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Hey guys, I value your opinion so of course I'd like to hear it on this. I'm planning on selling my S40 to pay off the remaining loan amount (I purchased) and purchase a 2005 Audi A5 1.8T which if my calculations are correct will save me a few grand and get me in to a shorter loan. With that said, has anyone driven a 1.8T? Know of the quality? Know someone with one and knows what they really think of it?<p>Thanks guys.
 

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Re: Opinions, feedback on a 2005 Audi A4 1.8T (davidklaw)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>davidklaw</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I'm planning on selling my S40 to pay off the remaining loan amount (I purchased) and purchase a 2005 Audi A5 1.8T which if my calculations are correct will save me a few grand and get me in to a shorter loan.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Your 2004 S40 is worth more than 2005 A4? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Opinions, feedback on a 2005 Audi A4 1.8T (MagoonR)

Yes, it should be worth more than the 1.8T because it is the older model.. and I suppose he bought the T5 with more expensive package. Are you purchasing the Quattro or just the FR version of the Audi ?? To be honest.. the audi would not be as exclusive as the T5 nor perform nearly as well. Audi might have better build quality than volvo.. but i would suggest that you keep the S40 instead of switching to a 1.8T <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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really? I am not a dealer but i checked KBB and they are saying he is about 6k. that is assuming typical mileage and his being stock. <p>If you decide to part out your mods count me in on your catback DP and strut bar
 

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I owe about 3k more than what my car is worth in KBB. I probably calculated things wrong, or am not thinking of this correctly but the idea is that...<p>I have 5 years left on my Volvo loan. It appeared that I could get a 4 year loan for the Audi at the same monthly rate with the right down payment. So actually, I guess I forgot about the down payment lol... Basically I'd be breaking even, but end up with a more spacious car (imo).<p>I was planning on a FW/RW (whichever it is) model. I test drove the 07 2.0T quattro and that's why I was asking how the 1.8T is... I figure it doesn't match up at all in comparison to that?
 

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Well, if you get rid of it I want those sexy rims <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Opinions, feedback on a 2005 Audi A4 1.8T (davidklaw)

It is FWD or Quattro, not a bad car, should have the sport pkg otherwise pass, interior fit and finish is above the Volvo although some color combos don't look as nice, the light leather and dash seems bland, the black hides lots of that simple look. The 1.8T has lot's of potential, some are getting 400hp and 300+ at the crank hopefully on quattros otherwise face massive wheel spin. <p>Dealer network is spotty some are great to deal with other's are the pits! Audi is mostly Mod unfriendly so if you still have warrenty tread lightly with mods, start small cat back, intake, SS, rims, Chip and larger turbo, DP's will see your remaining warranty go ByBY! <p>Reliability isn't bad, there are lemon's out there so be careful, specifically with coil packs, electronics lot's of CEL's, buy a VAG tool or find someone who has one comes in very handy when dealing with Service.<p><br>I have a 04S4 Avant with the V8, 380hp new $58k now with 28k mi only worth $33k hope it levels off? Car is great although I have a new gearbox and clutch to the tune of $18k, Audi parts aren't cheap, mine was thankfully covered under warranty. An engine will run $25k about $15k in a 1.8T.<p>The V50T5 has been troublefree in the first year, only radio software upgrade and fuel line recall during normal service.
 

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Re: Opinions, feedback on a 2005 Audi A4 1.8T (davidklaw)

Check out Audiworld.com, look in the B6A4 forum for further insights on 1.8T's.
 

