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Early 90's Audi V6 and Auto Tranny with Quattro Durability

eelmereelmer Posts: 2
edited March 2014 in Audi
I'm looking at a 92 Audi 100 CS Quattro wagon with the 2.8 liter V-6 and auto tranny. The car has 168,000 miles on it and seems to drive and shift great. My questions are how many miles can I expect out of this motor and tranny, and is this the same engine as the VW VR6? If not, can a VW VR6 be installed without too much hassle? Any insight would be appreciated as I am having a mechanic check it out next week.

Thanks,
Erich

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    With this many miles there is really no way to predict. It could blow up tomorrow, so I trust you are not paying too much for the car. Basically the car has reached at least 80% or more of it's normal lifespan. If the car is quite clean, around $3,200 should be plenty.

    That being said, the quattro system is very durable. The engines are good, but prone to valve lifter noise (pressure valve in head) and the car can nickel and dime you with various electrical glitches. Also, repairs and parts are expensive.

    There is no 100 quattro wagon that I recall offhand, it must be a 200.

    This is a somewhat rare car and sometimes people ask a premium for them, but with this many miles you have to be realistic about value. You are really in unknown territory, as the car has exceeded the average life of a 1990 car and has also exceeded all of Audi's projected lifespan.

    If it has dents or shabby interior or needs work, you should deduct accordingly from the price quoted.

    Neat car, worth a certain amount of risk, but do keep a clear head about these miles. It's a lot!
  • Similar question:
    I bought a used 00 Audi A6 2.7T Quattro. Certified car...so I have one year remaining on the original warranty and then two more on the certified warranty (up to 100k miles). It currently has 21k miles.
    My question is:
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