[BiturboS4] re: transmissions (mrdezign@netscape.net)

Erik J. Engstrom engstrom at rawbw.com
Tue Dec 31 10:46:00 EST 2002

According to my documentation, my service team and my tuning shop they are
not. They are Audi designed and manufactured. I have an 01. It would be nice
if this were a Getrag-6 and I can assure you. IT ISN'T.

Thanks for your helpful input.


-----Original Message-----
From: David Pramanik [mailto:dap128 at hotmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, December 31, 2002 10:34 AM
To: Erik J. Engstrom; biturbos4 at audifans.com
Subject: Re: [BiturboS4] re: transmissions (mrdezign at netscape.net)

Ummm... the S4 manual transmissions are made by Getrag.


-Dave Pramanik

----- Original Message -----
From: "Erik J. Engstrom" <engstrom at rawbw.com>
To: <biturbos4 at audifans.com>
Sent: Tuesday, December 31, 2002 12:42 PM
Subject: [BiturboS4] re: transmissions (mrdezign at netscape.net)

> karmann,
> I've been driving Bimmers for about 10 years now and I'm spoilt on the
> Getrag-5 and 6. That company knows how to make sedan and coupe gearboxes
> my modest opinion. The Audi gearbox has been causing me pain since I
> my 01-S4 in March 01. To quote a famous commercial: "I Can't Believe It's
> Not Butter!" because I churn and churn. At 40,000 miles (27K interstate)
> first, second and reverse gears are getting worn and the clutch is high.
> dealer is aware and intends to replace at 47-48k.
> Audi needs to stop making their own gearboxes. They are plain POS. I had
> this argument on AudiWorld a few years ago, not many listened, I was too
> to the Audi enthusiasts. I won't be buying another Audi, at least until
> OEM Getrag.
> The S4 beats my passengers up badly in all conditions, it's impossible to
> drive gently without the car suffering complete emasculation. I've watched
> my mother drive the car down the freeway from one of my bimmers behind
> She was going so slow and conservative that the car actually swapped
> badging, replacing the red S with a flat chrome A.
> You're right about the S4 being superior. My 01 is the single most amazing
> car I've driven, but sadly it is far from perfect. (Read: gearbox). Had I
> the choice to make again, I would have driven home the Tip.
> "If you really enjoy driving you just gotta have several cars, each with
> those unique characteristics that in total satisfy all those "needs" that
> "make you" drive in the first place."
> I agree with you, I have three cars. All are in daily use by my partner,
> mother or myself. I had a few others, but the economic downturn made me
> terminate a lease and sell my new BMW's early. I was way in over my head
> (with cars) and didn't realize it until too late. I was too busy trying to
> capture and forgot the pleasure of the chase. How wise your comments are.
> "The reality is that if you are driving an S4, no matter what gear box it
> has, you are one fortunate SOB. Stop whinnin' and keep drivin'."
> When things started looking black for my business I had to make some tough
> choices. I tried hard to hang on to my Audi. I managed to do it and I'm
> super grateful that I did. Even though things are looking up, I won't be
> taking on any new cars for a few years. I've had my fill. I'm spending
> time working on my pristine 10-20 year old BMW's.
> "It's not what you drive, it's how much fun YOU have doin' it."
> Again, great point and a mature perspective. I love my S4 because every
> single time I get in it, I feel like I'm on my way home from the office on
> Friday and I've got a long weekend! It's fun, it's definitely built for
> driver and I'll always be in love. I know how lucky I am to own one and
> fortunately never really been into judging others by their cars. For me,
> car is my choice... In the last year I really had to work to pay for it
> it will return my hard with in spades with driving pleasure.
> I still love Sunday driving in my mint stage 3 E30. I get thousands of
> stares every time I drive it.
> Looking forward to the new year, I wish you all a wonderful and safe New
> Year. May we happily and thoroughly bury Annus Horribilus 2002.
> Erik
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