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I got in a car accident this morning <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> a cargo truck side swiped me. I am ok, not phyically hurt, but emotionally hurt <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>Insurance is goin to cover it. and I'm glad all the aftermarket parts are not damaged, so I dont have to purchase those again.<br><IMG SRC="http://img225.imageshack.us/img225/9595/dsc000950uk.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p>Anyways, so when I was at the rental parking lot, I saw the new Audi A4 2.0T, and I thought I'd like to give it a try since Auid is getting high points from almost every magazines I've read.<p>So, here is my quick and short review of what I like about the A4 and what I don't like.<p>what I like:<br>I love the exterior, the face of the A4 is amazing, very very aggressive.<br>I like the idea of not have door pins, very clean look(kind of wonder why we have those pointless doorpins).<br>I like the seats. They are very comfortable and spacious. <br>I love the dash information display. It has all the information on it. Miles left to empty tank, time, date, miles travelled, which CD and track I am listening to, and any other little things I need to know are displayed on it.<p>what I don't like:<br>I dislike the light steering wheel. It makes me feel very very uncomfortable. I feel that the car is floating and not doing a good job holding the ground.<br>I don't like the interior. Every thing in the interior is making me wonder why is is a NEW Audi. The interior is very cheap looking with complicated center console. The interior is about 90% plastic with at least 30 buttons for different fuctions. Those buttons make me very confused and make my eyes bleed. (I am a man who likes simple designs)<br>I do not like how you have to always turn off your low beam after you turn the engine off. (but I am sure there must be a auto-on-off light package)<br>And finally, (this is kind of unfair for me to say, becuase I normally drive a chipped T5 and now driving a 2.0T with 200hp) the acceleration is not even close to satisfaction. Very slow throttle response and acceleration.<p>Audi drivers: I am not trying to flame your car. I tried my best to not be subjective. I tried my best to look at these things from a neutral point of view, but hey, it's hard, because I drive a VOLVO. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: my quick and short Audi A4 2.0T review (biotek)

Sorry to hear about your accident. I'm a big Audi fan, having owned a first-gen A4 for eight years before getting my S40. That said, the styling of the current A4 leaves me cold; I think it is the least attractive of the three variants of the car thus far. Fortunately (for me!) Audi is already prepping its successor. I've seen some concept art that suggests the look of the next-gen A4 will again be evolutionary. However, in the May issue of Automobile magazine they printed a design concept rumored to capture the look of the upcoming re-do. If this is accurate, I am drooling already:<p><IMG SRC="http://media.autobild.de/bild/A/1d47c5b18d4bbda7222608dc731c7a8a_1.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: my quick and short Audi A4 2.0T review (mullmann)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>mullmann</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Sorry to hear about your accident. I'm a big Audi fan, having owned a first-gen A4 for eight years before getting my S40. That said, the styling of the current A4 leaves me cold; I think it is the least attractive of the three variants of the car thus far. Fortunately (for me!) Audi is already prepping its successor. I've seen some concept art that suggests the look of the next-gen A4 will again be evolutionary. However, in the May issue of Automobile magazine they printed a design concept rumored to capture the look of the upcoming re-do. If this is accurate, I am drooling already:<p><IMG SRC="http://media.autobild.de/bild/A/1d47c5b18d4bbda7222608dc731c7a8a_1.jpg" BORDER="0"></TD></TR></TABLE><p>My thoughts exactly. When I'm shopping for my next car in 3-4 years, it'll be VERY hard to choose between the new A4 and the 335i Coupe...
 

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Re: my quick and short Audi A4 2.0T review (biotek)

The A4, has too much bulk for the 2.0, that said the 2.0 is deceptive, it makes a completely flat power curve and pulls into the upper RPM, it is much quicker then it feels. But alas you don't have the 2.5 low end torque.
 

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Re: my quick and short Audi A4 2.0T review (Oldman)

as long as Audi sticks with FWD... ill always take a BMW over it.. if i had to choose between the two..<p>if i want FWD turbo power... quite happy to stick to volvos.
 

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I cross-shopped the A4 avant vs. the V50 and the V50 has a superior motor to the A4 2.0T.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Mistral</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">as long as Audi sticks with FWD... ill always take a BMW over it.. if i had to choose between the two..<p>if i want FWD turbo power... quite happy to stick to volvos.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>95% of Audis in the US (with the exception of the A4 Cabriolet) are Quattros. In this area, it's a rare site to see an A4 with Frontrak.
 

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Re: my quick and short Audi A4 2.0T review (JAS40T5)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JAS40T5</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>95% of Audis in the US (with the exception of the A4 Cabriolet) are Quattros. In this area, it's a rare site to see an A4 with Frontrak.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>The 1.8T cabriolet is CVT FrontTrak, while the 3.0 cab is quattro. Also, the new A3 2.0T is currently only availible in FrontTrack.
 

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Re: my quick and short Audi A4 2.0T review (Marttimat)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Marttimat</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>The 1.8T cabriolet is CVT FrontTrak, while the 3.0 cab is quattro. Also, the new A3 2.0T is currently only availible in FrontTrack.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Note that I EXCLUDED the 1.8t cabriolet - for this reason exactly.
 

