The Audi Allroad has become a running joke in the Jaloposphere as the least reliable car ever made, and for pretty damn good reason. Between the notoriously finicky 2.7 twin turbo V6 engine (same as in the vaunted B5 S4) and the early 2000's era air suspension (read: terrible), there is just way too much crap to go…
Oh, and I finally joined 2017 and made an Instagram. #Shameless
Finally threw on the last bits of trim, the snorkel for the airbox, the ripped up fender liners, and did some clearancing with the ol’ BFH. Tires still rub, though. Oh, and I ordered some Hella 500s and one of those cheap ass license plate light bar mounts:
Gave it a nice wash after sitting in its own filth and dust for months. Cleans up pretty nice, doesn’t it? Still some things to sort out functionally and cosmetically, so for now it’s being relegated to DD/mall crawler status until I sort out the tire rub situation and some skid plates.
After bringing it home three months ago (almost to the day), the Expedition Allroad is moving under its own power, and it (mostly) does so quite well.
After about 9-10 hours of work, the engine is in. It’s not really hooked up to much, but it’s on its own mounts, so I’m counting it. Man this thing is a tight fit...
Look how clean the S4 motor looks with the wiring stripped! It’s beautiful!
This is what turbos look like when you go offroading in sand and clay. Now you know. Anyway, got the new turbos bolted up, and man was it a pain in the ass. Audi really knows how to make life miserable with their incredibly tight packaging.
Finally reached the point where we could tear into the Audi and remove the engine. It definitely wasn’t easy, but after 7-8 hours, we got it out. The key phrase of the day was, “Fucking Audi...” followed by some head scratching.
Or are they alternators? I can’t tell. They’re so cute and tiny! Awwww, look at them sitting there, being adorable. Goochie goochie, little turbos!
If those pristine, gloriously glistening, tantalizingly lubricated camshafts don’t get your blood flowing, then I question your Jalophood.
Brought a box of toys for the Audi yesterday. Can you see her smiling? I think she’s smiling.
I finally picked up the engine! Luckily I was able to borrow my buddy’s hoist and had a friend there to help me load that in the truck, which saved me some serious effort. I didn’t think to cover the turbo oil return lines, so those puked out some lovely oil into the bed of the truck, but it wasn’t too bad. Project…
The Expedition Allroad Project is one step closer to breathing once again! Making the arrangements now for the S4 engine, just got a few shots from the guy I’m picking it up from.
I already posted my Expedition Allroad off roader project that I bought on Saturday, but yesterday evening I also bought a 2000 Volvo V40 for $400. This was a weird weekend.
Yes, before you ask, I am indeed a masochist. But c’mon guys, 6-speed manual!
Just got the email! The ticket details asked me quite politely to not share the details of what’s going on or where it is, but I’m sure someone else will be leaking all that soon enough (if not already).
Anyone else sign up and/or get a call about this episode’s taping? They asked me a few questions about my interests with cars, Top Gear, and whether I would bring a female or not (not kidding). Supposedly I’ll be hearing back this week or next with their decision on giving me tickets or not.
This guy was doing the full on low rider bounce while cruising 70 down the freeway. His front tires were above the roof level of that Scion, he was bouncing that freaking high! I was going to get video, but he was drifting across multiple lanes, so I decided I’d rather live. I did snap this pic after he was done,…