[Marketplace] Cars: 92 Audi 100S for repair or parts

Marc Glasgow marketbot at audifans.com
Thu Jul 10 10:37:35 PDT 2008

Section:  Cars
Title:    92 Audi 100S for repair or parts
Price:    750.00
Location: Tampa, FL

Date:     December 07, 2007
Contact:  Marc Glasgow
Email:    cyberpoet at mac.com
Phone:    813 910 1500


History before us:
This vehicle was acquired in 2000 or early 2001 from a ship-yard engineer who drove it to work in Jacksonville, Florida for a few years (not good for the pearl paint clear-coat) and then after moving to Tampa, FL, let his wife drive it. His wife at one point decided that it would be perfectly acceptible to simply ignore the huge overheating warning in the dash, and drove it another 35 miles home, ruining the engine.
They subsequently sent it out to specialty place (probably World of Cars), had the engine overhauled and new heads put on, plus new water pump/timing belt/etc. and after realizing that the bill for doing so was horrible ($5600), put it up for immediate sale (personally, I would have put up the wife instead). We came along, found a freshly rebuild engine in a 100S for $5k and bought it on the spot.

History with us:
The car was acquired specifically for my other half as her daily driver (I work primarily from home). Because she had previously decimated four of my cars in accidents (including a cherry 60k-mile Audi 200Turbo that I simply adored), I refused to get involved hands-on in any extensive maint on this car beyond shuttling it to the mechanics and instructing her to pay the man.
The A100S served flawlessly as a daily driver for a 15 mile each-way work-commute for 5 years, needing only new tires and standard maintenance items. Never got around to correcting the OEM Bose stereo system's issues once they developed (standard volume-control potentiometer issue); since it wasn't my daily driver, I was relatively unconcerned (turns out lack of radio may have been a good thing - her accident-rate dropped to zero from that point on). In mid-2005, the A/C quit blowing cold, and unfortunately, our local Audi-specialist (World of Cars -- the only one not affiliated with a dealer) retired. She took it to Firestone for a quote and about fainted, decided to continue to drive it sans A/C rather than forking up the nearly $2k they wanted to replace everything in it with an R-134a system.
In 2006, she gave up working to return to school full time to pursue her Master's in Architecture; the university being a bit less than 1/2 mile from us and offering shuttle service on our street directly to the school, the car got driven less frequently (probably less frequently than it should). Still got used regularly for grocery-runs, movies out, etc. By 2007, it started losing oil without trace, and I suspect it was the valley pan gasket leaking; again, my policy of not digging into her cars and the retirement of our Audi mechanic meant it never got addressed other than to add more oil whenever it got low. The lack of A/C meant that the headliner foam slowly started failing in the back as well from the Florida humidity. Battery got replaced that year as well.
At the very end of 2007, the radiator gave up it's good will. After discussing replacing the car, I managed to find a German mechanic who moved to the US recently, and handed him the bentley manuals and the car and told him to fix it, as well as a torn CV boot & axle, and anything else that needed to be addressed, as she still loved her car and wanted it to carry her through the rest of her schooling (couple more years). The work was done, and the car continued to soldier on, but I acquired another car as a back-up anyway.
At the end of April, beginning of May, it died on her unexpectedly once, in the school parking lot. When I showed up 20 minutes later, she sprang to life without issue.
2 weeks later, it died again, this time in she stalled it in traffic about a mile from home & couldn't get it restarted; it got pushed into a gas station. Annoyed, I got elbow deep into it, replacing all the plugs (in case they were fouled - not), spraying-down the air-mass sensor, swapping fuel filters, checking for fuel pressure (good), etc. It simply wouldn't catch on the starter spinning no matter what I did. Told her that it needed a mechanic and that it could be as simple as the O2 sensors (still original from when we acquired the car). Started discussing replacing the car or sending it back to the mechanic, when her dad stepped in and handed her the keys to fully working, virtually mint condition car he stopped using a couple years earlier.
As a result, the Audi has been sitting unaddressed in it's parking space for the last 6 weeks or so, and it's time to send it to a new home or to someone that will use the parts. She went down yesterday just on a lark and the car fired right up.

So there you have it. I don't want to sell it to some non-Audi afficionado and have them get stuck with an unreliable car, but at the same time, I know that this engine only has about 80k miles on it, the radiator is new, the five-speed is in awesome condition, the leather is reasonably good (no tears), all the power systems to the seats, locks, etc. work, the body panels are still perfectly healthy (no rust, although the paint isn't pretty; the shipyard chemicals ate the clearcoat). The tires are reasonably good, the radiator is brand new (as is the overflow tank), the brake system is 100%, etc. Dash has a couple bulbs out, and the odometer doesn't count up anymore, but the rest of the dash is fully operational. Sunroof works perfectly. If it wasn't for the fact that we now live in a condo sans garage, I'd either fix it or part it out myself. Mostly it's the lack of an Audi-experienced non-dealer mechanic in the area that's keeping it from being addressed.

Anyone interested should contact me via email or phone ASAP -- need to get the car out of the condo community (untagged). Anyone who knows a good mom-n-pop Audi shop in the area should too.

Notes: Once running, it doesn't choke, sputter or otherwise act up in any sense -- it's strictly a matter of firing successfully at start-up or not.

$750 OBO. Same price as a radiator!


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