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Is Audi a wide-boy brand now ?

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Amchlolor, Jun 29, 2007.

  1. EAGLE79
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    [Jul 2, 2007]
    I know its not yours and its a company car (so attention was being paid), give it back, opt out if its that bad. If its that unbearable, by the sounds of it your company is torturing you! LOL

    Silver it may have been in jest, I don't disagree and whether in your post your supposed to be quoting me or just informing that what I said was mindless ******** i do not know but it seems the trend on this site to call everyone a chav at any opportunity.... why?

    New word that some of the older members have discovered?

    But a side from all this we are drifting off the point of the thread from Bowfer.
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    Couldn't agree more, and some of the posts on here recently tend to confirm it. I'm glad I got out when I did.
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    Yes, but you haven't left yet...lol
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    Why the hell would you do that? I used to work for Jaq and they are bags of sh*te! X-Type is a Mondeo in a dress with **** lazy engines. S-Type is fairly nice but fairly dull to drive (with the exception of the 4.2R). The new XK/R looks excellent but was built on a tight budget and there's nothing new in/on it, it drives well but for a 'supercar' there's too much borrowed bits on it... ARPS in the convertible have huge Ford badges all over them (not that you can see them unless you pull the rear seats away) and the headlight control units (I think they are anyway) have landrover badges on them which you can clearly see if you lift the bonnet, the indicator stalks are lifted straight from a S-Type, as are the mirrors, the window/mirror controls are from a Volvo... I could go on, and on, and on!!
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    Didn't say they were any good. We're talking about classy image and jags aren't exactly boy racer. Or get a volvo.
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  6. Amchlolor
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    [Jul 3, 2007]
    Yet Jag consistently finish higher up reliability and customer satisfaction surveys than Audi and the X-type is often reported as more refined and a better handling car than the A4.
    So what do you believe ?
    As for it being an "X-type in a dress",that sort of thing can be levelled at the A3 too,can't it ?
    Isn't it just a Golf in a dress ?
    I'm not vehemently supporting Jag,just pointing out the apparent contradictions in your argument against them.

    I suppose it's true that every make and model of car can be 'pimped up',but my point is that Audi seem to be making it very easy for people these days.
    Time was dark windows and bodykits would have had the Audi dealer pointing people towards Halfords.
    Now they just refer them to the options list.
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    [Jul 3, 2007]
    Isnt this the same with all marques though?

    IMO lately Jags seem to be looking more and more "blinged" up...
    [​IMG]

    the current saab, not exactly suble or understated
    [​IMG]
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  8. Amchlolor
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    You're right in that 'bling' is the eye of the beholder,Silver75.
    I would argue you're far less likely to see a Jag or Saab blinged up as much as you do Audis these days though.
    Look at the threads on here.
    Every other one is 'Milltek' this and that.
    I mean,making a car louder either for the sake of it or for some negligible increase in power...what the feck is that all about ???
    I would doubt Jag or Saab owners are as keen on making their cars louder.
    It would appear Audi's customer base,or certainly the A3 customer base,is becoming younger,which will inevitably mean exhausts/spoilers/black glass etc.
    I'm not old,but I'm way past all that ****.
    If that's the way the brand is going,I for one don't like it.
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    [Jul 3, 2007]
    I wouldn't take it out on the marque really, its not their fault. They're just cashing in while they can. If theres a demand, they'd be fools not to supply.

    Everybody wants to be different though, despite some being hopelessly bad at going about it. Some think that burying a car in fibreglass and plastic accoutrements is an acceptable form of individualism. Others see it as a public display of your ASBO and poor taste.

    Each to their own really.
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    You're right in that they're getting younger, and younger guys still have an attraction towards big exhausts and massive alloys. Most manufaturers are following the trend though, not just audi. Fitting big alloys with low profiles is standard for most performance prestige cars. All Saabs have hidded exhausts apart from the Aeros. BMW and Merc top of the range cars have quad pipes and 19" wheels at least.

