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Audi S3 vs Golf 2.8 4 Motion vs WRX Wagon
« on: October 20, 2006, 12:04:36 am »
I have been reading the topic on "S3 vs Golf R32" with interest and have been considering either a S3, Golf 2.8 4 Motion or WRX Wagon.  I personally prefer the look of the Audi and my current daily driver is an Audi A6 front wheel drive - the Subaru is included as its half the price!  My main requirements are AWD and manual with the intention to take it up the ski field next season rather than hitch a lift in a mates Subaru.  I have also considered the newer A4 1.8QT and older S4, which might overall be a better choice if I take the kids up when they get older !  What are your thoughts ?

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Re: Audi S3 vs Golf 2.8 4 Motion vs WRX Wagon
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2006, 12:17:01 am »
why not an EVO if you're thinking of a WRX ?
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Re: Audi S3 vs Golf 2.8 4 Motion vs WRX Wagon
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2006, 12:37:43 am »
If you're considering Jappas then how about a 99+ Legacy GT-B, they are excellent cars for the $ and look way better than WRXs. ;D
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Re: Audi S3 vs Golf 2.8 4 Motion vs WRX Wagon
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2006, 07:59:03 am »
There's a V6 4Mo Golf on TradeMe at the moment. And its a good price too

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Trade-Me-Motors/Cars/Volkswagen/auction-74334195.htm

That would be my personally preference...without trying to be biased  :laugh:

I think the Golf has the better interior out of the 3, and you can't beat the sound or the feel of a smooth 6 cylinder engine over a turbo car. Golf is also a 5 dr hatch over the 3dr S3
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Re: Audi S3 vs Golf 2.8 4 Motion vs WRX Wagon
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2006, 08:03:36 am »
or even a caldina GTT
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Re: Audi S3 vs Golf 2.8 4 Motion vs WRX Wagon
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2006, 08:42:26 am »
Quattro is a Far better AWD System than haldex

Quattro (Mechanical)
Haldex (Electronically Controlled)

If your looking for a AWD car for Mountain

You would be better off Buying a A4 S4 (these have Quattro)

S3's V6 4 Motions have a crappy electronic controller for haldex in comparison with the Haldex controller in the R32s

Subarus have a Reasonable 4WD system

but subaru and parts are worse than Audis and Parts

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Re: Audi S3 vs Golf 2.8 4 Motion vs WRX Wagon
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2006, 10:45:20 am »
go the S4. i am also biased, but that's what i'd do.
depends on how much money you want to spend.
legacys are cheaper and a lot of car for that money (rsk b4's are pretty nice and decent $)
or even a gtr skyline has a good awd system, but you get tarred with the boy racer brush pretty quickly)
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Re: Audi S3 vs Golf 2.8 4 Motion vs WRX Wagon
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2006, 11:00:49 am »
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Re: Audi S3 vs Golf 2.8 4 Motion vs WRX Wagon
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2006, 08:50:47 pm »
Thanks for the responses.  I think the Legacy GTB would be better proposition than the WRX, unfortunately I had a RSB facelift many years ago and was pretty unimpressed with the hole in responsiveness between the twin turbos.   That said, I have heard that the 99+ Legacy GTB Twin Turbo performs much better and is fairly cheap to purchase.

I quite like the S4, but I have heard that they are really expensive to maintain - even more than the 4.2 V8 ?  Also, there appears to be more interior space in the newer A4 over the old S4, although the S4 is a bit more special that the standard A4 Turbo.  I presume that that performance of the GTB is similar to the S4?
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Re: Audi S3 vs Golf 2.8 4 Motion vs WRX Wagon
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2006, 09:41:03 pm »
buy a S4 b5 you will fall in love again , then chip it
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Re: Audi S3 vs Golf 2.8 4 Motion vs WRX Wagon
« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2006, 08:00:18 am »
There's a V6 4Mo Golf on TradeMe at the moment. And its a good price too

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Trade-Me-Motors/Cars/Volkswagen/auction-74334195.htm

That would be my personally preference...without trying to be biased  :laugh:

I think the Golf has the better interior out of the 3, and you can't beat the sound or the feel of a smooth 6 cylinder engine over a turbo car. Golf is also a 5 dr hatch over the 3dr S3



I agree about the 4m being the pick of the three and this is a nice example but may be a little over priced. I've seen them going for under 25k. 
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Re: Audi S3 vs Golf 2.8 4 Motion vs WRX Wagon
« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2006, 08:26:36 am »


I agree about the 4m being the pick of the three and this is a nice example but may be a little over priced. I've seen them going for under 25k. 

Not with 26000 k's on the clock

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Re: Audi S3 vs Golf 2.8 4 Motion vs WRX Wagon
« Reply #12 on: October 21, 2006, 02:33:01 pm »


I quite like the S4, but I have heard that they are really expensive to maintain - even more than the 4.2 V8 ? 

