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Re: Syncro vs. Quattro
>Maybe someone can clear this up -- I've heard from folks who should know
>Synchro and Quattro are different systems. Synchro uses a patented, high
>torque "sensing" fluid while Quattro is a less exotic system. Is this
VW's intent was to have such a torque-sensing Syncro with a fluid coupling.
However, to get to market early, they used the Quattro system first. I
don't know about the European market, but in the US all the Syncros used
the Quattro system (although I'm not positive about the Vanagon -- not
exactly interested:) ). I have an '87 Quantum Syncro, and almost all of
the mechanicals are identical to the 4000Q. I say "almost" because a few
parts are different, particularly in the rear end. The Quantum is a wagon,
so the rear suspension was changed to give a flatter, wider load floor.
The rear diff is also different, too, but I'm not sure why (much to my
dismay -- I need one someday and can only find 4000Q parts!).
In short, the "different" Syncro never materialized in the US.
- Dave Dahl (email@example.com)
- '87 VW Quantum Syncro
- '88 VW Fox GL