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#11160 of 16984 Re: Reliability – A8 Brakes [rayainsw]
Feb 18, 2010 (10:51 am)
As far as I recall, my brake issues were with two 4.2V8 equipped A6's, although I could tell you a story or two about all the parts that had to be replaced on my ONE, new 1997 A8 -- in pearl white, gawd it was purty.
But, out of 29 Audis, well, it is like watching the Exorcist 128 times in a row, "It just keeps gettin' better every time!"
Seriously, my 2009 A4 Prestige 2.0T with Sport and ADS and every damn thing they offer 'cept AutomaticCruiseControl, has been as flawless as I could imagine any car ever being. My wife's current 2008 BMW X3, likewise, is flawless.
Now, my '09 Audi has been in for three oil changes, two new sets of tires (not the car's fault, the Ohio Dept of Road lack of maintence Department's fault) one chrome trim staining issue and right after I got it two new front end control arms.
During these visits, I was loaned for the 1/2 to day and a half time it took for these items to be taken care of, a Q7, A6, A4 and a 2010 loaded Q5. My dealer is on the way to and from work and other than the issue itself, none of my experiences deter me (so far) from buying Audis. I turned in my 2005 A6 with about 60K on it and it felt "virtually" unchanged from the day I got it.
And, it is true, don't ask me to opine on the Japanese or Korean or American cars. I have test driven lots of them; and/but they all seem "nice" -- I guess I'm just not into nice. But, don't get me started on that new Buick LaCrosse, now that is a comer, I'll tell you what.
But, if you want to know the great, good, fair, poor, bad and ugly about Audi's, I really am a walking encyclopedia of the brand since model year 1978. But, I haven't actually, yet, ever driven an R8 or any of the other R cars. Heck the S cars seem plenty, "plenty" to me.
#11161 of 16984 Re: Reliability – A8 Brakes [markcincinnati]
Feb 18, 2010 (11:10 am)
Sorry - my error on which of the 29 Audis....
S4 S Tronic on my 'short list' . . .
#11162 of 16984 Re: Reliability – A8 Brakes [rayainsw]
Feb 18, 2010 (1:02 pm)
I sat in a new S4 S Tronic at the dealership. It was less than my A4 2.0T by almost $3K -- wondering what I could live without.
I think it was a 2010 S4 S Tronic, Premium Plus, black gloss paint and sat nav, nothing else.
It was under $47K.
And the MPG's on it were about the same as my 4cylinder turbo.
Now THAT's an entry-level-Luxury PERFORMANCE Sedan. Nothing else even comes close to that level of performance AND lux (in this class at this price).
But of course, for me, I'd HAVE to have Audi Sport Differential (torque vectoring) AND Audi Drive select, which would easily add over $4K.
Hmm, maybe I could sacrifice torque vectoring, after all it IS R biased AWD these days, eh?
#11163 of 16984 Re: Reliability – A8 Brakes [markcincinnati]
Feb 18, 2010 (2:23 pm)
I would go for the 335 Is. Audis just do not do it for me.
#11165 of 16984 S4 Drive Select Re: Reliability – A8 Brakes [markcincinnati]
Feb 18, 2010 (5:35 pm)
$3950 for Drive Selct alone - but it DOES include:
"2010 Audi S4 Sedan Audi Drive Select Package
Audi drive select offers up to 27 distinct driving configurations, which provide a balance between performance and comfort driving."
[ Edit: and "Sport Rear Differential, which dynamically varies torque between the rear wheels." ]
Related to Sybil Dorsett?
Need to try this out.......
#11166 of 16984 Re: S4 Drive Select Re: Reliability – A8 Brakes [rayainsw]
Feb 18, 2010 (6:47 pm)
I have ADS on my A4 -- it was $2995, but alas does not include torque vectoring.
It is, however, an amazing piece of technology. Good luck finding a car to test drive that has this option.
Mine is the only one I've ever seen that has it PLUS the 19' sport package.
#11167 of 16984 Re: Reliability – A8 Brakes [markcincinnati]
Feb 18, 2010 (7:03 pm)
I'm referring to the new Is model. The engine that provides a sport boost of 359hp if I remember correctly.
#11168 of 16984 wahooooooo
Feb 18, 2010 (10:29 pm)
waFINALLY, after a looooong search, I think I found her!
Thanks for all the help!!!
'07 Audi S6 with 34K, three year old, certified with audi care, has brand new set of winter snows and rims, white with black interior, with carbon fiber inlays, tech pkg., and warm package(rare, it replaces the glass moonroof with solar panels that operate fans to change the air in the car when its parked.
the only options it doesn't have are adaptive cruise(regular cruise will b ok, wont use it much any way), driver side leather dash(nice but oh well), and the silver optioned head liner(this I'd like and may look into), also will need the i pod interface installed(expensive, any ideas?, hear $1k, from one dealer, $2K from another, but i will get it factory oem.
Car was sold and serviced buy selling dealer, who also capped my shipping costs at $500. 25 year audi salesman, previous owner trade it and an older porsche for a new S5 cab, my other dream car. Also getting 1.9% from audi for 24 months!
Pretty psyched!, will give price details later, may purchase the cpo audi care which covers additional 2 services. Any other ideas?? This is a beast of a car!
lexusguy was right, more S6s than 4.2, and only $1-2K more than the '08 4.2!
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#11169 of 16984 335iS [kdshapiro]
Feb 19, 2010 (3:41 am)
"The reworked N54 engine develops 320 hp at 5,900 rpm and 332 lb-ft of torque from 1,500 rpm to 5,000 rpm, with an overboost mode that hikes twisting force to 370 lb-ft for up to seven seconds at full tilt." - Autoweek