[Biturbos4] Naughty thought...
b5quattro at shaw.ca
Tue Apr 19 14:16:56 EDT 2005
> > 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.
> I was able to get on my biturbo S4 10x more than I can on my new
> V8 S4.
> Consider yourself lucky, you get peak torque below 2k rpm so you don't
> have to wring the engine out to get going fast... so you don't
> have to
> make a lot of noise nor get into particularly high speeds before the
> engine starts to pull hard. I've driven a lot of fast cars in my
> life, and
> I'd have to say the biturbo S4 was the one I felt was easiest to drive
> fast and not draw attention to yourself. A Mustang GT in
> comparison is
> about the worst next to say, a Viper or a Corvette. If you're in
> one of
> those and going fast, consider yourself fscked before the cop even
> looksat you.
True, the stealth factor is definitely one thing I love about the S4.
> > 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.
> I had mine to 96k miles, and at 80k miles I pulled the downpipes and
> inspected the turbos .. they had no indication of wear whatsoever.
> If you
> warm up the car and and manage the temps so things don't get too
> hot when
> you shut it down, these turbos can outlast the engine, which can
> last for
> an eternity with it's 2.5L diesel bottom end.
I do follow proper warmup and cooldown procedures religiously, as well as using synthetic and change oil every 8000km or 6 months. But still I hear many stories about blown turbos on stock programing.
> > 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
> Minicooper S and an S4 differ in multiple worlds and multiple
> price tiers,
> one is almost 2x as expensive as the other. You're comparing
> apples to
> oranges here. If you like light and tossable, don't skip checking
> out a
> Miata. I'd take it's RWD over the Mini S's FWD even with a torsen, any
> day. I was just driving a friends Mini S last night, and it was a
> terrificcar with an outstanding interior. But. It was not an AWD
> biturbo sedan.
I don't like convertible, so the Miata is out. Plus I've always loved hatchbacks, so the MCS fits it perfectly. I don't expect a MCS to perform equally or better than a S4, but I expect to perform differently, some better and some worse. Overall sense of enjoyment is what I'm after.
> > 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.
> Check these cars out if you haven't: STi, Evo, 350Z. A friend of
> mine just
> picke dup an STi and I gotta say it's a blast to drive but none of
> thesecars, including the Mini S, are going to save you from the
> cops if you're
> doing 20 over the speed limit. Get thee to a track... :)
> - Keman
I don't particularly like the 350Z, and the EVO isn't available in Canada, but I've driven a STi. While I liked it's performance, it's so unrefined and coarse that I can't bring myself to liking it.
As I mentioned in my other post, even M3's don't impress me enough to want one. Somehow the Mini just speaks to me, can't really explain it. I should also wait till the MkV GTi gets here before I do anything radical, every article I've read about it so far says it's the best GTI in years, way better than any MkIII and MkIV's.
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