[A4] Noob ?s about A4 2.8

Brian J White brian at bjwhite.net
Fri Dec 24 17:29:30 EST 2004

At 14:41 2004-12-24, Tom Reynolds wrote:
>1)  Lots of torque steer with the FWD 2.8?

Nah....front suspension and engine mount design solved that.

>2)  But, because of no AWD on the 2.8 FWD, is it appreciably faster 0-60
>than the 2.8Q?

A little bit...not much.

>3)  What is the real world time 0-60 of the 2.8Q?  I've seen a big
>disparity when I can find anything at all on the 'net.

It's fast enough.  Not E36 6 cylinder BMW fast though.

>1990-1996 Nissan 300ZX (Z32 chassis- but non turbo)

Don't bother.  Outdated, too big, dated looks..not worth it.

>1992-1997 Lexus SC 300 (only the ones with 5 speeds, probably too "soft" a

Not bad.

>1994-1998 Ford SVT Mustang Cobra (but not the '96 unless cooling changes met)

Ahem.  Nice motor, not much else.

>1997-2001 Honda Prelude type SH

Great all around car, I can't fault it.  Questionable front end styling, 
but a great car. And will be very reliable.

>1999 Mazda Miata (not AE version, I can only count up to 5...)

AE version rules.  I have two Miatas myself....a red 1990 and a black 1997 
R Package.

>1995 BMW M3 (if I can afford entry/maintenance costs)

Entry yes, if you have to ask about maintenence, then probably not.

>1995+ BMW E36 coupes (but with Sport package)
>and maybe the (B5?) Audi A4 2.8 (either FWD or Quattro, depending on your

Why bother getting an A4 without Quattro is what I always say...but there 
are those that like FWD.

My top choices for a daily driver?  later model E36 4-door M3 or later 
model B5 Audi A4...either 2.8 or 1.8T I wouldn't really care..but Quattro 

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