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#589 of 1366 Auto vs. Stick
Apr 15, 2005 (4:25 pm)
Interesting conversation gentlemen. I've been reading this board for a number of years now. I unfortunately no longer own my precious 2001.5 A4 1.8TQ but continue to be enamored with Audis in general. It had the constantly ridiculed Tiptronic transmission. Yes I did experience turbo lag or tip lag; however, I did find it very engaging with the turbo engine.
The main reason I bought the car was because I fell in love with it (my wife with the A6 but that is another story). A secondary reason, but still important in my mind was the fact that there was obviously not the arrogance I experienced with the other German car dealers and owners. Over my time observing this forum it seems that has shifted however. Maybe it is because Audi has been successful in it's desire to have their products viewed to compete on the same level as BMW and Mercedes.
Regardless of which option; manual or automatic, leather or leatherette, etc. a carbuyer makes his/her purchase based on personal preferences. I do not understand why it is deemed necessary to ridicule others because they do not choose a car for the same reasons you do. I happen to currently drive a large SUV and am happy to be lumped in a group so graciously created by joxer1.
By the way, look at all of the top-end sports cars or "super cars" (Saleen S7, Ford GT, any Porsche, etc.)...don't they all have automatics of some sort? Aren't they equipped with the "paddle-shifters" on the steering wheel/column? Not that I am interested in it but what about Formula 1? And that certainly started in Europe where, according to the latest posts, apparently they are the only ones that really know how to drive cars.
This forum used to contain useful information, I can go to other forums for the arrogant speak and name calling.
#590 of 1366 why why why, I ask myself why are people so serious?????????
Apr 15, 2005 (7:04 pm)
Uhmmm, I re-read my post three times just to make sure I did not overstep my boundaries and called people names. I also read the follow-ups to see if any of the others did some name calling o try to ridicule auto drivers. I did not find any evidence that people are trying to ridicule others. But then again, some live their lives always trying to find the most minuscule things to fulfill their never ending quest of feeling sorry for themselves.
The only reason I come to these posts is to have good, spirited and contrarians arguments about the cars we love regardless of auto, manual, grey, blue, FWD, AWD, German built, American built, leather, Leatherette, etc etc etc, but I hate (and I hate to use to word hate), but I hate the fact that some posters get so easily offended by anything or everything that some of us post on these forums. I will hate (sorry to use it again) for us to have to watch so closely what we type for fear of "offending" others. I think that I speak for the majority here, and I dare to say that regardless of our views, we are all adults, respectful, hardworking individuals (we have to be in order to be able to afford these German beauties that express our opinion FREELY. We use and write in these forums so that others, get information and education about different topics. I wouldn’t want to see the day that we all have to carefully watch what we type in fear that we might me called, "arrogant" "name callers" etc. to me that is very, very sad my friends.
Sorry if I am steering off topic here, but I remember my College years at Baruch College in NYC, and how there was always a handful of students (for some reason you can spot them a mile away as they all look the same) that always had something to protest because they felt offended by everything. It always seem that the world was against them (pollution, world hunger, save the whales, we are killing extinct birds, you get the idea), you couldn't even discuss hot topics like abortion or politics or anything else, because they would label you something............Good thing we never took them seriously. How could we let them spoil our fun college years...........no WAY!!!!!!!!
Ok, that was a load off my chest and sorry gang again for taking so much of your time typing this sad reply. Now let's go back to the fun stuff:
Markcincinatty, I feel your pain (A6 no Manual Tranny). One of my clients (I blamed him for turning me into an Audi lover) leased his 2002 A6 6sp, he was so looking forward to replace it with the new one, only to find out that it did not come stick.....boy o boy, the guy was devastated and my salesman that sold me my A4 could not come up with good enough reasons to make him buy the new A6 auto. My client ended up buying his leased 2002 A6. He told me that he will wait until it comes Manual (poor guy is dreaming). I told him to look into a BMW 5, but the thickhead is an Audi fanatic and will not have anything but an Audi......what gives???????
#591 of 1366 apr chip tunning 2005 A4 1.8 6M
Apr 15, 2005 (7:34 pm)
Markcincinnaty, I noticed on another discussion that you had your TT chipped to increase hp and torque. You had recommended Direct Port programming, my question to you is, how safe is this to do? I have a 2005 A4 1.8 6M which I leased. I truly love the car, but of course I would like to have a little bit of additional kick. However I am scare if the dealer finds out. Any thoughts??? Ideas?
I found a dealer in Long Island, NY that said they can do trial run for 36 hours and then my car will return back to normal. Have you heard of anyone that've done that??
#592 of 1366 Re: New for 2006?? [macmurdo]
Apr 15, 2005 (8:48 pm)
According to the chat session with Marc Trahan on April 6, plus confirmation from my local Audi dealer, you can already order an 06 A4, although the first month of production will not be until June, and the first 06's will likely not be seen in the showrooms until September. As I understand it, dealers generally receive their allocations once a month, at the end of the month. April allocations will be for 06's only, too late to order an 05.5.
Again as I understand it, the 06 A4 will have Blue Tooth integrated telephone system, six-speed manual on the 3.2 engine, new colors including a metallic red. None of these are available on the 05.5 A4.
#593 of 1366 Re: apr chip tunning 2005 A4 1.8 6M [rjorge3]
Apr 15, 2005 (8:50 pm)
The trial run of the direct port programming -- for 36 hours -- is a great way to test the upgrade. I would do it in a heartbeat.
I have heard of folks who have done this -- in my case, we actually replaced the chip in the TT. I would have rather had the direct port option. In 2000 that was not an option.
Today, with DPP, you will have no issue with the so called chastity belt on the ECU. No warranty issues, unless you insist on having certain safety features disabled, such as the rev limiter.
#594 of 1366 Re: why why why, I ask myself why are people so serious????????? [rjorge3]
Apr 15, 2005 (10:43 pm)
I think this speaks for itself.
Apr 16, 2005 (6:42 am)
I am contemplating leasing an A4 2.0 but given current gas prices, I'd like to avoid buying premium gas. They recommend using premium but I have a 2002 Volvo S60 with a turbo and it's always run fine on regular. Any experience or thoughts?
#596 of 1366 Re: Auto vs. Stick [chaz0872]
Apr 16, 2005 (8:03 am)
Well said. And that is why there were 31 flavors....
Also, I find myself having trouble navigating the over-lengthy "see how much I know" responses that seem to have increased over the last few months. I would appreciate brief questions and responses as opposed to some of the comprehensive term papers that seem to be on the rise.
#598 of 1366 Re: 2005 A4 gas [gschultz]
Apr 16, 2005 (12:56 pm)
I believe that using lower octane gas will affect the 2.0T's hp (for the worse). How much extra is that premium gas really going to cost you per year? I bet that it is a pretty insignificant amount as compared to the overall cost of the car. Unless you are doing mostly stop & go driving the "2" should get pretty good mileage anyway.
Byron ('02 A4 Avant manual/sports/etc)