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    Quote Originally Posted by Lew Barrett View Post
    I suspect you're talking about Doug DeMuro of Jalopnik?
    Sounds very familiar Another similar column I think is "Nice price or crack pipe?" A local S8 was featured in the column, looked great, great seats, custom exhaust, you name it, and the guy had converted it to a 6-speed stick! But it had a ***rebuilt title***. You just could not convince the guy that this subtracted a huge amount from the value and insurability, doesn't matter if it was just stripped and not wrecked (according to him). All the comments were the same, "Cool, a 6-speed S8! Ohhhh, rebuilt title. Crack pipe."
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    Speaking of which, here is your AWD shooting brake. A Ferrari FF it's not:

    http://jalopnik.com/for-7-000-this-s...shu-1791112269





    I don't know why, but this is making me laugh hysterically, harder than I have laughed in a long time. I think it's the absurd melding of the two distinctly different shapes. I don't know, but it's setting off the laugh trigger and I can't stop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lew Barrett View Post
    ...You can return the ECU to stock programming in the download so it would be undetected by the dealer. You can then reactivate it. Seeing as we're dealing with VW, that somehow seems kosher.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerarddm View Post
    IIRC the first Cannonball was won by a van, Moon Trash II. Gurney & Yates were way cooler and won in a Ferrari Daytona.
    I could be wrong, but I think Moon Trash II was used just to reconnoiter routes in advance of the race. They did a fast run, but with only that single vehicle.
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    Do these count:





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    Half a Beetle aft. Half a Beetle in front. This is what you get from miscegenation of the species. We should put one of those Beetle-wagons in touch with the SubaBeetle, find a teleportation device like from The Fly, and put things back into their proper places. It's not in the natural order of things. Like front-drive BMWs and Mercedes. None of this would be happening were it not for the war of northern aggression.
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    Quote Originally Posted by obscured by clouds View Post
    Do these count:





    Sure, though they might be problematic as everyday drivers.
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    One I just thought of. One of the 4 rings Audi uses - a Borgward Isabella. My folks had one when I was a kid. Further proof that my being odd is genetic...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    One I just thought of. One of the 4 rings Audi uses - a Borgward Isabella. My folks had one when I was a kid. Further proof that my being odd is genetic...

    Nein, nein, the four rings of Audi came from its predecessor, Auto Union, which consisted of Audi, Horch, DKW, and Wanderer, and they later absorbed NSU as well. Only Audi survives to this day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob (oh, THAT Bob) View Post
    Nein, nein, the four rings of Audi came from its predecessor, Auto Union, which consisted of Audi, Horch, DKW, and Wanderer, and they later absorbed NSU as well. Only Audi survives to this day.
    I sit corrected. Still was a car ahead of its time in many ways.
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    Rommel was fond of Horch autos. He was in one when it was strafed by an Allied fighter trying to get home for his wife's birthday, or so the popular story goes. There's a local museum that has a collection of automotive oddities that has anumber of DKWs and NSUs. The owner/curator has a thing for small European cars. I found his collection eclectic fun.

    We're liking the Alltrack very much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    I sit corrected. Still was a car ahead of its time in many ways.
    I'll have to look into them, I'm a recovering car head but had not heard of them. I know more about Audi/NSU because of direct experience. Let's not go into that, I'm having a good day.
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    I went out with a gal who had a 2 stroke DKW. Other than having to replace the rubber bands that linked the column shifter (OE - I kid you not) it was fairly reliable. She replaced it with a 1954 Chevy pickup. Not sure what that says about her. Or me...

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    A '64 Triumph 2000 wagon.

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    I'll post pics of my newly acquired A6 Avant soon. Meanwhile it turned out Rommel's car was shot up by the Tempest of Jacques Remlinger, best friend of Pierre Closterman who wrote the classic The Big Show.
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    Interesting tidbit there, Gerard. I'd do some photos but it's looks exactly like a blue VW wagon. Not much to see, but great to have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerarddm View Post
    I'll post pics of my newly acquired A6 Avant soon. Meanwhile it turned out Rommel's car was shot up by the Tempest of Jacques Remlinger, best friend of Pierre Closterman who wrote the classic The Big Show.
    There's a lot of claimants for that Horch / shootup of Rommel. Here's an interesting thread on it

    http://normandy.whitebeamimages.ie/f...ead.php?tid=67
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    Wow, Ian, that is endlessly fascinating. I stand corrected BTW; Remlinger was flying a Spit, not a Tempest.


    Lew, here is my A6 Avant:

    [IMG][/IMG]


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    I'd like this one if it didn't have expensive timing chain issues in its future; 2004 S4 Avant, 6 speed, 53k miles:





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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob (oh, THAT Bob) View Post
    Speaking of which, here is your AWD shooting brake. A Ferrari FF it's not:

    http://jalopnik.com/for-7-000-this-s...shu-1791112269





    I don't know why, but this is making me laugh hysterically, harder than I have laughed in a long time. I think it's the absurd melding of the two distinctly different shapes. I don't know, but it's setting off the laugh trigger and I can't stop.
    Did they keep both engines???

