Well, much as I've enjoyed auditoning people for the post of forum nutter on this thread I'm now going to ask for it to be cazzed, so make the most of it people, it will be gone by this time tomorrow.
Good call - I'm no prude but some of the comments have been thoroughly out of order and completely uncalled for. I know life is diverse but there is no excuse for some of the abuse that has appeared on this thread.
I'm quite tempted by an Audi TT - prefer a convertible but a coupe would be a better long-term bet. The problem is my old A4 - it's just so good I'm struggling to justify the expense. It might be old but every time I drive it it feels just as good as the day I first drove it off the forecourt and of course it's really worth nothing now. But I am still very tempted by a samoa orange metallic TT and I really like orange...
That's very respectable Dave - many modern eco-boxes wouldn't do much better. The best I've had is 38 on a long slow run which I thought was great but usually 33 on a fast motorway run. I'm more than happy with that, especially now petrol is getting close to a pound a litre! Easily the best car I've ever had - which is why I've kept it so long!
Hi booktrunk - I'd say the Audi is well worth reconsidering. I haven't had a convertible but I've had an A4 saloon for 11 years (from new) and it still drives like a new car and probably better than some new ones. They aren't perfect and do have a few common faults but mine has covered about 85000 miles now and still has it's original brake discs, battery and nearly all the original bulbs and the interior shows little wear. I get nearly two years between servicing and over the 11 years it has only let me down once which was partly my fault for ignoring the noisy driveshaft joint. The 1.9 and 2.0 diesels are supposed to be really economical (mine is a 2.4 petrol so not for the economy minded driver).
Problems - auto gearboxes can be dodgy and pricey to fix, front armrest catch can snap (£80-100), glovebox hinge can break (£150 but easily prevented by lubricating the damper) and the drain plugs for the battery bulkhead can block causing it to fill with water which can rot the brake servo and let water into the electrics - again very easily prevented. All in all they are a great car, beautifully built, reliable, comfortable, relatively cheap to maintain and still look good. IMHO of course!