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First winter with my Audi A4 Quattro #4637126
01/16/18 08:36 PM
01/16/18 08:36 PM
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USA
dbias Offline OP
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Mother Nature piled another 6 to 8 inches on top of the ice and couple inches from a couple days ago and needless to say I'm very impressed with the traction of the Quattro AWD system. The only other 4 wheel drive vehicles I've ever had where 4x4 pickup trucks and of course the weakness there was the lightness in the rear end unless loaded with something.
I debated on getting another set of wheels and snow tires for the A4 but didnt and just decided to try the P7+ that came on the car and they seem to do very well. Acceleration is unbeatable on the flat or uphill, but as always its the stopping and cornering where it can get dicey but still way better than any sedan Ive owned.


2011 VW JETTA Castrol Edge 0W-40
2012 FORD TRANSIT CONNECT Castrol Edge 5W-20
2016 HONDA CIVIC COUPE Castrol Edge 0W-20
2017 AUDI A4 Ravenol SSL 0W-40
Re: First winter with my Audi A4 Quattro [Re: dbias] #4637150
01/16/18 08:59 PM
01/16/18 08:59 PM
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North Carolina
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North Carolina
Sounds like fun. Enjoy.


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Re: First winter with my Audi A4 Quattro [Re: dbias] #4637151
01/16/18 08:59 PM
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MTL, CANADA
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MTL, CANADA
You didn't spot any Subaru's? LOL


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Re: First winter with my Audi A4 Quattro [Re: Rolla07] #4637160
01/16/18 09:10 PM
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USA
dbias Offline OP
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Actually besides the Jeeps who where all going to fast i saw several Subarus and a few Suburbans and other assorted 4x4s. Unfortunately I-64 Btwn Huntington and Charleston was shut down most of the day due to several wrecks, one involving a fatality ( ran into a semi that had pulled over ) so traffic today was horrendous.


2011 VW JETTA Castrol Edge 0W-40
2012 FORD TRANSIT CONNECT Castrol Edge 5W-20
2016 HONDA CIVIC COUPE Castrol Edge 0W-20
2017 AUDI A4 Ravenol SSL 0W-40
Re: First winter with my Audi A4 Quattro [Re: dbias] #4637170
01/16/18 09:19 PM
01/16/18 09:19 PM
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Soviet State of Washington
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Soviet State of Washington
It has been said many times but if the driver can not adapt to the conditions then AWD is of no use.

I have always had one 4wd vehicle in the garage. Right now itís just the Mazda. The awd is very useful for getting around in winter conditions but also extremely helpful in avoiding those who cannot drive in the stuff.


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Re: First winter with my Audi A4 Quattro [Re: dbias] #4637179
01/16/18 09:26 PM
01/16/18 09:26 PM
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WI
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I'd never be without AWD or 4WD for winter...yeah FWD can do well but 4WD or AWD really makes easy work of snow. I know people survived just fine without it before it became mainstream, but people also survived without indoor plumbing...I'll take indoor plumbing and 4WD and AWD!

Last edited by HoosierJeeper; 01/16/18 09:33 PM.

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Re: First winter with my Audi A4 Quattro [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4637220
01/16/18 10:13 PM
01/16/18 10:13 PM
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Soviet State of Washington
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Originally Posted By: HoosierJeeper
I'd never be without AWD or 4WD for winter...yeah FWD can do well but 4WD or AWD really makes easy work of snow. I know people survived just fine without it before it became mainstream, but people also survived without indoor plumbing...I'll take indoor plumbing and 4WD and AWD!



Right on. Iíve used my 4wd to help people out like taking coworkers home when they were scared to drive. On one instance one of my elderly neighbors at the time desperately needed to get his prescription medicine. I was able to get that for them.

Itís like owning a fire extinguisher. They are piece of mind in case a fire happens in your home but also can help someone else when fire strikes their place.


