So this weekend we went car shopping. As usual, what we went looking for was not remotely what we drove back home.
Basically we went looking for a Subaru Outback or Forrester. But due to the recent snows, the local dealers were more or less out of stock of used ones, and we can’t afford a new one. So we looked at several options and finally the dealer manager came by and said “Are you dead set on Subaru? I’ve got a nice little Audi with all wheel drive out on the lot.”
Now I haven’t driven an Audi in a long time. But I had heard that the Quattro AWD system was comparable to Subaru’s, and some even ranked it higher. Since the primary purpose of the car shopping was to swap out a front wheel drive car for an all wheel drive, my wife and I looked at each other and said “OK.”
So he took us out and showed us this car.
It’s a 2003 Audi A4 with a 1.8 liter turbo engine and the Quattro AWD system. That photo is just a stock photo from off the web, but it’s the same color as the one we looked at.
So we drove it, taking it up the I-70 hill just west of Denver as you go into the mountains, and then back down a curvy road through the foothills.
I was very impressed with the car, but since this is to be the Cosmic wife’s primary car, I didn’t offer too much in the way of encouragement, wanting her to decide for herself if she liked it.
Well, she did, and we made the trade (as always with a little more on our side thrown in) and now we have the family car dilemma (three drivers and three cars) solved. For now.
I still need to deal with my own car, which all who know it affectionately call my “piece of crap.” But that will have to wait for another day.
For now I’m very pleased with the Audi, the AWD seems to be at least the equal of the Subaru system and the car is quite peppy and able to handle the hills around here with ease. Plus I think its sort of stylish.
I’ll be driving it this Friday at least.
Now I get to start plotting for MY next car. And what I want is a big-ass diesel pickup truck. Heh.