Audis have corrupted me (long)

Doyt W. Echelberger doyt at
Wed Jul 27 14:41:25 EDT 2005

I replaced  my 87 5ktq at over 300k miles with a Mercedes. (I ALMOST 
replaced it with a 2005 Honda Accord EX V-6.) When I came out of the Honda 
dealership I saw an E320 MB that had just come in on trade, so I ask for a 
test drive. I took it home and picked up the wife, and we kept the car out 
for about an hour and really wrung it out. We both drove it and then we 
talked it over.

It was almost as comfortable as the Audi, and had that same high quality 
feel to everything, and it handled very crisply. My wife has arthritis and 
she was surprised that it rode and handled almost as well as the old Audi. 
And I liked the design....a little like a big Porsche in a lot of ways.

So, I checked KBB and offered the dealer the wholesale price of the Benz, 
figuring he would want to move it off his lot for cash at what he had 
allowed as a trade in. They complained some but ultimately took my money.

I've been driving it for a year and can't imagine being much happier. But 
that old 87 5ktq in my driveway, with over 300k miles, is still my favorite 
ride and I take it for a spin every few days.....never over 50 miles from 
home. I really don't NEED it but I can't let go. It is just not totally 
reliable. So, it is a plaything now.

Doyt Echelberger
Ohio USA

At 11:03 AM 7/27/2005, you wrote:
>The gf's '90 200 is getting to the point where it needs replacement.  She 
>needs to take frequent road trips and we simply don't trust it any longer, 
>plus we're getting tired of the typical Type $$ maintenance you all know 
>and bomb, new steering rack, etc etc.  Of course that said 
>we'll still keep the car and I'll use it for a *local* commuter.
>Anyhow, the problem becomes that anything new/newish that we drive (that 
>we can afford) simply pales in comparison to the Audis we're used to.


>Keith L

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