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Re: First winter with my Audi A4 Quattro [Re: dbias] #4637273
01/16/18 11:23 PM
01/16/18 11:23 PM
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Long Island,nassau county NY
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Long Island,nassau county NY
Fwd with snow tires never let me down. Snows enough I have the luxury of staying home until the plows clean up.


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Re: First winter with my Audi A4 Quattro [Re: dbias] #4637314
01/17/18 03:34 AM
01/17/18 03:34 AM
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Md, USA
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Md, USA
I had an '02 Audi A4, yes, great in the snow. Like it was on rails.


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Re: First winter with my Audi A4 Quattro [Re: dbias] #4637321
01/17/18 04:13 AM
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New England
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New England
IMHO Audi and Subaru still make best AWD out there. Both car makers core design of company and 35 years+ of experience in AWD shows.

With crossover craze it definitely has gotten so much better though in AWD.

Re: First winter with my Audi A4 Quattro [Re: dbias] #4637340
01/17/18 05:38 AM
01/17/18 05:38 AM
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Minneapolis MN
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Minneapolis MN
I would seriously consider winter tires and wheels. I have a State Patrol friend and every time we get a little snow, he grimly tells me "it's Audi-duty time".

You are absolutely correct in that awd will help you accelerate better, but cornering and stopping is dicey, especially with your wide performance tires.

Re: First winter with my Audi A4 Quattro [Re: lyle] #4637373
01/17/18 07:03 AM
01/17/18 07:03 AM
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USA
dbias Offline OP
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Yes. I warned my wife of this, as she is the primary driver with a 100 mile round trip commute to work. Changing lanes, going over the piles of snow btwn tire tracks is indeed dicey as the wide tires lift the car quite a bit. We live at the top of the hill in my neighborhood and of course all 3 ways to get to my house is pretty steep. The shortest and straightest way is by far the steepest though but it pulled up the hill with no noticeable slipping. Me likey. Lol


2011 VW JETTA Castrol Edge 0W-40
2012 FORD TRANSIT CONNECT Castrol Edge 5W-20
2016 HONDA CIVIC COUPE Castrol Edge 0W-20
2017 AUDI A4 Ravenol SSL 0W-40
Re: First winter with my Audi A4 Quattro [Re: dbias] #4637374
01/17/18 07:04 AM
01/17/18 07:04 AM
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Vienna, VA
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Vienna, VA
I remember my first awd winter experience. I had always had fwd cars on all seasons and rwd cars on snows.

It was awesome having so much control and passing up stuck Texas trucks with 6" lifts and mud terrains unable to make it up a slick incline. It was a riot being able to go basically anywhere with confidence and even slide around with control. Very awesome. Having a true 50/50 torque split when you hammered it and 350whp was incredibly fun in the snow.

Car was a mazdaspeed6 on blizzaks in Denver, CO.


1993 Toyota MR2 Hardtop N/A - 160k miles - Valvoline Max Life 5w30
2006 Toyota Matrix XR AWD (Fiancee) - 130k miles - Valvoline Max Life 5w30
Re: First winter with my Audi A4 Quattro [Re: dbias] #4637397
01/17/18 07:46 AM
01/17/18 07:46 AM
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The Midwest
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The Midwest
I ordered a set of wheels for cheap for winter tires from ECS tuning fory wife's Audi. Stupid good in the snow


Wife: 15' Audi A4 quattro 6 speed manual
Me: 13' VW GTI 3 door 6 speed manual
Re: First winter with my Audi A4 Quattro [Re: dbias] #4637428
01/17/18 08:23 AM
01/17/18 08:23 AM
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PA,US
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PA,US
The A4 uses VWs 4motion haldex system right? I had a golf 4motion for one winter and it was great in the snow. The only thing that would stop it was when the snow was too high! I know in the one I had putting the car in "sport" mode with the DSG would automatically split the power 50/50 vs the computer working it out. It was really fun in the snow.


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