In Reply to: Need more help!! 2.5 vs 2.8 posted by garth on October 26, 2000 at 19:29:41:
2.5 has dual vanos. 98 2.8 has single vanos. Double is supposed to make up for smaller cylinders in 2.5. I think you only notice more umph from the 2.8 while mountain climbing at 90 mph. On the other hand, dual vanos models also include some pollution control features that cause the throttle to drop much more slowly. This effects shifting and I think diminishes trailing throttle braking (IOW, you'll need to step on the brakes more frequently). I imagine after owning the 2.8 this will be quite noticeable. It probably does away with that lovely gurgling sound you get when costing to a stop too. In other words, not much difference in performance numbers but definite personality change. I haven't found the time to test drive the 2.5 yet, but this is what I'd be looking at.
Still would like a few more suggestions. Saw a Dakar Yellow 2.5 2001 at local dealer the other day. I have a 98 2.8 Bost Grn with only 11000 miles. Thought that Yellow was really unique but will I be dissapointed with the 2.5?
Anybody know of any Dakar Yellow 2.8's around for sale with low mileage? Thanks for any suggestions.