[s-cars] Re: NAC - a Toyota Corolla question

Igor Kessel kbattpo at verizon.net
Wed Jul 28 17:25:19 EDT 2004

I am finally back home after the cross-country trip in a Corolla.
While on that trip I had a distinct pleasure of meeting our John Larson in his 
specialised Audi shop (West Coast Garage in Santa Maria, CA) when I drove upstate 
to the Silicon Valley for a weekend. The quattro list camaraderie never ceased to 
amaze me. It seems to me that wherever we go we manage to find fellow quattro 
owners and they are always willing to extend a friendly hand.

I would like to extend a sincere "thank you, Sir!" to John for arranging for me to 
smog test this old 49-state legal Toyota in a friendly garage in LA. The car has 
passed with flying colours the "enhanced" (the even more strict) coastal test. I 
guess my efforts did pay off after all. In that car I replaced everything from the 
timing belt to the OXS sensor in the two weeks that it was hanging on jack stands 
in my garage.

For the trip back I rented a Focus from Hertz and managed to save half of the day 
versus the trip in the Corolla. Once again I came to a conclusion that European 
cars rule. Not only dynamically, but also, and most importantly, due to their far 
far superior ergonomics. Especially so on a long coast-to-coast trip.

Igor Kessel
two turbo quattros

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