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You are in the Audi A4
What is this discussion about?
Audi A4, Convertible, Sedan, Wagon
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#296 of 2367 responses to 294 and 295
Feb 11, 2004 (6:27 pm)
boswell2, sorry I can't help you, but I can empathize.
giggs, the Audi Club of North America is www.audiclubna.org. You can see all events there. For the Mid-Ohio Driving School application, click on the Chapter tab, choose Ohio Valley, then choose Events, then choose the Mid-Ohio Driving School. You can open in MS Word or Adobe. There is an excellent article about the Driving School experience in the current Audi Club journal (quattro quarterly). That was what convinced me to go for it.
B5 and B6 refer to the factory designation for a particular Audi chassis/platform. The B5 platform was for the A4 from 1998 (I think) through 2001. It is also the platform for the current Passat. The B6 platform is for the A4 from 2002 to current.
#297 of 2367 Aint no Passat
Feb 11, 2004 (7:54 pm)
Glad to hear about the platform. It will give me more ammo to fight off a buddy who keeps calling my car a Passat.
#298 of 2367 Audi Driving Experience & giggs
Feb 13, 2004 (11:45 am)
Ahhh... I see that you found my car! =) Like llyse said, these are events that are held through the Audi Car Club of North America. That very same article in the club's magazine also convinced me to attend. Not only was it a lot of fun taking it out on a track, but I've also learned some very valuable driving skills that can be applied in everyday traffic and not just on the track.
You might want to sign up to become a member of the club. You might be able to find a local chapter with activities going on close to you. The magazine is a good read.
#299 of 2367 No local chapter but..
Feb 14, 2004 (6:09 am)
I went to the Audi Car Club Site of NA and the Canadian Chapter appears to be based in Alberta with an east coast contingent. Michigan is by far closer to me - Heck just about half of the United States are closer to me. So, I emailed a note to the contact person in Michigan asking if they would accept a non resident but frequent visitor.
Feb 14, 2004 (10:31 am)
giggs, I'm not aware of separate chapter dues for ACNA. To my knowledge, any ACNA member can participate in ACNA or chapter sponsored activities.
There is a driving school at Waterford Hills, MI. Consider driving a bit further for the Mid-Ohio school. It's a great race course. I've done 10 or so parade laps in my E-Type and TR6 during the Vintage Car Races. Speed is pretty well controlled during those laps, though.
Feb 15, 2004 (5:23 pm)
All right I'm getting keen on this. I signed up with the ACNA on line. Pretty soon I'll be understanding some of what all you guys are talking about. The Michigan chapter rep. said I'm welcome to come on down. Waterford Hills is no more than an hour drive for me. I might check that out. They are hosting a driving school August 5th and 6th. I considered the Mid-Ohio school but its more than a three hour drive for me. The Mich. chapter rep. said there is a Tech Session in March, again only an hour drive away. Know anything about the Tech Sessions?
#302 of 2367 Tech Sessions
Feb 15, 2004 (9:50 pm)
No, I don't know specifics about ACNA Tech Sessions. Anyone else out there to answer giggs' question?
#303 of 2367 sport seats
Feb 16, 2004 (6:26 pm)
giggs: The sport seats in 2001.5 were a stand alone option for the front seats. I wanted cloth seats, you couldn't get leather in the 1.8T and I just couldn't stand the thought of vinyl (ok, leatherette) seats in my nice A4. I wasn't particularly looking for the sport seats, but the only 5 speed I could find with cloth seats happened to have the sport seat option. The sport seats have additional side bolstering and an adjustable lumbar support for the driver's side. They are very comfortable seats and the cloth has held up very well. I had to search far and wide just to find a 5 speed without quattro (or with quatrro for that matter) so paying the 500 extra for the sport seat option was worth it.
#304 of 2367 Drive by wire
Feb 19, 2004 (8:46 pm)
Puzzled on what to do. Yes, it should be clear by now - I really am enjoying my car. But, ever the type A personality, I'm always striving to better whatever presents itself to me (my wife has learned to ignore me). My good friend llwyse enlightened me sometime ago on Drive-By-Wire. A new concept to me, it explained why I was faced with this peculiar gear shifting that made no sense. Yes, I have learned to drive in S but eh, there is a D! So, shouldn't D receive the normal utilization of any other D in any other car? I've tried resetting the memory like LaMar suggested and well, lets just say it gave me hope but I'm less than satisfied. I've done this twice now and it just isn't going to cut it. I read an article by Karl Brauer dated 11-29-00 about Drive-By-Wire. He said this replacement of the controlled throttle system by sensor reading pedal positioning was superior to cable operation because of greater accuracy which would serve to improve responsiveness. IMPROVE RESPONSIVENESS - I thought, the opposite is true when I am in D. It just doesn't respond well at all -other than in the first two or three gears when it wants to go like hell and then quickly fall off like it's starving for attention. Anyway, we all know that. If I've read about it once I've read about it a dozen times. However, what was interesting to me in the article was Brauer's comments that the Drive-By-Wire system is only as good as the programmers who manufacture and design it. In short, there is something wrong with the design and/or manufacture of this system and isn't it really just a matter of getting Audi to do something about this? Those of you in the know can no doubt point me toward something on this - like a petition or somewhere I could add my name to the list with the hope something will be done? Let me know what I can do to add my voice on this.
#305 of 2367 drive by wire
Feb 20, 2004 (3:42 pm)
Drive by wire, at this point, refers to throttle control. It seems to me the problems you're experiencing are a result of the transmission software/programming, not the throttle.