[A4] New car considerations

Brian O'Connell boconnell at yahoo.com
Wed Aug 31 00:41:17 EDT 2005

I test drove an A3 2.0T with DSG.  Wow.  Very tight,
even the stock suspension - can't imagine the sport,
perhaps too stiff?  17" wheels are the way to go.

Great back seat legroom (much more than my 98 A4), and
practical truck.  I like the hatchback/mini Avant
look, as well.

The only navigation that I've been impressed with is
the new Acura units - voice activated, and it works
well.  Didn't check out the Audis, though.

Good luck.

--- Glenn Ackerson <gsackerson at comcast.net> wrote:

> Hi folks,
>   It's time for me to put the current A4 on the
> market and look at a new
> one. And, concerning that purchase, I'd be
> interested in your feedback on
> two options I'm considering:
> (1)   The 2006 A4 comes standard with 16-inch wheels
> and has 17-inch as
> options. I'm looking for a balanced ride - where
> comfort isn't sacrificed
> for performance. So, I likely won't be going with
> the sport suspension,
> because I commute 60 miles a day. Lastly, I live in
> Colorado, so having
> clearance on the tires is important - I tend to put
> snows on in the winter.
> I get the impression that 17-inch tires are easier
> to find these days than
> they used to, so the higher cost is not as much of a
> downside as I've been
> told it used to be. So, your  thoughts/feedback on
> the advantages of a
> 17-inch wheel vs. the standard 16-inch?
> (2)   I'm intrigued by the navigation system that is
> an option, but it's an
> EXPENSIVE option. The question I have is: have the
> navigation systems in
> cars evolved to the point where they are truly
> useful and not just gee-whiz
> toys to impress? I often use Mapquest or Google maps
> to find directions, so
> it would certainly be handy to have that navigation
> in the car. But, I don't
> want to spend that kind of money for a complex, hard
> to use, marginally
> useful toy. Any feecback?
> Thanks for your opinions, thoughts! I'm still
> getting over sticker shock of
> what a 2.0 Quattro A-4 can cost - yikes!
> Glenn
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