In addition, in the Ulyanovsk region, where I live, foreign cars are mistrusted … I decided this way: front-wheel drive, galvanized body, manual transmission, a minimum of electronics and bells and whistles. As for the brand of car, it should be common on the roads of Russia. Now recall 1997: the sum is about 6 thousand dollars. The answer is immediately - "Audi 100", 5 cylinders, in a word - "herring"! Engine displacement - 1996 smz, power - 69 hp, but not ordinary, but diesel. And not just a big salon, but a big car. In all tax respects, this is what is needed. I find out: my friend has such a car in Samara - he bought it in Minsk a year ago, and that, in his words, never broke down.
Phoned, agreed, and in November 1997 I became the owner of the 1983 “hundredth” cherry color for 4.7 thousand dollars. The car, of course, was beaten, but “very successfully” - in the middle rack and with damage to the tailgate.
After the previous Moskvich, there was euphoria, but two days later life sobered up - the frost for minus 15 did not allow to move. I guessed about the reason - summer diesel fuel. Recharged, warmed up, plus 5 liters of the 76th in the tank - let's go! Until late spring, there were many adventures - I got used to the car: switching to front-wheel drive in ice helped to measure a snowy ditch … Turned over, pulled out, even there are no scratches from soft snow - I drove on. The car fascinated me more and more, and this helped to add about 20 thousand over the first six months to 351 thousand kilometers. Now there are 674 thousand on the odometer. I have a strong desire to drive a million!
In my notebook all the pennies put into the car are marked. These are mainly filters, diesel fuel and oil. Someone will say that foreign cars do not break - nonsense, they break, but all their breakdowns are predictable, they can be prevented. I don’t remember the case when I came to the garage “on a tie”. If “Moskvich” had two trailers of spare parts, now everything fits in two drawers of the desk, and with the advent of the Internet and the ability to order any spare parts, you can forget about this.
What is the best way to operate the machine? She really loves to ride overload, with 1100 rpm. Acceleration starts from 1700 to 3200 rpm. I consider the optimal 2000–2700. I went on the highway - turn on the V gear, put the speedometer needle directly and enjoy the landscape or talk in an undertone with passengers.
Operation in the winter has a number of features. Oil - synthetics and semi-synthetics. Antigel in the tank is a must. I recommend long trips up to minus 30: the interior is warm and does not freeze. But starting up after minus 20 is a problem: if the car stood for more than a day in a piercing wind, you can not do without heating the fuel filter.
Protection to the engine was made of steel 3 mm - it turned out like an icebreaker. The engine itself does not bring trouble - it spends very little oil. When the hot engine began to start poorly, I immediately thought about the wear of the injection pump plunger - I had to change it. By the way, if there is no plunger for the 2.0 L engine, but there are with the same seats for 2.2 L, it is better to take the latter. It is thicker, wears out less, while the fuel consumption, it can be said, does not change.
After 150-200 thousand replacement nozzles are required - I highly recommend not using a tractor … Yes, it works, but its quality is lower - it is designed for revolutions up to 2500, smokes and wedges. I also advise at least once to remove and wash the fuel tank and the net fence of diesel fuel - sometimes there are silt and mud. Talk about diesel-millionaires is empty: our sulfur diesel fuel reduces the resource by half. My engine to 500 thousand demanded a block bore for the first repair, a new piston, liners "face", oil seals, gaskets and other little things.
The native clutch disc is enough for at least 150 thousand. The box does not require much care - I only had to change the second gear synchronizer. SHRUS stood 500 thousand. Steering tips serve more than 100 thousand. Power Steering works a little thoughtfully, but you get used to it.