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Audi A6, Audi A6 Avant, Car Leasing, Sedan, Wagon
#434 of 1326 Lease end options
Feb 18, 2008 (12:28 pm)
My 48 month lease of a 2004 A6 2.7T S-line is coming up at the end of next month and I am evaluating my options, including the possibility of buying the car. My contract residual is $20,850, but I don't want to buy the car without getting the CPO extended warranty to 100k miles. I have asked the dealership who sold the car initially to make me an offer based on them buying the car from Audi financial, completing the CPO inspections etc. and reselling to me. They're playing games, however about telling me the current MMR range on my car.
Could you please provide me the most recent Manheim Market Report numbers on my car so I know the approximate wholesale price that Audi FS will charge the dealer? My car has 45k miles on it and is good to excellent condition.
Thanks in advance.
#435 of 1326 Trying To Stay with Audi But Prices Are Crazy High
Mar 06, 2008 (11:24 pm)
I am coming to the end of my second Audi A6. I had an 02' A6 with CVT 3.0 engine. Great car. I am now driving a leased A6 05' 3.2 Quattro with NAV, Keyless feature, Sirius Radio, Voice Command, the upgraded leather (door panels), the upgraded 18" wheels from sport pkg without the sport package. It is black exterior with ameretto interior...beautiful car. Going to Audi dealers, they seem to not care at all that I'm a previous Audi customer. They won't charge me the disposition on my current car and no security deposit (I think about $550) on the new car. I am currently paying $625 month plus tax...I get 15K miles/year on a 36 month lease and I only gave them a total of $1,000 at start including my first month's payment and tax and everything or anything else they wanted to call it...$1,000 total to dealer and I drove off the lot. Now, I'm getting for a similarly equipped car quotes of $750 to $800/month plus tax. Why so much more? I thought all the banks were in a credit crunch and would be more willing to deal on cars. I know the programs just changed starting in March...I know they are still giving $1,500 off for leasing. If somebody knows of an Audi dealer that is willing to deal on price, please let me know. I am in the South Florida area (near Champion Motors, Prestige Audi, etc). My experience has never been good at all with Prestige Motors whether servicing my car or for getting a new car there. The last one I got was from Braman in West Palm Beach based on price. Any help would be appreciated and I will travel to get the car...not as far as California but somewhere in the Southern area. Thanks.
#436 of 1326 Re: Trying To Stay with Audi But Prices Are Crazy High [bondguy1]
Mar 07, 2008 (3:46 pm)
When Audi came out w/ the A6 in 2005, the MSRP was around 41k to start for a 3.2 Quattro. You could get a fully loaded one for just over 50k. Now the same 3.2 Quattro starts 45k. With premium, nav, tech, milano leather, it's over 55k.
As a comparison, you can't buy a fully loaded 2008 MB E class V6 or BMW 5 series for 625/mo w/ $1000 out of pocket 15k miles a year and get all those high end features. Go look on BMW and MB websites for their lease offers. Most of their leases are $4 - $5000 out of pocket if you want to get 600/month. And your NOT getting all the high end options at that price.
I wish eveything stayed the same in life, but it's 3 years later and deals change.
Your lease paymet on your previous A6 was quite low considering all the equiptment on it.
Did you trade out of you 2002 A6? Maybe you had some equity in your car and you put it towards the 2005 A6 when you leased.
#437 of 1326 Any cash incentives current for A6?
Mar 09, 2008 (12:19 pm)
It looks like there was a $1500 cash incentive in place in February. Does anyone know if it is still available, or if not, whether there are any replacements?
#438 of 1326 Re: Trying To Stay with Audi But Prices Are Crazy High [rjlaero]
Mar 09, 2008 (2:37 pm)
Forget that. It's time to say goodbye to Audi. I am looking at a fully loaded Infinity M35 or M45...better NAV system, same HP, free loaner (although some Audi dealerships will do this) and dealer is much closer to my house. I can get a fully loaded 6 cylinder M35 with 1,000 at start w/ 15K/year for $635 plus tax. Audi is getting too big for their britches. They forget too soon about how they were struggling with their crappy reputation a few years ago and nobody would touch their cars. Watch, I'll get my Infinity and in two months, I'll get the call from the Audi salesman to come in and do a deal.
