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#1884 of 6921 2002 A6 3.0...driving impressions
Sep 23, 2001 (2:50 pm)
Drove a 2002 this afternoon. It was a crystal blue metallic with Quattro and all options except Nav. This fit and finish were awesome as well as the interior appointments. (I could see no changes or improvements from 2000 or 2001.). It started with getting into the car: what no leather smell or "new-car smell"...hummm. Well, when I made a right turn out of the parking lot, I heard a 5 second low pitched grinding noise, and thought I had the parking brake on or something; I didn't. The salesperson made like she didn't know what I was talking about. My wife, sitting in the back, heard the same thing I did. The engine was quiet, but idled hard like an 80's 5000s. The power was good, not great, but was more than adequate. The premium Bose radio was about a "B", as was spirited cornering. The a/c was about a C+. After about a 20 min. ride, I'd give it an all around B-, and all in all was disappointed, IMHO. Please note between 1983 and 1998, I've had three Audis and consider myself an Audiphile, for what it's worth.
#1885 of 6921 Audi's and more important items....
Sep 23, 2001 (3:45 pm)
I concur, fully, with Mark's sentiments. We have both a corporate and consumer driven economy; if the purchase made sense prior to 9/11, do not change your plans.
As to the 3.0 comments: I have no experience with the grinding noise. However, the engine idle sounds irregular. Audi's have had, especially over the last several years, among the most refined V6's. The 3.0 has balance shafts. Is it possible that your sample was not properly prepped?
My A6's (two), had air conditioning that was quite satisfactory. The only difficulty we ever experienced was when we, early in our ownership days, would leave the sun roof shade open on warm, sunny days.
As to the "Bose"; I concur. It is adequate; Bose products are not high end audio. However, if one wishes to spend significant $'s, after market upgrades are available.
#1886 of 6921 3.0, Bose, Etc.
Sep 23, 2001 (4:47 pm)
Thanks for the feedback on the 3.0. More than adequate is certainly more than could be said for the 2.8. But grinding noises don't sound too good. I've had no problem with the air in my 2.7T, except that it appears to shut down when the engine is really loaded, I.e, 90mph+, long steep hills speed. My car did, and 6 months later still does have a very pleasant leather smell. Hmmm . . . ? My 2.7T's Bose is so-so at best. The Bose system in the '92 Legend I had was the best stock Audio system I've experienced in a car. Sweet and rich. My understanding is that Bose only supplies the speakers, amps and engineering, and that head unit is made Panasonic. I've never been favorably impressed by anything made by Panasonic, and perhaps that's the root of the problem.
Sep 23, 2001 (4:48 pm)
Hey! I'm willing to do my part!! Ralph says my Amulettrott 2.7T is in the 'port' (didn't specify
which!) awaiting pricing. It's aging along with my gray hair! So Eager!!
#1888 of 6921 The economy...
Sep 24, 2001 (8:37 am)
Along with the rest of the world, my hesitation might be somewhat reactionary/hysterical, but legitimate nevertheless. Believe you me, there is nothing I would rather do than purchase the 4.2. As a matter of fact, my "newest" argument to my wife was just what MarkinCincinati (whose Bengals beat my Ravens) pontificates in his post.
However, losing a great deal of money in the market (relatively speaking) has admittedly caused some concern, that's all. And I do not wish to be mistaken--I do not take Mark's comments as criticisms, and I, too, hope we as a nation are not frightened into recession. So much for my two cents...somebody please convince me, with facts/personal experiences, to buy/lease the 4.2, as my guy just called me to advise 2 more vehicles had hit their lot, and are going to be let go for invoice + $250.!!
Sep 24, 2001 (10:15 am)
In all Audis, I believe, shuts off under heavy engine loads to give you better performance. Usually it would be undetectable, but if you're on a sustained grade, you would notice.
#1890 of 6921 A6 4.2 unusual noise from speaker
Sep 24, 2001 (12:00 pm)
I'm hoping someone can answer this question - my service guy at the dealership could not.
I have recently noticed an occasional 2 consecutive "beeps" in a row that recur every 6 -8 seconds from the speaker that is between the front and rear passenger doors on the driver's side (at the top of the pillar - above the airbag). The way I seem to be able to shut it off is to open and shut the driver's door, or to put the car in park and then back into drive. It has occurred while in drive and while in park. It has happened 3 times in the last month and I can't figure out why. Are those speakers on the B pillar for the navigation system? The beeps don't happen when the navigation system is being used, so they don't seem to be related. What else are the speakers used for? In advance, thanks for your help.
#1891 of 6921 It's almost time....
Sep 24, 2001 (1:00 pm)
To put on the winter tires. I can tell because the air is changing and the Patriots are losing. There are various winter tire available on Tirerack.com in the 255/40 17 size. Does anyone have any experience with any particular model? Igo to the mountains, so extra traction is something I'm willing to pay for.
Sep 24, 2001 (1:15 pm)
I know this is supposed to be about Audi's and not the economy, but I just looked at the following web address: www.bigcharts.com -- the DOW went up today a whopping 368 points, not wiping out its previous losses mind you, but let's face it, we are poised for a turnaround in this economy, this country -- and it will be America and Europe that lead this thing.
It is so painful to have taken enough college economics to understand the "circular flow of income." That is, to actually watch people hold on to a dollar today that yesterday they would not have "worried" about. You know of course when we hold on to that dollar what can happen -- someone gets laid off. Then, when that person gets laid off he/she tells friends and neighbors and they get cautious and they hold onto a dollar and this great economic machine begins to grind to a halt. We have been watching it here in Ohio for over 11 months in a "true" manufacturing and IT recession. Not to belabor the point, we call this the IT Depression of 2001.
But, this too shall pass -- damn terrorists have great timing, we were so close to a turnaround -- well from my point of view, we are still close to a turnaround, maybe it has been postponed by a couple of months.
So I do not have any further reasons to encourage you to buy that A6 4.2 -- other than to say again, you will love this car, and you ARE getting a bargain.
Your paper losses in the market have been somewhat recovered today -- as my broker says, buy and hold.
Things go down up down up down etc -- I'm willing to bet that we're "just about due" for a pretty good uptick -- that will stick!
#1893 of 6921 With all respect, nickjc . . .
Sep 24, 2001 (4:08 pm)
I don't know how anyone can convince you to buy/lease a 4.2 with facts and personal experiences. You've either driven the car and want it, or driven it and don't want it, or haven't driven it yet. If the later situation, I suggest you start booking some test drives ASAP. Otherwise, what can anyone tell you to make you want something you don't want? Either you want it, or you don't. BTW, $250 over invoice is so good as to be virtually incredible. Is this for real?