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Audi Fox needs help

dap14dap14 Posts: 2
edited March 2014 in Audi
Hi Folks:

I have a 1979 Audio Fox; bought it new 21 years ago and it still runs great despite nearly 200,000 miles.

The heater valve is leaking. I called the dealerships around the East Bay, San Francisco area. The part number is 321-819-809 but the manufacturer no longer makes it and no one seems to have one. I also checked the parts stores and then the salvage yards. We even tried WV which has a similar part on the Rabbit, but not compatible. I am fearful that a small leak, under pressure will blow out and leave me stranded. It would be a shame to retire this vehicle just for lack of a $30 part. I finally checked on line "Autobuytel" but could not get the web page to run properly (they must be new). So now I ask if anyone knows where I might find this part. Any guidance is appreciated.

Later,

David

Comments

  • lancerfixerlancerfixer Posts: 1,308
    Your problem isn't the web site-- it's your spelling of it. It's www.autobytel.com although they usually deal with car sales; I don't know if they'll be able to help you out.
  • dap14dap14 Posts: 2
    Correction noted. Autobytel could not help; 1979 was beyond their time line. Is there some outlet, domestic or foreign for older car parts, specifically Audi?
  • I am considering buying a '93 VW Fox with 64K miles on it. The car seems to be in good shape and run well (especially good highway car for its size), but I'm concerned about the availability of parts, from the basic maintenance items (brake shoes, headline bulbs, etc.) to more vehicle-specific items.

    Can anyone attest to the availability, or lack thereof, of Fox parts?

    Also, how reliable are these cars?

    Thanks for your help.
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    There must be a part store near you that deals in VW/Audi parts only or only import parts. They are everywhere, especially in California. VW and Audi used common parts among numerous models, so try looking for a heater valve to the VW Quantum or the VW Dasher, which are related to the Fox. Auto chain stores may not have the part you are looking for, but I guarantee a specialized import or VW/Audi parts store could get it. It is a rather common part, not like a trim piece or something. Did you ask if the dealer could order it for you? Look a little harder and I'm sure you could get the part. It will eventually become a bigger problem and one that could leave you stranded.
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    Parts for the VW Fox are readily available. The Fox shared many components with the Golf and Jetta (the same AC compressor and alternator for instance). The engine is exactly the same as my 84 Rabbit GTI, with only minor differences such as a few more electronics and a more restrictive exhaust. The fuel injection system is one of the most reliable and easily maintained because of its relative lack of confusing electronic controls. The Fox is a very simple car and as such is very reliable and long lasting. I used to own an 87 Fox and it ran great! It was a solid car that was very stable on the highway at speeds of 90. It never left me stranded, always started first try, and never gave me running problems like stalling. I never had a problem locating parts for the car either. If the car seems to have been well-maintained and runs good, I say go for it. It's one of the best used car values out there.
  • I own a 1999 BMW 528i I trade my cars every 2 years. am going to look at Audi Lexus GS300
    and at BMW. Can anybody tell me How the Audi with a V6 performs & how is it for quality.
    My BMW had to have a rear axle replaced I broke down on a busy street. The rear view mirror keeps
    tilting the dealer tells me it can not be adjusted
    Any comments loud be appreciated.
    Thank you very much
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    Nice car the Audi...not quite the "driver's car" as the BMW, but close. Typical German build quality--good. Try one out, you won't be disappointed.
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