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Get a 4000?
> I'm giving some thought to a 4000 as my next car. I'm currently an
> impoverished student...
My 4000 was a great "impoverished student" car.
> First, how troublefree are the cars?
In 3 yrs. my '87 has needed a new radiator and struts.
Nothing else out of the ordinary.
> What about cost of parts and routine maintenance?
Dealer estimate for Cat=$650, OEM=$150. If you plan to buy any/all
parts through the dealer you _will_ be screwed. There are many
vendors which sell new and used parts at reasonable prices.
> How crashworthy is the 4000? [...] If I
> heard some stories about people walking away unhurt, or w/minor injuries, from
> a really epic crash in a 4000 (the kind of stories you hear about Saabs and
> Volvos), I'd really be impressed.
Head on with a new Cavalier at a combined speed of 80-90 mph. She gave
her life <sniff, sniff> (the car), but I walked away without a bruise
(well except where the seatbelt crossed my shoulder). Enough said?
> Much as I'd like to have a 4000 Quattro, I assume that it'd be more expensive
> to register and insure.
It's not a sportscar. You should get a discount because it's a sedan,
because of AWD. I pay $650 per year for full coverage.
> What about the VW Quantum?
Get the Audi.
> The 4000 would be my first fuel-injected car.
I've never had a problem.
> Anyway, you now have a new participant, with an attitude, so get used to it! :)
> Thanks for your insights!
> - --Andrew Buc, Seattle, WA; Internet: email@example.com
Welcome and good luck!
'87 4000CS Quattro