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    Quote Originally Posted by birlinn View Post
    Did they keep both engines???
    Yes they did. See link above photos.
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    In the early prototypes or renderings, they had replaced the rear fascia, losing the sad clown vents for horizontal slots, I thought it looked much better. In the front quarter shots, the hatch roof looks too sloped for me, not much gain in utility, but of course it is to match the front roofline, but in the rear quarter shots it looks ok. Perspective is everything, front is exaggerating the slope, rear is lessening it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob (oh, THAT Bob) View Post
    I'm disappointed Porsche didn't go for this in the recent refresh of the Panamera; concept Gran Turismo. Everything you want, Lew, and 1/3 the price of the Ferrari FF. (But 3x the price of a Camaro SB.) Choice of V8, V6, diesel powerplants, RWD or AWD. But they kept the jellybean fastback body I think this one looks better, has more crisp lines.
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    Speaking of Borgward.... this one is rather handsome, in my view

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob (oh, THAT Bob) View Post
    I'd like this one if it didn't have expensive timing chain issues in its future; 2004 S4 Avant, 6 speed, 53k miles:

    Timing belt - no? Around here the going price is about $900 - only a 100 or 2 more than the V6 & maybe 250 more than the 2.0 4 cyl..

    The big issue for me would be the gas mileage. What's it get? 15 on a good day going downhill @ 55? I had a 3.0 A4 sedan that wouldn't break 20MPG @ 65. Pitiful in this day & age.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob (oh, THAT Bob) View Post
    Speaking of which, here is your AWD shooting brake. A Ferrari FF it's not:

    http://jalopnik.com/for-7-000-this-s...shu-1791112269





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    I can't go through all 11 pages. Did the Callaway Aerowagen make this thread? Jay Leno just featured it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerarddm View Post
    Wow, Ian, that is endlessly fascinating. I stand corrected BTW; Remlinger was flying a Spit, not a Tempest.


    Lew, here is my A6 Avant:

    [IMG][/IMG]


    [IMG][/IMG]
    That's a nice looking ride, Gerard. Happy motoring!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Lesser View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lew Barrett View Post
    That's a nice looking ride, Gerard. Happy motoring!

    Bob, no Panamera in my future, but a real possibility for a 911. An itch I've been wanting to scratch.
    I've only driven a 911 for a short distance on the highway, a friend had one, I think a mid '80s natural. On the outside, sounded completely different from my 928 (expected, designs are like night and day). When driving, from the inside, just cruising at low power, sounded remarkably the same. Weird. I'm sure it would have sounded much different wound up, but it was not my car, and didn't have the later rear suspension which fixed the major handling ills. Technical presentation on the new 911 chassis ("993") by Porsche at 1994(?) SAE show:
    (audience member): "Can you comment on the rear suspension system versus the previous design?"
    (Porsche guy, heavy German accent): "It is better."

    Lew, looking at the newest 911, I could immediately see the difference in proportions. Wheelbase lengthened about 100mm, all in back. About time. Very close to Boxster/Cayman dimensions. Far less overhang. Getting closer to mid-engine than rear. But I think the best bargain now might be a Cayman GT4, half the price of a 911 GT3, not half the performance.

    For a much lower cost plaything, look for a used Boxster that has had the intermediate shaft service.
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    Cayman S has been a consideration on and off, Bob. Don't see the GT4 in my future, not many of those around and still pretty new.
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    ^ Ex-girlfriend has a Cayman. Pretty nice automobile, by golly.
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    I think the Cayman has elegance, something lacking in most of the boy-racer trend. Lew, what about the Toyota 86 twins? I haven't driven one but read good things, similar things that were said about the Miata when it came out; not the most powerful, but really fun to drive.

    I remember a Car Talk episode, a guy called in, he had won a used Boxster in a raffle, and was wondering whether to keep it or sell it. And they first went over the costs of keeping such a car, and advocated selling it. But then Ray said that he might also want to consider keeping it, and the guy asked why, and Ray said, "Uh... because it might change your life."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    Timing belt - no? Around here the going price is about $900 - only a 100 or 2 more than the V6 & maybe 250 more than the 2.0 4 cyl..

    The big issue for me would be the gas mileage. What's it get? 15 on a good day going downhill @ 55? I had a 3.0 A4 sedan that wouldn't break 20MPG @ 65. Pitiful in this day & age.
    No. The previous V8 had belts. That V8 went to chains, I don't think to improve maintenance costs, but because they needed to shorten the engine to shoehorn it into the A4 chassis. BUT (and there's always a but with Audi), they put the chains on the BACK OF THE BLOCK. Saves even more length, and hey, they're chains, they're not going to need service, right? Yeah. They do. Usually after the warranty, before 100k miles. Starts with a rattling sound. Engine out service. Parts and labor $8000. EIGHT GRAND. Might be done cheaper if done earlier and you can replace the chain tensioners without pulling the engine, not sure. There's a whole article about this on Jalopnik, how the author pined for a Nogaro Blue S4 Avant with a stick, found one and was going to dive in, and then he learned about this, and dodged a bullet. Really too bad, because they go typically with 100-150k miles for $10k, that one with 50k is going for $19k, but that's for a German rocket-wagon with AWD and hot-and-cold-running everything, leather, heated seats, you name it. But, like S8s going cheap just before or after warranty, there's a reason for that.

    And yeah, I heard that V8 was thirsty in the A8 and S8, but I don't drive that much. I would never get a A4 wagon, read about all kinds of problems on the turbo-4, plus other typical Audi things like switchgear. But lacking the timing chain issue, I might be tempted on the V8. They don't put the V8 in the S4 any more, probably never will again. To me, an S4-V8 is the German equivalent of an Hemi Dart. But handles better.
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