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Audi RS5, Audi S5, Car Leasing, Car Buying, Coupe
#34 of 111 Advise on
Jun 01, 2008 (1:00 pm)
I'm coming upto the end of my lease on a 2006 Infiniti m35x. My end of lease purchase price is $32811.90 plus a $150 purchase option fee. I was thinking of buying the car (well actually financing the purchase price) and then using the car as a downpayment(trade-in) for a new 2009 Audi S5, possibly an A5. Does this sound like a financial blunder? Would it be better just to turn in the leased car and eat the wear and tear expenses and then look for an S5/A5?
I think edmunds.com reports that my car as optioned and with its current mileage is Dealer retail $34,255, private part $31,576, and Trade-In $28,874.
#35 of 111 Re: Advise on [shivan]
Jun 01, 2008 (6:43 pm)
I'm probably missing something here, but why would you want to purchase your lease? You will lose money selling/trading it in based on the numbers you listed above. You do mention something about wear and tear expenses, is there something wrong with your leased car?
#36 of 111 Re: Unavailable [gasser]
Jun 01, 2008 (8:28 pm)
My dealer told me that too. He has a buddy that works at an Audi Dealership in Germany. He said the S5 is selling there for over 100K and that Audi will be filling those orders first. It seems they offer more options on the cars there too. Could be part of the increase in price.
#37 of 111 Re: Advise on [richz]
Jun 01, 2008 (9:58 pm)
I'm thinking I can try and talk the car lease company down from the lease purchase price to something closer to the trade-in or private sale number. Buy/Finance that car and then eventually use it to trade-in for an S5 or A5 when one is available for me to buy.
I don't think there are any major problems with my leased car, but I'm assuming they will find something to charge me for excessive wear and tear.
#38 of 111 S5 Voice Command
Jun 03, 2008 (10:05 am)
The following is from the A5 owners club site. I had this done by my dealer today and the voice command works great.
"Went to the dealer to get my TPMS light cleared and brought along with me the VAG COM code to activate the voice module. I was expecting a NO, but to my surprise he completed it for me. Took about 15 seconds.
The software code currently in the Telephone Module is : 0010900. Ask your dealer to change it to 0010970 and it will turn on. It takes about 5 minutes for it to actually start working as I drove off thinking it didn't work and then it activated.
This is in response to many reviews listing this as a negative aspect of the car. All is well in S5 land, now!
#39 of 111 S5 Ordering
Jun 26, 2008 (1:10 pm)
Placed the order at the end of January. I figured (especially after the test drive) that a MT was a waste of time with the torque band this engine has, so opted for Tiptronic.
I kept pestering the dealer and cruising the web until I learned that all '08 model orders would be pushed to '09.
At the same time (May), I learned that Drive Select would be available for '09, so I re-ordered with that option and also changed the color to Deep Sea Blue. We went over the allocation story again, and estimated July/August delivery.
I finally got confirmation from my guy that the production day was set, and the car is due to be loaded on a boat on July 4, for dealer delivery approximately August 5 in San Jose, CA.
I expected to (and did) pay MSRP, still don't know the price of the car I'm picking up.
My only nagging regret from the entire experience to date is from hearing that the DSG is close. It would be a better transmission, quicker, and given the 7 speeds, probably get better mileage.
#40 of 111 Re: I just got my S5 Auto Trans [rjlaero]
Jul 24, 2008 (12:05 pm)
I placed my order to the factory the first week of February. Then in April they had the 2008 order canceled and converted to a 2009 order with July estimated delivery. in early July I thought I would ask if all was OK with my order. After several weeks of slience, I just got the news that Audi had canceled my order. I cannot get any explanation as to why. I have had several audis over the years, but I am not going to go back to the end of the queue with a new order. Another audi - after being treated like this!
#41 of 111 Re: I just got my S5 Auto Trans [dsw]
Jul 24, 2008 (12:23 pm)
I ordered my S5 in January from my regular Audi guy here in Milwaukee, WI. After 3 months of waiting I was told they didn't think I'd get one this year!!! Being highly annoyed, I got a hold of a guy in MN who promised me one by November, so I ordered one with him, too. On a whim I went to test drive the A5 (not even close to the S5. I also test drove the RS4...holy cow!!!!) with a dealer in a Milwaukee suburb which is owned by the other Milwaukee dealer. I was criticizing my first dealer and these new guys then told me I could have a car by October, so I said "hey, I don't care who gets me the car...first come, first buy". They said they'd call me the next day and then I got a call that night from the GM of the original Milwaukee Audi place and miraculously my car was being built and should be here in two weeks. They say that they got an allocation but the timing seemed odd. Maybe they didn't want to lose a good customer and bumped someone else...don't know...don't care. In two weeks I hope I'm breaking in my 2009 S5!!! Wish me luck and good luck to everyone else waiting. The whole situation really is ridiculous. I always figured if you had the money you could buy whatever you wanted, but I guess Audi doesn't follow those rules!
#42 of 111 Re: I just got my S5 Auto Trans [dsw]
Jul 24, 2008 (6:16 pm)
Sounds like they may have sold the car to someone else, maybe for a higher profit margin.
Jul 25, 2008 (4:09 am)
Just put my hands on the 2009 S5. The dealer I was at had just unloaded it off the truck on Wednesday. I would have purchased it but I did not like the red interior.