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Re: my quick and short Audi A4 2.0T review (biotek)

Not offended either, I own versions of both and agree the A4 2.0T leaves something to be desired, rather have gone with the B5 2.8, B6 3.0 or B7 3.2 V6 engine. The full leather interiors seem cold to me the seats not what I would expect from a German car although the sports seats are better. The cars in tan or grey trim have little contrast in color with the seats, the dash should be a darker color or the seats have some contrasting stiching. I love the IP and the feel of the steering wheel. Since your Volvo is chipped find a fellow A4 2.0T owner who is chipped as well then come back with an opinion, some are getting close to 400hp out of the engine reliably, can't say that about any Volvo I know?<p>
 

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I have a 98' A4.. absolutely love it. Obviously the A4 has made many changes since. Theres been I think 2 generations since mine. B5-B7. But regardless Audi is a quality name and I think you'll love it if you buy it. Plus.. theres a lot of aftermarket support. <p>It sucks to see your car like that. Good luck! Maybe I'll see you on the AudiWorld boards here soon lol
 

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Hey cbeerxx, Fellow Audiworlder here as well B6S4 forum.<p>Glad you Love your Audi, I do mine as well, see below, Nogaro Blue with Blue alcantara interior, one of around 70 for 04' in Avant.<p>Car has been great except a new gearbox and clutch at 18k mi and a broken alternator bolt at 26k mi, other owners havn't been so lucky with their cars (many have had engines blow, some two and others the dealer and Audi haven't found the answer after working on the car for 2 yrs and over $60k in warrenty) or dealers, my dealer has been up front because Audi is not mod friendly yet they covered everything so far even knowing I have tracked the beast numerous times <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Aftermarket is great as well but other than exhaust, rims, brakes, suspension, not much for the 4.2l V8, chips don't do much 6-10hp on NA motors, exhaust is best bang for the buck the sound with a full non-res system is intoxicating. with 2 sets of rims, full exhaust,intake think $12k extra. Waiting for my warrenty to expire in a yr and pony up $10k for the supercharger and 500hp <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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The wife wanted a sporty car so we bought a 2002 A4 3.00 Quatro 6 sp. It turns out that the 6 speed is too bulky and difficult to shift. She can’t work the climate control, too many buttons. It gets abysmal gas mileage. So now, she is thinking S40 with the manumatic and the nice big round buttons for the climate control. So it is a bit less sporty looking abut at least she can drive it.
 

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Re: my quick and short Audi A4 2.0T review (JAS40T5)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JAS40T5</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>My thoughts exactly. When I'm shopping for my next car in 3-4 years, it'll be VERY hard to choose between the new A4 and the 335i Coupe...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>3-4yrs? My car has to last me 9 more years! <p>So hopefully I'll be able to go car shopping at the Alfa Romeo dealer.<br>Or a hybrid Mini? Gas prices will be crazy by then...
 

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I think the exterior of a4 is the least likeable part. <br>The most important aspect that puts the A4 in a league of its own is the driving characteristics, in my opinion. i'm currtently driving an awd t5, but before i owned a 1.8t quattro. sure the t5 is more powerfull, but the driving pleasure of the quattro is something else. the front biased haldex fails to provide the same pleasure of the torsen quattro. enter a curve, push on the gas, quattro will tend to oversteer, try it on your awd t5, guess what understeer.<p>i love my t5, mostly due to its looks, on the other hand fuel consumption is unsatisfactory, driiving position is a bit high and the engine sound is no where as close to an audi engine..<p>
 

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my fuel consumption is great on my T5, I'm over 100 miles on this tank and the computer says 34 MPG.... This is better then any 1.8T that I know of.
 

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Seems to be the AWD T5's are heavy on fuel. Mine drinks it like it's going out of style. Oh wait, it IS going out of style.<p>My OBC tells me I average 14.2L/100km, which is somewhere around 16-17mpg. Most of that is city driving, and it does OK on the highway, but it sure is miserable overall. I drive with a heavy foot, so I spent the last tank driving very gingerly. What happened? I got exactly 30km more out of a tank of gas. Not worth the pains of having to drive it like a granny!<p> Al
 

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yes my average is 14.0/100km<br>i think it's somewhat too much<br>my average with 1.8t was 12.5L/100km. but i should have guessed this, replacing a 1.8t engine with 2.5t, this is no surprise.<p>Nevertheless, my main disappointment is the driving dynamics. i remember how i would corner, with controlled oversteer with my quattro. now this haldex controlled s40, eventhough its more torquey, understeers when you push the gas. the only way to oversteer is lifting the gas when you're cornering with downward slope.<br>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>mratti7</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Nevertheless, my main disappointment is the driving dynamics. i remember how i would corner, with controlled oversteer with my quattro. now this haldex controlled s40, eventhough its more torquey, understeers when you push the gas. the only way to oversteer is lifting the gas when you're cornering with downward slope.<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>That's the Volvo-tuned Haldex for you -- if you could tune the lock up you could have the thing run with a different front-to-rear ratio at all times, but Evolve never released the mods for that AFAICT.
 

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I don't have a 4Wd never did, at least not a car setup. but FWD I've had and the S40 with sports suspension is near the best FWD setup stock made. This is IMO and in almost every review done on this car, Edmunds agrees too: <br><A HREF="http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Drives/LongTerm/articleId=104830" TARGET="_blank">http://www.edmunds.com/insidel...04830</A><br><i><br>"It's luxurious enough to make VW Jetta buyers aspire for more and it's sporty enough to make BMW 3 Series buyers question the need to spend the extra bucks"<p>"On smooth roads the Volvo is great, almost serene. Its combination of a refined ride and sharp handling are almost BMW-like. "<p>"We also like the car's tight handling and the T5's 218-hp turbocharged engine, but found that the S40's fun in corners came at the expense of highway comfort. " </i><p>Needless to say this is one good handling car, and please the TSX, the heavy no torque wonder, who cares about handling when you need to beat the life out of the engine to get ANY performace at all.
 
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