kentmclean at mindspring.com
Wed Jun 23 00:24:36 EDT 2004
The deed is done. Yesterday, I traded in my Miata (on the first
day of summer!) on a 1994 Audi 100 Avant FWD automatic (call me
stupid). The car needed some work before I could use it (ECU and
its wiring harness, serpentine belt, battery). The car started
and ran, but was a complete unknown as it hadn't been driven in
a few months. Today, I put 346 miles on it. Here are my thoughts
on the C4 bodied 100 and my 1989 Type 44 200 TQ...
- The turbo definitely has better pull, and quattro can't be beat.
- The V6/auto combo isn't that bad if you aren't expecting neck
- I like the room in the engine bay on the C4. Swapping out the
serpentine belt (Thanks, Scott) is a 5 minute job and a 1 on a
1=easy, 10=hard scale. The Type 44 alternator belt I'd rate a 10.
- I miss the MFD (multi-function display), especially "miles to
- I miss the voltmeter.
- The C4 steering is Buick-easy at low speed, but feels fine on
the highway. Servotronic?
- The cars (both Type 44 and C4) are superb highway cars. They
have long legs and can eat up the miles. They are also fairly
- My 200 had the automatic climate control (ACC). My C4 has the
manual 3-big-knobs for fan, temp, and direction (foot, vent,
defrost). I like the set-it-and-forget nature of the ACC, but
I also like the simplicity and in-control feeling of the manual
- I miss the diagnostics of the auto climate control.
- I prefer the C4's analog clock over the 200's digital clock.
- The C4 has a *tiny* glove box. If you have the owner's manual
in it, you can't fit a glove, too.
- 346 miles on half a tank of gas. I don't expect another 346
miles from the second half. (My 200's fuel gauge would slowly
fall to 1/2 tank or so, then plummet to empty.)
- I hope the C4's Bose stereo outlasts the 200's.
In all, I'm impressed with my new wagon. It's not a turbo, it's
not a quattro, but it is an Audi. And it meets my needs to haul
'89 200 TQ, "Bad Puppy"
'94 100 S  (name to be determined)
 In the 50's, Austin-Healey built a race car based on it's
100. It was an "S", after Sebring. A 100 S. 55 made, worth
big bucks today. No relation to my Audi 100 S.
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