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Re: 4000 vs. coupe

I have also owned a 1980 Scirocco (two of them) and my first car was a 1980 VW
Rabbit.  However the 4kq remains the most reliable car I have ever owned.  Even
the Coupe cost me a lot more than the 4kq.
You have to remember that even though more expensive cars warrant more expensive
parts, they also (for most part) brake down a lot less because of higher quality
parts and standards (even though VW and Audi share a lot of parts).
You can see it best in the quality of the body.  The Scirocco has fallen apart
because of rust three years after I got it (so did the other VW products I have
owned before).  The $500 Coupe still around after 5 years and looks just as good
as the day I bought it.
Replacement part prices are a purchase consideration, however it's not the only
BTW the quattro is easier on the CV's unless you drive around with a locked diff
the whole time.
I wish I had bought the quattro as my first car.


Lisa Schiefer wrote:

> A first car teaches a lot more than how to drive; which several of the
> responses have noted.  A car teaches responsibility, courteousness, respect
> for the boys in blue, and jeez -almost every part of your life is somehow
> affected by car ownership. From my first day of car ownership (80 Scirocco) I
> had to pay for all tires, oil, tune-ups, speakers, and everything else on my
> Pizza Hut salary.  I'm thankful I didn't have to feed an Audi; I was lusting
> over an '84 coupe GT, at the time- couldn't afford it anyway. So, to my mind,
> would your son rather buy 4 or 8 CV joints? A clutch or a diff.? Try and make
> car ownership easy and enjoyable for him. Besides, the coupe does look more
> like a TQ, and he'll appreciate quattro more after some FWD time.
> My $.02
> best of luck, and have fun
> -Shane East

Martin Pajak


1982 Audi Coupe Turbo (475,000 km)
1982 Audi Coupe Quattro (155,000 km) Coupe with 4kq floor
1986 Audi 4000 S Quattro (346,000 km) soon to be 5 bolt pattern

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