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#2755 of 6920 1999 A6 Quattro
May 19, 2002 (9:40 am)
Picking up a fully kitted-out '99 A6 Quattro this Tuesday, after much research and some useful comments from you guys a couple of months ago. As expected, drove beautifully. Test drove it on a wet Houston day - pushed it around corners and stuck to road like glue. Takes some time to get up and go, but once going, really moves. Just like everyone says!
It's got an interesting note when accelerating hard - sounds like a light, whining, buzzy turbo or light, small freewheeling gear on top of normal engine sound. Audi mechanic gave it the okay. Apparently it's normal. Anyone got comments? Anything else I should look out for? Everyone talks about the transmission and electrics, so I was sure to purchase a full extended warranty. Think I'll take it to Audi for a full check-up before the first long drive!
Also, anyone know of any good Audi clubs in Houston? I'll join Audiworld and get into their forum as well. Now, for that supercharger.....
#2757 of 6920 Kris' quattro - ENJOY IT!
May 19, 2002 (1:50 pm)
Glad you're so pleased with your wonderful car. Yes, quattro IS great in slippery conditions. And as I'm sure you know, 0 X 0=0. That is to say that any car's handling is only as good as its tires. (Or is it tyres in NZ?) In really slippery conditions, quattro will help get you moving, but you can slide almost as easily. Reminded myself of that this winter when I lost the rear end in the snow because the tire pressures weren't properly adjusted. The A6 is sensitive to that, and I suggest you check them about once a week.
#2758 of 6920 Steering and Stuff
May 19, 2002 (2:13 pm)
Thanks for the #628 relay info, Timcar.
I put a few dozen more miles on the car this afternoon on a few twisty roads. The steering may be light, but this car has astonishing handling for a sedan. My biggest hesitation in deciding on the Audi was the high curb weight (4024 lbs.) and the front-heavy distribution. But for the life of me, I cannot detect any significant handling glitches arising from either. In fact, the car feels lighter than my 3770-lb. Jaguar.
One thing is driving me crazy, though. I'm going to keep the revs below 3500 for the first 600 miles, but the car just seems itching to scamper. It's going to take me at least a week to hit the 600 mile mark. I'm trying to watch the speed, too, a bit . . . but while watching the tach, I didn't notice I had gone north of 80 mph at one point. The tach was still under 2500!
May 19, 2002 (7:40 pm)
I am having a hard time driving in a sedate manner also. Just picked up my A6 Avant on Saturday and put close to 150 miles on it already. At one point, was trying to pass a slow moving mini-van hogging the left lane doing 50mph. Before I realize it, I was doing 110!! Was very worry I would harm the engine, but on the other hand, was grinning from ear to ear!
#2760 of 6920 Now's the time for a radar detector.
May 19, 2002 (8:21 pm)
Never had one, or needed it, in the four years I had a Lexus. Got stopped twice in a few months of having the 2.7T. Both officers were kind enough to give me a break, but this car seems to attract attention. My problem isn't highways as much as the many nearby municipalities with small governments but large spaces were this is a major source of revenue.
The car can fly, and that can be a problem. Twice today on a twisty two-lane conservatively zoned at 45; I got stuck behind cars doing 35. The passing zones are short, and since the road is curvy, it's necessary to get around the cars quickly. I don't know about where you live, but it seems around here that many people react to someone passing by speeding up. Can't figure that out, since I always slow and pull to the right. Anyway, each time I caught the kickdown button, and by the time I pull back into the lane, I'm pushing 80, and need to seriously brake, or risk getting zapped by a possible speed trap with instant-on that is now the norm. The odd thing is that the 80 feels like maybe 50. Much of the time when I can, I use the cruise while traveling local roads where I know speed traps are often set up. Radar detectors are invaluable, but if you're the only car and the officer has instant-on, it's not going to do you much good if you're doing 20+ over.
#2761 of 6920 timcar re 2.7T
May 20, 2002 (3:32 am)
After months of decision quandry between various makes and models. Then going with an A6 and thinking through the $$$ between 3.0 quattro vs. CVT, finally ordering a quattro but can't get company to find right color and interior/option mix for the past couple of weeks; I now have a pottential windfall that is going to allow me to revise my choice.
Is the 2.7T really worth the extra $$$'s? There doesn't appear to be any other suspension, tire, options, etc. changes with the upgrade in engine.
By the way, I've had a Valentine One on my '98 Lexus GS since the week after I got it back in '98 and it is the absolute best detector I have ever owned; and I've use various models before getting it for years. Escorts, Passports, BEL, etc., none demonstrated the features or warnings that I get consistently from V1. I can't tell you the $$$'s it has saved me and my lead foot!
May 20, 2002 (5:32 am)
I have used a Valentine One for the past 5 years, first in a Corvette, then a Jaguar. It has never failed to alert me of radar, although I've still been caught a few times with instant-on. (I commute 52 miles a day round trip through small Connecticut/New York towns that, it seems, maintain very large police forces with ticket revenue.)
In fact, I picked my new car up Saturday morning and drove it straight to the audio shop to have the detector hard wired into the Audi. (I found a dealer who keeps Valentine's in stock, although he purchases them through direct mail order like everyone else.) The shop also now sells a lidar blocker which, to my surprise, is legal. It mounts within the front grille and supposedly scatters the incoming laser beam. Has anyone had any experience with these?
As for a radar detector, it's just like Mastercard . . . "don't leave home without it."
#2763 of 6920 2.7T's and Radar
May 20, 2002 (7:21 am)
When re-reading my post, I obviously left the impression that I was still travelling radar detectorless. I ordered one right after my second stop. Everything I've ever read has suggested the Valentine One is not only the best radar detector, but significantly so. Still, I got a Solo by Passport. Had one when they were still Cincinnati Microwave. While it isn't even in the same league as the Valentine, I find its ease of use, small size and being able to dispense with a power cord or hard wiring to be more desirable for my intent. 95% of my driving is through the same suburban/rural area. This is the only type of area in which I've ever been stopped. Since I'm familiar with it, I know where the door openers, etc. are. All I want to know is if there is a signal somewhere it shouldn't be. For this the Solo works well.
I've read tests of lidar jammers, and evidently, some DO work, though most don't. I think I recall that some of the transparent shields you can put over the license plates actually help a bit in tests. It seems that's the aiming point the officers use. I think C&D has done one or more tests. You might want to try a search of their website.
Is the 2.7T worth the extra money? That's a good question. Before the advent of the 3.0, that was easier to answer. It also used to be that the 2.7T included equipment as standard that was optional with the base engine. This made the price difference substantially less when comparing similarly equipped cars. It's pretty much impossible to find an A6 stripper anyway, and I wouldn't want the car without the options.
I've driven the 3.0, and the base engine still doesn't compare with the 2.7T or a 4.2. Certainly, the 2.7T is worth the difference to me. I think the only way one can really tell is to drive the cars back to back, at least a couple of times. If the 2.7T or 4.2 doesn't make you feel something special, I'd get the 3.0
#2764 of 6920 Haven't been able to enjoy markcincinnati in quite awhile.
May 20, 2002 (9:14 am)
Hope all is well.