[Biturbos4] Naughty thought...

Grant gfl1 at optonline.net
Tue Apr 19 07:06:01 EDT 2005

On Apr 19, 2005, at 1:20 AM, Quincy Chiang wrote:

> Gang,
> Have any of you ever felt like our S4, even in stock form, is too much 
> car (power wise) for daily use? I've been frustrated somewhat since I 
> got my S4, that I can't really use its power 90% of the time, due to 
> traffic and not wanting dates with cops.
Relevant to the recent discussion on throttle dirt buildup.  So that's 
a "yes".
> And it really is pretty bad on gas for a car this size, mostly due to 
> its weight, which also affects handling.
Hmm, I do well - 21 in mixed driving.  Want a fuel pig? try my S6 wagon.
> I'm stock right now, except a boost gauge and Tracksport suspension, 
> which really helps to address its handling and eliminate the 
> "all-road" stance.  But still I can feel that weight lugging around.
> Lastly, there's the reliability. Replacing those pesky K03s aren't 
> cheap by any means, and owning it past warranty is starting to concern 
> me.
Yes, me too, but before you panic, ask yourself: "did I really tret it 
right?".  By that I mean 4 things:
1. Oil changes
2. Synthetic
3. Easy when its cold
4. Cool down when its hot
If 'yes", my guess is you're cool for 150k+

I've resigned myself to the fact that there is a *small* chance I'll 
have to ante up $5000 somewhere down the line, and a much larger chance 
I won't.  The expected value [p(n)+(1-p)(m)] is pretty modest.

> All this leads me to the Mini Cooper S. I drove one last summer and it 
> was fantastic. It's certainly not as fast as a stock S4, but with its 
> slick gearbox, I can genuinely use all its power most of the time. And 
> it will run circles around the S4 and most cars for that matter when 
> it comes to handling.  Not to mention it's easier on the wallet at the 
> gas pump, and it's just so damn good looking.  Some call it cute, I 
> prefer handsome, and you can't ignore its giant-killing ability and 
> its point-to-point speed.
> If the standard car it's quick enough, the Works package will make it 
> more interesting with 210hp and a pretty mean soundtrack. But it comes 
> at a price.
> I only bring up the Mini because it's the only car I like on the 
> market right now other than my S4 and CQ, and its within my financial 
> reach.  So what do you guys think?  I'd like to hear some of your 
> thoughts.
A marvelous toy.  Eliminating the adjectives leaves "A toy".  probably 
a nice 2nd car.

> Quincy
> '01.5 S4
> '90 CQ
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