wants to
convert it to a diesel with a standard tranny.  In Idaho where he lives
there are no smog checks.  So no emission issues with converting it to a

We work in Central America where there are a lot of TDI Rovers.  What my
colleague found out was as long as he had a recipient car in the USA he
could import the TDI donor (in parts) and build the TDI he wants using his
donor car.  

I don't see why you couldn't do the same with an S2.  Just use your existing
Cq as the recipient.  I don't know the chassis differences between an S2 v.
Cq.  But, if major, one could cut the VIN areas off the Cq and transfer to
the S2.  My colleague has informed me there is only one spot on the Rover
that he would have to do this with.

Basically the other option, he would buy and import the disassembled TDI.
Put the motor, suspension and Tranny back in it.  Cut the VIN specific parts
off his current gas Rover (I think he said it is the left "A" pillar), and
weld it into the one he just imported.  I don't officially know anyone that
has done this.  I have only read about people who have (my colleague says
there are guys on the Rover lists who have).  But, I imagine it would be
much harder if you lived in an area that did smog and safety checks.

I have shipped containers all of the world.  The last one from Europe was a
20' container from Bremerhaven to Long Beach.  I paid about $785 with port
fees and shipping fees.  So, getting an S2 here may not be as expensive as
one might think.  FYI, if anyone decides to do this, I use USF Worldwide.
They have offices all over the world.  But, I arranged my shipments out of


Bay Area, CA
Eastern WA State

PARTING:  1972 Mercedes Benz 280 SE 4.5
PARTING:  1986 Audi 4000 CS quattro

> From: <elijahallen92 at aol.com>
> Date: Tue, 07 Mar 2006 07:53:33 -0500
> To: <richard.tanimura at gmail.com>, <es2 at audifans.com>, <djdawson2 at aol.com>
> Subject: Re: [Es2] S2 opportunity
> Sure, you can import one in parts and then re assemble it but you'll never
> tile and register it without spend big $$$. Many have looked into this and
> many have failed.
> Elijah 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Richard Tanimura <richard.tanimura at gmail.com>
> To: es2 at audifans.com; Dave Dawson <djdawson2 at aol.com>
> Sent: Tue, 7 Mar 2006 07:14:16 +0100
> Subject: [Es2] S2 opportunity
> More 3B S2's and some ABY S2's are showing up on the market at
> unbelievable prices. Because of galvanization, most of these cars are
> in great shape. Things like the struts, control arms, etc might need
> sand blasting and powdercoating. Exhausts may be rusty. Brake and fuel
> lines probably need replacing. These are all FMIC cars. They weigh
> less and are more agile than the S4's. Parts like stiffer  springs,
> swaybars, bigger FMIC's, 2.5" and 3" SS exhaust systems, etc are still
> fairly easy to source. Information on upgrades are widely available on
> sites like S2forum. Plus the dollar is high so it is now it may be
> possible to buy a real S2 for cheap. Maybe even less than the cost and
> labor of sourcing and assembling parts for an eS2.
> I know that real S2's were never sold in the USA and as such are not
> legal. But what if the car is imported into the US in parts and
> reassembled? Is that legal? Or would that take all the fun out of it?
> Richard
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