Posted by FS (FELIPE) on December 29, 1998 at 09:47:13:
In Reply to: Ok........ posted by IronMike on December 29, 1998 at 01:11:42:
I FIND IT VERY DISTURBING THAT YOU THINK AN A4 1.8T IS FASTER THAN A 325IS.
I've driven both, yet do not own either one. Two very good friends are Audi and Bimmer owners. My best friend let me drive his Audi many times, and while it is nice, it is VERY SLOW! It is a 1.8T with a 5 speed, FWD. My friends BMW is AUTO (I know, that should be a sin) and it can still blow away the Audi. No comparison. And its a 4 door, the 2 door is faster. THE 2.8 QUATTRO DOES 0-60 in 7.4 SECS, the 1.8 is much slower, and the 328is does it in 6.4 sec, so the 325 cant be much slower, probably 6.7 or 6.8 sec. Their is no comparison. You'll find that out next time you try to race a 6 cylinder E36.
: for starters, I think the A4 is as nice as the 3 series in road feel and sportiness as well as looks. Both are awesome, and I love both. I don't not know how the A4 compares to the E46, since I've never driven one. I do know, however, that in most respects my A4 is superior to my 325is. If you want an awesome sporty car, just get an A4 1.8T with a $160 Neuspeed chip that brings the horsepower to 180. This upgrade is safe and doesn't affect the long term reliability of the car. The Audi TT runs the same engine with a chip upgrade to 180 hp too. This chip upgrade is also undetectable. Even without the chip, my A4 1.8T equals my 325is in acceleration and it is equally good on twisties. All this for around $24,000. As for status, I choose not to drive my BMW to school because I'd fall into the SNOB USC Bimmer crowd. People, including those who know NOTHING about cars, are impressed by BMWs. That's awesome, but talk to anyone who is a car enthusiast, and he/she will know that the A4 is a VERY good car. Anyways, a person should drive both, and then get what he prefers. Personally, I'm still 19 years old, so cost was a HUGE motivating factor when I purchased my A4. A 1999 323is would have cost me more than $30,000 optioned equal to the 1.8T. That was over a $6,000 difference. I saved myself a semester's tuition along with enough cash left over for some aftermarket toys. For the price of the 1.8T, the only BMW available is the 318ti, and I think that car just plain stinks. The BMW 1.8 liter is NOTHING compared to the Audi 1.8 liter. The BMW engine is noisy, buzzy, and slow. Anyways, that's all I have to say. Happy motoring.