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Re: VW + Audi = !!!

   I believe it was on this very list that someone related back their
experience driving the new Passat somewhere in Europe. From what I recall,
the switchgear and materials were thought to be of a lesser quality when
compared to the Audi counterparts. I don't believe that the A4, given it's
content and reliable build quality, is overpriced simply because of the name
it carries, so where is VW finding the areas to cut costs and bring the
vehicle to market at a lower price? I think you'll see that the VW uses
cheaper material throughout to try and contain costs and this is where the
Audi "Advantage" (for lack of a better word/phrase) lies. So, it's up to
you, buy the Passat for the increased interior room and more attractive
price, though, lesser quality material, or buy the A4 for all it's inherent

Sean Ford
sean@nwh.org                              '92 Audi 100CS 5spd 25K mi
Newton-Wellesley Hospital      '89 Suzuki Katana 600 14K mi
Newton, MA  02162 (USA)

-----Original Message-----
From: Elliott Potter <epotter@abraxis.com>

>So here's my question:  When this all comes out, why buy an Audi?  For
>the quattro?  The Synchro will cost the same.  For the status and
>prestige of the Audi name?  Gimme a break--there isn't any!  For a solid
>and well-built car that will last for many years?  VW has that pretty
>well covered, too.  To show that you can afford a nicer car?  Well, too
>bad, now the VW is not really that much less expensive, either.  All you
>get for spending the extra $2000 or so is a few extra buttons, and a
>bunch of people who say "Audi?  Never heard of that."