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#44 of 301 A6 Reliability
Sep 02, 1999 (7:03 pm)
Having owned an 1996 A6 Quattro Wagon since new, I can share my ownership experience with others.
My advise: Sell the car while still in warranty. My car just came out of warranty (36 months) and developed an air conditioner problem (leak in evaporator) at 37,000 miles. Estimate to fix it was $ 1,200 from my audi dealership.
This is ridiculous.
In the past three years of ownership, the following items went wrong:
1: Rattle in rear door. Fixed in 3 visits.
2: Remotes not working.
3: Door locks not working.
4: Battery dies.
5: Radio needed replacement. TWICE!
Finally A/C dies.
Is this what you expect from a luxury car?
Not me. I had a Lexus LS 400 which required *NO* repairs in 4 years of ownership!!
Good luck to all Audin buyers.
Sep 10, 1999 (10:48 pm)
check out the current dealer incentives
A4 all models $1750 LEASE
A6 from $3000 - $3750 LEASE
#46 of 301 1999.5 Avant deal
Sep 16, 1999 (11:22 pm)
Last Tuesday I faxed out a vehicle description / offer to lease to a couple dozen Audi dealers. The net cap price of $35,460 that I offered was based on Invoice less the $3250 lease incentive plus $500 for the dealer to make something.
I received a response from all but 4 of the dealers, and on Thursday evening I took delivery of a Jaspis green A6 Avant at the net cap offered.
Of course, it was quite that simple. The dealer tried to get some back by sliding thru a few bogus title charges (I was from out of state), and a lease from some no-name outfit at a higher money factor. After I ripped up the 3rd lease, I told 'em I had other things to do, and we finally got it done.
#47 of 301 More info please
Sep 17, 1999 (1:16 am)
My local dealer is trying hard to move a few 99.5 Avants before the flood of new Audis arrive. He is offering $440/month on fully loaded (43K sticker) Avants with about 3K down and 12K/yr. (I can't recall all details). What did you actually get in your lease (months, price, miles, cap reduction, sec deposit, etc.)
Also, what do you really think about the Tip Trans? Can you override that annoying computer chip that "learns" your driving style? I hear you can in the BMW version.
#48 of 301 S4s Coming ???
Sep 17, 1999 (11:36 am)
In previous posts (I think somewhere between #30 and #40)there was a brief discussion on A6 with turbocharged 250 HP engine. Is this the European S4 version. Article in USA Today (9/17, pg 12B)seems to indicate Audi is bringing it here soon. Is this the performance version previously mentioned ?
Now that I've gotten over (kinda) sticker shock on Audi and BMW wagons .... seems like this version gives me best of both worlds. Audi styling, with 6-speed and bigger engine.
Should I wait? Anyone see or test drive a S4 in Europe? Thoughts ?
Sep 18, 1999 (8:26 pm)
MRJ: Your dealer is offering the standard promotion package from the sounds of it. While the Audi leases are advertised to show the lowest lease payment, they are available in whatever form you would like. Most folks won't want to pay $3K up front, and will pay a drive off of 1st, last and cap reduction of approx $1500. The 36 and 39 month terms are the most popular, but most folks go with the 15K mile/year rates. I did the $1500 drive off, 39 month 12Kmi/yr with a residual of $21.6K and lease payment of $507.
Triptronic vs BMW automatic: This is like apples and oranges. The trip is very smooth, the BMW isn't. The BMW theoretically allows a manual selection mode, but after using it once, you'll never bother again. The trip not only allows manual selection, but with it's sluggish engine/tranny combo in automatic operation, you will NEED the manual mode at times, especially in urban freeway driving. If find I use the trip quite allot, and it works very well.
I simply put the BMW in auto and go. However, this is a 328ICS and has plenty of power.
#50 of 301 s4wagon talk
Sep 25, 1999 (12:51 am)
had conversation with salesman. he said 2.7 turbo would not be available in u.s. in avants. i hope he's wrong because it does appear to be the perfect combination of performance and space. anyone heard different?
#51 of 301 reliabilty
Sep 29, 1999 (5:50 pm)
Back to the reliability question. I leased a silver avant last month based on a somewhat confused process of elimination--Volvo XC, Lexus 3oo, Toyota Sienna. We loved the Audi's looks, I found the power adequate for our needs, and had seen fine reliability comments from some test sources, including Consumer Reports. I did see a very negative review by an owner on another auto site--said all hell broke loose after 50,000 mi. I can't believe current German engineering could produce a lemon--esp. given the love and care evident in materials and design.Will it last as long as a Volvo?
#52 of 301 Where is info on base cost and dealer lease incentives
Oct 02, 1999 (9:25 pm)
I see that many people have a handle on dealer cost and lease incentives. We are shopping for a 99 A6 Wagon, and would like to know what's normal for N.Calif
#53 of 301 s4wagon talk
Oct 06, 1999 (7:59 pm)
Not only will the AVANT not be offered in 2000 with the 2.7, it won't even be offered with a manual transmission even though the sedan will be.
In Europe, they offer every combination you can think of in the AVANT in both auto and manual transmissions.