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Audi A6, Sedan
Mar 08, 2005 (6:21 pm)
Mark: I bought a bmw 530 in 2001. I was comparing it to the Audi A6 2.7t at the time. The A8 was not a comparable price to the 530. My car has the sport, premium, etc...Also, I do get the free maintenance. It has 49,000 miles now with not one problem, except the cupholders. But, in 2001 I was going to get the Audi, but in several months from then, Audi was getting a facelift which I would want. Bottom line, I would have had to wait about 7 months out. At that time, the bmw definitely had a better driving experience, but the Audi was more luxurious inside and bigger, which I liked. Anyhow, the bmw has been great and we'll keep it forever. I am now considering the A6 because of its size and comfort. Although, in 2001, my friend bought the A6 and continually had it in the shop for oil consumption problems. Just recently turned it in early. Seems it was a lemon, though.
Mar 08, 2005 (7:07 pm)
I had both a 2000 A6 4.2 and a 2001 A6 4.2 sport.
My comparison was with my sport suspension equipped A6 V8. The price comparison, NOT the model designation was the basis of my story. I was not and if I did, did not mean to suggest that an Audi A8 was comparably priced with a 530 Bimmer.
The common assumption was that there were 3 models of the Audi A6 and three of the BMW 5 series and that they were marketed in the US to compete with each other.
On paper, these three cars from their respective companies were, in terms of power, low, medium and high, although the 2.7T was quicker and faster than the middle BMW.
The price, however made a match between the middle BMW and the top Audi a more likely comparison.
When one could acquire a V8 sport equipped A6 OR a BMW 6 cylinder also sport equipped for approximate money (and the lease even more favored the Audi) the Audi could "beat" the BMW in many ways.
This was the basis for the value prop I have been on about (that I am concerned Audi has either lost or forgotten).
If I somehow suggested that I was comparing an A8 to the 530, I misspoke. I was comparing the Audi 4.2 to the 530i based on the closeness of their MSRP's at the time.
However, in point of fact, the 2.7T version was more capable in many respects based on its high torque and horsepower. At that time, the Audi 2.7T & 4.2 A6's were on C&D's 10 Best.
The current, new A6, IMHO should have made the cut this year -- but alas it did not grace C&D's top 10.
Danger Will Robinson, Danger!
Mar 08, 2005 (10:08 pm)
Mark: I'm sorry. I meant to say an A6 4.2, not an A8. In my area, I couldn't get a 4.2 for the same price as the 530, which I paid MSRP for back in 2001. I'm sure you were able to get a better deal than I. Again, the 2.7t was the car I wanted, but time was a factor. I've been happy with the 530 but am currently looking at the new A6. It's beautiful, and in my area, they aren't around every corner like the bmw.
#5309 of 6921 windshield wipers 02
Mar 13, 2005 (4:57 pm)
can you change this yourself? can you get these at a auto parts store or have to get them from the dealer (mine is 70 miles away) are there inserts or do replace the whole blade??? how much, and is it hard to do
Mar 16, 2005 (8:11 pm)
Is it just me, or does the upcoming Passat dangerously resemble the A6? If you squint, you can even see VW's version of the single frame grille. Dimensions are relatively close, and typically the two brands share DNA under the skin, anyway. 4-Motion is allegedly a less advanced version of Quattro, but are the systems truly that different?
VW is also developing a new 3.6 liter, 280-hp V6 for the Passat's debut in early 2006. If I'm a new A6 owner with the 3.1 liter 255-hp motor, I would not be a happy camper when I learn about the better endowed VW, or if Audi decides to offer the bigger engine a year later.
#5312 of 6921 Re: 06 Passat [cstiles]
Mar 16, 2005 (8:14 pm)
Actually they don't share much...at all.
The Passat now shares the new Golf/Jetta platform, and much of the content (suspension/steering, hvac, etc).
I would suspect the A6 has a more refined drive...but it's just speculation.
#5313 of 6921 Re: 06 Passat [cstiles]
Mar 17, 2005 (7:14 am)
I believe the Passat gets a stronger V6 because it won't be offered with the V8. Then again, they may offer the W8 again which rules out my theory on the V6.
Mar 17, 2005 (7:15 am)
The Passat W8 is gone.
#5315 of 6921 Re: 06 Passat [markcincinnati]
Mar 17, 2005 (7:59 am)
Then there you have it. The new Passat gets a stronger V6 because it doesn't get the 8.