[V8] Quattro musings....
richromero1 at msn.com
Sat Dec 17 10:51:15 EST 2005
I don't chime in too often, but I went to test drive that black 93 V8
quattro in NJ yesterday. They said "we just replaced the power steering
hose, the mechanic will bring it around". I see the car coming around the
block and it looked pretty good, but it was 5pm. The mechanic had trouble
opening the hood and said "oh the reservoir is empty let me get some fluid".
He brings out the green pentosin can, fills up the reservoir and as he
pump the brakes, the high pressure hose blows off and there is that precious
fluid all over the pavement!! They said, "why does that keep happening!" I
was not impressed. Overall, it looked OK- the front looked like it had some
work done, with overspray and the headlights a little wobbly. Interior
dirty but intact, rear antenna dead, unknown last TB service. They said,
"there is a lot of interest, just leave a deposit!" I said "I live in
Boston and I'm not leaving a deposit on a car I can't even test drive".
Also, did all 93s come with the headlight wipers? I have seen some w/ and
w/o them. These guys seem to specialize in Audi/VWs but dont know squat
I told them I would call after the holiday. Good thing I was in the area
anyway and didnt make the trip just to see the car.
>From: "Roger M. Woodbury" <rmwoodbury at adelphia.net>
>To: "'Ingo Rautenberg'" <i.rautenberg at waratap.com>,<v8 at audifans.com>
>Subject: RE: [V8] Quattro musings....
>Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2005 17:03:16 -0500
>So, Ingo, what else did you learn about that car? A leaking power steering
>hose probably means that there are some more leaks, as well there should be
>at 125,000 miles. Not a bad thing, but having done the "V8 Leak Dance"
>before, I well know what it all can lead to...and although nothing really
>diminishes the ultimate value of the car, leaks is leaks and they need to
>ALL be fixed.
>Here in Maine, if there are ANY leaks visible from underneath the car, then
>the car does not pass inspection until they are fixed. There are a lot of
>places that don't bother to look up under the car, nor put it up on a lift,
>but they are supposed to, and the State of Maine is cracking down, and
>cracking down harder and harder.
>I think I will pass on the New Jersey car. The miles are a bit hgher than
>really want to deal with, especially since I would have to travel four days
>in order to see it.
>One of the things that I have learned over time...and there has been a LOT
>of time...is that my mother was right. She used to tell me when I was very
>young, that "there is always another car.".
>From: Ingo Rautenberg [mailto:i.rautenberg at waratap.com]
>Sent: Thursday, December 15, 2005 11:05 AM
>To: Roger M. Woodbury; v8 at audifans.com
>Subject: Re: [V8] Quattro musings....
>I was about to post anyway. That '93 in Jersey has a leaking power
>hose that's been on order for a week and when I spoke with Jerry Haddad
>there yesterday, he said to call back in another week and hopefully they
>would have received it and it would be installed by then. Unfortunately,
>mom can't wait that long. But I suggest you or someone out there take a
>look at that car for you then.
>I'll be picking up mom's 'new' papyrus V8 next Friday, just in time for
>Xmas. It's not perfect, but certainly better than the other candidates I
>had fellow listers examine for me. Tony Hoffman gave me quite a laugh when
>he gave me the rundown of the "rundown papyrus v8" in Las Vegas at "Amigo
>Auto" in Vegas. Oh, God! That one would have been a complete disaster.
>Best of luck.
>Audiconnection has a few Ragusa Greens and one Pearl White, btw.
>Unfortunately, mom was very specific as to what colors were acceptible to
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