[V8] Re: Clair Parts

Kneale Brownson knotnook at traverse.com
Thu Oct 25 17:52:26 EDT 2001

When I bought the expansion tank for the V8 (broken hose nipple leaked), I 
also ordered one for the 200q20v  (I can't get overnight shipping at ground 
rates, so everything takes 3-4 days), and whomever I was dealing with at 
Clair told me the number I gave them off the existing one was the old 5K 
number, while the number (and part) for the 200 differed.

At 03:07 PM 10/25/2001 -0400, Brett Dikeman wrote:

>At 2:58 PM -0400 10/25/01, David Head wrote:
>>Even though Linda @ Carlsen has retired, Didi is great - when I punched 
>>out my
>>oil pan last week she told me what depot they were in and then said to get it
>>faster order it via the V8 program through the local dealer as long as it was
>>before 2:00pm. Even though that didn't work out and I eventually ordered it
>>through Mac @ Clair, the fact that she would spend close to 10 min on the 
>>with me then urge me to not get the part through her impressed me deeply!!!
>>One thing Carlsen will do that Clair will not is source through other vendors
>>than VAG - which is why they can discount even more...
>Excellent point.  Linda once couldn't find something, and said "hang on a 
>minute!" and furiously typed away.  "Nope, none in <some city>...none in 
><some other city>, none in..." etc through about 6-8 different 
>vendors.  Both places really go the extra mile.  I prefer clair because 
>ups ground to most of the surrounding region in the NE is one day, and 
>they're within a 40 minute drive :-)
>Speaking of other "sources"...some of the chinese parts that Blau is 
>selling look kind of interesting.  My replacement expansion tank bore 
>metal sleeves inside both the bottom and side nipples. I haven't looked at 
>the stock one, but I don't remember the  same feature on the stock audi 
>parts.  I suspect the chinese have been tinkering and improving.
> From a restoration perspective, probably not the way to go; they've got 
> totally different markings etc.
> From just keeping the car running perspective, I'd bet that a lot of the 
> redesigned parts don't share the typical failure modes.
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