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Audi A6, Sedan
#5733 of 6921 Re: Using Bluetooth Phone for A6 [bondguy1]
Aug 02, 2005 (1:05 pm)
Ask the dealer about the differences -- Audi brake jobs, speaking from experience can be more than $800 if four rotors are needed. I know I had nine brake jobs in total on my two A6's (2000 A6 4.2 and 2001 A6 4.2 sport.)
My 2003 quattro did not need brakes at 46,000 miles -- the brakes on that car were never bad, they were just never up to the level of quality of the rest of the car. The brakes on the allroad were reliable and durable but just felt "weak."
Not so the brakes on the new 2005 A6 3.2 -- wow!
But warped rotors are NOT ALL THAT UNCOMMON -- and if you only get rotors ONCE and within 12 months as part of the Audi Advantage, you are correct, I would not expect this car to need them.
Yet, with the 2003 allroad as an example, if you can go practically 50,000 miles on the original rotors and pads, that does not seem like much of an issue.
There are probably many more people than I -- on this board -- who know the subtleties of the new and unimproved Audi Advantage.
If you asked me, they made a bonehead play -- sure the new A6 is a quantum leap from the C5. But, but, but, it has yet to be proven to be as good in the long haul (in the clinch) as it is after a couple of thousand miles.
Audi is apparently now obsessed with quality -- and I agree that it shows on this A6. But, perhaps they should've waited another year before "eroding" the Audi Advantage to Silver from Gold and apparently eventually down to Bronze. Meanwhile BMW is making marketing hay about thinking about "wipers, rotors and oil changes would be so un-BMW-like."
I get lots and lots and lots of surveys from Audi (the ones with the $1 and $5 bills in them) -- never, ever, do they ask questions like: "what would your opinion be of Audi if we 'de-contented' the Audi Advantage" (or words that while not as direct would lead them to understand how the Audi Advantage has been a big deal for the faithful for all these years (since 1988 in fact -- the "three year test drive.")
This is the beginning of the potential for the nickel and dime stuff that often is, in the larger scheme a nit, but it is the little hairs that get down my back when I get a haircut that I remember for a couple of hours while I am scratching my neck and back -- not the great haircut.
Grrrrr. To repeat, what a bonehead play -- they are doing the right thing from their point of view and too early from the customer's point of view. These LPS cars are getting better and better all the time and they get more alike all the time -- the Audi Advantage was, past tense, a differentiator that is apparently being allowed to wither.
Now that AWD is pretty much offered by a lot of Audi A6 competitors, keeping the Audi Advantage and even strengthening it would be my approach were I Audi's top management.
But, I'm not.
#5734 of 6921 Re: Using Bluetooth Phone for A6 [bondguy1]
Aug 02, 2005 (3:57 pm)
I had the T608 before leaving Sprint. The buttons on it are very small and it is slow to change screens and to fire up. That said, it has excellent application for Bluetooth and worked nearly flawlessly with my TL and M35. I assume it will work well with Audi's.
#5735 of 6921 Re: Using Bluetooth Phone for A6 [carnaught]
Aug 02, 2005 (4:17 pm)
when you go to the Audi list on Audi's website, it lists it as a phone that isn't supported in the new A6. I just can't bring myself to buying the sliding LG 325..it's cheap looking and feels cheap.
#5736 of 6921 Re: Problem with my new Audi A6 [markcincinnati]
Aug 02, 2005 (5:40 pm)
I really wanted the same car - silver with black interior. Turns out there were only two available that had all of the options that I had on the original car (one was some where in Michigan and one was in Chicago) both cars had a couple of extra options. They gave me the choice of which car I wanted. I ended up with satellite radio and premium leather. The car arrived at the dealer yesterday or today and now I am just trying to schedule a time to complete the paper work to make the exchange.
#5737 of 6921 Re: Using Bluetooth Phone for A6 [markcincinnati]
Aug 02, 2005 (5:56 pm)
The beancounters are firmly in charge.
Were you not "you," you'd be driving an Infiniti today. But you are, and you're not. They gave you a one-off deal to (moderately) offset the press they were getting.
Point being, Audi lease deals weren't competitive & now they're into the nickel & dime zone. Might make sense if they'd had five years to prove that they can compete in the reliability discussion, but. . .
It appears to me they've had five minutes, with sales numbers to match.
Gotta love it when the car guys with passion are trumped by the ones who count (both ways). Well, not really, but it sure happens a lot. I'm driving a monument to it.
Glad you're enjoying your Audi. I'm staying tuned. It's been four years since I was introduced to the brand, in Europe, and watching the parade has certainly been interesting.
Aug 03, 2005 (4:22 am)
Got an E-mail from audi that the new A6 avent is now available and was blown away just how pretty that thing is!
Might look better than the excellent Sedan! As most know, in europe, 60% of A6 sales are Avents!
I built mine, and was actually able to keep the lease payments under $900 per month on the payement estimater! I know I could do better, but I thought it was funny as heck!
Please audi, give me a Stick!
#5739 of 6921 2000 A6 4.2 questions
Aug 03, 2005 (8:23 am)
I'm looking at a 2000 A6 4.2 with 55k on the odo. Are there any more "problem" areas you can tell me about? I notice that the front end falls apart around 40k on the 2.7T. I am looking to see if the "unique" aluminum suspension used on the 4.2 has had better longevity. I know the price for enjoyment on this car is going to be on the high side, but the car is just awesome to drive. Any info you can provide me with would be greatly appreciated.
#5740 of 6921 Re: Any material improvements for the 2006 A6 ? [markcincinnati]
Aug 03, 2005 (9:31 am)
$80.00 for wiper blades! Heavens! I just bought 22" Bosch complete wiper assemblies through BMA parts in Ca. at $18.00 for the pair on my 2000 A6 and they work just fine. I was initially concerned because the driver's OEM wiper assembly had a "fairing" attached for some sort of wind control, but the new non-Audi blades work as well. ZMy Audi mechanic says don't bother with wiper "inserts", they don't work as well as blade assembly replacement.
I thought it was only a matter of time before the "everything" Audi warranty became a "limited" package w/ optional extras.
#5741 of 6921 Re: 2000 A6 4.2 questions [joshmon]
Aug 03, 2005 (9:47 am)
---Valve cover/cam gasket leaks
---driver's window operation
---driving "vibrations" due to wheel alignment/balancing/steering rack issues
---front tie rod end wear
---braking shimmy due to warped rotors
---proper turn signal operation
---check auto alarm during remote key fob locking/unlocking
---airbag light on in dash
---heated seat operation
---check for synthetic oil use
---hydraulic power steering leaks
---check for tiptronic tranny smooth shifting
---transmission fluid change(should be done at 50,000)
#5742 of 6921 Re: 2000 A6 4.2 questions [joshmon]
Aug 03, 2005 (10:58 am)
Reply 5741 is very complete.
What are you talking about, BTW? The A6 2.7T's front ends fall apart at 40K miles? Never heard that one.
My issues with these cars have to do with making sure you get EVERY fluid and filter changed no matter what. And use syn oil.
Further if the engine has a rubber band in it, change it sooner rather than later.
The area that I had some troubles with in the 4.2 was the power articulated steering column which costs $1,400 and seems to go out about every 25,000 miles.
The 2000 and 2001 had brake rotor issues -- which are annoying as hell -- and potentially expensive.
Make sure the car is "CPO'd" -- piece of mind.