I'm in the market for a used Audi (2001-03) A4. I've driven the 1.8t
(2003) as well as a 2001 S4 (hah, no comparison between the two). I
did like the feel of the 1.8t, pretty smooth throughout the gears with
the execption of starting off in first. I have yet to drive a 2.8 or
3.0. As far as powertrain performance, what is your comparison? Gas
mileage is a little better on the 1.8t, but what else is there? What
about aftermarket performance add ons? Thanks for the advise, I'm
hoping to make a decision in a week or so.
If aftermarket performance add-ons was the only metric, you'd do better with
the 1.8t or the S4. There's tons of goodies for either of those, while - short
of a full-on supercharger - nobody has done much useful to boost the
pedestrian na 2.8. And the na 3.0 - which actually seems to be pretty darned
strong as it is - will also be limited as far as add-ons that'll increase
power, but on the up-side you may find you don't need any more power...
I have the 1.9TDI Quattro (2003 model), red "I", 130bhp. Produces about
230lb/ft of torque, and the four wheel drive helps get all that torque
down onto the tarmac.
It beat an Escort RS2000 off the lights, and gave a Cossie a good run
for its money down the motorway. The best bit - >50mpg if you drive it
sensibly, and high 30s if you drive like your arse end is on fire.
Which, errm, I tend to do. :-)
You won't get near a cosworth in a 1.9DTI, I just about kept up with one in
a 225bhp TT, and if it was an Escort Cosworth you gotta be kidding me lol
0-60 time of 5.9 secs compared to a 10.0 sec 0-60 time in the 130ps TDI
Top speed Escort cosworth 155mph limited, a 1.9TDI top speed is 120, 100mph
and it runs out of puff
Unless it was a 1.6 escort badged as cossie :)
Even a 2.5TDI won't keep up with a TT or an S3 (same car)
I have the 00 S4, which I bought because my wife has the 98 passat w/2.8. I
loved the stability and handling of the car, and the engine is smooth and
strong from midrange up. I just needed a few more ponies since it was to be
my 'fun' car.
Like the other posters point out, you can chip the 1.8t easily for more
'go', but the 2.8 requires more coin to bump it's HP.
I've driven both engines, and I'd take the 2.8.
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