New to Audis...Again

Kent McLean kentmclean at
Wed Aug 16 19:38:02 EDT 2006

audirob44 at wrote:
> Greetings All! 
> I've just purchased .. an 1989 200 (both front wheel drive with automatics) 

Welcome back. You should know better than to buy a 200 automatic. :)

> First the 100:
> After driving on the highway for 10 minutes or so at sustained speeds above 
 > 50mph, the Check Engine light comes on and stays on.  Any thoughts?

Pull the codes:

> The 200:
> When driving on the highway at about 60mph, the check engine light comes on, 

Pull the codes.

> Also, the blower motor is incredibly loud, and I would like to replace it.  

Big job (~8-10 hours), as most of the dash has to come apart.

> The guy I bought this car from has amazing records on it and has rebuilt the 
> tranny twice.  The last time at 180k.  

What does that tell you?

> What are some things I can do to extend the tranny life between rebuilds?

Flush the transmission fluid yearly. Maybe use one of those
powered-flush services offered by transmission places. Some
people will drain what they can (on the V8s, it is about
4 qts), refill, drive, and repeat until you have changed
out 12 qts; not perfect, but better than doing nothing.

> Finally, the car is hard to start when its cold, requireing that I crank 
 > it for about 10 seconds and hold the gas pedal part way down.

It may be the check valve by the fuel pump (in the tank). Bad injectors
can also leak-down.

 > Once it starts, it runs rough for a few minute and will die if I let
> off the gas.

That sounds like it may be a bad sensor.  Pull the codes. :)

Kent McLean
'94 100 S Avant, "Moody"
'89 200 TQ, "Bad Puppy" up in smoke

More information about the quattro mailing list