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Audi Coupe trim

Posted by audiphilately on August 27, 2014 at 2:35 AM Comments comments (0)

My "new" 1990 Audi Coupe Quattro is nice; at 67,000 or so miles it is probably THE lowest mileage version of that car in the USA.   It's basically in excellent mechanical shape, although the R134a conversion needs some looking into (the R134a low pressure valve seems to loosen up causing it to loose refrigerant frequently).  Visually, one of my main concerns is the black rubber trim near the bottom, between the doors and rear wheel well, where you can see it doesn't quite meet the sheet metal anymore and has a "wavy" look to it.

Audi win 2011 LeMans!

Posted by audiphilately on June 12, 2011 at 3:54 PM Comments comments (0)

Today, 12. June, 2011 Audi wins it's 10th (out of 13) LeMans races!   Their brand new R18 diesel-powered LMP1 prototype race car using "Ultra" light technology won 1st place (with Peugeot taking 2nd & 3rd place).


Audi did unfortunately suffer 2 major crashes in the early part of the grueling 24 hour race, leaving it all up to just one car!   The drivers of the 2 cars walked out of the wrecks, proving once again that Audi vehicles are safe (and in this year's case, having fully enclosed cockpits also helped!).


I viewed the race on the Speed Channel and managed to create a 3-hour DVD of this fantastic race for later viewing.


Several years ago, there was an excellent NFL Films documentary produced about Audi winning the LeMans, a must-see item for any Audi or racing enthusiast.  It is called "The Truth in 24".  It can be purchased or even downloaded for free from iTunes!

Air Filters

Posted by audiphilately on April 12, 2011 at 12:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I think that sometimes automotive engineers are only worried about assembling cars, not about what it takes to maintain them later... 

Case in point:  replacing the air filter should be a simple task, right?  But noooooh, in my Audi A6, it took me at least 10 minutes to try and get the air filter out, not to mention putting it back in...   There are 4 clips that hold the air cleaner cover in place, and one of them is only about 1 cm from the wheel well, so unless you have miniature fingers, it is virtually impossible to get it snapped back on (which takes considerable force to begin with).  In addition to the 4 clips, I also had to remove or set aside a variety of hoses & cables.

Now, I had to do the same task on my Volvo S80; and I had the air cleaner element removed in something like 30 seconds... Hmmm....

Oh, and I do firmly believe in using K&N Filters!  Although one should take them out and clean them periodically (something which I managed to forget for about 2 years, but after cleaning and re-oiling them, they're as good as new and the cars' engine can now breathe easier again!).

1990 Audi 100 status

Posted by audiphilately on April 5, 2011 at 1:08 AM Comments comments (0)

I finally have my trusty 1990 Audi 100 back!  Not too long after reaching 500,000 kilometers (that's 310,686 miles ...) on December 31, 2010, the automatic transmission decided it was time to quit (late February, 2011) ...  But that's really not too bad: the original 3-speed automatic was rebuilt at about 129,000 miles, so that means that the rebuilt one lasted 182,000 miles (which is 40% longer than the original factory transmission).

The car drives fine now, although the shifts seem to come about 5 mph later than previously...

So, you might ask: what else is wrong?  Well, not much really, CONSIDERING the age and high mileage of this car?   Since I use this car daily, it has to be safe (especially with all the idiots on the roads here in the Dallas area..).

What doesn't work?  Mostly minor things that aren't that terribly important:

  • A couple of the back-lights for the power window switches on the door and the center console are burned out (too much effort to replace these bulbs for now...).
  • The trunk lid requires a key to open (the central door locking works fine for the doors, just not the trunk...)
  • Minor and only occasional instrument panel backlighting issue (known problem with cracking of some solder joints)
  • Cruise control works maybe 5% of the time (probably some vacuum hose that has a leak; besides, I don't really need cruise-control for in-town traffic anyway...)
  • Minor "creaking" while steering at slow speeds (steering column?)
  • The passenger-side rear view mirror blows a fuse when using the "up" position button to adjust it (other positional movements are fine - my guess is a short in the mirror somewhere...).

Well, there you have it; that's not really that bad.  I've seen many cars that are only half as old and with only half the miles where much more is wrong!

I have to say that Audi built a great car with these 100 models!

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Oh, and the engine is original!  It does NOT burn any oil (which gets changed about every 4,000 to 5,000 miles with semi-synthetic oil).

2012 Audi A7

Posted by audiphilately on April 5, 2011 at 1:02 AM Comments comments (0)

Audi invited some of us to test drive pre-production (ie: German versions...) of the new 2012 A7 models this past weekend (April 3 & 4). 

The models we drove were essentially German-spec vehicles, as such they had a couple of features that we probably won't see here in the USA, most notably:  left-side rear view mirrors that actually eliminate blind spots and a stop-light engine kill switch (in many countries in Europe you're supposed to turn off the engine if stopped at a light for more than a few seconds...).

About the only thing that bothered me was:  there's only room for 4 (legally), since I did NOT see a seatbelt anchor on the middle seat in the back.  That might put a cramp in giving family and friends a ride in your new ride!