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#280 of 301 Re: 2006 A6 Avant [wbwynn]
Aug 16, 2006 (11:14 am)
I purchased my 2006 A6 Avant 3.2 in November of 05 as a special order. It topped out around $68,000 and is completely loaded including premium sports seats, 18" BBS Special rim and tire package, bluetooth, adaptive air suspension, adaptive cruise control, nav, wooden steering wheel and gear shft, automatic tailgate, keyless entry, sunroof, and your standard Audi premium and technology packages. I have about 9100 trouble-free miles on it as I comute about 100 miles a day round-trip. The car is solid, tremendous build quality, and with the adaptive air suspension a great feeling and road handling car for such a beast. I love the 3.2 V-6 as it has good torque and it is very smooth. I highly recommend it...and it looks cool!
#281 of 301 Re: 2006 A6 Avant [reality2]
Aug 16, 2006 (4:36 pm)
You are way ahead of me; just 550 miles so far. Getting into the NC mountain roads this weekend. I love this car.
#282 of 301 Re: 2006 A6 Avant [wbwynn]
Aug 16, 2006 (7:05 pm)
Well, enjoy the twisties. It does pretty good. I took my Avant through some backroads near Palm Springs and it handled with precison, especially in the dynamic mode.
#283 of 301 Re: 2006 A6 Avant [reality2]
Aug 17, 2006 (10:26 am)
Just turned 1,700 miles on our Avant we picked up in late April. Leaving on 9/5 for a cross country trip from Seattle to Mass. and back. The Escort 8500 arrived yesterday to add another bit of electronics to the mothership. Between the Nav, Escort and laptop the navigator will be busier than the pilot. I've made an appointment for the 5k mile service near Knoxville so the tires will be rotated about halfway through the trip. With the gas mileage we are achieving I cannot imagine a better car for this trip.
#284 of 301 Re: 2006 A6 Avant [habu]
Aug 17, 2006 (4:49 pm)
Please tell me about your decision on the Escort 8500. I also feel like I'm in need of some protection.
#285 of 301 Re: 2006 A6 Avant [wbwynn]
Aug 20, 2006 (6:37 pm)
After the usual net research I found most users agreed the Escort was a better buy than the Valentine detector because it had slightly better performance (signal detection from further away giving more reaction time) while costing about $100 less. I searched for the best price and was almost tricked into buying last years model for $25 less (including s&h). I finally ordered mine (Escort 8500 X50 is the cuurrent model)directly from Escort.com and it came within 8 days. It can be had in a red display mode ($299) or a blue ($339). Capabilities are identical. You may need an extension cord since the plug will not fit the cigar lighter socket and must run to the 12v receptacle in the arm rest. I bought a connector (2 female receptacles) at Wal-Mart for $3.50 and had a 12 foot telephone connection cord that allows me to run the cord around the rear view mirror, behind the driver's visor to the coat hook on the B-pillar and then around the back of the seat to the arm rest. Otherwise the wire will hang down from the Escort to the dash.
All the user reviews indicate it does the job. The manual is 20 some pages and quite informative. It is programmable, has an auto mute function that will be a blessing (detection sound stops after a few seconds but lights stay on) and fits very well near the rearview mirror. Altogether a good value. I'll report on how it detects when I return from our trip in Oct.
#286 of 301 5k Service Tire Rotation
Aug 30, 2006 (12:38 pm)
The 5k mile service for my Avant calls for a tire rotation. Anyone know whether the dlr uses the spare in the rotation? Since the tires all all the same I would like to request that the spare get some use when the service guys perform the service.
#287 of 301 A6 Avant Options
Sep 05, 2006 (6:14 am)
I am considering buying an A6 Avant for my wife. She drives a 2002 1.8 Passat Wagon which she likes, but has always complained about a lack of "pep" and storage space up front. I am wondering what people drove as a comparison for wagons in the same class, as well as, any advice people can offer when outfitting the car with options. Last question is regarding differences between the 2006 and 2007.
#288 of 301 7,500 mile road trip
Oct 03, 2006 (7:10 pm)
Just returned from a trip from Seattle to Massachusetts and back that took 22 days. The Avant engine ran for 135.5 hours (according to trip 2) got 29.7 mpg and averaged 56 mph. Ran with A/C on about 1/3 of the time. Went 80 on 75mph highways and travelled above 5,000 feet for at least 1/4 of the trip. At 75mph the tach showed 2,400rpms. Hit 90 during several passing maneuvers and the car was rock solid. Learned a lot about the nav capabilities, never got lost and felt pretty secure in following directions in many unfamiliar places. Got us to each motel every night without a problem.
Had the 5k service done in Knoxville, TN. Treated very well. Service writer apologized for not being able to check the pressure on the spare as it was buried under lots of luggage. Tires were rotated and when I asked why it was only done at 5k miles he replied "because Audi will not pay for it again". He thought rotating every 5k miles was wise and said they do it free of charge for their customers. These are not inexpensive tires.
Enjoyed the trip enough to start planning more next spring. After 8 and 9 hour days we were tired but not truly fatigued.
#289 of 301 Re: 7,500 mile road trip [habu]
Oct 04, 2006 (3:32 pm)
Thanks for the nice update; great gas mileage. I've had my 07' at 100 mph just a few times on deserted stretches of interstate, and it is definitely rock-solid and safe. I'm at 2600 miles with no problems to report, except for the sunroof operation. When it is just partially opened and you turn it quickly back to full close...it actually opens all the way. If you close it slowly (notch by notch on the dial), it's fine. This has me baffled.
I intend to have this looked at and definitely have the seat belt chime turned off via the VAG-COM. Will have my Valentine 1 hardwired too.