That's probably right unless it's a diesel. Audis suck gasoline.
I don't know the specifics of your car, but some of them can run on
cheaper gas with no ill effect for light driving. Fill up with 87 or 89
(US grades) for weekday commuting then put in 91 or 92 for the weekend
trip out of town.
I don't read Google's spam. Reply with another service.
Not unless used in a country with low fuel quality. Remember that these
engines are developed with European ROZ95/98 in mind and have to be
modified/limited (electronically and/or mechanically) to run somewhat
reliable in countries that have inferior fuel quality standards than
I assume "here" for you means the US? If so then yes. The fuel quality
in the US is much lower than in western Europe. The Audis (and VWs and
BMWs and Mercedes) that are made for the US contain specific
modifications to run reliable with that low fuel quality.
Anecdote time. Back in 1981, I was living in New York, and owned a Camaro.
I went to live in England, taking the Camaro with me. I expected the
numerical miles per gallon to increase by roughly 20%, since the imperial
gallon is 20% larger than the US gallon, and my driving mix was similar.
In fact, it actually increased by 44%. A year later, I went back to the
US, and the mpg dropped back to its former value.
In European Union, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland diesel fuel must meet
I know for gas[oline], there is also such a norm, but have to look up
the EN number first.
I don't have a link by hand. There once were some articles on a oil
company website that discussed that stuff but I can't remember the link.
You can for example compare the European fuel standards (EN228 for
gasoline and EN590 for Diesel) with the equivalent US standards and
you'll see that the European standards are much tighter.
Besides that, if you have access to maintenance/part documentation you
can compare the specifications for US and European models of certain
cars. I.e. the last Volkswagen Passat with 1.8l Turbo engine (20 valve)
was sold in the US with 130hp while the European version had 150hp. This
was done because of the lower fuel quality.
There are other differences as well. German-made cars sold in Western
Europe usually conform to the German standard which means the car must
run reliable even when driving at maximum speed for a long time.
Overseas versions which rarely get driven faster than 55-80 mp/h often
come with downsized cooling systems, brake systems and other things
which save the manufacturer money and have no influence on safety or
reliability in countries with general speed limits.
There definitely was a ~130hp version of the 1.8T engine in the old
Passat (3BG). One of my flight instructors had such a car in 2003, made
in Mexico. IIRC the life cycle of this version was rather short.
I'm sorry, but you've got it all wrong. The first time a 1.8T was offered
in a Passat in the US was in 1998, and it had 150 hp. And it wasn't made in
The only engine that I can think of that had around 130 hp (134 to be exact)
was a 2-liter non-turbo one offered back in 1990 on the Passat.
I'm quite sure about that. I have seen the spec sheet, and we have been
at a Volkswagen dealer in San Jose where he bought that car, and while
he was giving it away for service I talked with the dealer who explaned
me that he sells regular Passats made in Emden, Germany, and Passats
made in or made for (I'm not sure of that) Mexico.
I know the Passat 3BG very well, and the interior quality of this Passat
was noticeably worse than any 3BG I've seen before.
And this is the old 35I:
The 3BG was basically made to make the Passat look more luxurious and to
be able to compete with Mercedes C-class, BMW 3-series and Audi A4.
I don't know the timeframe it was sold in the US (but I doubt it differs
much) but here in Germany the 35I was made from 1988 to 1996 where the
35B was introduced. It was replaced by the 3BG in 2000. The 3BG was
terminated in 2005.
BTW: does the US also have the hazzle with bio ethanol mixture in
regular fuel? Here in Germany the government forced that all grades of
gas contain 5% of bio enthanol (E5 gas). A new law from 2006 now forces
the percentage of bio ethanol to raise to 10% (E10 gas), probably
starting already in 2009. Bio ethanol is very corrosive and can cause
higher wear (especially in the area of valve seating), it's expensive to
produce which makes the gas more expensive and also contains less energy
than gas which leads to a lower gas mileage. Since it's still not really
clear which older cars do tolerate E10 gas and which don't (for example,
Audi says all models since 1992 can tolerate E10 - except FSI engines
before 2004!) the government decided to leave around 1000 gas stations
nationwide with E5 "Super Plus" (premium grade, most older cars only
require lower grades) gas until 2016 where no E5 will be available any
more in this country. Not only "Super Plus" is the most expensive gas
grade, the E5 "Super Plus" will be even more expensive due to higher
logistics and production costs. So you buy a new Ford Ka (compact car)
today, you won't find any fuel for it after 2016. You have an Audi, Seat
or Volkswagen with FSI engine older than 2004? Same problem. You have an
Mitsubishi Carisma GDI? Same problem. And this goes on for lots of other
cars, too. Besides that, even for the manufacturer it's not clear what
long-term effects bio ethanol has in older cars. Isn't that great?
Well, the 1990 Passat was the same as the 1991 - 1996 cars, so if the
'3BG' nomenclature applies to the 1991 and newer, it should apply to
the 1990 as well. And a quick scan of edmunds.com shows that the 2.0L
I4 engine was available off and on through the '90's, until the 1.8T
with 150hp debuted with the 1998 newly-rebodied Passat.
'04 A4 1.8Tq MT-6
Central NJ USA
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