In Local Audi News: Car goes up in flames in downtown
peter at pcelias.com
Thu Jan 8 10:56:48 PST 2015
Luckily no fire related issues in my 1990 Audi 100 (currently at 344,000
miles) ... although 2 years ago (at about 324,000 miles) it could have
turned into one! Kept smelling raw gas coming into the car. Popping the
hood, nothing obvious, finally traced the problem to a minute leak in the
"fuel regulator", a tiny little Bosch box (not much bigger than a box of
matches) which is mounted in front of the fuel distributor. The unit
wasn't leaking from the seal itself, but elsewhere in the box.
The local Audi stealer (errr.. dealer) wanted over $770 for this Bosch part.
Ended up finding the same Bosch item at partsgeek.com for only about $270 !
The dealer said it would take a week or two to get. Partsgeek delivered it
in one day (I guess I'm lucky to live within 3 miles of a WorldPac
distribution center! - Plano, Texas). Too bad we consumers can't buy parts
directly from WorldPac!
Can't believe the outrageous price (mucho profit!) that the dealer wanted
for this part. They also wanted about $12 for one tiny 10mm o-ring (the
special one for fuel resistance), while others sell this for about $3 ...
In any case, after I got the part, it was a 5 minute fix!
So for now, I've got:
1) one of the highest known mileage 1990 Audi 100 (at 344,500+ miles;
unfortunately the odometer crapped out at 341,257 miles in August 2014 and
am tracking mileage via gas usage...)
2) one the lowest known mileage 1990 Audi Coupe Quattro (at only 68,500
miles); only read about 2 others last year below 100,000 miles (at 88K & 95K
miles, but none below 70K)! Had to fly up to Milwaukee to pick it up and
drive it back to Texas..! A nice car. Since Audifans doesn't appear to
let us attach photos, you can see it here:
As a side note, if you want to showcase stuff on the internet for free, I've
been using webs.com for over 10 years. They give you lots of space and
pages to showcase stuff ... My main Audi site is at
http://audiphilately.webs.com. You don't need to be a programmer; use
their "templates" and it's as simply as using Microsoft Word...
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