#439 of 1326 Re: Trying To Stay with Audi But Prices Are Crazy High [bondguy1]
Mar 10, 2008 (6:08 am)
You'll always get a few more gadgets in a Japanese car with Acura and Infiniti, and everbody knows that. There's somthing distinct and special aboout the way German cars handle and drive on the road.
If you can't afford one or are simply to cheap to pay for one, it has nothing to do w/ Audi being too big for their britches.
The German cars are very expensive to manufacture and bring over here. Audi is one of the few companies still building all their cars over in Ingolstat. BMW and Mercedes are building cars in Alabama and South Carolina and still charging top dollar. Audi is crushing Mercedes on reliability. The current A6 is rated as one of the safest cars on the road today in any class. The E class, M35/45, 5 series are not double best picks by the IIHS. They're fine cars, but the build quailty and safety on the A6 are above reproach.
Many Audi's are still priced below what BMW and MB are charging MSRP wise, so there is still a lot of value there, although they are getting more expensive every year.
The US dollar is at an all time low and worth 1/2 as much as the Euro. Audi is making far more money keeping their cars in Europe.
#440 of 1326 Re: Trying To Stay with Audi But Prices Are Crazy High [rjlaero]
Mar 10, 2008 (12:55 pm)
Looked at the Infinity this past weekend. The NAV system rocks compared to the Audi's. The performance is great too. Get the sport pkg on the Infiniti and you've got better handling than the Audi. There is a great road feel with the Audi and I loved driving two of them for the last 6 years. All I'm saying is that there is a lot of choices out there today and I am opening my eyes to a lot of different options. Does the Infiniti drive the same as the Audi...NO. Does it drive great...YES. It's not that I can't afford to drive one. I just prefer not to pay $200 more a month for the same car (and maintenance isn't included anymore like it was on my 05'). Even the Cadillac CTS, the brand new one, is a nice car and one I never thought I would look at until I priced a new Audi.
#441 of 1326 Re: Trying To Stay with Audi But Prices Are Crazy High [bondguy1]
Mar 10, 2008 (1:17 pm)
Audi Care is $600 that pays for 4/50 maintenace that was free in past. And they will bump the residual 1% to compensate for it, so it esentially pays for itself.
There's $2000 Audi Loyalty money on A6's thru March to my knowledge. So with a good deal from your dealer, I doubt an A6 like you want it will cost you $200/month more on a lease payment than the M35.
Add 40-50/mo to your Infinti lease payment as an average for service. It'll probaly cost you $1500 in oil changes, tune-up, filters, etc to keep an M35 running for 50k miles.
Infinity makes a nice car, so I'm not saying it's not a good car. Most 50k cars are well built and there's plenty of good choices in this market segment.
I'm personally not a fan of Infiniti's "ATM machine" style dash layout.
I'm on my second A6 (Have a 2008 4.2 Sline), and I really like the MMI system in Audi's new cars.
#442 of 1326 Re: Trying To Stay with Audi But Prices Are Crazy High [rjlaero]
Mar 10, 2008 (1:19 pm)
I love my 2004 A6 2.7T S-line Quattro, and when I bought it I got a hell of a lot more car included "standard" than the BMW 5 series or MB E series offered back then. But it is true that Audi has upped prices and increased the nickel and dime approach. And the new A6 isn't nearly as fun to drive. The 6 cylinder engine is smooth but blah, compared to my 2.7T and the steering and handling now feels more like an American car - too much power assist and not as precise. So I can't agree with you that it has the kind of unqiuely German feel of the BMWs, which are what set them apart from the Japanese luxury cars.
#443 of 1326 Re: Trying To Stay with Audi But Prices Are Crazy High [donnymac]
Mar 10, 2008 (1:25 pm)
I don't like BMW's steering. It's too heavy. Audi's servotronic lightens up at lower speed and tightens up higher speeds. It's a lot easier to navigate and get into a parking space in an Audi because of the servotronic. Older BMW's can be so heavy at times it almost feels like your driving a car w/o power steering.
I'll admit that Audi's 3.2 A6 is underpowered for the maket and needs more juice. 09 models are going to get the valvelift technology and 10 more hp to 265 from what I here. But it still needs a little more.
Aud's new 2009 A4 coming in the fall is growing by a whopping 6 inches in the wheelbase, and will bring the car very close to the current A6.
If the 09 A4 is so close in size to the A6 and can be had for 40-45k, it's should be a heck of a value and something to consider.