[V6-12v] 92 Audi 100S & 3-volume Bentley manual set for sale.
thecyberpoet at cyberpoet.net
Tue Jul 8 22:30:54 PDT 2008
Dear Audi Fans,
After years on the list, it's time to give up our 92 Audi 100S.,
manual 5-speed, full leather power-seating. Any offers considered.
Suggesting this as a parts car, although it did start for us
yesterday. More on this in the details below.
Also for sale: full 3-volume OEM paper edition of the Bentley manuals
for the 90-93 A100-series/A200-series including the quattro.
History before us:
This vehicle was acquired in 2000 or early 2001 from a ship-yard
engineer who drove it to work in Jacksonville, Florida for a few
years (not good for the pearl paint job) and then after moving to
Tampa, FL, let his wife drive it. The wife at one point decided that
it would be perfectly acceptible to simply ignore the huge
overheating warning in the dash, and drove it another 35 miles home,
ruining the engine.
They subsequently sent it out to specialty place (probably World of
Cars), had the engine overhauled and new heads put on, plus new
radiator/water pump/timing belt/etc. and after realizing that the
bill for doing so was horrible ($5600), put it up for immediate sale
(personally, I would have put up the wife instead). We came along,
found a freshly rebuild engine in a 100S for $5k and bought it on the
History with us:
The car was acquired specifically for my other half as her daily
driver (I work primarily from home). Because she had previously
decimated four of my cars in accidents (including a cherry 60k-mile
Audi 200Turbo that I simply adored), I refused to get involved hands-
on in any extensive maint on this car beyond shuttling it to the
mechanics and instructing her to pay the man.
The A100S served flawlessly as a daily driver for a 15 mile each-way
work-commute for 5 years, needing only new tires and standard
maintenance items. Never got around to correcting the OEM Bose stereo
system's issues once they developed (standard volume-control
potentiometer issue); since it wasn't my daily driver, I was
relatively unconcerned (turns out lack of radio may have been a good
thing - her accident-rate dropped to zero from that point on). In
mid-2005, the A/C quit blowing cold, and unfortunately, our local
Audi-specialist (World of Cars -- the only one not affiliated with a
dealer) retired. She took it to Firestone for a quote and about
fainted, decided to continue to drive it sans A/C rather than forking
up the nearly $2k they wanted to replace everything in it with an
In 2006, she gave up working to return to school full time to pursue
her Master's in Architecture; the university being a bit less than
1/2 mile from us and offering shuttle service on our street directly
to the school, the car got driven less frequently (probably less
frequently than it should). Still got used regularly for grocery-
runs, movies out, etc. By 2007, it started losing oil without trace,
and I suspect it was the valley pan gasket leaking; again, my policy
of not digging into her cars and the retirement of our Audi mechanic
meant it never got addressed other than to add more oil whenever it
got low. The lack of A/C meant that the headliner foam slowly started
failing in the back as well from the Florida humidity. Battery got
replaced that year as well.
At the very end of 2007, the radiator gave up it's good will. After
discussing replacing the car, I managed to find a German mechanic who
moved to the US recently, and handed him the bentley manuals and the
car and told him to fix it, as well as a torn CV boot & axle, and
anything else that needed to be addressed, as she still loved her car
and wanted it to carry her through the rest of her schooling (couple
more years). The work was done, and the car continued to soldier on,
but I acquired another car as a back-up anyway.
At the end of April, beginning of May, it died on her unexpectedly
once, in the school parking lot. When I showed up 20 minutes later,
she sprang to life without issue.
2 weeks later, it died again, this time in she stalled it in traffic
about a mile from home & couldn't get it restarted; it got pushed
into a gas station. Annoyed, I got elbow deep into it, replacing all
the plugs (in case they were fouled - not), spraying-down the air-
mass sensor, swapping fuel filters, checking for fuel pressure
(good), etc. It simply wouldn't catch on the starter spinning no
matter what I did. Told her that it needed a mechanic and that it
could be as simple as the O2 sensors (still original from when we
acquired the car). Started discussing replacing the car or sending it
back to the mechanic, when her dad stepped in and handed her the keys
to fully working, virtually mint condition car he stopped using a
couple years earlier.
As a result, the Audi has been sitting unaddressed in it's parking
space for the last 6 weeks or so, and it's time to send it to a new
home or to someone that will use the parts. She went down yesterday
just on a lark and the car fired right up.
So there you have it. I don't want to sell it to some non-Audi
afficionado and have them get stuck with an unreliable car, but at
the same time, I know that this engine only has about 80k miles on
it, the radiator is new, the five-speed is in awesome condition, the
leather is reasonably good (no tears), all the power systems to the
seats, locks, etc. work, the body panels are still healthy (although
the paint isn't pretty; the shipyard chemicals ate the clearcoat).
The tires are reasonably good, the radiator is brand new (as is the
overflow tank), the brake system is 100%, etc. Dash has a couple
bulbs out, and the odometer doesn't count up anymore, but the rest of
the dash is fully operational. Sunroof works perfectly. If it wasn't
for the fact that we now live in a condo sans garage, I'd either fix
it or part it out myself. Mostly it's the lack of an Audi-experienced
non-dealer mechanic in the area that's keeping it from being addressed.
Anyone interested should contact me via email. Anyone who knows a
good mom-n-pop Audi shop in the area should too.
Notes: Once running, it doesn't choke, sputter or otherwise act up in
any sense -- it's strictly a matter of firing successfully at start-
up or not.
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