[s-cars] The Audi as a Fiat

Taka Mizutani t44tqtro at gmail.com
Fri Jul 21 12:22:06 EDT 2006

The Passat would be a possibility, but the W8 would be the one of choice
rather than the 1.8T, IMHO, as long as the maintenance of the W8 doesn't
scare you.


On 7/21/06, hoog23 at aol.com <hoog23 at aol.com> wrote:
> Sort of back on original topic.  (I'm just going to throw this out there
> so not too many flames please.)
> Anyone ever consider a b5.5 Passat 4motion 5-spd?
> Yes underpowered compared to a stock UrS car but its about the same size
> and its got quattro.
> Maybe with a chip, A8 brake upgrade and different suspension it would be
> acceptible?  Mileage would be better.
> Did vw ever get the quality issues worked out with the later years?  My
> wife had a '98 1.8t when it first came out and ended up being a
> maintenance nightmare (nick named it the POSsat).  The warranty back then
> was only like 2yrs/24k.  Control arms, water leaking into cabin (sound
> familiar) and even the radiator went at less than 50k.  Best thing about
> that car was the brakes were actually pretty good.  In the end I couldn't
> give it away.
> Dave

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