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A4 reliability, snows, etc.
I noticed a question a couple of days ago about A4 reliability. I have
had a hard time getting internet access, which is why I am so late in
replying. I have had my A4q since mid September. So far, the dealer has
had to replace the inner door seal on the driver's side because water
leaked into the car during heavy rains. Also, the horn doesn't always
work in cold weather (which has yet to be resolved). Other than that, the
car has been great. I am willing to put up with a few annoyances like
that since the car is such a great drive. However, it only has 3300 miles
on it, so we'll se how much I like it if stuff like this continues much
Regarding the snow: we got about 4" here in Portland, ME yesterday before
the rain came in and turned everything to slush. I had a blast tooling
around in a parking lot, and then downtown when it started clearing out.
The car handled beautifully. It had 205/55R16 Eagle RS-A all seasons on.
Although they did not give quite the bite that the Hakkapelita 10's on my
old car did, they were respectable enough that I decided not to blow
$400+ for new snows. Their traction in combination with the AWD made it
easy to get moving even on some of the nastiest hills in the area.
Stopping was a little more of a challenge, but not too bad. Lateral
acceleration was also slightly deficient, but errors were easily
correctable with a little throttle input. Four wheel controlled slides
are fun (in empty areas).
For what it's worth, I think it is a great car and I'm very happy with it
92 CBR 600F2
"Speed doesn't kill, speed differential does."