Hello everyone, I have been scanning the posts in this NG for the past
three hours and I am confident the questions I have will get answered
(at least give me some food for thought) by some knowledgeable Subaru
and Audi fans...
I am moving to the Vancouver area after several years abroad and will
be looking for a new car as well. I will be living and working in the
city during the week, but I forsee many weekend jaunts into the great
outdoors and communte to Whistler EVERY weekend during the
At the moment, I am considering the following options (in no particular order)
1. Audi A3
2. Audi A3 Quattro
3. Subaru Outback
4. Subaru Legacy
5. Subaru Legacy Wagon
6. Subaru Impreza Wagon
8. Audi A4 Sedan
9. Audi A4 Wagon
7. Audi A4 Quattro Sedan
8. Audi A4 Quatto Wagon
9. VW GTI
Becuase I plan on driving in some adverse mountian weather, AWD is a
feature I require. I have not had a chance to try ANY of these cars
yet, as I am still on the road, but I would like to get some feedback
on these choices. Basically, I have kind of grouped these choices into
groups along these lines.
1. GTI-A3-Impreza Wagon
3. Outback-Legacy Wagon-A4 Wagon
I am espcially looking forward to hearing people's thought on the
Outback Vs. Legacy Wagon. What are some of the major differences?
Also, does anyone else consider the Impreza Wagon to be able to compete
with the A3? I would LOVE it if the VW came with an AWD system, but
after hearing some pretty bad things about VW reliability, I might have
to rethink it.
What are the qualitative differences between Audi's Quattro system and
What about Navi systems? Does anyone have any experience using them?
I have been living in Japan for the past four years and most cars on
the road (including taxis) come equipped with them. They are IMMENSELY
useful, and to be honest I don't think I would drive in Japan in a car
without one. What is the perception of them in North America? Useful
or just "show-off" toys?
Thanks for ANY help anyone can give!