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Audi A4, Sedan
#1831 of 2072 Re: Audi A4 versus Infiniti G37x [rxke]
Oct 22, 2011 (11:32 am)
This is an interest post. I too was an Infinity owner for many years, and in fact I owned and later sold 3 of them to my kids after driving each for 3-5 years. They all still own them and have had no significant repair costs! (now at 150 to 300K miles!) I always admired the Audi A-4 and in 2006 after I moved to snowy SW Michigan I leased a 2007 Quattro for 24 mos. When the lease ended I turned it in for a 2009 Premium Plus. I have enjoyed the Audi but don't feel it is in any way superior to the Infinities that I used to drive. I am at lease end now and will probably buy out the lease and drive for another year. (The warranty will extend that long) But I wonder if I ought not go back to the Infinity which is much more "cost effective" in that I could easily drive it for 5-7 years and really get my money's worth! I think it is hard to beat any of the Japanese cars for dependability! I have a very wealthy friend who recently traded in his BMW for a Hyundai Genesis and says he will never buy another German car
#1832 of 2072 need advice
Oct 25, 2011 (4:35 pm)
My lease on my 2009 A-4 Quattro (Premium Plus) is up in a month. Only other option is dark walnut wood trim as Premium Plus included pretty much everything. My options:
1. Turn in the car and lease another A-4
2. Upgrade to an A-6 (maybe a used one as I don't want huge payments!)
3. Consider Mercedes or BMW???
4. Return to Infinity (which I used to own) or Lexus? (Japanese = reliabilty)
5. Buy out the lease and maybe trade in in a year. I currently have 34K miles (which is less than my allowed 36K) and car is mint. I also got free service as part of my lease incentive and I know it goes to at least 50K miles if not more. (I will still be under warranty in a year as I drive ~ 12K/year). What do I do???
BTW: just had lease end inspection and the guy said that I will be charged for new tires (~ $550) as I am over the allowable wear level. Does this sound right with 34K on the car?? The tire tread sure looks pretty good to me!
#1833 of 2072 Re: Price for 2012 A4 prestige [kyfdx]
Oct 26, 2011 (5:03 pm)
That is very good to know. It seems like the dealers are pushing that.
Does anyone know if there are incentives to the dealers to sell at the end of the month? I'm trying to get a 2012 A4 no Nav but Prestige for 38 in tri-state area
#1834 of 2072 Re: need advice [drjoed]
Oct 28, 2011 (10:06 am)
I'm in the same boat as you!
I have 2 more months on my lease of a 2009 A4 Quattro w/ Prem Plus.
My buyout is $21,600 and is well under the allowable 45k miles. I only have 34k on it right now. I opted to buy more miles upfront due to a possible commuting change but that never happened. It was also much cheaper to buy the miles upfront (only added $15 a month).
I did a KBB and the Private Party value on the car is $27k while the Trade-in is $24k.
I'm thinking of keeping it for at least another 2 years. Audi also gave me a warranty until 62k miles because I complained of an oil consumption issue which they addressed as well.
If you do decide to purchase the vehicle, let me know of your purchase price and the finance rate they are offering you. I'm currently applying to a credit union for rates around 1.99-2.49% for 48 months.
#1835 of 2072 Re: need advice [ashay21]
Nov 01, 2011 (2:12 am)
I have a crazy busy week at work so I am probably going to go in to sit down with my sales lady next week. They are trying to tempt me with the Audi dealer buy and sell bit where they buy my car for the buyout price and sell it back to me for the same price with an extended warranty (6 yrs/ 100K). Last time I looked into that it was $1000 but it might be worth it! I am interested in the oil consumption issue! I complained to the service manager at my 25K routine service because I use a quart (sometimes 2) between the service marks. They pretty much blew me off and said that turbos run hot and use oil. I do not ever remember adding oil to my previous A-4 (2007) but that was a crazy 24 mos lease that they offered so it was gone at about 20K miles. Have you seen any issues online about this?? Where are you located?
#1836 of 2072 Re: need advice [drjoed]
Nov 04, 2011 (10:48 am)
Screw the sales lady...work with Audi Financial Services directly and you will save $1000. Why would you want to pay a middle man who will simply buy the car for you and sell it to you in the same transaction. I just finished the paperwork that Audi FS sent me. I got the loan from PenFed at 1.99% and they just sent out the check. It was an extremely easy process with them. Audi FS was offering around 5-7%. My total payment was around 22.1 which includes my last lease payment.
PenFed appraisal came in around $28k.
As far as the oil consumption issue I complained to Audi customer service after the warranty repairs they performed. While they gave me 2012 Q7 for the week still my car was at the dealer for 5 days.
They gave me another 12k miles on the warranty. I'm located in central jersey.
#1837 of 2072 Re: need advice [ashay21]
Nov 11, 2011 (3:39 am)
Thanks for the input. I went thru this with my last Audi and for some reason Audi FS does not do direct consumer financing in Michigan! (I assume this must be because of state regs!) The only reason actually I would not finance directly thru my local credit union (I can have the check today and the rate is <2%) is that I was cgnsidering certifying the car thru Audi. This is a whole new issue in itself! I had thought the fee was $1000 but it turns out to be $2200 according to my dealer. They buy the car, inspect and certify, and sell it back to me for my residual plus the $2200. That gives me a final warranty of 6 years/ 100K miles. I am going to have a talk Monday with my financial advisor and crunch some numbers myself. I have not yet tried to negotiate down the certification fee and do not know if that is flexible or not. The other complication is that they have on the lot a 2012 A-4 in brilliant red with beige interior and keyless ignition! I am weak!!! Joe
#1838 of 2072 Re: need advice [ashay21]
Nov 11, 2011 (3:47 am)
I have a further question about the lease mileage allowance. My dealer claims that Audi allows you to increase the mileage allowance after one year and as long as there is a year or more left on the lease. They tell me the charge is the same as if done up front and this allows you to actually see how much you are driving. I have not checked this out with Audi of NA yet and am always skeptical about what the dealer tells me! One thing they were truthful about is that Audi factory warranty is transferable now so as I look at certifying my current A-4 this may be a plus in terms of its future value.
Nov 11, 2011 (11:26 am)
I am seriously looking at a 2008 A4 CPO car, 2.0T front wheel drive. The car is in very nice condition with 19,000 miles. The car comes with an extended warranty (covered for 2-1/2 or 81,000 miles).
The dealer is asking $25,000 +tax/license with 1.9% financing. Is this an acceptable price? What would be a fair price for this car. I am located in Northern California, San Francisco Bay Area.
Thank you for your advice
#1840 of 2072 Buying a Used 2011 Audi A4 - Please Advise
Dec 02, 2011 (10:11 am)
I really request some recommendations on this deal that I plan on closing.
2011 Audi A4 Premium Plus - Pre-certified
B&O - wood trim - Nav
The dealer has quoted $38,000 and is not willing to reduce any more than $500. I would appreciate any advices. After reading all the oil comsumption issues and other problems, I am skeptical whether to make this huge investment or not.
I am a student and this is a huge for me, however, I love the A4.