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2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC
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My last car was a Focus, and it had acceptable cupholders. I didn't get the smoker's package, so instead of an ashtray my car had a felt-lined tray that fit a pair of sunglasses perfectly.
If you want to see the direction Ford is heading with its interiors, check out the concept for the C-Max (the first vehicle to be made off of the next-generation Focus platform). VW/Audi is going to be getting some competition!
I don't know if I would totally agree with David's comment that the only two cars worth taking a chance on keeping past the warranty period would be a Civic or a Corolla. I think many Japanese cars would be worth taking a chance on keeping over a long period of time ...including Nissans and Subarus. I know many --and I mean many-- people who have kept Nissans and Subarus as well as Toyotas and Hondas for well over 150k miles and/or ten or more years with none or very little maintenance expenses incurred other than routine scheduled services. I have a close friend who bought a new Datsun 200sx and rarely had it serviced. She didn't pay any attention to even changing oil regularly but kept that car for over 15 years putting over 250,000 miles on it with virtually no major repairs. I still shake my head over that! I don't want to turn this into another Japanese reliability debate so I'll drop the subject for now. *chuckles*
As far as Audi owners having a club similar to the BMW CCA, I believe the former Quattro Club of America which now is called Audi Car Club of North America, is the equivalent to Audi owners as the BMW CCA is to BMW owners. They do offer member discounts on parts, etc. but I'm not familiar as to the details. I think Mark is a member. Maybe he can respond. In the meantime, you can peruse their web site: http://www.quattroclubusa.org/
And yes!, there are many of us who prefer the old B5 platform A4 over the new B6. For me, the original A4 Avant is one of the cleanest and most beautifully designed wagons ever made! Although I must admit, I am considering trading in my Subaru Forester for a new '03 A4 Avant ...or an allroad if I can talk myself into it. :P
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