09-19-2001, 04:04 PM
I am looking at a very used, 214,000 miles, '89 100 Quattro. It smokes and it won't move. What bothers me is that it won't move. With the motor running and without using the clutch, I can shift fairly freely between the gears. There is some noise as each gear is engaged. I suspect that the clutch is completely fried. Is there anything else in the drive line that could shear and cause this problem?
09-19-2001, 05:07 PM
Big old red flags abound on this one:
1. Smokes: could be as simple as valve stem seals, could be cylinder bores shaped like footballs.
2. 214,000: not especially high for an Audi, but combined with the above it's a warning.
3. Car no move: could be broken CV joint, or mebbe they towed it 100 miles at 70 mph with the rear tires off the ground and trashed the tranny. The fact that you could get it into gear with the engine running and heard gnashing of teeth (if that's what it was) is the deal killer for me. If it isn't the clutch, how much is a boneyard tranny in your area?
I would walk away...
09-19-2001, 05:57 PM
It's the $200.00 price. I would pay that for the wheels and tires.
09-19-2001, 07:03 PM
Misunderstood you, thought it was a candidate for fixing. I'd be on it too for that price...
09-20-2001, 06:47 PM
acted just like that, took the inspection cover off and pieces of clutch fell out. Never did figure out how he blew it up so completely.