[A4] New car considerations

Brian O'Connell boconnell at yahoo.com
Wed Aug 31 15:54:47 EDT 2005

First of all, you have the older A4, so you'll see a
huge difference in power between the 6 in yours vs.
the 4 in the new model.  I drove the DSG auto on the
A3, and it wasn't even close in feel to the sluggish
auto in my 98 A4.

I really like the sound/feel of my engine, but the 4
cyl was very nice (I always found the 1.8T to be rough
and loud).  I wouldn't think twice about choosing the
4 in the '06 model - it is much smoother and
dramatically more powerful than both the old 4 (stock)
and my 6.  There is a hint of roughness at low (very
low)revs, but that disappears when you build up even
the slightest amount of engine speed.

Sounds like the A3 trunk might be too small for you. 
I would suggest test-driving the A4 Avant and the A3
in the transmission of your choice and deciding
accordingly.  If you are leaning towards an auto
stick, then the DSG may sway you towards the A3 (I
don't think the A4 comes in that option).  The DSG is
faster than a stick - it's that good.

Good luck.

--- ericnmn at aol.com wrote:

> I'm in the same boat - have a '96 A4 with 150k.  I
> have two kids now and need a bit more room, but the
> trunk looks smaller.  I'm thinking about the avant,
> but need to convince my wife.  I'd be dropping two
> cylinders, but adding 28 hp, which might be more
> than an even trade.  I did some research and found
> that 17" tires are fairly reasonable now.  I think a
> lot of the 17" size on the 06 A4 costs the same as
> the 205-55/16's on my car.  
> For those of you who have driven the 4 cyl turbo and
> the V6, how do they compare vibration-wise?  (low
> revs and high) 
> How useful is the Avant storage (whatever that area
> is called?) versus the sedan?
> Eric Schumacher
> '86 4kcsq (deceased)
> '96 A4 V6q
> Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2005 21:59:42 -0600
> From: "Glenn Ackerson" <gsackerson at comcast.net>
> Subject: [A4] New car considerations
> To: <a4 at audifans.com>
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> 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:
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