Last post on Feb 08, 2012 at 7:57 AM
You are in the Sedans
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BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Volvo S60 R, Subaru Legacy, Audi S4, Mazda MAZDASPEED MAZDA6, Sedan
#41 of 857 A4 VS. Subaru
Mar 03, 2005 (3:11 pm)
I have also owned an Audi A4 1.8T. I will say it was a nice car to drive, but if you check out the problems with Audis, you would not want to keep the car past the warranty or Audi Advantage period. That is around 4 years or 50K miles. My wife and I drove the '05 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Ltd model ands were impressed with the fit and finish, especially of the interior of the car, the Audi has the exterior beat but we both agreed the interior was very impressive. We were quoted a price of $24,989 for the Ltd with automatic in a silver with black interior, we never buy on first quotes, we have a 2001 Audi A6 4.2 as our other car.
The Audi had started "nickel and thousanding" us to death toward the end, transmission, turbo, timing belt tensioner, leaking gaskets, gas gauge malfunction etc..., needless to say, my wife gave the stepson the keys to go to McDConalds, well, the antilock was not working and the road was a bit slick from an early morning rain, (Audi wanted $1600 to fix the main brain of the car which was the problem with the antilock), the son was too busy looking inside his McDonald's bag, and what can I say, a telephone pole jumped out in front of him....(he says it was a squirrel that jumped out and he hit the pole to avoid it last minute, but we won't argue that point....just glad the Audi preformed as it did and gave its life up for his!!)
We would have considered another Audi, but we tend to keep our cars longer than the warranty period, and the Audi just doesn't have the reliability record for mileage milestones. I have noticed Subaru owners do not have as many critical complaints as Audi owners....maybe we will be driving that Legacy Ltd. soon....as for our 4.2, no problems yet, and we have a 100K powertrain warranty on that vehicle, and with 43K on the odometer, we may keep her for a bit longer.
#42 of 857 Most Reliable Brand
Mar 03, 2005 (6:17 pm)
How fitting that we've been talking about this - CR's car issue named Subaru the most reliable brand, number one for MY2004.
#43 of 857 Re: BlueGuyDot-Honda Accord Coupe [hox]
Mar 03, 2005 (8:28 pm)
"Don't get me wrong great car, not AWD, but certainly tops the RSX or TSX (Acura's)."
Why? Because it has more horsepower? Pretty narrow defintion of performance if you ask me.
#44 of 857 Re: BlueGuyDot-Honda Accord Coupe [johnny420]
Mar 04, 2005 (5:21 am)
I guess I'll join in on this.
I just got a A4 2.0 Quattro, 6 speed.
I've had a 1996 Outback H4 and a 2001 LL Bean H6. I put Bridgestone RE950s on the Bean and it changed personality from a dull car to one with some spirit - albeit losing some snow performance.
Before getting the A4 I was in the local Subie dealership and tested a 5 speed Legacy GT Ltd and the automatic version.
While I liked the Subie, was very familiar with them and could appreciate the distance they had come since 1996, the car is a half class below the new A4 by any measure other total HP and price.
Fully loaded I stickered at $36,700 and invoiced at $34,400. Comparably, but not quite ( x zenons, bose/sattelite, better, I think, materials, longer warranty and free maintenance, etc) equipped, the the subie is $7,000 less.
For a lot of people the tradeoffs and savings might make a difference - I wasn't sold.
#45 of 857 Re: BlueGuyDot-Honda Accord Coupe [johnny420]
Mar 04, 2005 (10:40 am)
That's to Hox, right. I prefer the TSX.
#46 of 857 Ultimate AWD Sports Sedans
Mar 07, 2005 (2:32 pm)
I was just wondering whats your opinion on the best awd sports sedan?
Iam thinking of the Audi S4.
What do you think?
#47 of 857 housekeeping note ...
Mar 07, 2005 (4:46 pm)
I have broadened the topic name and categories here - enjoy!
#49 of 857 Bentley seems as ultimate as it gets
Mar 08, 2005 (6:23 am)
#50 of 857 Plenty of 'em
Mar 08, 2005 (7:38 am)
Especially if we're talking ultimately expensive. :o)
Forget S4, how 'bout the RS4? RS6? S8? Phaeton W12?
More down to earth, JDM Legacy STi? MazdaSpeed 6? WRX STi? EVO IX?