Air Conditioning Upgrade

Paul Caouette paxnobis at
Fri Sep 2 05:19:31 PDT 2011

Figured it would be a good time to ask about how difficult it would be to
refit my '91 Avant 20 Valve Turbo
with a 134 system?

It seems to be getting more and more difficult to service the old Freon

Anyone know of an A/C shop in Denver with Freon?

On Fri, Sep 2, 2011 at 8:12 AM, Tony Hoffman <auditony at> wrote:

> Really no reason to spend that amount. If there is metal in teh system, it
> will need a compressor and expansion valve, reciever dryer, and all the
> o-rings. Other than that, it's all labor. Pull it apart, blow through
> everything with interdynamics cleaner, and reassemble. Less than $600 in
> parts, at my standard markup. I just don't see $4400. I really don't see
> more than $1500 for this job, but maybe my rent is much lower than theirs
> ;-)
> Tony
> On Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 8:57 PM, Ed Kellock <ed.kellock at> wrote:
> > A friend of mine just picked up a 2000 A4 Avant that has inop AC.  They
> > took
> > it to a shop for an estimate to get the AC working which came back in at
> > $4400.  Is there something so unique and/or difficult with the AC system
> in
> > that car that would make this so high?  I've read over the estimate and
> > they
> > basically want to replace/rebuild the entire system, compressor, orifice
> > tube/expansion valve, evaporator, condensor, and hoses.  They mention
> > something about a front-end collision and metal in the system.  Shocking.
> > Surely this can be done for far less.
> >
> > Ed
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