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RE: A4 Quattro

I'll bite and probably get flamed for some of it...

3) Our Acura Legend is at least as expensive to maintain as any Audi I
can think of.

4) The workmanship on our 200 Avant does not compare with the Acura.
Admittedly, the Acura is 4 years younger, but the Audi is just not good
enough for a $48K-when-new car.

5) How many Acura NSXs do you see every day? How many RX-7s? It's not
fair to compare Audi to "japanese autos". Broken down by marque you'd
get a lot closer, although you're still likely to see more of just about
any model than of 91 200qw's :-)

That said, I vastly prefer my 200 to my wife's Legend. When I get into
the Legend now, I almost put my left foot through the floor when
operating the clutch and I just don't like the light feel of the
controls overall. It handles very nicely and has plenty of power
(230bhp), but it's not my Audi. Oh, and it has significantly more road
noise than the Audi. That's always been a sticking point with reviewers
about German cars, and it may just be the tires, but here's it's the
other way around.

- peter, peterhe@microsoft.com, redmond, wa
  91 200qw
  94 acura legend gs
  80 mazda 626

>	treilley_at_BANKMARK@conseco.com[SMTP:treilley_at_BANKMARK@conseco.com]
>Sent: 	Thursday, April 25, 1996 8:13 AM
>To: 	quattro@coimbra.ans.net; Patel; Karteek
>Subject: 	Re: A4 Quattro
>     Here are some points to consider:
>     1.  People mainly only write this list with problems.
>     2.  It seems from 88 on, Audi has as good reliability if not
>     than lots of the Japanese autos(this is an obervation of list
>     no offense intended to those with older Audis)
>     3.  What upsets people is the cost of repairing Audis.  Definately
>     higher than Japanese autos.
>     4.  People who drive Audis demand a higher level of performance
>     workmanship.  Obviously better than japanese autos.
>     5.  The attraction of these cars is that they are unique, like
>     owners.  How many japanese autos do you see every day?   How many 
>     Audis do you see?
>     6.  If you have driven an Audi and are considering an alternative,
>     then you should not buy an Audi.
>     Tim NJ 90CQ, 77Spitfire
>______________________________ Reply Separator
>Subject: A4 Quattro
>Author:  "Patel; Karteek" <kpatel@visa.com> at Internet
>Date:    4/23/96 6:13 PM
>I am considering purchasing an A4 Quattro, but I am hung up on the 
>reliability of Audi automobiles (especially after the 100K miles mark).
> From the messages I have read, I am drawing the following conclusions:
>everyone loves their Audi, but hates the problems.
>I have test driven everything else comparable (though nothing compares
>the Quattro system), yet I find myself back Audi dealership questioning
>reliability.  This is a long-term purchase and I expect to drive a lot
>miles in a short time.  Their 3yr/50K mile warranty and free service is
>great, but what can I expect after 50K miles, trouble and expense? 
>This is 
>what I hear from other automobile manufacturers (and my parents) when I
>them that I am leaning towards the A4Q.
>Has anyone put on a lot of miles on a newer Audi that can provide some 
>And you recent A4Q owners, have you experienced any problems in the
>few months of ownership in this, what seems to the eye,  well built 
>As you can tell, I am a high mileage Japanese car owner who has never
>any trouble with his automobiles.  I am ready for fun and excitement,
>but is 
>reliability a trade-off?
>Thank you for the help.
> --Karteek