Originally Posted by Ron Earp
You know, I went through this process years ago. In the end I had to objectively step back and analyze how I was performing my 016/O1E research. Once I did that I concluded that I was looking for the answers I wanted to read/hear, that is, I was looking for that justification to use an 016 or 01E to lend credence to my thought process.
After I realized what I was doing with the box selection process I bit the bullet and bought a Porsche 930 box, had it prepped, and ran the heck out of it. Lots of racing, street driving, and hard launches - nary a peep from the box. The component I was worried about the most and agonized over turned out to be bulletproof.
I'm looking for evidence, even anecdotal, that the transaxle fails. I have heard a lot of opinions as to what people think but that is all they are. I want someone who has went down the road and found out the hard way. So far, I have only read actual evidence that indicates that the transaxle will perform just fine (from people who run them).
I guess that I am kind of taking the opposite approach that you did. I am looking for proof that what I have grown to believe (the transaxle is strong enough) is wrong, and the people assuming it is weak are correct rather than supporting evidence that they are strong enough.
If I can find some folks who have had them fail under typical conditions with moderate power, then I'll know which way to go. If not, then maybe we will have found a viable alternative to the 10K and higher units that prevent so many people from getting into the market.
It would be great to me if people that didn't need super upper end transaxles could save several thousand dollars by getting a 01E. Heck, maybe it would even bring down the cost of those super high end boxes too. Of course, if people write in and tell us that the Audi doesn't hold up then it would help show the worth of those expensive boxes too.
Either way, I think asking this question is a good thing.