always kept an eye out for another 4000 quattro since my 87 was totaled by a drunk driver parked in the front of the house over 10 years ago. need one like a hole in the head though, as I now have a bunch of cars including a tuned 2002 A4 1.8T. Why would I still be interested in a 4000 Quattro? Something about those cars left an impression on me. compared to modern cars, they are slow and have antiquated engine management, but they have a terrific mechanical feel to them and a classic boxy look I still am attracted to.
I found the cleanest one I have seen in 15 years, but it was not driven much (or at all -supposed to have been at least started from time to time) since 2004. Its basically a garaged 1 owner car, and the brother of the owner has spent some time getting it running again, changing fluids, water pump, radiator, etc. it did pass smog. everything is supposed to work except the gas gauge. the locking dif stuff seem to work, but the lights are night lighting up on the console--bulbs?
here is my question. what are the chances that after I start driving it, all those years of sitting will cause an endless amount of issues to surface? (see UR quattro thread below) I know it needs shocks which will be fun to change out, but am worried that after I start driving it, electrical gremlins will appear, brake hydraulic issues, coolant and oil leaks, fuel system problems, etc. car has 160,000 miles
has anyone brought back a long time dormant car successfully?