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Re: Opinions, feedback on a 2005 Audi A4 1.8T (V50T5OSD)

I've never owned an Audi, but it's going to be a toss up with reliability like all European cars. <p>If I were in your position, I'd cross shop the Audi with the Lexus IS, Subaru Legacy, and VW. Lots of parts-sharing going on with Audi and you can get a whole lot more car for cheaper. <p>Actually, if I were you, I would seriously try to see what I could do to get the new 3-series coupe. <p>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>davidklaw</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I was planning on a FW/RW (whichever it is) model. I test drove the 07 2.0T quattro and that's why I was asking how the 1.8T is... I figure it doesn't match up at all in comparison to that?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I hope you like the FWD A4 because it has almost no resale value whatsoever....especially in Michigan. Most dealers won't even stock a non Quattro.<p>And yes, the 1.8T does not match up to the 2.0T; short about 30hp.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>MagoonR</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I hope you like the FWD A4 because it has almost no resale value whatsoever....especially in Michigan. Most dealers won't even stock a non Quattro.<p>And yes, the 1.8T does not match up to the 2.0T; short about 30hp.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>That's another thing I was concerned about. Seems like only the quattro has resale value.
 

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If you are looking for a car with less power, worse handling, dealer service and reliability even lower than Volvo, than this sounds like an excellent idea! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>It does have a nice interior though <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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I could see if this was an FSI but the 1.8T is a gutless wonder with no HP, no torque and if you follow the oil drain levels the engine is filled with crud. Completely hopeless. The FSI is a nice surprise.
 

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Yes, frontrak's (the FWD version) is not very popular, I think for 2 reasons. 1 being that it's hard to get any kind of options in a frontrak, basically if you want features you need to go to the quattro. 2nd is that a lot of people have too much pride to get a frontrak because "it's just an overpriced Volkswagen".<p>Also, if you're used to a T5 I think you'll be a little dissapointed with the 1.8T. It's only got 170hp and feels like less. You seem to like mods though so as far as that goes mods are plentiful and cheaper but some dealers are VERY anti mods.<p>Even though i'm heavily involved in a club with a lot of VW's and Audi's I'd have to say that i'd still take the Volvo. I find Audi's seem a bit overrated as of late.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>davidklaw</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Basically I'd be breaking even, but end up with a more spacious car (imo).</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Without having looked, I'm curious what the measurements would say about that. I sold my 1996 A4 before getting my S40, and the S40 is appreciably more spacious inside, particularly in the back seat. Granted, my A4 and your prospective one are different generations, and your model probably is larger than the one I had, but I'm guessing not that much more.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>davidklaw</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">That's another thing I was concerned about. Seems like only the quattro has resale value.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I wish that were true everywhere! I had the opposite experience selling my A4 Quattro here in Texas. I got very little credit ($) for it being a Quattro model because AWD doesn't have (or more correctly, isn't perceived to have) the benefit over FWD here that it would in a climate like Michigan.
 

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I'd get the 2.0T Quattro or the S4 (in a heartbeat if I won the lottery) but I wouldn't even look at any of the lesser models. Of course, that's only me.
 

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It only took me a few hours to realize that buying anything other than a 2.0T quattro is just a silly purchase. With that said, even though I could afford it I don't want to lock myself in to another 5 years or whatever of making crazy payments just to have a nice car.<p>The thing is I'm at 60,000 on my S40, all highway to work and back, which has led to a lot of cosmetic chips, scratches, etc. I figure that if I can find a new car, close to equal in power with a lot less miles I'd be in much better shape financially and "vehicularly" than I am now.<p>I'm now looking at some older BMW 330's...<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by davidklaw at 9:11 AM 8-16-2006</i>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>davidklaw</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The thing is I'm at 60,000 on my S40, all highway to work and back, which has led to a lot of cosmetic chips, scratches, etc. I figure that if I can find a new car, close to equal in power with a lot less miles I'd be in much better shape financially and "vehicularly" than I am now.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I'm a bit confused with this statement. You would need to trade down a good bit to pick up a newer car with less miles at a similar price. Perhaps you should have purchased an extended warranty to ease your mind a bit?<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>davidklaw</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I'm now looking at some older BMW 330's...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Unless it's a CPO, I wouldn't recommend this path. BMW maintenance is generally much more expensive than Volvo.
 
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