emissions debacle (need a new tranny)

Robert Myers bob at chips-ur-s.com
Sat Apr 14 13:32:00 EDT 2007

Wow.  :-(  Stories like this make me very happy that WV does not do 
sniff testing.

At 12:24 PM 4/14/2007, Jeremiah Curry wrote:
>About three weeks ago I took my 1991 200 20v in to have the yearly emissions
>done.  As was waiting for the them to finish, I looked out the window and
>they had my car with the front tires on the dyno and the back tires chocked
>and they had just started it and were trying to measure the emissions at
>speed.  I yelled at the lady in the office "what is he doing?, my car is All
>Wheel drive"  She shrugged and said "I don't know ask him" so I ran into the
>shop where he was still revving the engine in first gear trying to figure
>out why the car was hopping and feeling weird.  Once I told him it was all
>wheel drive he was like "oh really, I looked for the rear drivelines and
>couldn't see them.  I mentioned that it said quattro on the grill and in the
>model name on the paperwork and he said "sorry"
>Long Story short, they went to pull the car out of the stall and it was
>bucking and making horrible noise.  I talked to their management and they
>rented me a car (Chevy Equinox, then Chevy HHR) and towed my car to my
>mechanic.  He has had the car for three weeks. He replaced the rear diff and
>cv joints and said it was much improved, but there was still something
>wrong.  He thinks it is the transmission and is trying to find one.
>Moral of the story, never assume and be sure to mention that your car is
>all-wheel drive to the monkey-boy at the emissions shop.  I hear of another
>place in town that did the same thing, but instead of chocking the wheels
>they just chained the car, and it went through the wall.
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