Originally Posted by Bmwstylz
I can pickup a 94 Camaro SS with LT1 - 6 speed for a great price. any experience here? I know its a big heavy balloon that doesn handle but aside form that 275 hp is fun as hell. I have heard the LT1 is bulletproof . Any comments?
Secondly - I am interested in buying an Audi A4 . Probably a 1.8 T so I can chip it up. Anybody have experience with this or can recommend some good Audi A4 forums?
third - I still love BMWs just looking for something new !
Re the Audi...
Some parts from the above link...
*...Consumer Reports has included the 1996-2001 Audi A4 1.8T on its list of used vehicles to avoid, principally because of a worse than average record with respect to engine repairs, but engine cooling, electrical and brake problems also caused concern...*
*...A problem with tie rod seals - dirt and moisture could get in causing excessive wear and eventually a very loose steering feel - led Audi to check all A4s for the condition and to recall some vehicles for replacement of tie rods...*
*... Audi has also experienced problems with oil sludge build-up in the 1.8T four-cylinder...Sludge build-up, which manufacturers say is caused by the use of improper engine oil and poor adherence to recommended oil change intervals, could lead to damage of the engine's internal parts. Audi issued technical service bulletins on this problem and has extended the warranty to eight years with unlimited mileage on the 1.8T engine for all Audi A4s built between 1997 and 2004. The extended warranty is transferable. Owners who have experienced engine damage and paid for repairs can request reimbursement for those repairs provided they can prove the appropriate oil was used and changed at the intervals recommended in the owner's manual...*
Upper control arms are another item which have been known to fail frequently on the older A4's.
Braking is a huge problem on the A4's as well...
Lots of people reporting braking problems on the NHTSA web site. Apparently, it has to do with water getting in between the pads, and discs resulting in extraordinarily long braking distances, and in some cases serious crashes.
And, as usual with European cars, watch out for screwed-up electrics/electronics; probably worse in that department than the BMW's.
Other than that, a decent car, particularly in the snow.
Oh, don't even think about chipping or doing any of that nonsense on the Audi if it has a warranty. Audi/VW of Canada will pull the plug on your warranty before you can say, *Chip? What chip?*.
Then, you're fooked BIG time!!!
For Audi forum, try the www.audiworld.com
Helluva performance machine!
Crude, no doubt, but it goes like the proverbial stink. You'll be munching on M3's and other riff-raff regularly if you get the SS. They also have a sweet engine roar - a roar only an American-built V8 can make.
Yes, yes, the Camaro was made in Quebec, but the engineering is all Yank.
Keep in mind, the Camaro is a death trap in the snow, and the Quattro is nothing but a burden on dry roads.