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Re: AC Condenser Repair: 90-90Q20v

 Paul, I had the same problem on my 86 5KCSTQ. The condenser is aluminum(or 
aluminium) and I also was quoted $700 for a replacement from my local Audi 
dealer. I didn't have it welded. I called another dealer(mail order) and got 
an exact replacement that was american made for $400. I installed it myself 
and had the system recharged for $70. It worked great and was not at all hard 
to do. Bear in mind this was a few years ago and R-12 has gone up. However, 
the R-12 replacement from Pennzoil seems not too outrageously priced. I 
personally would not switch to R-134a because the efficiency is not in the 
same ballpark as R-12. That's my story FWIW. S C Kemmerer 91 Coupe Quattro

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Subject: AC Condenser Repair: 90-90Q20v
Author:  Paul_Royal@idx.com at Internet
Date:    7/8/97 12:51 PM

Hi Folks,
     I need a new condenser for my 90-90Q20v.  Actually, what I need is to
understand what kind of rare metallurgical marvel the condenser is made of 
at over $700 (will it hurt Superman, or is it just Platinum?).
     I searched the archives and found that a few folks have had their
condenser welded by a radiator shop or the like.  Is removing the condenser 
difficult?  How did the repair hold up?  Would you do it again?
     My mechanic is recommending I go over to the R-134...conversion kit is
$75.  Has anyone else done the conversion?  If so, did you lose much 
efficiency?  Including the above mentioned condenser I was quoted over 
$1100 for the repair.  I've gotta be pretty damn warm before I part with 
that kind of green.
     For a moment, indulge me.  Things available for $700.

     A nice new Nikon
     4 nice dinners for two including decent wine at the Bay Tower Room
Overlooking Boston Harbor
     32 Cases of good quality micro brew
     Half of Omega Speedmaster (agreat watch and piece of art)
     Enough 93 Octane Fuel to drive half way around the world (13,000
     An "Audi" A/C condenser

     Where the f*** do these people get off? Is this my last Audi?

     Paul "bitter bastard" Royal

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