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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  (dad@roadnet.ups.com)
- '87 VW Quantum Syncro
- '88 VW Fox GL