items wanted

Steve Marinello smarinello at
Mon Jan 8 15:48:39 EST 2007

My 15 year old is totally different.  He absolutely wants a stick and
already has been driving a bit around the undeveloped part of the
neighborhood.  He was afraid I would go DSG with the GTI because of Houston
traffic, which I almost did so that my parents would have something to drive
when they visited, but... couldn't do it.

We will probably travel somewhere for the Audi course and then maybe do a
Bondurant or equivalent driving course once he gets his license.

And, Taka, in my opinion the 2.0t has more power than I'd actually feel
comfortable giving him in the GTI.  Maybe in the Passat, but it's only 400#
heavier.  Amazing what that does for it, though...  I am suddenly not
leaning towards 'improving' the output of the GTI, but I might consider it
in a larger car, which I would have done with the A4.


-----Original Message-----
From: quattro-bounces at [mailto:quattro-bounces at] On
Behalf Of Dan DiBiase
Sent: Monday, January 08, 2007 10:46 AM
To: Taka Mizutani; lee at
Cc: quattro at
Subject: Re: items wanted

Interesting discussion, and I am doing the same thing as Lee - looking for a
first car for my new-driver son. He can drive my A4 with 6-speed but prefers
an automatic. At this point in his life, he's viewing a car as a point A to
point B type of thing. So we've been looking at Accords, Camrys, etc.,
although we drove a very nice Volvo S70 GLT on Saturday that will merit
strong consideration. Thought we had an Accord found until I ran the VIN
through Carfax and found it had a salvage title, which the owner neglected
to mention to me. 

I've been avoiding Audis mainly because he will paying for all the
maintenance and I don't really have time to do any work on my OWN cars, let
alone his.

Dan D
'04 A4 1.8Tq MT-6
Central NJ USA

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