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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

I hear that is the best snow vehicle in the world!

Let's hope wink.gif.
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Mike,

I had the 2001.5 Passat 1.8t for many years. Great car with few troubles.
post #9168 of 15712
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Originally Posted by Cary Grant View Post

2008 A6 3.2 tiptronic
55,000 miles, certified (2 year warranty)
They replaced brakes and rotors front and back, new tires, alignment. Premium audio. Free oil changes for the duration. Quite a few options including Xenon, adjusting lamps etc.
Only thing it doesn't have that I'll miss is Bluetooth/hands-free. It's prepped for BT but not installed. Factory is $600 and their non-OEM is $300. Don't need it that badly.

Big leap from the FIAT.

congrats sir. will be my next car, 3.0t wagon if i have my druthers. monsters in the snow.

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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

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Brah, brah, brah! Did you forget idfnl drives an A6?!

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I drive an A8, fanboi. You really do live in fucking idiot land.
Edited by idfnl - 4/1/13 at 9:00pm
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ive got a 2008 2.0t, they tweaked the engine a bit mid-year, timing chain and a few other hiccups got fixed. nothing revolutionary but I like it alot, pity they took it out of the newest gen Passat.  3.6 4motion would be a contender but thats been offered less and less til now its just a top trim in the CC and that point I'd rather have the Audi AWD and not the haldex.

 

...I wonder if Id be madly in love with the other German cars if I hadnt grown up in the snow belt...

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Originally Posted by Cary Grant View Post

2008 A6 3.2 tiptronic
55,000 miles, certified (2 year warranty)
They replaced brakes and rotors front and back, new tires, alignment. Premium audio. Free oil changes for the duration. Quite a few options including Xenon, adjusting lamps etc.
Only thing it doesn't have that I'll miss is Bluetooth/hands-free. It's prepped for BT but not installed. Factory is $600 and their non-OEM is $300. Don't need it that badly.

Big leap from the FIAT.

Ya but what year. CG? The 3.2 is a solid engine.

With brakes, its rotors and pads. $$$. Nice buy. Its a very solid car.
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^tl:dr idfnl?
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Originally Posted by idfnl View Post

Ya but what year. CG? The 3.2 is a solid engine.

With brakes, its rotors and pads. $$$. Nice buy. Its a very solid car.

My description STARTED with the year. fing02[1].gif
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Originally Posted by idfnl View Post

Ya but what year. CG? The 3.2 is a solid engine.

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Originally Posted by Cary Grant View Post

My description STARTED with the year. fing02[1].gif

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You really do live in fucking idiot land.

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LOL
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Speaking of more affordable mid sized cars, I drove the previous gen Altima for 1200 miles out west a few years back. Not the best on power, but definitely sufficient for passing on the highway. The CVT was surprisingly good in that it wasn't a noticable annoyance, it just worked. Great gas mileage as well. There was a stretch where we were blasting down empty roads at 95+ mph for about 50 miles and still pulled in over 27 mpg (really high for such speeds). The interior was decent, far from luxury, but it wasn't offensive. The Aux jack and radio/speakers were fine, though far from premium. The fabric material on the seats was acceptable, and the space worked for three men 6'2 to 6'3.

This last weekend I rented a Ford Focus for a day to get to Rhode Island and back. This was a 2013 with only 1k miles on the clock (I put on an extra 400). It wasn't the higher end Titanium model, but it was pretty decent. Nicer interior than the Altima, but this was a newer car. Much smaller back seat though. I don't think an adult would have been able to fit behind me, but I'm tall. Decent pick up with the ecoboost engine, no problems getting up to highway speeds, though the engine note was a quite unrefined. I was cruising 75-80 mph and got around 32 mpg. The electronics took a little getting used to, but otherwise, I found it really easy to drive for long stretches and fine for cruising.

Recently I had rented a Hyundai Accent for work and that was terrible on the highway. Hard to track within your lane, easily buffetted by wind and larger cars, very little pick up and go despite being a super lightweight car. Interior was spartan and really not a fun place to be.

TBH, if the same price between the Altima and the Fusion, I'd probably go with the Altima. It had far more space and did feel a little more solid than the Fusion. If you do more around town driving and have parking concerns (street parking or small spaces) then the Focus is more than fine.
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Originally Posted by Cary Grant View Post

My description STARTED with the year. fing02[1].gif

Doh

'08 is a solid year. I think by then they did away with the rubber timing belt. That's a maintenance nightmare.
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Originally Posted by upthewazzu View Post

I'm going to stick my neck out here and ask if anyone has any recent experience in cross shopping more plebeian small cars. The wife and I are looking to replace her '99 Nissan Sentra with something a little less stone-age. While getting our Santa Fe serviced we sat in a '13 Elantra Limited and I was thoroughly impressed. Had just about every bell and whistle imaginable this side of cooled seats. The last time I shopped for a small car was in '05 right out of college so there's been quite a bit of turn over since then. Without doing a ton of research I think we'll start looking at the Focus, Elantra, Cruze, and Sentra. The Corolla and Civic are out on principal alone and the Mazda 3 is pretty obnoxious looking, so that's out too. I am having a hard time separating my needs (power & comfort) with the needs of my wife (mpg & comfort) so if anyone has a suggestion I'm all ears.

 

I should also note that I don't want to spend more than $22k, but I'd go higher if I was absolutely blown away by something.


Maybe look at the VW Golf, or for a couple K more you could get a GTI. If you can wait about a year the new Golf is coming out, which was already named World Car of the Year. Alternatively, you could use that as a chance to try and grab the outgoing model cheap.

 

The Mazda 3 redesign is next year too if that's all that's holding you back. Look to the Mazda 6 for an idea of the Kodo style. I think it looks really good. Honda Fit is fun too.

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Originally Posted by Vickt View Post


Maybe look at the VW Golf, or for a couple K more you could get a GTI. If you can wait about a year the new Golf is coming out, which was already named World Car of the Year. Alternatively, you could use that as a chance to try and grab the outgoing model cheap.

The Mazda 3 redesign is next year too if that's all that's holding you back. Look to the Mazda 6 for an idea of the Kodo style. I think it looks really good. Honda Fit is fun too.

I think the GTI is more than a few $k extra, its in the 30's if I'm not mistaken and his budget is $22k. He could find one used. One of my staff has a GTI, nice car.
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We should just rename this the Audi blowjob thread since every recent post is about Audis
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