1996 Impala SS
Which one is faster in the snow?it's idiotic that it doesn't say anywhere in that text that it's just a render and not an actual thing.
I have an Ur-allroad. I prefer my Roadmaster
On the newer Audis, the A4 and A6 both come in Allroad trim.No Urus, Ur-allroad. "Ur" refers to "original" in German. As in, an original C5 allroad, as opposed to one of the later fake A4 allroads
My Suburban 🤣 The allroad weighs almost as much as a Roadmaster. It's surprisingly not agile despite appearances. Especially with the limited space for proper tires. And it ain't rugged, everything breaks on those damn things. On the Suburban, I can fit 235/85R16 winter LTs that don't even blink at the deepest of snow. Those things dig in like knives. 70+mph through winter storms is a breezeWhich one is faster in the snow?
But it doesn't. Not a wagon.The allroad weighs almost as much as a Roadmaster.
I forgot you had the V8. That's still a significant difference.For reference, my C5 allroad (a 2005 V8 model) weighs 4250 pounds. That's only a couple hundred pounds short of a RMW
Yeah, in my head I was figuring the Allroad weighed a little bit more than my sedan, which is like 3800 or something.The V6 only shaves 100 pounds, and the manual trans another 50 pounds. Those cars are downright portly despite their size.
Yeah, Audis don't tow much besides Ikea furniture.Half the towing capacity of a RMW, compromised front suspension geometry because of the variable ride height (there's almost no camber gain to prevent tire wear at different heights), and a maximum tire size of about 27.5" if you use spacers.
Maybe it's an autism thing, but I have not yet run into anything difficult. I find Audi to be really neat and organized and simple. Maybe the worst is yet to come.They're neat for the amount of engineering that went into them, but they're an enormous pain to work on.
We may have to disagree on this. You are right that having the engine in front of the front axle is hugely uncool.The quattro setup also means the entire engine sits in front of the wheels, which is NOT cool for ANY reason.
I'm starting to understand this. If you have badass tires, RWD with a posi will handle almost all weather conditions.Honestly, I think a properly-setup RMW with adequate winter tires would be more fun to drive in snow. I'd do it if it wasn't for all the salt out there. Even in winter, the Suburban is in 2wd over 90% of the time.
Is this somehow different than basic exhaust work?Only Audi I ever worked on was a 2008 A4 that I had to replace a catalytic converter. Farmed out that job real effin quick.
Can you tell me what is actually difficult on these cars? I've had them completely apart, except for the internals of the engine.I'm a VW/Audi master mechanic, Bosch certified. I probably would've farmed it out, too 🤣
That car has a lot of potential. But, being Audi's smallest model, I don't think weight reduction would be my primary focus. Crank the boost up and let 'er rip.My sister has a 2011 A3 TDI. It has had every single emissions component replaced under warranty more than once. I am ready for her to sell the car to me so I can make it lose weight. I would love that car tuned.
Those are all relatively easy things because you did complete assembles with the expectation that goes along with it. Try replacing ONE front lower control arm. Or ONE rear axle. Or try changing just the accessory belt. Or on a TDI with a longitudinal engine, try changing the tandem pump. Or a single PD injector. Or perhaps the brake master cylinder has gone bad? That's a fun one to change inside the plenum. Wanna bleed a new clutch slave cylinder? These are very basic maintenance items on most vehicles, but they require an almost complete teardown of the entire assembly to accomplish on an Audi, or some knuckle-busting arm acrobatics. It's infuriating.Can you tell me what is actually difficult on these cars? I've had them completely apart, except for the internals of the engine.
I've replaced a subframe, pulled a trans, taken all of the suspension apart, replaced the exhaust with aftermarket downpipes, etc.
See that's exactly what I'm referring to. Any single maintenance item that should be self evident turns into a complete system teardown. A common vehicle owner should not be expected to have remove the front bumper (which involves disconnecting the wet lines of the headlight washers) and slide the entire radiator support structure forward by 3" just to change a damn accessory belt. That's ludicrous. Not everyone is a master VW/Audi mechanic, and no-one should have to take half their drivetrain apart in the driveway just to get to the cat.@Caddylack To replace that cat you have to drop the subframe iirc. There was something about it was that so infuriating for such a small part with the whole reason being there is a strap to the transmission from the cat that you can't get a wrench on and you can't cut it (I think you are supposed to cut it or something) Anyway retarded.