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Audi A4, Sedan
#766 of 1366 Re: Mark...thanks for the help>>a couple more ?'s [spursrule]
Jun 03, 2005 (11:48 am)
I have a 2003 Audi allroad. I have literally 3 payments remaining on the lease. Normally, I "bail" on the lease when one of several possible things happens:
1. I run close to running out of warranty
2. I am within 5 months of the end of the lease (historically I have gotten out of a lease when it was "only" 2/3 complete with little consequence -- that was THEN, this is NOW, this is not likely an option at this juncture, for anyone)
3. I run out of lease (this has hardly ever happened since 1977 when I acquired my first Audi 5000 on a lease as a company car)
I knew I would be bumping up against the limit of miles on the 2003 allroad and I had planned to order a new Audi (A6, perhaps an A4 or S4 or I had hoped even another "allroad" type Audi thinking one would certainly be available some 30+ months after I acquired my 2003 allroad in 2002.)
My saga, not to be repeated, of evaluation of many different cars (sparked in no small measure by edmunds posters and my frequent participation in the town halls) led me to the conclusion that for the first time since 1977 I might NOT get another Audi (ditto my wife).
Well, I piddled around and test drove cars (both for my own benefit and my wife's) for some 6 months and didn't make the decision to go for the new Infiniti M35X until April. Meanwhile my wife had ordered in mid-March a new BMW X3 (that had to be built to her specs in Germany/Austria and then shipped to the US). We assumed that it was virtually impossible to get the new X3 before the END of May, so we were kinda playing a "timing" game to limit our having perhaps as many as 4 lease payments to "only" one month. This was the price we were willing to pay to get the EXACT cars we wanted.
Anyhow, I was running up against my mileage limit and I talked with my Audi salesperson of some 20+ years. He told me that I might want to consider ordering a 2006 A6 or S4 and that it might be tight, but that I could keep my allroad past the lease end and even past the factory warranty, but that I had better consider opting to have the car Audi CPO'd (I believe he told me his cost of the CPO was about 10 or 12% less than the MSRP of the CPO cost and that he could sell it to me "at cost" which would help my piece of mind while I waited for my 2006 Audi to come in.)
I had previously told my Audi salesperson that under no circumstances would I consider keeping an Audi out of warranty. One little burp on an Audi (let alone an allroad with a complicated and expensive air suspension) is easily a high 3 figure number and the car has that air suspension, is a turbo and at 45,000 miles has the original brake system, entirely (I can just imagine needing a multi multi hundred dollar brake job at 50,001 miles, etc etc -- or a turbo malfunction or whatever.) The fact that my allroad has been virtually flawless is little comfort that is as I see the miles ticking off.
I did not re up for another Audi. The payoff, with 4 payments to go was a low 5 figure number higher than the dealer would allow "on trade." Yet, Audi has a lease program that essentially allows you to bail out in the last 90 days without penalty. This is the option, ultimately, that I have chosen.
Meanwhile back at the ranch, Timmy and Lassie. . .no wait. Meanwhile, I am driving my wife's 2003 TT coupe which has 40,000 miles on it while she drives her new BMW, while I wait for my new Infiniti to be built and shipped to the US (it should be here in August.) My allroad sits clean and shiny and with up to date maintenance in my garage, only to be driven once per week "to blow the carbon out, prevent the tires from flatspotting and to keep the disc rotors shiny and pretty."
The offer, I assumed was legit. I did not take them up on it.
If this is a car with original factory warranty, my dealer claims it can be CPO'd if I am willing to foot the cost. The allroad, when I "turn it in" will probably be CPO'd and sold as a CPO'd car with some 45,000+ miles on it -- in this instance, I will not have paid to CPO it.
Unless they were fibbing to me, this is the way I came to report this to this forum.
One last little ditty -- there is also a program to PURCHASE from Audi of America (unless it has been done away with) an Audi warranty that goes 3 years or until the car reaches 75K just so long as the warranty is purchased within the term of the original warranty and the car has to be of a certain "age" (2002 cars qualify, I do not know if 2001 cars still do, i.e.)
