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#6140 of 6921 Re: Adjustable steering wheel [dan339g]
Feb 08, 2006 (10:29 am)
Take my money, please.
When I was in graduate school back in 1976, I took a marketing course or two and a management course. My wife while also in graduate school took a course or two in finance and other general biz type courses.
I kept my textbooks -- and yes they are old and mouldy to be sure -- for in these books lies what one would assume to be an axiom of business: "when the customer wants to give you money, take it."
Now, of course I have summarized 1/3 of the textbook into that statement. But, the thing is, the power steering column is a current feature, not a one off or custom set up.
Why not offer this as an option and take the customer's money?
This ticked me off, so much, when I custom ordered my 2003 allroad and WANTED the heated steering wheel which had been on prior model years.
I would have paid, oh say, $150 or so, for the option. Assuming this would have been a decent margin for the manufacturer, why not sell it to me?
I do understand in the case of transmissions the degree of difficulty and expense of mixing engines and transmissions for certain markets.
But, c'mon Audi -- "mass customization" was in my 1976 vintage text books (it might not have been called that but that is what it meant.)
I would like to buy front parktronic and NOT have to buy an A8 to get it -- what is the big deal?
Take my money, please!
The option list seems quite long and to make the 3.2 NOT have the power column and the 4.2 have it, well, makes zero sense to me.
For pity's sake, I paid $750 for the overpriced overrated Advanced Key (they saw me comming) -- they could'a got another couple bucks outta me for the power steering column.
My 4.2 A6's and my A8 of yore did have this feature and I liked it. I have no clue how much the option box would have it priced, but within reason, I again say "Audi, take my money, please!" This said, of course, in my best Henny Youngman impersonation.
On that note, I leave you with:
I take my wife everywhere, but she keeps finding her way back.
I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places.
My Grandmother is over eighty and still doesn't need glasses. Drinks right out of the bottle.
When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.
-- Henny Youngman
#6141 of 6921 Re: An Objective Opinion on Best Color Combo ..... not. [erickpl]
Feb 08, 2006 (12:26 pm)
I am swearing off of any German car in Silver or Black. All the local dealers stock about 80% in Silver or Black (and this goes for Audis and BMW's) -- often with black interiors.
Somebody shoot me please -- the interiors are soooo confining in black, etc. So depressing too.
Beats me why, when there are many cool colors that everything has to be so mono looking.
There is a white A6 on the showroom floor AND a Misano Red SLine A6, there too -- both of those are great looking. The red one, though has the black interior, the white has beige and it looks (to me) expensive and rich, etc.
I went with the Amaretto leather (why do they charge more, again?) after flirting with buying an Infiniti M with the "Bourbon" leather interior.
I have seen several A8's in Amaretto and one other A6 (dark blue pearl) with it. I have, thus far, not seen any dark green pearl with Amaretto interiors, like mine (and that, although NOT my intention, is great with me.)
I don't see myself coming and going that is.
To each his/her own.
#6142 of 6921 Re: An Objective Opinion on Best Color Combo ..... not. [bpau]
Feb 08, 2006 (1:42 pm)
When I ordered mine, I had gone to a high volume Audi dealer that had a good representative inventory of most of the colors in stock, with the exception of the Cambridge Green and Canyon Red. I found the Dakar Beige and Atlas Gray to be my two favorites and I agonized between the two. I ultimately decided on the Atlas Gray despite the proliferation of silver/gray cars out there as this color scored higher on the "gut first impression" check when walking on the lot. I was also a bit conscious of it being more popular when it comes to re-sale. That being said, I've seen a few Dakar Beige models on the road and they are very handsome and definitely distinctive in the sea of silver cars out there. In regard to interiors, I completely agree the lighter color makes it feel more spacious, as well as "cooler" in warm weather. I'm confident you'll be very satisfied.
#6143 of 6921 Re: Adjustable steering wheel [markcincinnati]
Feb 08, 2006 (1:54 pm)
I've got a Finance background as well, and we strongly encourage our sales team to take money when offered. It's really difficult to understand the logic, since it is inconceivable someone would pony up the addition money for the 4.2 just to get a power adjustable wheel, and it is certainly not a unique or exclusive option that provides any "halo" effect. But then, I'm not in marketing.
Thanks for the fun Henny quips, but oye...you forgot:
"The Doctor says "You'll live to be 60!" "I AM 60!" "See, what did I tell you?"
"A bum asked me "Give me $10 till payday." I asked "When's payday?" He said "I don't know, you're the one who is working!"
"There was a girl knocking on my hotel room door all night! Finally, I let her out."
"Those two are a fastidious couple. She's fast and he's hideous."
"My son complains about headaches. I tell him all the time, when you get out of bed, it's feet first!"
#6144 of 6921 Re: An Objective Opinion on Best Color Combo ..... not. [dan339g]
Feb 08, 2006 (2:00 pm)
THANK YOU SO MUCH! I really feel relieved with my color choice. I can't wait to see it. I believe I still have another month and a 1/2 to go for my order .
#6145 of 6921 Re: An Objective Opinion on Best Color Combo ..... not. [markcincinnati]
Feb 08, 2006 (2:30 pm)
I think the Atlas Gray/Ebony combination is sharp and looks really rich with the dark walnut trim. Nothing confining about that to me.
If I ever special orderd an A6, I'd pay extra to get the Arctic white w/ Amaretto. I don't know why Audi doesn't offer White/Amaretto as a factor option. I think it would look awesome.
#6146 of 6921 Re: An Objective Opinion on Best Color Combo ..... not. [rjlaero]
Feb 08, 2006 (2:38 pm)
White with Amaretto would be my first choice, alas. . .
I have always ordered my cars, BTW.
Twice as much fun, if you get my meaning.
#6147 of 6921 Re: An Objective Opinion on Best Color Combo ..... not. [markcincinnati]
Feb 08, 2006 (6:42 pm)
The creme de le creme for me would be an Arctic White/Amaretto car w/ an alcantera suede Amaretto headliner and door inserts like the A8.
I'd almost sell my townhome and live in the back seat...)))
#6148 of 6921 amaretto all the way for me - looks very rich
Feb 09, 2006 (8:22 am)
I have it with a silver headliner - no longer available .... it's a collectors item:)
#6149 of 6921 Re: Adjustable steering wheel [dan339g]
Feb 09, 2006 (8:31 am)
I also would have opted for that. Good thing auto steering wheel doesn't have the side mirror bug. There would be alot of bruised crotches out there:)
Why not have headlight washer option sold independently. In my '05 it was bundled with seat warmer and I never get that. So now I don't have it but miss it. It was a great safety feature while hot buns are not.