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Re: Reply to information on my search for urQ-Coupe
There are a few differences between the ur-qs imported to the US and
Canada between '81 and'86. The '85 and '86 model years are generally
considered better buys (note '86's are quite rare :^). As Phil will
confirm the cars were hand built and I doubt any two were identical
off the production line. Here are some of the changes in the North
American models I know of:-
1) Interior updated circa '84. Gained oil temp and volt gauge in diff
lock switch panel. Rotary diff lock instead of pull out.
2) Rear Roll bar dropped post '83
3) Thicker front roll bar with different end links, same time as 2)
4) Change to pressed steel control arms, from welded, circa '83
5) 15x6.5" Ronals upgraded to 15x8" Ronals circa '85. The rear wheel
arches were rolled to accomodate wheels. Tyres changed from 205/60s
6) Some late model '85s and '86s may have plastic trunk (boot) lid.
7) Move from dual to single hand brake lines.
8) Very early cars, e.g. Euro '81 imports may have cable operated
9) '85s and on write "quattro" in the rear window heater elements.
10) Canadian models have 240kmph speedo, early US ones have 85mph
speedo, not sure if this was changed?
11) Front brakes and carriers were changed somewhere between '83 and
12) Rear Tie Rods changed circa '83.
13) Rear Subframe changed to support new mounting position for tie
14) An inportant one! The main fuse box was moved from under the
drivers side of the dash board to under the hood (bonnet). This
marginally improved the "iffy" quality of the ur-q electrics.
15) MAC02 ECU was revised, sometime in '83, there are also some early
ur-qs (circa '82) which may have been test mules that came with
the Euro spec MAC01 ECU.
16) Some colour and trim changes, e.g. wheel colours, body coloured
17) I think the design of the steering wheel may also have changed?
The early cars had brown leather and plastic wheels with the word
turbo inscribed in the center. My '85 has an Ital Volante wheel so
I can't confirm the change.
Advice on buying:-
Buy the "best" car you can for the money you have available, if in
doubt, borrow more money. Avoid a project car unless you have lots of
time, lots of $$$$$ and a very understanding family. try and find a
car that is well maintained and driven regularly don't be put off by
high mileage. Carefully inspect the car, particularly underneath and
in the engine bay. Dave Lawson wrote an excellent three part
restoration of his ur-q, you can find it at:-
Maintenance is extremely expensive, I honestly think it's more
expensive running an ur-q than a Porsche. If your not prepared to work
on the car yourself and shop around for parts then you better have
lots of $$$$.