S6 locking system

William Magliocco magliocc at rocketmail.com
Sat Jan 26 07:51:10 PST 2008

Danton says:

"You know there was a time when VAG products were simple to work on.  Anyone recall the 100 (1st generation)?  All it was, was a Dasher (Passat) with slightly more bling.  That vehicle was so easy to work on, because essentially it was a Rabbit (Golf) with a longitudinally mounted engine.   As for the thermostat, why would it be placed there?  I was always under the impression that the Germans as a whole are frugal, efficient, and conservative folk.  Isn't it true that their trains run early as opposed to being on time?  Where is the logic behind putting a thermostat behind the waterpump pulley?  Also, why in God's name does the front end have to be removed in order to change a timing belt?  Of course, it has to be a belt, as opposed to a chain, so then we have to fork out either time or money so it can be replaced every 70K.  Hell, my Eagle Talon Tsi, even with its myriad of vacuum lines, which is so typical of Asian products, was easier to work on than
 the Audi.  The timing belt took two hours to replace!"

Bill says:

They put the engine together somewhere else, and final assembly lowers them into the car.  The designers obviously don't review the major maintenance or repair processes on the products they design...otherwise I think you might see more rational designs.

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