2006 A4 Turbo

I am considering purchasing a new 2006 A4 with the 2.0 Liter Turbo engine. I have had a 98 A4 with the 6 cyl. engine and am wondering about
1) Overall reliability of the Turbo engine
2) Dealer says Premium Gas is REQUIRED is this true? 3) Does anyone know the proportion of A4's sold which are the 2.0 vs. the 3.2 Liter engine?
Thanks in advance for any help you may be able to provide.
Dave
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"DaveW" wrote

Should be OK, or at least much better than the older 1.8T version since they've increased oil sump capacity and strictly require the use of synthetic oil.

Well, it was also required for your '98 A4 2.8. Did you use it? The engine management software will pull back timing if you use low grade gas. This will result in poorer performance and possibly worse gas mileage, so you need to ask yourself if it really makes sense to not use premium.

No idea. Sorry.
Cheers, Pete
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DaveW wrote:

1) The 1.8T engine was considered an excellent engine prior to the sludge issues - which were really caused by Audi relaxing the maintenance standards and people following them. So the 2.0T should be good - although I don't know about the direct-injection technology. Having driven a couple of loaners with that engine, however, it is VERY nice. Revs easily and is a little smoother than
the 1.8T.
2) Yes, it is true that it is recommended, however I have run mid-grade in my 1.8T with no issues. In fact, I am running regular at the moment as my wife forgot and filled it up with regular. It's definitely a little down on power. I think you'd be fine running mid-grade, alternating with premium, something like that.
3) Most of the A4's I see are 1.8 or 2.0T's, I'd imagine it may be a 2-to-1 type of split.
Personally, I would not hesitate to get the 2.0T. Not sure about the HP rating of your current V6 but I bet it's not a heck of a lot more than the 2.0T. It can also be chipped up to 225 hp VERY easily. Only caveat I would have is the trans choice - are you going with the Tiptronic or 6-speed? I'm not a fan of the automatic.
Dan D '04 A4 1.8Tq MT-6 Central NJ USA
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"Dano58" wrote

The 2.8 in '98 was rated at 190 hp and 206 lb-ft torque. The 2.0T also has 207 lb-ft torque (stock), but it's available in a wider rpm range, yet Edmunds.com lists "Engine short on low-end torque" as one of the cons. The 2.0T is also about 350 lbs heavier, so I'm not sure which one is quicker. :) With a chip, the 2.0T definitely wins.
Pete
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Dano58 wrote:

I wonder why Audi won't put the DSG in there?
-- Mike Smith
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Probably because they don't yet have a viable DSG gearbox for an in-line engine configuration. At the moment, DSG is only available on transverse-engined cars - TT and A3.
--
Peter Bell (Note Spamtrap - To reply, replace 'invalid' with 'bellfamily')

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Sorry for chiming in late, but I really like my '06 A4 2.0T 6-speed. So far (14K miles), no powertrain problems. You can use any grade gasoline but the engine prefers premium gas and delivers better mileage vs. mid-grade. 87 octane works, but the car runs like a pig. I drove both versions extensively (2.0T & 3.2) before buying my car, and I must say that I much prefer the 2.0T engine for my driving requirements. The 6-speed transmission is great; cruising from L.A. to the Bay Area in 6th gear at 80 mph delivers about 38 mpg.
HB
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