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Audi A6, Sedan
#995 of 6921 snowed in / gooddesign
Mar 29, 2001 (8:38 am)
Although I have had some problems, and choose to deal with a dealer that is a little far away (i have two other dealers within two miles of my house or office), the level of service has been exceptional, and EVERY problem has been resolved. To date my out of pocket expenses have been for gas, insurance and the lease itself. The car has never broken down, left me stranded, or required ANY cash out of my pocket for service over the last three years. All of my problems occurred within the first nine months. Since that time all i've had to do is service the car when the light comes on.
On the other hand, my wifes $36k 1998 Explorer (same thing i paid for my A6) had some "minor" problems that Ford laughed at. Rattles, squeeks, groans, window leaks, suspension problems, poor fit and finish, stalling, were all seen by Ford as acceptable problems for a truck (not the attitude I now get from Mercedes). At the end of three years, the paint was peeling off the hood and Ford actually came to me and said that I may be responsible!! HAHAHAHAHA... this truck was cleaner at the end of the lease than the day i picked it up, even the wheel wells and undercarriage were clean enough to eat off of (yes, I have a slight problem!).
At least Audi is willing to stand behind their product and will make it right, and while i could get shuttled to and from work by the "local dealers" I have a wonderful relationship with the owner and management of Champion Motors and choose to deal with them. When i really need a loaner, they are happy to get me one as a favor, but having three cars from them, i try and arrange all my services in the same time frame so that something's there to drive home, or someone's picking something up.
Gooddesign: I had a set of SP9000's on 18"s and loved them for the traction and handling, but HATED the road noise after 13k miles. I normally trust JD at the Tire Rack for his honest evaluation of tires, and depending on where you live, how you drive, and the conditions you expect, he will probably help get you the most bang for your buck. My A6 came with Continentals which are still in decent shape on the original 16" rims (23k on them). No complaints, they are very quiet, offer decent wet/dry handling (no snow in SO FLA) and good treadwear, I just couldn't resist a nice set of 18" wheels that were sitting in the dealership! My stepfather will be swapping back to the stock wheels as soon as he's down here next due to the road noise!
Mar 29, 2001 (9:05 am)
Yeah. I'm still listening. And still fussing on reliability things. But real interested, as I've been since '98 ... Does anyone here have opinions on Wagner Audi (nearest me), or Bernardi? Thanks.
#997 of 6921 #987 - Dealers
Mar 29, 2001 (4:29 pm)
jwilson1 - Wagner Audi is a bit of a drive so I didn't make it there. I can tell you that I am very pleased with the folks at Park Audi in Lawrence. The three dealers I surveyed didn't have what I was looking for. (I did my homework and made a solitary but comprehensive walk through their lots). Harry Robinson at Park Audi did the leg work and rounded up my A6 2.7T. I waited a couple weeks after my first visit. Probably the best car buying experience I've ever had - and a great car, too. Absolutley flawless delivery. Only expenses to date are gas and TOUCHLESS car washes.
#998 of 6921 2.7T 2001 Reliability report so far
Mar 30, 2001 (10:09 am)
Got my Audi late December; put in about 1900 miles in the SF Bay Area. No problem or quirk to report. I do find the mpg a little low, but I have been climbing from 17.4 mpg when I got the car to 18.6 mpg today. Since it does not look like the computer starts afresh when I refuel, I suspect my true mpg is actually higher. I also still feels that the range of the Xenon lights seem to be shorter than what I am used to. Finally, I wish the lights would come on/off automatically (after all, my wife's Toyota Sienna XLE had that!) and I wish the Bose stereo had a mute function (or did I miss it). Otherwise, I love the car.
#999 of 6921 verlaquesa-mileage reset
Mar 30, 2001 (12:47 pm)
Are you pressing the reset button on the bottom of the turn signal lever?
#1000 of 6921 VERLAQUESA-MILEAGE RESET
Mar 30, 2001 (2:37 pm)
Actually, it's on the bottom of the wiper lever on the right hand side of the steering column.
Mar 30, 2001 (4:39 pm)
Hello everyone. Just got my wife a new A6 and I think I love it more than she does!! On the way home from the dealer, after a uturn I got a loud thump and it seemed the trans was slipping. I noticed the check engine light was on and the ASR light was on, tried to turn on ASR no joy. I called the dealer (Champion in Ft.Lauderdale) they said bring it back. After eating lunch went to drive back to dealer and car acted as if nothing happened except for check engine light was on. I read all postings (yes 991) and noticed other people had similar problems. If its any help, the fix was #85 pin pushed put of connector at trans control unit. The dealer had a rental car waiting on me and said they would call when they knew something. By the time drove home (45mins) they already left a message that the car was fixed. I was very impressed by the service and responsiveness, (although it was only two hours old)of the dealer. No further problems. This car is fantastic. How does the A6 ride with aftermarket springs and 18" wheels. Owning a 480hp 95 Mustang I never thought a 200hp Audi would so much fun to drive. Thanks for all the info in advance.
Mar 30, 2001 (5:34 pm)
>Are you pressing the reset button on the bottom of the turn signal lever?
>Actually, it's on the bottom of the wiper lever on the right hand side of the steering column.
He, he... I knew I was missing something. That'll teach me for not reading the book and being too lazy to check! Thanks.
#1003 of 6921 okay, here we go
Mar 31, 2001 (5:19 pm)
So I'm just about ready to bite the bullet. Today I drove a 4.2. Wow.
It had the premium pkg but nothing else. So I would like some opinions ...
Why would I want the sport pkg as my driving style on the street is decidedly non-homicidal and non-suicidal? (I reserve that for the roadster.)
I live in heavy snow country -- from other posts I gather I should plan on getting snows. Do the rest of you folk purchase extra rims for the snows?
Hopefully, I'll get the most reliable one Audi has ever built.
#1004 of 6921 jwilson1 4.2 responses
Mar 31, 2001 (7:51 pm)
I've got a 2000 4.2 with the premium package (not sport) along with the nav, parktronic and bose (no ESP). I also have Dunlop SP5000 tires (all-season) and live in the snowy midwest. The reason I bought the Audi was to replace a Lexus GS400 that was horrible in the snow and rain. I can tell you that the car rides great - sporty enough that I do not miss the sport package, which I have also driven (plus, the seats are much more comfortable in the premium package). The other good news is that the 4.2 with the all season tires drives as well in the snow as our 4 wheel drive Lexus SUV. This winter was especially snowy in December and January and I have been thrilled to have the Audi. I was skeptical about the value of Quattro before I bought it, but this winter has made me a believer!
Hope that helps.