Route 50 is fine. I drive it daily. The only time it can be a pain is heading East towards the Bay Bridge near Annapolis in the summer when you can get some pretty hefty back-ups. No issues for today (barring any snow related incidents).
I didn't read this entire thread real close, but I'm visiting family in Denmark, and my cousins Volvo S50 1.6 l diesel auto shuts off at red lights to conserve fuel. Btw, fuel here is about $8/gallon.
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When you say the grounds are secure (eyeball inspection?), or have you literally removed them, cleaned them and reattached?
If you have a spare grounding strap cable available, connect it to battery and an alternate ground somewhere in the engine bay to see if that corrects it. My neighbor was...
Mine started to blink today on the A4Golf, it looks like it was caused by an airbag code. We cleared the code and the blinking stopped. (Brake lights working).
Edit Tuesday pm: blinking returned today on the ride home from work; and I don't have brake lights.... (not a good thing in rush hour...
Sorry bout that tdicolby - I was thinking you had an A5 (even if you put MKIV in the title....). I like running taller tires these days.
But if its a good deal - I'd buy those tires in a heartbeat for an A4. I wouldn't sweat .39mm wider.
They'll fit fine. I'm running that size of tire on steelies right now - on my A5 Jetta. No rubbing.
edit: they'll fit fine with stock brake rotors up front. I understand that if you backfit some larger rotors up front, the 15" wheels don't provide enough room for them.
I have a friend who wasn't interested in the tirerack/discount tires method - until she saw how much money she saved. If she works at Ft Meade, the guys at the base auto hobby shop can mount/balance them for a very decent price.