  I presume that that performance of the GTB is similar to the S4?

i don't think it's anymore expensive to maintain than the V8, but i guess it really depends on who you get to maintain it.

as for similar performance, the GTB is not quite up with the S4 even though it has similar power figures. from memory the 0-100 of the legacy is low 6's and the S4 is ~5.7 (not that it's a tell all statistic.)
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Re: Audi S3 vs Golf 2.8 4 Motion vs WRX Wagon
« Reply #13 on: October 21, 2006, 02:43:37 pm »
Do NOT buy a 2.8 4Motion Golf before an S3 - it feels like a slug - seriously. It is totally different to an R32.

And, Anton, I have driven both Haldex AND quattro and do not agree with you that Quattro is WAY better than Haldex.

The torsen (=quattro in A4 and 4Motion in Passat) is mechanical and has an instantaneous response and a huge reliability record and splits up to 70/30 either end.

The Haldex (=quattro in the S3 and 4Motion in the Golf/R32) is electronic controlled hydraulically actuated multiplate clutch, responds in 15degrees of wheel rotation (=PDQ) and can transmit up to 100/0 either end. It defaults to FWD when driving with no slip between front and rear. But under acceleration and turning there is slip between the axles (it is incredibly sensitive to this) and AWD is activated. It is uncoupled under braking. It hasn't got the reliability record of the torsen but has the advantage of being tunable - there are aftermarket kits that change the torque splitting algorithms.

In really tight conditions the Haldex is very competent and you can feel the car changing to predominantly RWD at times. It is a superb system which is repeatedly slagged off at by AWD purists who regard it as a poor man's AWD - it is NOT!

BTW - I drive a torsen quattro now  ;D ;D

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Re: Audi S3 vs Golf 2.8 4 Motion vs WRX Wagon
« Reply #14 on: October 21, 2006, 03:39:02 pm »
Thanks for the responses.  I think the Legacy GTB would be better proposition than the WRX, unfortunately I had a RSB facelift many years ago and was pretty unimpressed with the hole in responsiveness between the twin turbos.   That said, I have heard that the 99+ Legacy GTB Twin Turbo performs much better and is fairly cheap to purchase.

I quite like the S4, but I have heard that they are really expensive to maintain - even more than the 4.2 V8 ?  Also, there appears to be more interior space in the newer A4 over the old S4, although the S4 is a bit more special that the standard A4 Turbo.  I presume that that performance of the GTB is similar to the S4?

I have a 96 GTB and a 99 B4 RSK, they perform the same, same flat spot between the turbo's and same expensive running costs, though if your considering running a Euro in NZ I guess the running costs are not so much of an issue.  Every Subaru mechanic I have spoken to says avoid all twin turbo subs and that the single turbo cars are way more reliable and cheaper to run. 
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Re: Audi S3 vs Golf 2.8 4 Motion vs WRX Wagon
« Reply #15 on: October 21, 2006, 10:21:58 pm »
My mate had a 96 RS that had done 200,000kms and still went really well. He had the drive belts, cambelt, idlers and tensioners replaced for just over $600 at the Palmfield Motors Subaru in Palmerston North - I thought that was pretty cheap!

Anyway he sold the RS and now has a 99 GTB Manual (206kW), which I think for the money is an unbeatable car.
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Re: Audi S3 vs Golf 2.8 4 Motion vs WRX Wagon
« Reply #16 on: October 22, 2006, 07:43:26 am »
I agree, for the money GTB's are awesome cars, they are cheap to buy, but not cheap to insure,etch
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Re: Audi S3 vs Golf 2.8 4 Motion vs WRX Wagon
« Reply #17 on: October 22, 2006, 09:21:24 am »
I agree, for the money GTB's are awesome cars, they are cheap to buy, but not cheap to insure,etch

I would think the GTB would be cheaper to fix if it breaks too.

Personally, if i wanted a hack, I would go the GTB Legacy. If I wanted a cheap fast car, go the WRX or STI, if you want affordable style, go the Golf, and if you like Parnell girls, go the Audi's. Any of the Audis, get an aftermarket insurance warranty for it. Even little failues can cost allot. This way your running costs (via breakages) will be similar, no matter the age of the car.

Personally I went for the old and more unique car when I purchased my 01 RS4 v's a 04 S4. Still think it was the right call. The only niggle i have in the back of my head is that I know the newer cars are better in big crashes, as opposed to the older ones. The solution ? Make more commission !! and stop the women bleeding the bank account at the other end :)  (she is actually pretty good).



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Re: Audi S3 vs Golf 2.8 4 Motion vs WRX Wagon
« Reply #18 on: October 22, 2006, 02:07:59 pm »
we went through nearly $4k on repairs/servicing within less than 12 months on the 96 GTB, that was without any gearbox or turbo trouble, but did include $2k for the 100k service which ran to several pages on the invoice.  I don't rate that as particularly cheap, but I suppose you don't do the 100k service very often :)
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Re: Audi S3 vs Golf 2.8 4 Motion vs WRX Wagon
« Reply #19 on: October 22, 2006, 03:08:25 pm »
Also I would never get another performance subaru. Having 1 stolen and the other broken into 3 times gets old real quick.  :)