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Questions for 96 A4Q owners
I've had the privilege to test drive an A4Q on 2 occasions--one day drive
and one night drive. Quite impressive. I like my dealer--he handed me the
keys to one with 14 miles on it and said "Go find a gravel or dirt road and
try it out." After insuring that he wasn't joking, I took him up on the
offer. Tight donuts in gravel just to see where it would spin out--nice.
Loose dirt road, popping the cluch at 4500 rmp with no detectable wheelspin.
Had to try that 3 times just to be sure! Wow! Nice acceleration without
engine noise--had to look at the tachometer to guage when to shift--a far
cry from my '83 4000s! I really like it.
Now, I've got a couple of questions for those lucky 96 Q owners:
First, the blower fan seemed awfully noisy to me at high speeds, especially
with the air conditioning on--is this normal?
Do you feel you have adequate highway acceleration and low end torque? This
is the one thing that I worry about--power. I know it's not an S4, but it's
also not $10K more expensive.
Does the scheduled maintenance include oil changes every 3000 miles or is it
more like 6000 or 7500 miles? I usually change the oil in my 84 4000s every
3000 miles (or more like 3 months because my odometer hasn't worked for
about 3.5 years now...)
After having the car "x" months now, what do you think of it? I know that
an enthusiasts' group usually gives slightly skewed opinions, but I think
all of you are also sticklers for details. What is good? What sucks? What
do you think should be improved?
Finally, is it worth it? I should be able to walk away with a new A4Q,
leather, sport steering wheel, sunroof, and keyless entry for right at $28k
($400 over invoice, including $475 destination). Good deal? Anything
better deals out there? Anything better for the $$$?
Thanks for the input. This is my first new car purchase (first car purchase
in 10 years!!), and I'm a bit nervous.
'83 4000s, 200+k miles