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Driving Impressions: Passat 1.8T vs. A4
In message <34AA3139.D78@philly.infi.net> "Shaun D. Mullen" writes:
> Going head-on with BMW and
> Mercedes has helped push Audi to greater heights, and a healthy dose of
> competition from VW as it moves upmarket should make things even more
I went down to my local tyre/exhaust dealer to get a quote for some custom work
on the Passat's exhaust. I didn't need the car, so I took the ur-quattro.
There was a BMW 5 'sporty' type thing in one of the tyre bays, having its
_second_ set of new tyres fitted. From the registration ('P') it's less than
16 months old and is now on its third set of tyres. Its owner was wandering
around grumbling - apparently this model wears its tyres viciously on the inner
edge. I commented that it must be set up incorrectly, and the camber angles
The mechanic overheard me, and launched into a diatribe about the major
achievement of a certain German car company being their discovery of how to get
a gloss finish on sh*t. The owner asked what he could do to alleviate his tyre
wear problems, and was told to sell the car 'and buy something decent'.
Then the workshop manager said something like: "Perhaps this chap will swap
with you". The resultant: "HA!" echoed round the workshop.
He was more than a little taken aback at the suggestion that someone with an
'F' registered 150k Audi (1988) wouldn't leap at the chance to jump into a year-
old BMW 5-series. Of course, taking it and selling it at a profit to buy
another MB would be an option - but could I be sure of finding one?
Oh - and a note to some reviewers we all know. I pulled up at the Bowling
Green Road traffic lights in Kettering two days ago, and a BMW 5-series came up
alongside. I registered some very envious glances - and not from me!
Committee Member, UK Audi [ur-]quattro Owners Club