My New "Old" Ride
It's a well thought of car. Probably over-engineered, just like the Mercedes Benz W124 generation.
A little wobbly at first, but nothing more than replacing the shock absorbers and tires and completed with a indispensable wheel alignment and balancing. She ploughs through the freeways now. The ride is a tad bit bumpy; can't help it with the 215/40/18 profile, but she's much stiffer now after implementing the pair of Eibach Prokit springs in the front. Then again, nothing unusual to me since my Proton Waja had a similar feel. I kinda like a stiffer ride somehow. It's a more planted feel on the road, especially as she roars through corners effortlessly.
A few things about this automotive marvel in the 90's which really tickled my fancy:-
- The center console comes with an ergonomically placed and adjustable armrest, making driving a pleasure when I can rest my left arm firmly on the plush leather.
- Leather seats!
- The delivery of power thanks to the light-pressured turbine is useful for getting out of tight situations or beating the lights before they turn!
- It doesn't guzzle fuel. I get about 420 kilos on a full tank (before reaching the reserve tank) and roughly about 18 cents to a kilometer on RON 95 gas!
- The ride is silent and comfortable, even for a 2001 manufactured car!
- The multi-display in the dash at a glance tells you the fundamental readings like fuel/100km, engine temp and oil temp. Not to mention the volt meter which most cars I've driven lacks.
- It's a 5-speed automatic transmission which shifts quite seamlessly. The fuzzy logic systems ensure that descends are controlled and acceleration comes in a jiffy!
- The adaptive or variable sensitivity steering instill confidence in any driving condition or speeds.
- The climate control air-conditioning is remarkably adaptive and keeps the cabin cool enough for me in this hot and humid country
- The 90's look of the exterior and interior of the car. Never loses it's appeal.
The Audi is in between the choices of cars which I had in my mind. I was torn between a used 2.0 litre car Japanese car for a little bit more kick whilst running it on a budget and newer continental cars which are renowned for their safety and handling but costs significantly more. Looks like this one came in between. I am contented!
The car is going in for a full check-up on Saturday. Lest I am a bum, I will continue the efforts David expanded to maintain the Audi to make sure she's in tip-top condition!