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#2824 of 6920 Special Order allroad and Chipping
Jun 02, 2002 (7:08 am)
My wife and I always "special order" our Audi's -- perhaps in the future, we will not need to, but thus far we have not been able to pinpoint the combination of colors and options and since we generally lease for 24 - 36 months and often "early out" -- we have found ordering a "fun" activity in a "delayed" gratification sort of way (Anticipation, being the fun).
The special order is because there is no mention anywhere of "full paint option" even being available on allroads (here in North America). I got the color chart for the '03's and found a dark red pearl (with Ecru leather interior) was available (I tried for pearl white -- not available). I asked my dealer if I could have the car "fully painted" -- I saw it on the AudiWorld web site. The answer was "yes" but only in these 10 colors (red pearl was on the list). The price that I will be charged keeps changing, but it is around $1,500 (MSRP).
As far as the chipping goes, I am somewhat worried about this due to all the "noise" here on the town hall pertaining to warranty, etc.
I have contacted Joe Hoppen and asked what the effect is of just replacing the exhaust system. And, I have reviewed and read articles on chipping. APR apparently has a chip that you can have two programs, factory normal and Stage one. It is completely encrypted and is therefore invisible to the diagnostic computer.
But, before I lead you to believe I am going down the "Covert" road, let me tell you that my wife had an MTM chip and a K&N air filter installed in her 2000 TT 180hp coupe -- BY THE AUDI DEALER. I figured, "go overt" -- I also had the dealer completely remove the entire suspension on my A8 and replace it with the S8 suspension ( which came in Audi boxes -- in German ) I bought from Joe Hoppen motorsports.
Now, therefore, however, nothwithstanding -- I certainly do not want to "get sideways" with AoA or my dealer, and for all I know, things may have changed with respect to the policy and/or attitude pertaining to "aftermarket" stuff. But, recently in response to my issues with my 2001 A6 4.2's shuddering brakes, the local Audi dealer bought (with Audi's money) two cross drilled aftermarket front rotors from a Canadian company -- they installed them, too.
Perhaps there were some abuse issues with respect to chipping -- blown engines or something, I don't know.
Now this goes back a bit, but in 1998 a member of the quattro club I belong to put a SUPERCHARGER on his 2.8 A4 -- the warranty on his car, apparently, still was honored (but whenever something went bump, he did mention that the dealer wanted to make certain that what needed fixing could not be linked to the supercharger -- his AC went out, for example, and it was fixed free under the Audi warranty -- no connnection with the supercharger, i.e.)
Since the allroad with a stick shift is rated at 0-100kph in 6.8 seconds and my current A6 4.2 with tip is 6.7 seconds, it will hardly be much of a sacrifice,( if I have to go chipless). I will, then (if "forced to go chipless"), go for larger wheels and tires and the exhaust system and motor off quite happily I presume.
Jun 02, 2002 (6:03 pm)
Mark, if your dealer put a chip in your wife's TT, why wouldn't they do the same for an allroad? Presuming they would, then I would just be upfront and have them do it. I have my doubts about APR's chip being "invisable" if there should be a major engine problem, and what would happen in the event of a major breakdown (as opposed to the dealer not detecting it during routine service) is really all that matters anyway. I would think your chances of getting an engine problem fixed would be better if the dealer willingly put the chip in themselves, unless they make you sign a waiver form or something, etc.
#2826 of 6920 Tires for 2000 A6 Avant
Jun 03, 2002 (6:49 am)
Has anyone replaced the 205/55-16 tires for a 2000 A6 Avant with size 225/50-16? From checking with TireRack they are almost exactly the same size except for the width which is about 1/2 in. greater. Any info would be helpful.
Jun 03, 2002 (7:01 am)
The 2000 TT was chipped in 2000 -- things change in 2 years, hence my concerns that the "noise" here on edmunds about voiding the warranty etc. may indicate such a change -- putting chipping out of favor -- may have happened. I am 5+ months away from such decisions at least -- all the chippers I know have had good things to say about "stage one" chips -- and that is my interest level. I am not looking for an engine transplant, just a bit more boost, which apparently these chips do very well on the 2.7T engine.
I have read many reports that those with the 2.7 engine with manual transmissions are quite pleased with the factory set up too! Autoweek was less than 100% complimentary of the 2.7T when coupled with the tiptronic -- saying there was "noticable" turbo lag.
The only 2.7T's I have driven for any distance were both manual transmissions (an S4 and an A6) -- they were GREAT!
Joel, I agree with and appreciate the comments!
Jun 03, 2002 (8:46 am)
I have found at least one dealer, who works with Joe Hoppen, FYI -- Fred Baker Audi, Bedford, Ohio. I anticipate no issues -- what are the concerns about the warranty that I read from time to time?
#2829 of 6920 Heads up!
Jun 03, 2002 (1:02 pm)
The Town Hall is about to take on a new look in an effort to make content more easily searchable and accessible.
Have you seen the Letter from the Town Hall Manager on the Town Hall Welcome page? If not, you might want to follow that link to have a look.
And hang on to your seats. Change is never easy - for any of us - but resolving the Search problems we've had will be worth the pain.
#2830 of 6920 Audi Mechanic (#2773 above)
Jun 03, 2002 (5:27 pm)
I recommend Veloce Imports in Hudson, NH. We've been doing business there for several years and have been very happy. (603)883-9566.
#2831 of 6920 Sqeaky Arm Rest
Jun 06, 2002 (9:01 am)
My wife's 2002 A-6Q 3.0 has had a sqeaky center storage area / arm rest (between the seats) for a while. It used to sqeak when an arm was on it. She pointed this out on a service visit, and they did something to fix it (I wasn't there and am not sure what they did). It didn't sqeak for a while, but within a week or so was sqeaking worse than ever, including now when no arm is on it. We're bringing it back in, but any comments or experience concerning this would be appreciated.
#2832 of 6920 Prepping for a road trip
Jun 06, 2002 (11:42 am)
This afternoon my Mom is going to pick me up at the Tarrytown train station in Westchester County, NY and we're going to take a short road trip to Salem, NH for my cousin's HS graduation. I know what you're all thinking...how does this affect me? Well, it doesn't. It will be relavent to the board as we're taking my Mom's car, an '02 A6 3.0Q. My parents took delivery of the car at the end of march and I really haven't had a chance to drive it much. I'm excited to see how it handles the open road. It's German, so very well I'll bet.
Jun 06, 2002 (1:57 pm)
I can tell you this. Be careful, you could be doing 100+ before you know it. 8) The tiptronic on a twisty mountain road is fun, although no subsitute for a real manual transmission. Have fun and drive safely.