    Audi seem to attract more of the man racer types because they are better value for money. I earn more than I used to and wanted a bmw but for the equivilant performance I'd pay an extra £5k (before the 1 series came out anyway). And Audis look good too.

    Bedford seems to have a growing number of modded first gen A4s, and one or two actually look good with their subtle mods. The rest are dog ****. And people generally stay with the same brand if they're happy with it don't they? I picked mine over the GTI due to 4wd but now I'm very happy with the car and the status I want to move up in the Audi range rather than move elsewhere. And these guys with the modded A4s when they get some money (by remortgaging no doubt) decide to splash out on an RS4 or Q7.

    I'm afraid Bowfer it's only going to get worse.

    PS guys if you're about to order a new car read a book called The End Of Oil by Paul Roberts. It's made me think twice.
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    I just pop in now and again to gloat ;)
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    No offence,but it can't have made you think that hard,given that you've chosen a petrol motor and then chipped it !

    Without wishing to deviate from the thread too much,feck all is going to change the habits of the car-buying public until legislation forces it.
    I'm not going to go out and be one of the handful to buy a Prius-type vehicle now,but if legislation forced me into one it wouldn't bother me that much.
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    [Jul 3, 2007]
    Morgan ? :think:
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    Anyway, I for one chose the S-Line precisely for its looks, had it not looked so good I'd still be in a Golf but then again Golfs have become a bit boring looking now
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    [Jul 3, 2007]

    he said decent...
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    AHve you seen the aero8? Yuk!
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    Bowfer sometimes you're too quick to speculate. I only bought the book a week ago and haven't actually finished it. And I get tax free fuel in germany anyway so it's not as much of an issue for me as it would be to you guys.

    I was refering to my next purchase anyway. And it has made me think twice. I thought about getting a smaller car with a diesel and then decided I would do that later on when fuel costs get too high. Like you if legislation forces me to change then I will accept it.
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    [Jul 3, 2007]
    That's not a proper Morgan that's an overgrown Elise with an M5 engine shoehorned in.......& looks like it's been poked in the face
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    [Jul 3, 2007]
    You only have to look at the type of people who buy Jags to figure why they rate their cars so highly...(just as you so nicely stereotype the latest generation of Audi owners, the same could be said for Jag).

    I have used Jags, and particularly the X-type of late, and long gone are the days of the good 'uns like the XJ6 of the early 90's..x-types are the single worst quality executive type car I have driven for a long time, it seems like everything in them is designed to break...

    As for the Mondeo in a dress/ Golf in a dress...I know which one I would have every time...beter to have a car based on something good than one based on ***** IMHO
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    The Mondeo is a good car though? It deffinitley handles better than an Audi :shrug:
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    [Jul 4, 2007]
    That's what I was thinking too !
    The Ford Tdci is considerably quieter than the 140tdi too (can't comment on the 170,never heard one)
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    I really like the ST version of the Mondeo, looks good (for now). I might get a sut chucker next, the joys of driving fast are few and far between and my general drive every day is a commute.

    Anyway to add to OP, what brands don't have a chav following other than the top marques?
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    [Jul 4, 2007]
    That's a good point.
    I dare say you'll always find examples of 'chavved up' cars for any make,including Rolls Royce.
    You can minimise the risk though.
    Looking at cars within the same price bracket as the A3 sportback,you're far less likely to see dark windows/big exhausts on the following.

    Saab 9-3
    Jag X-type
    Alfa 159
    Honda Accord (the 2008 one looks interesting)
    Volvo S40/V50
    Merc B or C class

    Whether you like any of them is a whole other argument though !
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    Funnily enough I took a mate to Saab MK because he was interested in a 9-3 convertible. Looking at them all there he decided if he was going to get one it'd have to have the sports kit fitted. Consisting off? Yes you guessed it...front bib, side skirts and boot spoiler! lol

    He's decided on an R32 now.

