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#6584 of 6920 Why does love have to be so sad?
Mar 09, 2007 (9:07 am)
I don't know where to post this, so, I'll post here and link from the Cadillac CTS and LPS forums. Here goes:
My 2005 C6 A6 despite some, to me, very few minor issues -- always cheerfully repaired by Audi -- is as tight as the day I got it.
My reading of the Previews of the CTS AWD, etc., etc., seems to indicate it will be brought out with about, but not quite the same "L" features as my "LPS" A6. In some ways, however, it will still, even as a 2008 model, have less, less, less than a 2005 Audi A6.
Now, truth be told, I don't really need push-button start. But I have come to appreciate the "smart key" aspect, especially when coming out of the grocery store, hands full. I understand the CTS will, of course, have keyless entry, but it will still be that same old dumb key, or so it seems.
My 2005 A6 has BlueTooth, voice command and the ability to suck power from the A6 for the cell phone and the cell phone uses the shark fin antenna to achieve both higher clarity and lower drop outs -- and it is not after market, it is built in. While I currently don't have a backup camera, I do have parktronic and were my car a 2007 with the option packages I have, it WOULD have a backup camera AND parktronic. I don't seem to be able to tell if the CTS will have either. It seems, by omission, it will not.
BlueTooth is nice, but since I use the in-car cradle, I am less impressed. Regardless, it is written that BlueTooth will be delayed by 6+ months for the US version of the CTS.
The CTS's big deal was to be the stick shift (be still my heart) and the 300HP engine. Yea? Well, it seems that stick, 300HP and AWD are not possible (maybe not) -- however, I have stopped fighting that battle. The auto trans even in my tiptronic is the best auto ever and has "virtually" no lag. I give up -- "video killed the radio star." If you get my drift. I'd not disqualify the CTS for transmission choice alone.
So a 2008 CTS will come out, pounding its chest and it can't even muster 2004 state of the art LPS features? (remember the 2005 A6 was conceived in 2002, or 2003 and finalized in 2004.)
Yea, well it may be $10,000 less than my $53,286 A6. But I still am thinking a similarly equipped (as my A6) CTS can't possibly be ONLY $43K (can it?)
The A6's interior fit and finish, the lighting features, the infinite control afforded by MMI -- all for no money down and $640 per month for 36 months. Can Cadillac even come close?
Yet, given reasonably attractive choices that are close in feature, function, content, etc, I would, even after 28 Audis, 2 VW's and 2 BMW's, "like" to acquire an American car. No really, I would!
On the other hand, my A6 can be CPO'd for 100,000 miles (total) for about $1,250. Add, a new set of tires, brake pads, a new battery, an updated NAV DVD, a little TLC in the form of a complete professional detailing job and few on the planet earth will know if it is a 2005, 2006 or 2007 -- as if I really cared.
If the buy out is attractive (and with Audi's somewhat low residuals -- well, it could be), perhaps I should wait for the 2010 CTS (or Audi A4 or A6 -- or maybe even the 2008 A5) and drive a three year old car that is engineered at least as good as a new CTS and is featured and contented arguably better than a new 2008 CTS will be for perhaps at least one or two MY's.
"Why does love have to be so sad?"
#6585 of 6920 Re: Questions about A6 options [markcincinnati]
Mar 09, 2007 (11:50 am)
Thanks for the feedback.
#6586 of 6920 Re: Why does love have to be so sad? [markcincinnati]
Mar 09, 2007 (12:32 pm)
I don't know, Mark...the CTS has a great engine and typical caddy features and gizmo's but to me, at least, the drive is still waay too spongy. It definitely doesn't have that German, stiff/tight drive that I've become accustomed to having with my C6.
I agree, though, that AOA is being a little stuffy about deals on leases and purchases. BMW is far cheaper these days for the same amenities, and many cars can be bought for cheaper with numbers that surpass the A6 (Infiniti, Caddy, etc... not that I personally like them better, but they have better numbers in one way or another compared with Audi)...
#6587 of 6920 Re: Questions about A6 options [brian124]
Mar 09, 2007 (1:29 pm)
I have an 06 A6 Avant and the adaptive cruise control and can say that it absolutely does work as advertised. I did not think I would care for it or ever use it (i rarely used conventional cruise on previous vehicles.) While it's still not a must-have for me, I do like it and use it often.
#6588 of 6920 Re: Why does love have to be so sad? [liferules]
Mar 09, 2007 (2:43 pm)
I am ONLY speculating, but I am speculating about the upcoming 2008 CTS with the 300HP engine, Sport Suspension, upsized wheels, 6spd and AWD.
Not that I disagree with the premise: "spongy."
It is too soon to know if the thing will be an advancement of the model, from what was "not bad" (but not German) to, worth considering for the price differential, content and wheelbase/track (that are, after all, mid-sized German-like -- 113" WB, e.g.)
When a new 5 series Bimmer can be leased for what seems to be an impossibly low number, well, there is still the lure of the BMW...and Audi does from time to time come up with some great loyalty incentives.
The jury is STILL out.
Heck, the new A4 might be a contenda too!
#6589 of 6920 New MMI update
Mar 10, 2007 (11:12 am)
On February 20th, Audi came out with a new MMI update. It is known as CD 4FO 906 961 AB. It replaces the MMI update that came out on November 1, 2006. You can get the update by complaining about losing the surround sound setting(TSB 91 07 08), strange noise or no sound through radio (TSB 91 07 05), cursor jumping in radio memory list (91 07 06), problems displaying satelite stations on screen (91 07 11). The other good news is that the dealer no longer needs to arrange for a rep. There are step by step instructions. If anybody wants a PDF of the TSBs for the new update, as opposed to the old update, let me know.