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Re: A story (maximal Audi content)

Congratulations to the (former, I suppose) owner of the A4.  That is good
to hear.  Government crash tests cannot possibly simulate many of the crash
variations that occur in the real world.  ovloV has a very impressive side
impact protection system and if I get broadsided by a !@#$%^& sport ute, I
hope I am in my wife's 850 wagon, not my Q.

Ralph Poplawsky
'91 200Q

At 02:01 AM 6/3/98 -0400, you wrote:
>I just had a beer with a friend of mine and he told me a recent story
>about our mutual acquaintance.
>The guy was driving on the Penna turnpike from Philly to Pittsburgh late
>at night in the rain in his '96 A4Q. He had his little daughter with
>Those who are familiar with the area know that central PA is gorgeous
>and the road is cut through the picturesque Appalachian mountains. 
>Somewhere in the vicinity of the three tunnels (perhaps the Lehigh
>Valley tunnel) he hit a huge puddle and lost control. Quattro or no
>quattro, if your rubber stinks (OEM H-rated crap), you are likely to get
>in trouble, unless of course your last name happens to be Kankunnen or
>Evidently he aquaplaned on all four wheels and went full smack into the
>rocky wall, luckily for him broadside.
>The car bounced off the wall and flipped upside down. It then slid on
>it's roof for about 70m before coming to rest. The passengers were
>hanging upside down on hteir belts. Front airbags did not deploy and he
>did not have side airbags on the '96.
>Not a scratch or a bruise on either of them!
>Now, we all now how strong the 44-chassis cars are and we all know that
>the A6 scored 5 out of 5 stars for both passenger and driver in the
>Uncle Sam's test (the "icon-of-safety" Volvo scored second, 5 and 4
>stars), but this is the first live testament to the effect that the new
>and smaller A4 carries the safety banner just as high as it's older
>siblings. Good to know. Long live Audis!
>Igor Kessel
>'89 200TQ -- 18psi (TAP)
>'98 A4TQ -- nothing to declare
>Philadelphia, PA