    While we were at saab the salesman told us about a woman who has ordered a 9-3 convertible aero with the V6 engine and their version of a sports upgrade kit (can't remember the name of the company) so it'll have sports suspension and brakes and 275bhp! BUT, it'll be delivered next week so it'll be FWD and it costs...£45k!
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    [Jul 4, 2007]
    Viggen was it?
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    I wonder if she'll be straight onto a Saab forum,asking if she can get a Milltek for it...

    ;-)
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    Sorry if the conversation has moved on a little... haven't been online for a bit!

    Those surveys were obviously never carried out at the place I used to work then!! Reliability is a joke and Jag customers are never, ever satisfied... with anything! :) Yes, the X-Type is more refined, if you think you're buying into some sort of Jaguar heritage but its all smoke and mirrors! Like I said, the engines are lazy (probably to give the air of refinement) with the diesels sounding like they've been stolen from tractors plus the spec of some models is truly awful and the interiors are not bad but they are absolutely nothing special.

    As for the handling its not bad but its certainly nothing special. Unfortunately can't compare it to my A4 as the garage where I bought my A4 from decided to take off the lowering springs and put on (what I am convinced are) A4 Allroad springs, so the handling is a bit rubbish! At least they gave me the lowering springs when I bought it... just gotta find the time to put them back on!


    Yeah, I guess but at least the A3 is a Golf in a minidress at a swanky nightclub whereas the X-Type is a Mondeo in a ballgown at a working mens club!

    Same with Jag, like Audi, they are just supplying what is being demanded and at the end of the day its not their fault, they are just making a few extra quids for themselves rather than sending customers off to Halfords.
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    You're having a laugh!! I've seen more X-Types with body kits (admittedly most factory (still look sh*te) but some not) with big exhausts, stupid wheels and blacked out windows than I care to imagine! One person even went to the lengths of sticking the official Jag "R" badges on an bodykitted, lowered and blacked out windows X-Type 3.0 ... Jaq have never made an X-Type R!!!
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    mate, no matter which dealer you work for you will always have customers coming in with various issues.
    Lexus (Lexii?? :think::) ) are reliable cars but it doesnt mean their dealers will be sat with their feet up all day...
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    That is an American market X-Type though which does explain a lot... the yanks love their shiny stuff!
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    I haven't seen one black window/big exhaust x-type up here.
    All seem to be owned by more mature drivers,but not necessarily old.
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    Nope, think it started with an H
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    You're lucky then... Stoke and the surrounding area's has more than its fair shair I guess! I think the 'not necessarily old but mature' thing may be because a lot of X-Types these days seem to be fleet/company vehicles.

    Jag too have seen the power of 'bling'...
    [​IMG]
    Though I have to say I do really like this from the outside however the interior is a bit of a let down.
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    :thumbsup:
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    I love the wheels. As I've said elsewhere I'm a big fan of 5 spokers and, dare I say it without encountering the wrath of the taste police on this site, would love a set on my A4!!
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    I like that Jag,apart from the chrome vent on the side.
    I think it looks classy.
    It's hardly likely to attract the Milltek-heroes.
    It'll waft by you,not RRRRRRRRRRAAAAAASP by you in a riot of "LOOOOOK AT MEEEEEEE" noise.
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    Yep, certainly looks like an old man's car alright...should be perfect for you...although I am sure that if any poor sole on here dared to put those wheels on an A3 for example, you would brand him a chav...

    I love hypocracy...
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    Hirsch?
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    Had one delivered to the stealership without any exhausts on!! Unsilenced V8 sounded fantastic when revved and had a lovely put-put-put-put when idling! That certainly got a bit of attention!
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    Hey,if not wanting to be anti-social or attention-seeking makes me an old man,so be it !

    Talking of hypocrisy,I often have a wee laugh at the fact that these Milltek knobbers will,one day,curse the twat driving past their house with the noisy exhaust.
    It will happen,I guarantee it.
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