Programs come and programs go -- this information that I have just dutifully shared with y'all was information I was given by my long term Audi dealer and sales rep earlier in 2005.
If I tell you anything else, I'll have to start makin' stuff up.
#767 of 1366 Re: New Nav/Audio [png]
Jun 03, 2005 (12:17 pm)
I don't know for certain that we have the same system... is yours a fold down flat panel used by the "Navigation Plus" MMI?? If so, I am certain that you can use larger SD cards... I currently have one 512 MB and one 1 GB in the slots and both seem to work, with the exception of the glitch I described in my posting.
I have devices that use Sony's memory stick, but nothing with SD so I had to buy the cards for this dedicated use, in addition to a (not expensive) card reader on USB connection. Previous postings have also suggested that the larger cards work fine. I staye with SanDisk products... I'm sure there are others.
#768 of 1366 Re: New Nav/Audio [macmurdo]
Jun 03, 2005 (1:03 pm)
Don't have the manual in front of me but yes the flat panel opens down enabling you to load either of the two sd slots or the dvd.
I will just pay a little extra at best buy for a 1 gig card if it doesn't work they will take it back for a full refund
thanks for the reply I will let you know if I run into your file display issue, so far on the 256 card I loaded no file issues at all.
#769 of 1366 Re: Thinking of buying a 2.0 A4 Avant...some ?'s [jonnyz1245]
Jun 04, 2005 (6:07 am)
"I see these are selling in my area close to MSRP ( so edmunds.com says) Is there any chance on knocking a grand off on an all cash deal?"
I was able to make a deal on a 05 Audi CVT w/premium pck for $1k over invoice. This is better than Edmunds' TMV and i was also able to get more on my trade-in than what Edmunds suggests.
I'm not sure if Edmund's has our interest at heart with their TMV prices. What was more helpful was monitoring what other people on this board were paying. You all have my gratitude for your help. I also went by KBB's more optimistic trade-in values when negotiating my trade-in.
My car is somewhere between Houston (port of entry) and Madison (local dealer). My salesman says it'll be between a week and a half and two weeks before it arrives. Needless to say my anticipation is growing.
#770 of 1366 Bi-xenon Headlamps
Jun 04, 2005 (11:46 am)
Audi says the A4 has Bi-xenon headlamps. What is the difference between Bi-xenon and regular xenon headlamps?
#771 of 1366 Re: Bi-xenon Headlamps [stayfit50]
Jun 05, 2005 (12:16 am)
Bi-Xenon means both Hi and Low beams are Xenon Headlamps.
#772 of 1366 Re: Bi-xenon Headlamps [crusher]
Jun 06, 2005 (5:14 am)
I was watching TV last night and saw the crash test ratings for several cars, including the A4
The A4 was a "best pick" and was awarded the highest rating for both front end and side impact. The A4 is one of only two cars that recieved the highest award for both categories.
#773 of 1366 Re: Bi-xenon Headlamps [rjlaero]
Jun 06, 2005 (5:43 am)
I saw the same thing. Wish they had reviewed at least one of Audi's competitors. Its good to know that the car is safe, but who is really comparing a Checy Malibu ($20k) to an A4($45k) ?? Prices are in Canadian dollars, and I am talking about a Quattro A4, not a CVT, or whatever the Front wheel drive model is called.
#774 of 1366 Re: Bi-xenon Headlamps [nwalbert]
Jun 06, 2005 (6:50 am)
You can pay 32 grand for a 2.0 CVT, and over 40K for the 3.2 A4... US dollars of course. But the airbags and structure integrity are the same. A nicley equipped 2.0 Quattro 6 speed can be had for around 35 grand, sans naviagtion.
The S60 Volvo they tested is in the same ball-park price wise as the A4. Ditto for the Sabb 9-3, which was the only other car that got a "double best pick".
#775 of 1366 Re: Bi-xenon Headlamps [rjlaero]
Jun 06, 2005 (7:35 am)
"You can pay 32 grand for a 2.0 CVT"
I paid $34,709 for a 2.0 CVT with premium, nav, audio, heating, lighting.