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    1. Member Stromaluski's Avatar
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      05-26-2019 07:24 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by Yuppie Scum View Post
      Surprised you couldn’t get a flight into Burlington VT or Lebanon, NH (also a Cape Air airstrip). Hope you made it to Hill Farmstead while you were up there. Congrats on the car, hopefully it lives a long life in the south.
      It was an option, but the price was outrageous enough that I wasn't willing to do it.

      Quote Originally Posted by Crispyfritter View Post
      I figured I’d chime in and tell you I’m proud of you.

      Seriously, these are great cars and really do stand up to age and miles well. I enjoyed mine, and I see the current owner also enjoys it too.

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      Haha, thanks! I've had a number of 200k+ mile cars. This one has definitely held up better than the rest of them.

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      05-26-2019 09:20 PM #27
      You should manual swap it

      A buddy of mine in CA bought a D2 S8 for some ridiculously cheap price and manual swapped his using a B5 transmission. That was a really fun car to ride in. Not to shill but he is putting together swap kits (and maybe a knowledge base) to help others through the task. You can find @beater_garage if interested. If not, just enjoy your cool car

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      05-27-2019 02:27 AM #28
      These are so classy. What an awesome trip to do with your son, so jealous.

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      05-27-2019 06:53 AM #29
      Good to see it getting some love.

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      05-28-2019 07:46 AM #30
      Favorite audi sedan of all time

    7. 05-28-2019 09:01 AM #31
      Jesus that's nice - my absolute favorite era of German autobahn cruisers - that all aluminum chassis with the 4.2

      Wish I had the skills to keep one alive!

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      05-29-2019 08:27 AM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by EnIgMa '06 View Post
      You should manual swap it

      A buddy of mine in CA bought a D2 S8 for some ridiculously cheap price and manual swapped his using a B5 transmission. That was a really fun car to ride in. Not to shill but he is putting together swap kits (and maybe a knowledge base) to help others through the task. You can find @beater_garage if interested. If not, just enjoy your cool car
      I've been watching his thread on QuattroWorld, don't worry.

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      05-29-2019 09:07 AM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by Sold Over Sticker View Post
      Looks like a fun trip! My college buddy lived in Rutland for awhile when he was flying for Cape Air. His FB feed was always plants, flowers, streams etc. He claimed there was nothing else to do there other than hike and take photos.
      Also mountain biking and skiing. If you like outdoor sports is a pretty great place.

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      05-30-2019 01:25 AM #34
      YES!

      Congrats on the S8. Ever since "Ronin" came out, I've always wanted one.

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      05-30-2019 07:49 AM #35
      Great story, great car. I love both Vermont and S8s from that generation. Good luck!

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      05-30-2019 04:11 PM #36
      Quote Originally Posted by Stromaluski View Post
      One of the first things I did with the car was look into the A/C. It never blew cold as long as Buddy owned it (and living in VT, I would guess it's easy to get by without it). A/C is pretty much a requirement here in the south, though... There was a receipt from about 10 years ago where the compressor was replaced. I figured what the hell and just filled the system. It works, but it's not as cold as I would like. Probably should have pulled a vacuum on it before filling it. Oh well. I'll take a better look at it eventually.
      Yeah you really should pull a vaccum on it. The moisture in air can mess up other components

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      05-31-2019 10:12 AM #37
      Quote Originally Posted by Jettavr666 View Post
      Yeah you really should pull a vaccum on it. The moisture in air can mess up other components
      It's on the to-do list for sometime this summer. Actually ordered an orifice tube, receiver/dryer, and o-rings for the A/C system this morning.

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      05-31-2019 02:07 PM #38
      Congrats! This is one of my favourite big german sedans. I cannot believe they are already that old...

      This is also something I would love to do with my daughters once they are old enough.

      I wish you and your son many joyful moments with it!



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      06-03-2019 05:29 PM #39
      Quote Originally Posted by Lupo TDI View Post
      Congrats! This is one of my favourite big german sedans. I cannot believe they are already that old...

      This is also something I would love to do with my daughters once they are old enough.

      I wish you and your son many joyful moments with it!



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      me either, I actually saw one in a junkyard late last year, S8, black, on white interior, so sad to see it in a yard like that.

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      06-03-2019 07:35 PM #40
      I cringe at every new post in this thread, fearing it's an $18k engine problem or $8k electronics problem.

      OP, glad to see this is not the case.

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      06-04-2019 12:00 PM #41
      Quote Originally Posted by Lupo TDI View Post
      Congrats! This is one of my favourite big german sedans. I cannot believe they are already that old...

      This is also something I would love to do with my daughters once they are old enough.

      I wish you and your son many joyful moments with it!

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      Thanks!

      Quote Originally Posted by Jettavr666 View Post
      me either, I actually saw one in a junkyard late last year, S8, black, on white interior, so sad to see it in a yard like that.
      Is it still in the junkyard...?

      Quote Originally Posted by StressStrain View Post
      I cringe at every new post in this thread, fearing it's an $18k engine problem or $8k electronics problem.

      OP, glad to see this is not the case.
      So far, so good! I'm relatively confident that I could fix any issues that may come up. I've got a pretty decent amount of experience fixing VWs. Audis can't be that much difference, right?

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      06-04-2019 12:48 PM #42
      Congrats! The one I sold to Crispy made me buy a black C7 A6, half the cylinders, moar power

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      06-04-2019 03:38 PM #43
      Quote Originally Posted by Stromaluski View Post

      Is it still in the junkyard...?

