Oh congratulations! My wife is expecting also in November! Our second child, my Son has just turned 3 but I don't quite think he understands the inheritance side of things just yet! We bought the RS4 in February 2007, and I would recommend it to anyone, as it just does everything so very well. Mine is a Saloon though, but it is still big enough for our requirements. I would also recommend the Twin Turbo 2.7 RS4 (the older version) as this only came in estate form so I do think this would also suit a family of similar size to ours plus its cheaper than the new V8 and it has completed most of its depreciation already.
Before we got the RS4, we part exchanged the 996 Carrera 4S for it, this too is a great car, the 911 is a fantastic car to own no matter what variety you have. What cars have you looked into purchasing other than the RS4/S4/911?
Congrats to you and your wife too
The older RS4 version's probably a bit too old for me. I did consider a 2004 S4 saloon a couple of weeks ago, it was quite reasonably priced, but in truth I think I'd miss my convertible. I've had 7 in the last 15 yrs, plus a few sports coupes, but I normally get rid of them fairly quickly and go back to a soft top.
My wife would like me to get a family car, as I've got one poseurs car parked in the garage, I need to get a sensible one. I really don't want an SUV or any diesel car, and it must be sporty, that's what keeps bringing me back to an Audi Avant (petrol of course).
Whatever I buy as a daily driver, it has to be German (build quality, reliability, status symbol....etc)
I've had BMW coupes in the past, great cars, but complete tossers at the dealers, arrogant and patronising. They must have the easiest job in the world, the cars sell themselves as everyone wants to be a BM owner. That's the main reason why I switched my loyalties to Audi back in 2003.
There are of course Mercs, in my opinion (excluding SL's and AMG) they are too old mannish for me and don't inspire me.
As for Porsche, I've wanted a 911 for almost as long as I wanted a Ferrari (30 yrs). 996 C4 cabriolet would be perfect.
However, I've told myself that I've got to wait at least 12 months inorder to get a bit more value out of the A4, as it probably won't lose much more in the next 12 months.
You've got a great garage of cars, how did you end up with the 430 and the RS4, when you could have chosen from Gallardo's, Ford GT's, 997 Turbo's, M5's, M3, any AMG Merc?