91 200 20v Avant or B5 1.8T Avant?

Kent McLean kentmclean at comcast.net
Sat Dec 23 08:02:53 EST 2006

Adam A. Luy wrote:
> Just wanted to throw it out there and see what all y'all had to say about it. 

What Taka and Jim Rose said.  My '89 200 TQ was a great car, but
reliable it wasn't. I bought it for $2900, and put another $4K into
it over 2 years to bring it up to snuff -- regular maintenance plus
non-maintenance things like Euro headlights, oil cooler, and a gas
tank. My '94 100 S Avant, FWD and automatic, has been a model of
reliability in comparison. I paid $2800 for it, and in 2 years have
replaced the ignition switch, a control arm, front brake pads, and

So, I'd recommend a 1995.5 S6 Avant.  It won't be cheap, but it
will be more reliable than a 200. It will also have the I-5 turbo
that takes power upgrades like a politician. A B5 Avant will not
have the power you want, and it won't have the collectible charisma
of the S6.

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

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