[Vwdiesel] A4 handling issues
matt_lisa at sprynet.com
Sat Mar 6 11:41:40 EST 2004
I've taken my Golf TDI on 8 trips to the west coast, and I can tell you
without a doubt that it handles 10x better than my Rabbit did. And
this is back in the day when my Rabbit wasn't a beater! Sorry, but I
really don't have the issues that you do in my Golf. The only
complaint that I have about it is the suspension is a little floaty.
That will change when I upgrade it (after the OEM suspension wears out).
On Saturday, March 6, 2004, at 09:25 AM, Shawn Wright wrote:
> On 6 Mar 2004 at 10:58, Val Christian <val at swamps.roc.ny.us> wrote:
>> A year later, I was still frustrated (this really annoys me when
>> roads are icy). I talked with the alignment specialist. He
>> confirmed that my observations are common with all A4s. He doesn't
>> drive his A4 on long trips, and ops for his Lexus instead, for just
>> that reason. He says that VW went to the new suspension to simplify
>> repairs and keep the cost of ownership down. (No need to set camber
>> after a strut replacement, for example.) He says they went to the
>> increased forward caster to make the car feel more "responsive" for
>> young drivers interested in a sporty feel. My old Rabbits were plenty
>> responsive. And they didn't need power steering.
> (I changed the title since I can't stand seeing H*nd*s discussed
> here... ;-)
> Interesting comments on the A4s. My parents are on their second one
> now, this one
> a 2002 (I think, it could be an '03) Jetta TDI Auto. First was a 2000
> Jetta TDI 5sp.
> They have driven to and from Yuma, AZ to VI, BC several times per
> year, ~1500
> miles, done in 3 days, sometimes 2 days. My Dad has always raved about
> how nice
> the car is on the highway, usually he sets the cruise at 140 km/h, or
> about 85-90
> The previous cars were: 91 Jetta GTX, 89 Jetta GTX, and a handful of
> earlier A2
> Jettas. Both of the Jetta GTXs have been on this same trip at least
> once, so I'll have
> to ask him how they compare.
> I do recall him saying the 91 GTX handled better than the 2000 TDI
> when he got it,
> even with 16" wheels on the TDI, vs 15" on the GTX (and 300k kms on
> it!). I
> attributed this mainly to weight and suspension differences. The GTX
> handled like it
> was on rails, and you felt every nuance of the road. The first time I
> drove the TDI, I
> tore down a local backroad and was doing well over 100km/h before I
> noticed the
> speed. (I would normally do 80 km/h on this road limit is 60.) This
> kind of scared me
> - I'm used to feeling the road, not being insulated from it. I haven't
> driven the A4s
> enough to experience the problem you mention though.
> I still love the A2 feel, but would like to see some improvement in
> the suspension
> components, especially the upper strut mounts. I'm so tired of
> changing them - I
> have another set waiting to go in at the moment. One day maybe I'll
> try the A3 style
> mounts, which apparently can work in an A2.
> Shawn Wright
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