Well, what I like about this car is the fact that regardless of how many passengers, or cargo you stuff into it and regardless of what kind of road surface you drive it on it plain does not care! With...
Well, what I like about this car is the fact that regardless of how many passengers, or cargo you stuff into it and regardless of what kind of road surface you drive it on it plain does not care! With so much power under the hood and all-wheel-drive, and adjustable ground clearance you can zoom alone on a wet twisty mountain road, or haul 5 adults with tons of luggage in the trunk and skies/bicycles/canoes/you-name-it on the roof rack in comfort at 80 miles per hour on a dry interstate, or at 50 miles per hour in blizzard, or at 30 miles per hour on a dirt road – you would not notice too much of a difference. . . It drives like a nice sports sedan and has cargo capacity of a mid-size SUV , it is a pleasure to look at, it has nice interior, it is not afraid of deep snow, or icy roads and it can smoke a Mustang from a stand still. I really enjoy seeing expressions on the faces of those ricey car drivers when they can’t keep up with me. Priceless!
But… it is a commitment to own an allroad. It eats rubber and front brake rotors like a blind horse. Really, due to adjustable suspension tires have to be replaced every 15,000 – 20,000 miles. OEM front rotors warp every 25,000 – 30,000 miles. 2.7L turbo engines leak oil, have to have turbo’s replaced every 60,000 miles. 4.2L V8 engines, although immensely fun to drive, start consuming oil after 60, 000 miles ( you should expect to add a quart every 1,500 – 2,000 miles and no one would be able to explain to you where it goes, trust me) . Air springs in front suspension don’t last over 40,000 miles, rear air springs are good for 70,000 – 80,000 miles. Torque converters in 2004 and 2005 models fail due to a manufacturer defect. Infamous ignition coils gave everyone grief until after denying it for 6 years Audi started replacing them on all cars.
Despite all above the car is turning into cult classic and has strong fan base. Because if you have driven one, it is very hard to switch to something else. I know, - I’ve had a 4.2L for 70,000 miles and I smile every time I hear sound of it exhaust under full throttle… ¿
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