      So far, so good! I'm relatively confident that I could fix any issues that may come up. I've got a pretty decent amount of experience fixing VWs. Audis can't be that much difference, right?
      Nope, it disappeared within a month which is a short time, but I bet someone bought the shell knowing its aluminum value.

      As for repair, I fully agree. Anything up to a B7 A4, C6 A6, or D3 A8 is pretty damn easy to work on and diagnose at this point. My biggest issue with Audi's is that the ones with "V" engines make things infinitely more complicated because they are all 90 degree blocks that take up tons of space. Meanwhile I have fixed almost everything on my 4 cyl B6 within a couple hours with simple hand tools.

      Something to remember is also that so many parts are interchangeable on AUDI's, Like control arm kits.

      A VAG com scan tool is a decent idea tool, and for $100 you can track down much more than you could with other methods.

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      06-04-2019 03:40 PM #44
      Quote Originally Posted by Stromaluski View Post
      It's on the to-do list for sometime this summer. Actually ordered an orifice tube, receiver/dryer, and o-rings for the A/C system this morning.
      Also if you just rented the manifold set, for basic use, a set with a vaccum pump is $90. Ive already fixed my AC, sister AC, a wine cooler, and a fridge with it, so it has fully got its use.

      https://www.ebay.com/itm/Manifold-Ga...cAAOSwo0JWQpuq

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      06-04-2019 06:09 PM #45
      Quote Originally Posted by Jettavr666 View Post
      Nope, it disappeared within a month which is a short time, but I bet someone bought the shell knowing its aluminum value.

      As for repair, I fully agree. Anything up to a B7 A4, C6 A6, or D3 A8 is pretty damn easy to work on and diagnose at this point. My biggest issue with Audi's is that the ones with "V" engines make things infinitely more complicated because they are all 90 degree blocks that take up tons of space. Meanwhile I have fixed almost everything on my 4 cyl B6 within a couple hours with simple hand tools.

      Something to remember is also that so many parts are interchangeable on AUDI's, Like control arm kits.

      A VAG com scan tool is a decent idea tool, and for $100 you can track down much more than you could with other methods.
      Luckily, the front control arms have been replaced in the past on this car. I'm not terribly worried about it right now. I've had a vag-com for a good 10+ years now. Worth it's weight in gold, haha.

      Quote Originally Posted by Jettavr666 View Post
      Also if you just rented the manifold set, for basic use, a set with a vaccum pump is $90. Ive already fixed my AC, sister AC, a wine cooler, and a fridge with it, so it has fully got its use.

      https://www.ebay.com/itm/Manifold-Ga...cAAOSwo0JWQpuq
      I would normally just rent both the manifold set and vacuum pump. Considered buying a set, but haven't committed to it quite yet. We'll see.

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      06-05-2019 01:18 PM #46
      Quote Originally Posted by Stromaluski View Post
      Luckily, the front control arms have been replaced in the past on this car. I'm not terribly worried about it right now. I've had a vag-com for a good 10+ years now. Worth it's weight in gold, haha.



      I would normally just rent both the manifold set and vacuum pump. Considered buying a set, but haven't committed to it quite yet. We'll see.
      Yeah The control arm replacement isn't nearly as bad as people make it out to be, just a bit time consuming. Main thing is you need to make sure you tighten everything with the wheels int he resting position, otherwise it tears about the new bushings in short order.

      As for the AC lineset and such, if you are a DIY guy, its really convenient to have and you can also use the vacuum pump to bleed brakes with a couple fab'd up tools.

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      06-06-2019 11:50 AM #47
      Quote Originally Posted by Jettavr666 View Post
      As for the AC lineset and such, if you are a DIY guy, its really convenient to have and you can also use the vacuum pump to bleed brakes with a couple fab'd up tools.
      It's on my list of stuff to buy whenever I have the spare cash sitting around. Unfortunately, that doesn't happen very often when you have poor decision making skills like I do.

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      06-07-2019 12:43 AM #48
      So awesome to read through this thread and see the enjoyment you’re getting from the car. I remember i asked you if you would start a thread and you said maybe.. so glad you did. Was a pleasure to meet you and your son, my fiancée was beyond happy to have met him as well. Wish the weather was a little more welcoming, but maybe soon i’ll get down to see my friend Jill in Greenville and catch up with you guys again. That car is a hell of a machine, so much fun.

      Thanks Jay for the kind words! Can’t wait to hopefully see you again at Eurobuilt this year. R32 is making progress! Especially happy to say i’ve got a few key parts for the turbo build already in hand


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      06-07-2019 09:26 AM #49
      Quote Originally Posted by osin34 View Post
      So awesome to read through this thread and see the enjoyment you’re getting from the car. I remember i asked you if you would start a thread and you said maybe.. so glad you did. Was a pleasure to meet you and your son, my fiancée was beyond happy to have met him as well. Wish the weather was a little more welcoming, but maybe soon i’ll get down to see my friend Jill in Greenville and catch up with you guys again. That car is a hell of a machine, so much fun.
      Definitely let me know if you make it down this way!

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      06-08-2019 01:50 PM #50
      Quote Originally Posted by Stromaluski View Post
      Everything was way more robustly designed than I'm used to working on VWs.
      What kind of differences are you finding? Stronger clips? More screws as opposed to clips or friction fit? I'm always curious what makes any given manufacturer's high-end cars different from its lower-end models under the skin.
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