A3 vs A4Q

I'm debating whether to sell my 98.5 A4Q and buy an 06 A3, but I don't know if I will be happy with the 2-wheel drive experience over the long run after many happy years with my Quattro.
Any words for the wise? I might still keep the old car since it does drive so well, despite needing about $2k a year in various repairs and maintainance (new tires coming up this fall, e.g.).

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