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#593 of 6920 Warranty with a used 98 A6 Quattro?
Dec 25, 2000 (4:32 pm)
I will soon be buying a 1998 A6 Quattro from a relative. I can either buy privately or through a dealer (Relative is getting a new A6 2.7T.)
Question: Should I purchase through the dealer in order to get the Audi Assured Warranty? The dealer will not mark-up the trade-in price, but will charge $1,000 for the warranty.
The car has 34,000 miles on it and went into service in September 1998. Therefore I would have 6-9 months of factory coverage (if that warranty can be transferred.)
Dec 26, 2000 (10:33 am)
Took delivery of my A6 2.7T before the week-end. Loves it! A couple of questions, though. Xenon headlight range seems kind of short. And trunk gate requires to be lifted pretty much all the way and squeals while doing so. Any thought?
#595 of 6920 Verlaquesa
Dec 26, 2000 (10:49 am)
Compare the xenon pattern to regular lights...they are very bright right to the edge of the pattern and can be deceiving. If the pattern still looks short the dealer should adjust it. Your trunk lid should raise very easily and silently; something is not right.
Dec 27, 2000 (5:45 pm)
Thank you Risen and Docimmer for your input on Winter tires.
I have just taken delivery of my 4.2 with sports and premium package. This car is really a luxury automobile, not a sports sedan as its exterior suggest. Maybe it is because I am now driving the A6 in a very timid way. Should I wait till say 3000 miles before I drive it aggressively? I cruise mildly on highway; however, I love to shoot the gear down to second entering a curve and come out flying as high as the car allows me.
I still have not learned all the bells & whistles yet, like the home link. My family knows where to find me during the long weekend.
BTW, the fuel gauge works well, there is no distortion on the windshield, no swirl mark etc etc...
I have kept my P6000 tires. I shall see how it fares during these last few days of year 2000.
Last but not least: I am now a proud owner of an A6.
#597 of 6920 4.2 vs 2.7
Dec 27, 2000 (8:44 pm)
For those of you who had no trouble zeroing in on the A6 but then wrestled with the decision of 4.2 or 2.7 or 2.7T, what were the factors that helped you make up your mind?
Dec 28, 2000 (8:15 am)
Get the warrenty. It will be the best $1000 you ever spent
#599 of 6920 2.7T vs. 4.2
Dec 28, 2000 (9:30 am)
The price difference...not much more than bragging rights for an additional $5 to $10K.
2.7T has better performance and regardless of what the diehards claim, the two models are virtually identical in looks. 4.2 offers a few more std features....but for a lot more money. And the 2.7T get better mileage.
Dec 28, 2000 (9:33 am)
Take a long test drive of three vehicles -- 2.7T with automatic, then the 6 speed manual 2.7T; then take a test drive of a 4.2 (only comes with 5spd automatic). Hopefully, each of the cars you test has the "sport package" -- and bettter yet hopefully the 2.7T's have the 17" wheel option as part of their sport packages. I have driven (and now own) A6's both with and without the sport package -- the difference is ride quality is fairly subtle, the difference in handling is not subtle.
The A6 4.2 is best described -- to compare and/or contrast it with the 2.7T -- as more refined, better balanced (with sport package) -- it has more "poise." The typical Audi solid-steel feel is even more so on the 4.2 (than the 2.7T). They do perform similarly, but make no mistake -- according to the fine print, the 2.7T is a hair quicker than the 4.2. The 4.2 makes much "sweeter sounds" when pressed, but this in no way is meant to demean the 2.7T.
The 4.2 appears (and is) more agressive -- flared fenders, slightly longer, body effects etc. Again some of these differences are subtle -- but they are far from hidden. Creature comforts, depending on your tastes -- more in the 4.2.
Another difference I noticed is a feeling that can be best described as muscular -- the 4.2 has more strength. This is manifested in several ways: over a bump, a railroad crossing, a washboard road, etc. The 2.7T is somehow less strong, less sturdy feeling when compared back to back with the 2.7T.
In their own way, each one is a bargain. Each one will make you smile. Each one provides many safety features and creature comforts. Apparently there is more "dealing" room on a 4.2 so the monthly lease payment difference between the two are not too great.
I would love to have my 4.2 with a 6 sp manual transmission -- this is my most significant "gripe" with the car. I have been told that there is a 6 speed tiptronic transmission that will "equal" the performance of the 6 spd manual -- but alas not here in the US and not in 2001 (so far).
It is not necessarily an easy choice -- again, try the back to back to back test drives if at all possible.
#601 of 6920 Audi A6 4.2 vs 2.7
Dec 28, 2000 (11:11 am)
Thanks to those who responded to my question.
#602 of 6920 Audi Nav Systems - Are they worth it?
Dec 28, 2000 (8:22 pm)
My question is, quite simply, are they really worth the cost and the trouble to find a car so equiped? anyone with experience with the nav system please provide the good and the bad so I can determine if it is more than an electronic novelty. Are they as user friendly as the 2001 Acura touch screen system? Are they as fast? I am fascinated by the technology, but rarely travel outside of a 100 mile radius from home. Thanks in advance for your input.