[A4] 5- vs. 6-speed, 1.8 vs. 3.0, auto brokers

Scott DeWitt sdewitt at stx.rr.com
Mon Jun 19 20:27:04 EDT 2006

I think the 6 speed was a blanket option for 03, ie the trans could be had 
with the 3.0 and the 1.8.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Stephen C. Gibson 86" <Stephen.C.Gibson.86 at Alum.Dartmouth.ORG>
To: <a4 at audifans.com>
Sent: Monday, June 19, 2006 4:50 PM
Subject: [A4] 5- vs. 6-speed, 1.8 vs. 3.0, auto brokers

> Hello A4ers,
> I have been a lurking wannabe on this list for a few months,
> and am now ready to take the plunge to a4 ownership. I am
> actively shopping for a B6 era Avant with sport suspension.
> My preference is for a 1.8T with 6-speed manual, chosen as a
> compromise of fun and (relative) economy, but I am curious
> if any of you have opinions about 5- vs. 6-speed. I have
> driven both, and think I prefer the 6, but they're harder to
> find. Is it true that the 6 became available with the 3.0
> only in '03, then with the 1.8T in '04?
> Regarding engines, I have only driven the 1.8T and I think
> it has plenty of power, but could always chip it if I change
> my mind. I am curious about any opinions regarding the 3.0.
> I have driven the older 2.8, which I think is a bit sluggish.
> And lastly, I am curious if anyone has experience using an
> auto broker to find a used car, as what I seek seems to be
> currently somewhat rare in the used market (B6 Avant 1.8T
> 6-speed w/ sport suspension).
> TIA,
> Stephen
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