07-06-2001, 08:12 AM
Hey guys, I am an Audi neophyte and need some advice about this 91 200 TQ I may buy. It is a friend of a friend's car, and has a blown head gasket and 240K miles on it. I know neither are desirable traits, but the head gasket cant be all that much to have fixed...and the selling price of the car is right----$800.
The exterior is red which sucks, but it has the black leather interior in MINT condition.
I'm just looking for a comfy car to drive with working AC and a reliable motor. Do you think I should buy this project car, or do you think it will be a money pit that sucks me dry?
I'm in college and broke as hell, so let me know if I should just stick with driving my Rabbit til I graduate! thanks all!
07-06-2001, 07:47 PM
or is it a Canadian model with the 10 valve engine?
07-08-2001, 12:42 AM
Yes, it does have the 20V engine according to my friend. It is a 91 Quattro, and from my research here, that's the only motor for 91 in the Quattro (the non quattro 200 still had the 10V motor)
07-08-2001, 03:57 PM
I'm already aware of the fact that the U.S. model 91 200 TQ's came with the 20 valve engine only. Reason I was asking is because I was not sure of were you hail from. If you were Canandian then the 91 200TQ would have been made with the 10 valve engine only.
Anyways, I think I would personally skip it if it was a 10v. However, since the 91 20v TQ's are fairly rare and hold thier market value and the price is so cheap, I would scoop up that 91 in a heartbeat. Even if you cannot afford to fix it right away, store it somewhere and slowly chip away at getting it running. Just keep in mind that engine work on the 20 valve can be expensive...
Do you know anything about the cars history at all? Does your friend have any records on the work thats been done to the car? Does he take care of cars? Was this car neglected? Did he overheat the car badly enough to warp the block? What caused the overheating to begin with? Anymore info you can give us?
By the way, I'm in college also and I know first hand how hard it is to maintain a Audi on a small budget...
07-09-2001, 01:11 PM
Heck, I'll even pay you a finder's fee in either cash or beer, your choice...
(too many Audis is/are not enough!)
07-10-2001, 08:01 AM
Sorry...yes I am in the USA...
The car has WAY high miles like 240K or some****...the guy picked up the car with a salvage title because it had VERY minor frame damage and was totalled. It basically involved new right rear control arm and putting no a frame rack....didnt even suffer body damage.
The guy himself has put over 120K on the car...he just bought it cheap, fixed it up and drove the wheels off it the past few years. I havent talked to him yet, but I think it has been fairly well maintained...though I am curious why this is the second head gasket it has blown in a year....possibly because he doesn't like to let the motor warm up before getting intot he boost...