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Pros: The 'Sport' button that turns the car into a roaring beast.
Cons: Changing gear is not so smooth when accelerating hard
Advice: Buy oneI have owned a secondhand RS4 for just four weeks and have to say it's fantastic. It's a car that can be driven on the Autobahn on the speed limiter at an indicated 170 mph (lucky I live in Germany!), or it can happily run around town at 30 mph. It's a car that sounds and looks great, and feels really safe in all conditions. You find yourself heading for tunnels just to hear that exhaust note. Cornering is briliant as the car remains flat. Press the 'S' button and everything becomes even more magical. OK, a couple of negatives. Fuel consumption is 'Super Car' level and the car is not so good when its cold - it can be a little jerky. You Americans have it made .. my German RS4 cost $110,000 and we pay nearly $8 for a UK gallon of Super Plus petrol.
Cons: Needs more horsepower
Advice: Change your oil more than what Audi recommends you to do.I had purchased my Advant brand new and it has been a great car. Has had no major problems during it life. At the 30k service, the dealer did find a minor oil sluge problem, but was corrected.
Pros: Quattro all wheel drive
Cons: cup holders!!
Advice: Great car that needs to be serviced regularly to stay happy - love it but know it is a bit more demanding than a toyota. For meThis is the best looking wagon around, and the most fun. It is very safe and has decent performance with oustanding all wheel drive. This car needs to be serviced more frenquently than say, a toyota corolla but to me, it is a small price to pay to get a precision car.
Cons: A little hesitation at take off
Advice: Take the sport packageThe Audi A4 was such a pleasant surprise. The car is just a joy to drive. The interior is the same as the other A4's which is rich, refined, elegant and comfortable. The controls are very easy to use and the dash is simple but elegant. It is an absolutely fun car to drive. The handling is great and the turbo kicks in smoothly. The extra power from the new fuel management system comes in real handy. The ride is so smoth that I do not even feel that I am going 80 miles already. Overall the car is a great value in it's class. The price is still reasonable even with the car packed with options. Its a great car from a great company.
Pros: the extra power on the 2.0T and the gas mileage
Cons: would like the DSG trans-love the stick , but traffic sucks
Advice: the 2.0T is more than enough--and 30+mpgThis is my third A4. the new grille took some getting use to. This is by far the best yet! The last two were quick and handled well-this one is a lightning bolt.
Pros: The whole package is a driving daydream
Cons: Bose premium sound system
Advice: Tell your mate not to wait up.There are just too many great things to say about the new-to-America A3. My summary is this: all the good things you read are quite valid. The things you read that are negative are not for me to dispute but just know that we all look at things with our own unique set of expectations and past experiences. Go check this car out for yourself. I would give it a perfect 10 but frankly, the seats could use some work as the bottom is a bit too soft and the lumbar could use a bit more meat down there. That's the only reason I scored it less than excellent in 'comfort' It's quiet, everything works perfectly, the cockpit is perfect and there's just not much to gripe about. See my notes on the Bose 'premium' sound system. By all means, get the Sport package if you're a driver type that goes nuts each time you see a sweeper ahead of you. And get the DSG tranny too. What not to get? Definitely, DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THE BOSE PREMIUM sound system. It's absolutely terrible. I wanted the Xenon lights option and my car came with the Bose sound system so I had to take it. It's gross and you'll be like me........shopping for ways to upgrade this miserable audio nightmare. And by the way.....XM radio sounds just horrible in this system. Avoid this piece of junk. Otherwise, the car is a genuine knockout sleeper. Contagious and addictive. Not showy and you avoid the status trap and you'll be $9,000 to the good versus buying a BMW 330. It's personal but I get a minute to minute thrill driving this car and I don't have to look down at my speedo to realize that I'm having fun as with some other performance cars which I've owned or driven. This one delivers just going out the driveway and down your neighborhood street and onto the freeway ramp.....from there things get real interesting. You'll likely be home late more than a few times as you find 'other routes' to drive home. Tell your partner/wife/husband/significant other ahead of time or you'll be under the sniff test each time you come home a hour or two later than usual.
Pros: DSG and sport seats.
Cons: Bluetooth not stadard and difficult (if not impossible) to retrofit.
Advice: If you like to drive somewhat aggresively, definitely get the Sport package -- much tougher suspension to get you through these tight corners without slowing down.This car is really without competition in its segment. You get a five-door car with a great trunk space (even greater if you fold down the rear seats), exceptional, AUDI-quality fit and finish, spirited performance, and two ultra-modern mechanical components - the FSI Turbo engine and DSG transmission. Performance for the engine size, price and gas mileage is one of the best (24-32 with DSG). It's been around in Europe for almost a decade so you can count on most bugs having been worked out. A very progressive package, with the way gas prices are going, it may just become America's favorite family car a couple years down the road. A great bargain -- similarly equipped low $30,000's A3 will run you over $50,000 in Europe! Test drive one with the sport package and DSG transmission and you'll fall in love with it.