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Re: My "New" '87 5000CS Turbo Quattro

Sounds like a lot of your problems are just old age corrosion on contacts,
bulbs, switches, etc.  If the "hail damage" introduced any moisture into
electrical systems, that could have really hurt.  Snap them apart, clean them, 
replace if too far gone.  I had similar problems on my 86 5000 and it took 
several months of cleaning contacts, etc before it settled down electrically. 

The idle "problem" is probably just the climate control "thinking" that
it is kicking the A/C compressor on and increasing engine revs.  But,
if your system is low on freon, the compressor won't kick on but the
cc black box doesn't know this - so it keeps your rev up until it turns
your compressor off.  If your air conditioning doesn't work, then that's 
probably it. 

BTW, in Consumer Reports VW, Audi, and BMW all get black spots for electrical
repair problems for models of the last few years.  Funny, it used to be only
British cars had that bad rap!  What goes around...

Cheers, Joe Falcone
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