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Audi A4, Sedan
Mar 07, 2002 (7:20 am)
+Its good to hear you're enjoying you car so much. I too can't wait to see the A4 Coupe. My guess is it might come out later this year maybe as an '03 model. I will also be checking out the 325Ci.
You mentioned in your post that you will either be looking at a 325Ci or a 330Ci (depending on how much money you get for your car). Then you should look at the 325Ci and not get your hopes up. Don't get me wrong, I wish you luck. The used car market is terrrible now. Trying to sell the car yourself makes it even worse that the dealers/Audi are in the Certified Pre Owned (read USED) market. Sure your car may be in good shape, but someone can buy the car Audi Assured with less miles and an extended powertrain warranty. Plus you seem to be really passionate about your car (most of us in Town Hall are). That hurts you when you walk into the dealership because you think that your particular car is the best example of all the used 1997 Used A4 1.8Ts out there. I'm not trying to flame you by any means. Just passing along some of the knowledge I've learned by lurking in the "Any Questions FOr a Car Dealer" & "Inconsiderate Buyer" Threads.
Mar 07, 2002 (8:39 am)
Thanx for your thought. I am hoping I can find a private buyer who likes the look of my car and pay some premium. If I am lucky I will find that person. I hope A4 coupe comes out soon b/c I prefer owning Audi than BMW. If I buy BMW in the future I will definitely use the Euro Delivery and save a few thousand dollar plus have a vacation in Europe. I wish Audi offers this too. I can't believe 325Ci's ED invoice starts under $25,000. I figure with options and about $1,200 for dealer will put me in the same price range with 1.8T. It will be a tough decision but I have a few month to make it.
Mar 08, 2002 (3:44 am)
nathaniel-- I had a similar question as you have but I have an '01.5 and the according to the owner's manual, the first oil change is scheduled for 5,000 miles or 6 months, whichever occurs first. At 6 months, I had only about 1,700 miles on my car and I thought it ridiculous to change oil with that little mileage. So I called AoA to check. The AoA rep informed me that I MUST have that service (and each subsequent scheduled maintenance service) performed exactly as prescribed in the maintenance manual by an authorized Audi dealer or run the risk of voiding my warranty. My dealer agreed so they changed the oil at 1,700 miles when the car was six months old. I'm now approaching my one year anniversary and only have 2,300 miles on it and the same thing will occur ...I'll have to have the oil changed again with only 600 miles since it was last changed six months ago. From now on, the rest of the scheduled maintenance services will be every 10,000 miles or one year (12 months) whichever occurs first.
So insist that your dealer do the first scheduled maintenance service at 6 months, regardless of how many miles you have, because according to AoA, this has to be done in order to keep from voiding your warranty. I thought it was ridiculous but I didn't want to take the chance.
#3380 of 6042 rocco...good point.
Mar 08, 2002 (5:55 am)
Although, I'd imagine that you'd be able to argue that one. Maybe I just don't know enough about the chemistry and mechanics of it.
Mar 08, 2002 (6:20 am)
Its free maintenance! You don't pay for it so as long as they're gonna pay, get the oil changed when they say so;)
#3382 of 6042 changing oil
Mar 08, 2002 (6:43 am)
I heard from some good friends of mine (car afficionado's) that it is a good idea to change the oil within 6 months after you buy the car new no matter how many miles you may have. Reason being that because of all of the components are new in the engine, the oil in the vehicle (when you buy it new) may contain some of the metal shavings or filaments from the engine. Sounds weird but it also makes sense.
#3383 of 6042 Can't argue with free...
Mar 08, 2002 (12:25 pm)
#3385 of 6042 new a4 3.0q w tip
Mar 10, 2002 (1:05 pm)
i just traded my 99 mercedes 230 k for the above car and after 1000 miles have these observations.
the a4 is a quantum leap better than the merc.
the ride and handling are much better, it'quieter
and the quality of build seems about equal.
it's not as quick off the line as the merc--but from what i've been reading ,it will do better when it loosens up.
i'm no dragster but i would'nt consider the 1.8t with tip--too sluggish.
the console is hard against your right leg--other owners must know what i mean. i've stuck dr scholls pads there but that doesnt look too cool.also, the cup holders dont work very well.
any other suggestions? the optional bose system was definitely worth the money when hearing cd's.
i didnt like the looks of the stock 16" wheels so i replaced them with mock spoke ones from tire rack.
let me know if anyone wants to make me an offer for the stock ones.
all in all--i am very pleased with my purchase--no buyers remorse so far.
hope the rest of you like yours as well
#3386 of 6042 A4 Coupe, Fact or Rumor?
Mar 10, 2002 (9:14 pm)
What is this coupe that people are talking about? If it's coming later this year, wouldn't it already be out in Europe?
What would the advantage be over the 4-door?