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Old 10-05-2000, 01:51 PM
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Default 1999 A4 Avant questions: Sports Package and 1999 vs 1999.5

Hi,

What items were part of the sports package for 1999?

What are the key differences between a 1999 and a 1999.5?

Thanks.
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Default Re: 1999 A4 Avant questions: Sports Package and 1999 vs 1999.5

Sport package: bigger sway bars, stiffer shocks and springs, 16" SP8000E summer performance tires.

The 99 to 99.5 change primarily involves cosmetic updates of the interior (different climate control, lighting, revisions in the trim) and a change to projector halogen headlights from normal halogen lights. IMO, the changes are nice but not essential. A more precise list can be found by searching the archives.

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Default Sports package: different steering wheel?

I vaguely remember reading somewhere that the sports package included a different steering wheel.

I tried to do a search but didn't get useful results.
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Default There was a sport steering wheel...

It came included with the sports package, but was also an option that could be bought without the package.
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Default 99 vs 99.5 Avant changes

The sport package is the same: bigger sway bars, different shocks and springs lowering the car about an inch , 16" 7-spoke wheels with Dunlop SP-8000 tires (stock was 15"), and the three-spoke steering wheel. The wheel was available by itself, too, and I can see why, as it feels really good.

The 1999.5 cars have other improvements as well, but they are probably different from car to car depending on when they were built. I recently bought a used 99.5 Avant, and I'd also looked at a 99 Avant just before and I noticed some small changes.

There are changes to the chassis and suspension that are said to make the car 'tighter.'
The interior is somewhat different, including the red (fiberoptic) lighting in the headliner, and a single cupholder in the dash--the one between the seats is worthless.
Also the trip computer was to be a standard feature on the 2000s so a 1999.5 is likely to have it, as mine does.
For 1999 the sunroof was a stand-alone option; for 2000 it was conjoined with auto-dimming mirrors and a Homelink control as the 'convenience package.' The manual for my car alludes to these features, so it may be that a 1999.5 could have them, however my car (built 7/99) does not.

If you're considering a used car, be sure to check the car out on Carfax for its title history (carfax.com), and you can check comp prices on yahoo auctions or Edmunds used car search. Also, Audi dealers sell used cars with the Audi Assured warranty, which is great.

Good luck,

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