Type 44/5000 safety rating

Grant Bessom GBessom at Intersections.com
Wed Aug 28 10:08:32 EDT 2002

You may have been referring to "JordanVw at aol.com" accident -or maybe not.
He has a website that has pictures showing his type 44 that was broadsided.
I can't seem to locate the site.


|Message: 15
|From: Ben Swann <bswann at worldnet.att.net>
|Reply-To: "bswann at worldnet.att.net" <bswann at worldnet.att.net>
|To: "'quattro at audifans.com'" <quattro at audifans.com>
|Cc: "SWANN (E-mail)" <bswann at worldnet.att.net>
|Subject: Type 44/5000 safety rating
|Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2002 22:30:00 -0400
|Organization: Swann Family
|OK - Listers, I'd appreciate some help with this one.  I had
|always been
|under the impression that out Type 44's were rather safe.
|Please help me
|refute this.  I thought I saw some testimonials awhile back proclaiming
|that in this very type of drivers side accident the occupants came out
|miraculously unscathed, while the other vehicle disintegrated
|on impact, or
|something to that effect.
|I personally con't see how this can be knowing something of the
|construction of these cars.  The only thing I can see is these safety
|rating are making a comparison to the newer luxury cars with
|side impact
|air bags, and even then, I question this rating.
|Here is what happened - the potential buyer of my '87 5000
|turbo quattro
|avant backed out due to the following email:
|Joe Buyer here.  I've run into a bit of a snag with my wife
|regarding the
|purchase of your avant.  She's a firm believer in safety
|ratings and when
|she looked up the stuff on the 87 5000's was not amused at their 1 star
|drivers side rating in the 83-88 range.  Unless I can find something in
|print somewhere to convince here otherwise I'm afraid I'm
|going to have to
|pass on the car.
|Joe Buyer
|Name changed to protect the identity of the buyer.
|Doesn't change my opinion of these cars, but this really bothers me, in
|addition to not selling the car.

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