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The new sound of cool

Posted by ifitsgotanengine on October 1, 2006

I went to Road Atlanta yesterday to see the Petit Lemans. What struck me the most about the cars racing there was the completely different sound of their engines. From the shriek of the rotary Mazda to the guttural growl of the Corvettes, each car was easily identifiable with your eyes closed.

Except the Audi.

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The Audi R10 TDI was so quiet that you couldn’t hear it at all if there were any other car near it. When it went by alone, it had a quiet warble, not unlike the Jetson’s car.

This would not have been nearly as important except for one fact: the Audi’s were the quickest cars there, winning the 1000 mile race by four laps.

Did I mention that they have diesel engines?

A friend told me that at every other race he’d ever been to, the coolest sounding car was always the fastest.

I think that may still be true; the R10 sounded pretty cool to me.


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Sealed for life

Posted by ifitsgotanengine on August 11, 2006

How long does the average American who purchases a new car expect it to last before it needs major service?

100,000 miles? 150,000 miles?

I would be seriously upset if any NEW car that I purchased ended up in the shop with less than 100k on the clock.

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Why then do most domestic automakers continue to offer only three years or 36,000 miles for their warranty period?

On a semi-related note, my wife’s 1998 Audi A4 needs another wheel bearing replaced (this is the second one I’ve had to replace). It has 162,000 miles on it. The first bearing went out at 155,000 miles.

Years ago you could repack wheel bearings with grease. Actually, you had to – if you wanted them to last more than 25,000 miles or so. But if you kept fresh grease in them, they would last forever.

The automakers got tired of honoring warranty claims for worn out bearings with mysteriously fresh grease and started using the “sealed for life” bearings. Sealed “for the life of the bearing” is more like it. Nothing you can do will extend the life of these bearings, but they WILL outlast the warranty.

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