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Exhaust Manifold Question

In message <> mike posner writes:

> Upon closer inspection, the mechanic says that the exhaust manifold is
> CRACKED and two studs need to be drilled out. He says that Audi had a
> history of problems with the 5000's one piece manifold-apparently the
> length caused it to crack.
> The replacement is a two-piece manifold. Cost is about $800.00. I
> guess this isn't that unreasonable since machining cost $300 to $500. 

The same problem affects the ur-quattro, and several companies (most notably AM 
Cars) are applying the same solution.
There's no recall, because Audi AG regard the exhaust manifold as a consumable 

 Phil Payne
 Committee Member, UK Audi [ur-]quattro Owners Club