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#6299 of 6920 Re: M35X versus Audi A6 Quattro [habu]
May 30, 2006 (5:38 am)
Two fluids you should not mess with: oil and "anti-freeze" (aka coolant.)
Ask the dealer what specific brand(s) they use and what specifically they put in your car at the last change.
If they claim they use Audi brand coolant, buy some of THAT specific brand even if it costs a buck or three more than the Pep Boys knock off brand.
If they say Mobil1 or Castrol Full Syn or whatever they say, get a quart of the EXACT stuff at WalMart or where ever and keep both unopened containers of the oil and coolant in your car "just in case."
They can be very unforgiving if you put the wrong coolant in. They seem to be a bit more forgiving if you put in a full syn oil from the approved list.
Tire wear in the center can be an indication of overinflation. 3 - 5 pounds AND a f vs r inflation bias should NOT cause this kind of wear.
HOWEVER, what is not known here is if the 2004 Sline came with the Sline "normal" tires or the A/S tires. During a few year period, sport suspension and Sline equipped versions came with the summer only (read: short tread life) tires that gave of themselves in the pursuit of handling which most folks here in the US "don't appreciate" if it means changing their tires twice per year (from Summer to Winter and back, i.e.)
The Summer only tires I have had from Audi over the years typically had tread life under 20,000 miles, some under 15,000 miles and ONE set of Pirellis were essentially useless at 9,000 miles.
Then Audi shifted to HP (rather than UHP) all season tires of somewhat low profile (then over time to lower still profile.) Tread life has increased, stickiness has decreased -- handling, turn in, er, the ability to carve up a road has really decreased, but the cars are selling more than ever. Go figure.
38 f 35 r in my 2005 A6 3.2 with the standard suspension but with the 18" wheel/tire option seems ideal.
Were we given the choice, I would be the compromise candidate for UHP A/S tires like the PZero Nero M+S in 245 x 40 x 18" -- treadwear, however, would be a casualty of this choice and with so many 36 month 45K leases, I believe Audi of America is attempting to put rubber on these cars that actually stands a chance of making it at least 2/3rds of the way through the lease.
I have always wondered if the leases had one set of tires (beyond the OEM's) included in them if there wouldn't be more repeat owners -- perhaps an insurance policy that would provide a new set of tires at 30K miles for $200 total.
Some folks won't re-lease the same car because they mistake tire wear for other unfavorable attributes.
May 30, 2006 (6:06 am)
I was looking at Mercedes E350, Audi A6, and M35x over the weekend. Saw that, in terms of speed rating, Audi was offering H, Infiniti was offering V, and Mercedes (on the Sport Package, which cures for me the too-soft feel of Mercedes) Y rated tires, which led them to put a warning in the brochure about tread wear, riding over rough roads, and avoiding driving over anything. This mattered to me more than I thought it would. I don't want owning my car to too-much resemble taking care of a special-needs pet. Audi had H-rated tires, even on the SLine A6 and it drove, as they say, like it was on rails.
#6301 of 6920 Re: CD question [markcincinnati]
May 30, 2006 (8:39 am)
I've been ripping copies of songs from the "store bought" CD's to my computer, and then burning copies to use in the car. I use "Itunes" but there are a number of other sites that will title the songs with text data as you rip them that will then appear on the MMI display from the copied disk. I have yet to come across an original CD that already has this data, but I buy new CD's very infrequently.
#6302 of 6920 Re: CD question [dan339g]
May 30, 2006 (8:47 am)
Mark, thanks. That's the most clarifying answer I've gotten. I could tell, yesterday, that Audi salesman was becoming a bit frustrated by his inability to show me what you described by trying store-bought CDs supplied by other salespeople. And I didn't have any of my iTunes created discs with me. Is there anything within the MMI system that has be set up or turned on for the text data to appear on screen?
May 30, 2006 (8:52 am)
Buy the new David Gilmour CD -- full text and a great latter day "almost" Blue (Joni Mitchell, Blue, that is) recording.
If you like some of the Mission Bell type Floyd recordings, you're sure to like this one.
Most CD's do not have the text, more and more newer ones do, but apparently the types of music we buy (Hearts of Space kind of thing and "Standards" and Classical) doesn't have a lot of text'd releases, at least not the ones we buy.
Now with Sirius, however, we are buying fewer and fewer CD's.
May 30, 2006 (5:33 pm)
Not to shoot down using the CD's, but hopefully in the near future there will be other options...
...that will allow use of MP3's, etc... something that is sorely missed in the current car (one of my only disappointments)...
#6305 of 6920 Re: CD's [liferules]
May 30, 2006 (7:13 pm)
I agree...BMW and MB are far ahead in this area....Audi are you listening?
May 30, 2006 (7:22 pm)
I have yet to find Sirius wanting.
#6307 of 6920 Re: 2006 vs 2007 [rayainsw] - torque
May 30, 2006 (8:41 pm)
2007 Audi A6's 4.2 FSI engine, with the aid of direct injection, develops 350 hp, while fuel consumption is 10 percent lower. Also available will be the Audi parking system, with a wide-angle rear-view camera when parking. It first appeared on the Q7. So, itís plausible that V8 torque will match the 350hp V8 in the Q7 which generates 325 lbs.-ft. 3,500 rpm.
#6308 of 6920 Re: CD's [markcincinnati]
May 31, 2006 (6:28 am)
Since I believe you have regular access to both Sirius & XM, I'll ask you a question I posted in the deader-than-dead "Satellite Radio" board on Edmunds:
What are your opinions of the two sets of channels? Very few people seem to be in a position to do anything resembling an objective comparison -- they have one & like it, have the other one & like it, or are looking for a cheaper deal to cover the recurring fees.
I drove a rental Impala with XM for a 10-day period in April (over 1800 miles in New England & Quebec in the sun with spring just coming on -- not bad duty), so had an opportunity to fully exercise the service. I really liked it, and if I drove my own car cross-country as much as I do rentals, I'd figure out a way to get it tomorrow.
As it is, I'll wait till my next car, which is (as always, it seems) 1 - 3 years out. I picked my favorite 12 or so channels & listened to almost no conventional radio for the duration of the journey. Lots of sports coverage that doesn't interest me & no name-brand talk radio, but otherwise I was always able to find something I liked -- often music I hadn't heard in 20+ years.
So if you could only have one, which would it be?