What you erring towards?
I've been certainly looking - I was thinking of an A4 but not too keen on the looks just yet, though the sline may make a difference,
Recently I was considering another A3 but honestly don't believe mine is a one off, particuarly with regards to the steering racks and overall niggles (DPF, electric windows etc etc)
I may look at a 3 series or possibly at a push a volvo S40
The really difficult part is the DSG box which 90% of the time suits me perfectly, I wonder what the BMW DSG style box is like............
Don't know if BMW's DSG-style box will be available on mainstream models in your timeframe.
New Volvo S40 due out later this year/early next (photo below).
Based on the new Mondeo, so you know it's going to drive well.
Firstly, it's expensive to buy (thousands more than the 2.0)
Secondly, it's Co2 is high (176 g/km), meaning you pay a load more BIK tax.
They need a high bhp (at least 180bhp), low Co2 diesel that fits into the 18% BIK bracket, just to compete with current competition, never mind beat off future competition.
Never been bothered by company car tax but I see your point. Perhaps he needs to buy a BMW. It is after all the most popular company car maker.
No doubt the A4 will end up with the same new 170PS 2.0TDI common-rail Audi will be putting in the A3 from September but I'm sure not every company car driver wants lots of power anyway.
Certainly in Germany I saw more A4s on the road as BMW 3-series.
Agreed Mini interiors are pants. My Mrs had one while I owned a golf iv and the difference was huge
Im sorry, but that Volvo is Fugly :lmfao:
I sat in one of the new clio cup things the other day. Not sure what the model is, the light wiehgt one with lots of stuff removed although you can add them as an option. The quality of the plastics used for the dash and switch gear was pretty spot on.
well my old 1998 A3 has 109K on the clock and since I have had it for the last 5 years it has needed
n/s & o/s front wishbone rear bushes
pads & discs all round
2 hazard warning switches
n/s rear flexi hose (was leaking at caliper connection)
Did timing belt, water pump & tensioner replacing all 3 as a precaution
On the whole, I feel it has been a very reliable car. I hope my 2.0 FSI will be as good.
Bacardi, is it possible that your hub had been damaged on your car? We have had wheelbearings so badly roasted on they have almost welded to the hub and to remove them damages the hub housing.