Considering a 2000 or 2001 A4 avant
wallacewhite at gmail.com
Wed Oct 12 20:58:49 EDT 2005
Hi Taka -
On 10/12/05, Taka Mizutani <t44tqtro at gmail.com> wrote:
> 170hp 1.8T in 2001, change to drive-by-wire and increased boost.
Maybe the throttle-by-wire change enabled the Tiptronic to rev match?
> Side curtain airbags came in 2001, I'm pretty sure.
> Tiptronic is lousy in a turbo car- 1.8Ts are total dogs with tiptronic-
> stand on
> the gas and then wait for the car to move. Heck, even our V70R with 300hp
> is a "stand on the gas and wait for the transmission to react" kind of car.
Heck, my 5kcstq is stand-and-wait-while-that-big-turbo-spools-up, so
I'm used to it. ;) I would certainly prefer a manual, but my wife
never has gotten comfortable with one.
> As for oil sludge, if the car is maintained regularly (3k intervals) with
> oil, you'll have no issues. We did 5k intervals on our '99.5 A4 1.8T and
> there was a sparkplug failure, I got to see the internals- everything was
> nice and clean- a testament to the Mobil 1 0W40 that has been used since
> 5k oil change. (this was on a ~52k engine)
That's good to hear. Hope others with higher mileage concur.
> Control arm issues- these cars go through control arms, and there are 8 of
> up front, IIRC. Expensive to fix as well- cost something like $600 when we
> had to
> do one.
That's unfortunate. How often do they go through these?
> I never heard of exhaust manifold cracking or tie rod seals being issues,
> but maybe
> we never owned the car long enough to find out.
> I think with a baby, you may find that you quickly outgrow the A4 Avant-
> it's not very big,
> and from what I gather, you end up carrying a lot of stuff with small kids.
> You'd probably
> be better off with an A6 2.7T sedan (the trunk is huge).
Tthe recent A6 never did it for me. I'd like to have a smaller car
than the 5k, too. But you may be right about needing more space. The
2002+ A4 avant seems a little bigger.
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