Q4 Qtronic, or FWD
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: United Kingdom
Looking to buy a 159 jtdm ti, the Q4 confuses me!
So i've joined up on here as i'm looking at buying the SW version of the above, I know from a few searches that the Q4/Non Q4 debate will rage on and that you're probably sick of advising people about the same old things, but I have some specific questions about the 2.4 Q4.
Firstly I have read that the revised 210bhp engine is only available in the manual's from June 2007. What I don't know is what that revision contains, I've read it's a different turbo and a software update, can anyone confirm?
Is the reason this was done because the 200bhp model suffers from flat spots, is this something a remap (which I will do on either model I get anyway) sort out?
Also anyone know in the UK why the 200bhp Q4 is 2 insurance groups higher than the 210bhp manual?! It just doesn't make any sense to me.
I'm looking at selling my Mazda 3MPS which is one hell of a car but with a forged engine, 430bhp and 420lbsft, it's not the cheapest to insure or run, with a 5month old, a new house and the missis only going back part time soon it's just not going to work out anymore, so I've decided to go for something practical/cheaper to run/but still a bit of fun. I've also had my fill of FWD wheelspin, as in the wet, below 100mph, foot to the floor ended up in exactly that.
An auto would be my preferred choice for the commute (non motorway, plenty of traffic) but not if it's going to be much more to run, (due to 4wd and insurance) and if the engine/turbo has floors, what should I go for?
Any help would be much appreciated, cheers,