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#952 of 1366 Re: 2006 A4 2.0 Turbo Quattro Dependability [mooselook]
Sep 19, 2005 (10:14 am)
I had a '99 1.8t A4 Avant. Drove the car for three years and had a few minor problems. The mirror heaters were set to activate whenever the temp got near freezing. Since I live in NE Ohio the mirror heaters were on for about three or four months a year and consequently I smoked three of 'em. My manually-equipped A4 also would occasionally "moan" when I engaged first gear. Didn't affect driving but it was loud and would cause people to give me a "look". Naturally the car only did this every so often and never when in for servicing. I even left it there over night (and got to drive a "C A M R Y"' (super big yuk).
Oh yeah, the control arms were replaced under a recall.
So come 2002 and I find myself in another 1.8t Avant. This car seemed to have better build quality and there really weren't any issues over the 3 1/2 years of ownership (but I do dump them before the four year coverage ceases ). Oops... forgot about one CEL incident. Took the car to the dealer and they simply reset the light and that was the end of it.
About a month ago I picked up my '06 2.0t Quattro sedan (manual, sports suspension and a bunch of other stuff). The fit 'n finish of this car is beyond reproach. Just got back from a sixty mile scoot at 70 to 78 mph with about 5% city driving mixed in. The trip computer indicated 33.6 mpg!
Before this purchase I considered the BMW 330i. Drove it. Loved it. Still want it... but, like I said, I live in NE Ohio and Quattro is pretty nice. The 330i is also more expensive and winter wheels are a "must have". The 325 is closer in price to the 2.0t A4 and certainly is a good alternative.
But the TL surprised me. I know that the TL generates very good numbers for handling & acceleration but I just didn't like the driving dynamics at all. In fact I was surprised by how little I cared for the car. However that's me and you may find it to be the perfect match for your tastes.
So in conclusion, you seem to dump your rides before the warranties run out. Until proven otherwise that's probably a good idea with Audi as even routine replacement items are likely to be big bucks. Audi seems to have been doing a much improved job with its initial quality and I doubt that a new A4 will leave you stranded in Death Valley. But any of those three vehicles should do nicely. So drive them all and go with the one that works for you.
#953 of 1366 Re: answer me this....... [rjlaero]
Sep 19, 2005 (1:32 pm)
"The 2.0 Turbo gets 30-32 on the highway."
I think if you put it on cruise and keep it in the 60's it'll get an honest 35 during extended highway driving. I get between 30-32mpg over a tankful, in mixed driving that includes a decent highway leg on my daily commute.
#954 of 1366 My Blackberry works with Audi Bluetooth
Sep 21, 2005 (1:57 pm)
I just bought a 2006 A4 Avant S-Line with the Tech Package w/ BT. I have a Blackberry 7290 with Bluetooth v22.214.171.124 operating system but was told by the dealer and by Audi customer service that it would not work and was not on their list of compatible devices. But I tried it and it works perfectly! I never have to take my phone out of my belt clip. I use the voice commands for dialing by name or by number without any problems, but it took some tinkering with the options on my phone to get it to work.
At first, it would sync up but then freeze up both the screen on the car and the BB when I tried to dial a number.
Anyway, here's the configuration that I used to make it work.
Trusted = Yes
Encryption = Enabled
Services = Hands-Free unit
Discoverable = Yes
#955 of 1366 Re: Audi A4 it is [dino001]
Sep 21, 2005 (11:10 pm)
Just ridiculous, but hey if a 19-yr old college boy/girl or fresh foreign PhD starting his professor job thinks it is a good deal, why not at least try?
I had to smile when reading this one. I have met many spoiled 19-year olds who could afford a brand new Audi - but a fresh foreign PhD with a teaching job? You would have to have a really lucky combination of unusually high salary and low-cost location. Most colleges and Universities where starting salaries are significantly above 40-50K, you would also have to deal with $750K to $1M home prices, similarly high rents, and high costs for everything else. And I know families with twice that income who cannot afford a new Audi...
#956 of 1366 Re: Audi A4 it is [allhorizon]
Sep 22, 2005 (4:31 am)
That comment was about the Tallahassee Mazda dealer trying to charge an ADP on a last-year Mazda 626 (anybody who knows anything about cars would know those cars were going for deeeeep discounts), as an illustration for possible local market conditions. Some fellow was complaining that he/she could get only $1000 off the sticker on his A4 and I tried to comfort him/her saying not every market allows people buying for invoice price. Please read that post again in its entriety (esp. a sentence preceeding the quoted one) and the post it was a response to.
#957 of 1366 Re: Bluetooth [giovanni1]
Sep 22, 2005 (10:32 am)
I thought I read somewhere that Bluetooth was a standard feature. I guess that's a sacrifice I have to live with for getting the 2005.5 model, but I got it at invoice, so it was well worth it.
I noticed that the Nav has a phone option, which is not installed, can anything be done with this???
#958 of 1366 Re: Bluetooth [mcmuney]
Sep 22, 2005 (11:37 am)
Bluetooth is a part of the technology package that has the xenon lights and memory seats.
#959 of 1366 Bluetooth in 2006 only
Sep 22, 2005 (12:36 pm)
Actually, I got mine at invoice, too. There are two technology packages. Bluetooth is a supplement to the technology package, and is about $500 more than the standard tech. pkg.
#961 of 1366 Re: Audi A4 it is [dino001]
Sep 22, 2005 (2:46 pm)
I'm a guy by the way and I'm not complaining I love my new car! I didn't order it (I should have I know) I just test drove a 6MT quattro demo and bought the only black S-line quattro 6MT left in the San Diego area. I'm only leasing it because thats what fits my situation; cars depreciate and to me are poor investments. I try to cycle through new cars every 2-4 years for less than owning it. The covered maintenance is great for leasing. Plus, I can write it off for taxes since I use it for work.
Anyways, I've already put 1000 miles on it in two weeks. Its a freakin blast to drive around the twisties on the roads around inland San Diego. I would recommend this car to anyone. It's my first Audi and defiantly not my last.