Hello to all. First post and would like some opinions please .
I'm currently driving an '03 Impreza turbo with a Prodrive pack. I've been using it to tow a car trailer for a short while and although it pulls ok once it has got going, I don't really think it's the best car for this kind of work. It takes a bit of effort to get it off the line being that the turbo doesn't kick in until around 3,000rpm. It's also a saloon so isn't quite as practical as it could be.
So I'm looking at various other stuff and fairly high up my list is a 3.0 TDi A4 Avant (I'm buying used). The torque curve looks pretty good for towing and with a remap I'm thinking it'll maybe get close enough to the performance of the impreza such that I don't miss it too much. As this is going to be my daily driver I'm trying to establish whether I'll get along with it or not given what I'm used to. I haven't driven one yet but have been to look at a couple and I rather like the styling - sort of surprised myself a bit tbh.
Has anyone ever moved from a turbo-nutter car like mine to an Avant 3.0TDi or something similar? If so, how was it? With the Audi being a bigger car I know it won't be quite as chuckable as the Impreza but I guess I'm going to have to live with that if I want something more suitable for towing.
I notice there are two engines - the earlier 201bhp and the later 229bhp. It looks like after a remap they can both deliver similar output (using superchips info, which I know is subjective). Is it worth holding out for the 229bhp version or given that I'm going to have it mapped, should I just not bother about that?
What's the feeling on leather versus alcantara with respect to resale? Spotted a rather nice looking one with alcantara which I rather like but I wondered if it is generally disliked.
What is the depreciation like on the bigger engined cars? I always expect to take a hit on a car but just like to know what I'm getting into.
Any pearls of wisdom around all this stuff most appreciated.