Considering Purchasing a 90 20v

Dave K. desmo888 at
Tue Dec 24 16:40:54 EST 2002

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We can answer all your questions.
The 20v does not really pose any more issues than any other Audi.
The standard stuff is the timing belt, control arm busings, oil consumption,
struts and strut bearings, transmission,...
I am on my 3rd 20 valve car.  I've had a low mileage 90 sedan and now am on
my second Coupe.  The damn things suck you in.  I plan on keeping my latest
Coupe for a long, long time.
Can you do any work yourself?  If not, expect about $500 for a TB change
(needs to be done every 60k - book says 90k but that it too long).  Control
arm bushings will be shot at just over 100k.  That is about a $300-400 fix
but you may as well do strut bearings and struts while your in there - bam -
$1000 bill.
They are not fast cars and you can not make them fast without extensive
work.  If you plan to go fast get a turbo car (custom only, no turbo 90
sedans or Coupes in the US).
Feel free to email me direct with questions.

Dave Kase
'90 CQ

----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris Talley" <cmtalley at>
To: <quattro at>
Sent: Tuesday, December 24, 2002 3:37 PM
Subject: Considering Purchasing a 90 20v

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> I have been lusting after a 90q 20 valve for a while and I now have a
> extra money to buy one. I was wondering if anyone that has experience with
> this model has any opinions negative or positive. Is there anything I
> look for that is going to be expensive to replace?, How are they to work
> etc.
> TIA, Chris
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