[A4] Denver Driving

brian brian at bjwhite.net
Thu Mar 20 15:51:53 EST 2003

Why were you surprised about the Volvo?  Remember where they're from.   In
fact, up until a few years ago, all Volvos were rear wheel drive.  Throw on a
set of Haks and go the Nordics do.   Volvo only recently went to Front wheel
drive (last 8-10 years) and even more recently added an AWD drive option,
mainly to satisfy the demand in the US.

Saabs too...they've been front wheel drive since 19 B.C.   and they see more
snow than most of the US.

So next time you're talking about the extreme superiority of Quattro AWD,
think about the 2 wheel drives with great tires and limited slip
differentials.  They can go almost if not anywhere our beloved Audis can go.

On Thu, 20 Mar 2003 12:21:41 -0700, Alex wrote
> I live in Boulder, so my big Bronco's seen lots of action the past three
> days. I'm voting for a storm like that once a year! We built a big igloo
> using recycle bins (this is Boulder after all) in a neighbor's yard
> that fit six adults comfortably :)
> I was surprised that my wife's fwd S70 was able to get out of our
> icy, unplowed section of town early this morning. I guess that her Michelin
> Arctic Alpin's saved me a couple of hours of extra drive time
> ferrying her to work and back. I was tempted to drive my A4, but it
> still nice and shiny from a wash last week. It's also a nice break
> for the little road rager after some heavy driving last Saturday at
> a local Audi club's midnight meet ;)
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> From: "Brandon Rogers" <brogers at terrix.com>
> To: <urq at audifans.com>; <a4 at audifans.com>; <200q20v at audifans.com>
> Sent: Thursday, March 20, 2003 11:49 AM
> Subject: [A4] Denver Driving
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> Hi guys-
> Well I'm sure you all know we got hammered with snow here in Denver.
>  I live centrally and we got about 30 inches of very wet, dense
> snow.  Had the temperature been 10-15 degrees colder(it was only
> ~30+/-), we likely would have gotten twice the depth or more.
> Anyway---even quattro wasn't quite enough.  Traction was never a
> problem but ground clearance was. Some SUVs w/ high clearance have
> been driving thru, however the they left the centers too high for
> cars like mine.  I was driving my '98 A4 1.8Tq w/ sport suspension-
> -so 4"-5" wasn't quite enough clearance! (I would rather have been
> in the urq with diffs locked and those gnarly snows--but that wasn't
> an option this time-bummer)  The A4 put up a h#ll of a fight before bottoming
> out, tho.  Later, I literally shoveled out the center section
> between the ruts of our entire block, all was good.  It wasn't easy,
> but with effort we got out.  All four wheels were spinning, throwing
> up snow, we were getting thrown around by the ruts and trying to be
> delicate with the throttle all at the same time--then we busted out
> to a main road and we were in the clear. No way a front driver or
> much less my wife's 325 could have gotten anywhere. This was a great
> opportunity to give my in-laws a hard time--they're hard core bmw
> fans.  I offered plenty of rides!  We arrived Tuesday night as the
> BMW Rescue Team.  Anyway---But Quattro alone unfortunately really wasn't
> enough to tackle this storm.  The big deal was clearance.  So I've decided
> to compliment my winter wheels on the '84 urq next year with a winter
> suspension setup as well.  I'm thinking I'll get a rally suspension
> to lift it a good 3 inches for the next storm. I wish...we can all dream.
> Take care-
> Brandon
> '84 urq
> '98 A4
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