Last post on Aug 14, 2006 at 9:07 AM
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Audi A6, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Sedan
#15 of 21 Re: Audi A6 4.2 vs Mercedes E350 4matic [markcincinnati]
May 26, 2006 (3:53 pm)
I've had no problems with the four Audis I've owned, and the dealership experience (sans The Audi Exchange, which I got my first A6 from) has been impeccable.
When I got my S4, my dealer-friend, Paul, told me that my car was "the coolest looking car they'd ever had on the lot" and people stopped to admire it many times. That made me smile, and it didn't make me want to look at the newly re-opened Audi Exchange. He also gave my son a hat, and a poster of the R8 LeMans racer. When one of the other salesmen walked by and asked jokingly why he didn't get those things, Paul replied "Because you didn't buy an S4 Cabriolet!"
Just my luck, I guess.
Marginally camouflaged 2007 X5 shots have been released, and one of them has been touched so it doesn't have any camouflage. I must say, I was very impressed, considering the way the 5 Series looks. It retains the current X5's muscular, timeless lines, but adds a touch more menace, and the engine choices remain largely the same in America:
3.0i is boosted to 260hp, but otherwise unchanged
4.4i is changed to 4.5i, with 330hp (I question why they didn't use the 750/550/650 engine?)
These engines are just speculation, but I am sure they are very close to the truth. It's convenient that the new X5 is coming out in October, and my wife is looking to replace her Lexus RX330 in January. The updated E350 4Matic is our top dog right now, while we are also looking at the Q7 4.2, Porsche Cayenne S, Land Rover Range Rover Sport, and the X5.
#16 of 21 Re: Audi A6 4.2 vs Mercedes E350 4matic [esf]
May 27, 2006 (9:29 pm)
Also speculation- the X5 actually may gain the new 335ci coupe's bi-turbo 3.0 liter 6, producing approximately 300hp. This would give it more than enough power to be faster than the Cadillac SRX V6/V8, Infiniti FX35/45, Lexus RX350/400h, Mercedes-Benz ML350/500, and Porsche Cayenne/Cayenne S.
This engine may be standard, but it also may just be the 3.0 260hp engine in the 330i sedan. Not sure.
Also, there was an updated '06 CLK500 cabriolet behind my car tonight- as gorgeous as mine. Just wondering, though, why the CLK didn't gain the new 5.5 liter V8 as its larger engine, as the E-Class will have it for the 2007 model year.
#17 of 21 Re: Audi A6 4.2 vs Mercedes E350 4matic [esf]
Jun 04, 2006 (9:20 pm)
The CLK500 does indeed become the CLK550 for 2007.
#18 of 21 Re: Audi A6 4.2 vs Mercedes E350 4matic [autoenthusiast]
Jun 06, 2006 (9:10 pm)
I am not sure what the Enterprise guy was thinking, but I find alot of ant-Audi bias out there for some strange reason. I have owned 9 Audis in the past 12 years with 3 pretty new ones in my garage. I have always wondered what all this talk was about Audi reliability compared to its competitors. From my personal experience, I have never had an issue with any of my cars and my current Audi A6 4.2 S-line and A6 3.2 Avant are gems. M-B cannot compare - sorry. JD Powers reliability surveys show Audi in the top 8 with the next round Audi is expected to be in the top 5. Honestly, you cannot go wrong with the purchase of the new Audi these days. They are solid and nicely pedigreed.
#19 of 21 Re: Audi A6 4.2 vs Mercedes E350 4matic [reality2]
Jun 19, 2006 (10:17 pm)
At least most people on this website are civilized and respect Audi, knowing that it is a serious competitor.
It's crazy how so many of my friends and acquaintances have Audis and love them- but then BMW ends up on top in my area.
I have had four Audis (used A4 1.8T quattro for my son, replaced with an A3 2.0T I use in the winter; A6 2.7T quattro for me, replaced with an S4 Cabriolet), and each one has been more reliable than the next- not to say I have had problems.
The worst I have had is the headlight washer caps flying off my first Audi, the A6, on the highway. The S4, A3 and A4 have all been (or were) perfect.
#20 of 21 Re: Audi A6 4.2 vs Mercedes E350 4matic [reality2]
Jul 06, 2006 (9:25 pm)
I'm curious as to how many miles you folks put on your Audis before you trade or sell them. And the same for the E-class owners. I've looked closely at the A6 V6's also but ended up owning 2 E320's. Maybe you don't keep them long enough to have any problems show up. The last three cars I have owned and used for myself have had 99K, 140K, and my current car has 78K. The first was a Mazda and except for a broken seat frame (my fault) was flawless. The next two were E320's; a 96 and my current 2001. I wish I could say they were reliable, but they do show problems in the 70/80K range, but they are relatively minor but potentially expensive. But that is why I buy them only with Starmark coverage. They are NOT Mazdas (or Toyotas like my wife's current car). If your priority is reliability, don't buy German cars.. Especially don't buy Swedish cars..! My daughter bought a Saab; huge mistake..
#21 of 21 Re: Audi A6 4.2 vs Mercedes E350 4matic [autoenthusiast]
Aug 14, 2006 (9:07 am)
Thats bull, I have had a 2003 A6 for 2 years now and I have only taken it in for oil changes. I am so impressed with Audi, that i'll probably get the A8 next. Besides the price difference and the reliability so far,I also think the styling is better than that of Mercedes and BMW. Though I will admit that BMW does have better handling than Audi. To me Mercedes is just a name everybody knows,not really impressed.