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Re: '98 Passat Syncro -Reply

The new Passat is not available with any sort of sport suspension. Period. 
The wheel/tire combo on the V6 syncro is 6.5x16 with 205/55R16 tires.   No
other choices given.  There are four available interiors: standard,
Comfortline, Trendline, Highline.  Standard and Comforrtline have reg.
seats and wheel, Trendline and Highline have sports seats/wheel.  The
195/65R15 is standard tire for all except V6 syncro, 205/60R15 and
205/55R16 available for others.  The Passat is not geared for the "driving
crowd" as a standard suspended (Euro) A4 will drive circles around it. 
Don't get me wrong, the car is wonderful in its own way, but it is designed
for the family car crowd.  Certainly it can be changed, but at this time,
the factory does not offer any tighter underpinnings.  BTW, just by
orderinc Highline or Trendline, one does not get ANY sort of alloy wheels -
it is the hubcaps and steel wheels with the 195/66R15's.  Even the lowliest
1.6L 101hp A4 (or the 90hp TDI) comes with alloys.  Hmmm.....

We have definitely noticed that the people buying one over the other are
very different, just like people who  buy Timex and Omega.  ;^)

People flock to our showroom to buy the new Passat, but the drivers choice
is (still) the A4.  Just come and look in my garage (unless I've brought
the 911 home).

Jouko Haapanen
your Finnish Audi-VW dealer

A4 1.8T quattro / 911 Carrera 3.2 - what a choice!!!!

> From: Derek Daily <ddaily@SMTPGW.MITSUICOMTEK.COM>
> To: quattro@coimbra.ans.net; peterhe@microsoft.com
> Subject: '98 Passat Syncro -Reply
> Date: 2. lokakuuta 1997 18:29
> Peter writes...
> >>> Peter Henriksen <peterhe@microsoft.com> - 10/1/97 4:39 PM >>>
> It is also my impression that only the V6 will come with "Syncro"
> (only automatic as well?). Too bad - the Passat looks like a very
> strong contender to the A4 otherwise, but I guess Audi wants to keep
> that particular niche to itself.
> Actually, 
> Here is where I've been pleasantly surprised.  Info to date appears
> to allow syncro awd on ALL models (GLS 1.8t, GLS 2.8, GLX
> 2.8...manual & Tip), with the exception of the TDI turbo diesel.  My
> other claim refers to the availability of a *sport package* on the
> Passat.  The German web page shows the wheel combinations available,
> and those shown for the *sport* package look surprisingly similar to
> the '98 A4 wheels.  So, at least in the Old Country a sport package
> will be available...its my understanding that the '98 A4tq sport
> package is the same as the '97/'98 2.8V6 sport package, therefore I
> may surmise that the Passat sport package will be identical (?). 
> Problem is that the sport wheels are (nicht fur syncro....unavailable
> for syncro).  If the wheels aren't available 215/60...the package most
> likely won't be avaialble.
> Derek Daily
> 86 VW Qtm Syncro
> (Practically picking the new one now... ;-)....Pearl Fjord Blue,
> Variant Syncro, Sport Package(?), 1.8t or 2.8?)