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#6470 of 6921 Audi - revving to new gains in Europe
Jul 28, 2006 (9:49 pm)
From Business Week Europe on Yahoo! Finance
In the latest J.D. Power & Associates customer satisfaction survey for Germany, Audi was one of the biggest gainers in 2006, tying with BMW and rated No. 7, the highest-ranking non-Japanese brand in the survey, which was led for the fifth year running by Toyota.
The annual J.D. Power report, released July 5, shows Audi made big gains in vehicle quality and customer service, and scored high in vehicle appeal.
In the 2006 reader survey by German magazine Auto Motor & Sport, Audi swept the rankings, overtaking both BMW and Mercedes for best car in the compact [A3), executive sedan [A6], and luxury sedan [A8] categories. "Audi has had to overachieve," to win its place in the premium market says Karl Ludvigsen, president of Euromotor Consultants in North Hampton, U.K.
It's not just in Germany where Audi is on the upswing. In J.D. Power's 2006 French survey, BMW and Audi scored higher than they did among German owners, ranking No. 2 and No. 5 respectively, with Honda (HMC) taking first place. The annual survey measures cars on quality and reliability, vehicle appeal, service satisfaction, and ownership costs.
#6471 of 6921 I can think of no higher praise. . .
Jul 29, 2006 (7:30 am)
. . .than to report to this forum, that at 20,000+ miles on my 2005 A6 3.2, I actually could see keeping the car beyond the lease term. Were the cost of doing so remain constant or decline (let's just say I CPO'd it before the OEM warranty were up and extended the service contract -- both now options that can be purchased), this is a real possibility.
This car (other than a slight stone crack on the windshield) has not aged one bit other than for what I would consider normal wear on the tires.
With as many cars, Audis in particular that we have had, this car seems to somehow have resisted aging. It seems tight, it actually has a stronger engine feel and everything works.
Now, the question "will I keep it?" Financially, it rarely seems to work. If my $640ish payment (which at the moment includes full maintenance and 100% warranty) could continue, and the same $640 would not buy an acceptable newer (2008?) replacement, well, "maybe."
The point remains -- this car is screwed together very well.
I only wish it had an in-dash CD and that I could've ordered UHP A/S tires (and what the heck, I still have a mild regret that I didn't equip it with the sport suspension, but I'm almost over that -- almost.)
#6472 of 6921 Re: I can think of no higher praise. . . [markcincinnati]
Aug 02, 2006 (11:56 am)
If the new model, say, the 2008, had the 40/60 front/rear power split (instead of the current 50/50 traditional quattro split) would that influence you?
#6473 of 6921 Audi in Austraila
Aug 02, 2006 (11:59 am)
About Audi A6, from Australian reviewer:
"Why you'd buy it:: Contrary to public perception, Audi makes better quality cars than BMW and Benz and has done so for about the past five years. The trouble is (the Why you might not buy it is) that "these new and improved Audis are still paying for the sins of Audis of old, which were not as well built. Car valuers hit Audis unfairly hard because the public and the industry are stuck in a time warp."
Of course, the starter switch problem reported by the woman on the Audi problems forum -- and that same problem being emphasized in the Automobile magazine long term test report -- tends to keep the wariness about Audi alive in the collective consciousness of potential buyers. It did for me, as some of you know (ad nauseum).
#6474 of 6921 Re: I can think of no higher praise. . . [sfcharlie]
Aug 02, 2006 (1:26 pm)
Marketing puffery from a practical standpoint.
Whoa! Here is what I mean.
I would rather have 40 60 f/r than 50 50 f/r in an ideal world.
But, but, but:
The torsen system is "instantaneous." I don't "need" the rear bias on a normal sub 8/10th's driving regimine.
Keep the thing at 50 50 for all I care -- here is what I would want were I granted but ONE wish.
50 50 f/r WEIGHT balance and keep the 50 50 f/r torque split -- "I'll get by, just fine."
If I had a magic wand:
50 50 f/r weight balance
40 60 f/r torque split
dual diagonal shocks (like are on the RS4 and the previous RS6)
a 7 speed "DSG" transmission
a turbo charged diesel engine (4.2TDI) with all the clean burn stuff known to automotive engineering.
I don't want much, I know.
Sep 07, 2006 (7:47 am)
Pricing was just announced on the S6 72 grand. With most options and the gas tax, you'll be under 80 grand. I think that's a pretty resonable price point for the V-10.
Sep 08, 2006 (5:26 am)
Recently acquired Audi A6 and Verizon Treo 700p. They work together with little setup effort, including Audi bluetooth phone system recognizing and using Treo "Favorites" list as your "Phonebook".
#6477 of 6921 Tire Pressure Monitor Sensitivity
Sep 08, 2006 (9:29 am)
I had a surprising experience with my 06 A6 3.2 this week. I had driven by a construction site near my home, with lots of "spillage" of materials and activity onto the street. As I passed it occurred to me the chances of picking up a nail in one of my tires was probably pretty good. Sure enough, the next time I started the car, the tire pressure warning light came on. I inspected the tires, and found a single nail driven into the driver's front wheel (all the way in to the head). It appeared to be in there very snugly, and after checking the air pressure manually it showed the recommended pressure. I've since checked 3 other times, and the pressure appears to be holding steady (as are the other tires). I can only conclude the system registered a change in pressure for a fraction of a second as the nail entered, and this caused the warning light to activate? Seems like that type of change would be almost too small to detect, unless there is some other sensor that registers punctures? In any event, I'll be bringing the car is this week to see if the hole can be plugged. Does anyone know whether the monitoring system has to be reset somehow?
#6478 of 6921 2007 A6 With Sirius
Sep 09, 2006 (6:09 am)
Have a 07 A6, the dealer installed Sirius (not installed at factory). Everything works fine. However the information for the channel you are listening to does NOT scroll from left to right, so longer song titles and groups are truncated:
Hootie and the Bl
The Long and Windi
My portable sirius receiver and other cars I have been in with Sirius have scrolled left to right. Is this a quirk with my install or is this the way it is with Audi and Sirius?
#6479 of 6921 Re: 2007 A6 With Sirius [kmt123]
Sep 09, 2006 (3:43 pm)
Unfortunately, that's the way the MMI works (or doesn't work...). CD songs likewise get cut off after 15 letters (I'm guessing).
I agree, scrolling would be a simple thing to have for such a complex and expensive car, but these autos still seem about 5 years behind the technology curve (no MP3, USB jack, etc...).