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Re: Audi Turbo....going, going,gone
OBDC or OBD III. Great.
Hey, everyone. It's your friendly neighborhood EPA contractor
here, working here onsite at EPA. I posted several months ago
about this system that EPA is working on. It's not
mandated......yet. The big problem with compliance with
manufacturers on this issue is that EPA wants them to warranty
the diagnostic system for 100,000 miles. So far, their response
is: "Yeah, right. ONLY if we have sole access to the engine
compartment, making sure that we are the only ones messing with
the vehicle." Sure brings up more issues then emissions. As
I've said before, this systems is (supposedly) so sensitive it
will register differences in tire/wheel sizes, sparkplug changes,
etc. Therefore, NO MODIFICATIONS AT ALL. Never mind that most
of the modifications we discuss here pass most emissions tests.
The people who whore (woops, I mean "work") on such systems have
no concept of what it will do to the automotive aftermarket.
They're the ones taking their cars to the dealer for all
maintanence anyway. Nevermind that people who "modify" these
cars generally take better care of these cars and keep them in
tune. How many of you spend a weekend with a wrench? How many
of you have wives saying "you spend more time......"? I thought
so. BTW, I'm not talking "fake spoiler, tiny wide wheel, neon
light" mods here.
I try and keep up with this issue since I'm here, but whats been
reported is a situation that hasn't changed for several months.
As far a what the dealer mentioned, I think Audi is responding
more to market issues than to EPA. How many S6s do dealers sell?
That, and the american market seems to prefer more cylinders and
liters to high revving, small displacement, turbo equipped
motors. In europe, cars over 2 liters are taxed pretty heavily,
so as a result multivalves and turbos are popular. Why did adnoH
put a V6 that doesn't perform much better then the 4cyl in the
droccA? The Market.
I'll keep everyone posted if I learn anything.
Paul "Give me a IA TQ and screw EPA" Souza