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#281 of 354 Re: Thanks fglamser. You have power lumbar only for the driver side. [salexand]
Apr 30, 2009 (2:45 pm)
I took delivery of the A4 2.0, sports, Nav. on Tuesday. It has the adjustable thigh bolsters that pull out from the front of the seat. I drove close to 200 miles. The ride seems less stiff than when I took delivery. If the roads are not bad the ride is great. Trade off is the handling is extraordinary. The body and chassis are very well dampened.
I suggest looking into an orthopedic or Temperpedic cushion for a bad back
I have had much more jarring rides on prior cars, including my 2006 Infiniti M35X.
My concern is flats and wheel damage from the great looking low profile 18" wheels with costly summer tires. It also is dropped 19 centimeters (3/4") lower and could bottom out. I need snow tires or all-seasons to get through the NY winters. Maybe a spare set of wheels too. Because of those concerns I am not sure I would have ordered the sports package again. I may have looked at the Prestige with 18" wheels and bought an after market Nav for $300.00 to cut back costs there. The 2009 Audi Nav. is primitive. Backup camera is great though.
Dealer tried to sell me wheel & tire coverage. I am still mulling that over. I have to study the exclusions.
I had two Lexus/Camry based ES sedans in 2000 and 1997. My mother-in-law liked to ride in them and hated my brother-in-law's BMW 750. Sadly she has passed. Now passenger ride comfort is no issue for me. If back problems are an overriding concern an ES would be a good choice.
The standard A4 with a seat cushion or custom seat may also be considered.
My 28 year old step daughter drove the A4 this morning and was thrilled. Her last car was a 2006 Jetta GLI.
#282 of 354 Re: Tinting [art234]
Apr 30, 2009 (3:07 pm)
You are correct.
Several bill are pending in the NY Assembly to require inspection for unlawful widow tint, increased penalties, and raising light transmission to 90% from 70%. They also seek an appropriation for buying $50,000 for window tint meters. This is a reaction to an officer being killed when approaching a tinted vehicle.
Now that the economy is bad, window tint fines are a perfect source for a new revenue stream.
Thanks for the advice.
#283 of 354 Re: 2010 Audi A4 & Audi Drive Select [salexand]
Apr 30, 2009 (5:13 pm)
Comfort setting is soft -- and if you get the 18" sport package, rather than the 19" that I have, the ride is even softer.
#284 of 354 2009 A4 Waterpump needs replacement after 9000K
May 04, 2009 (10:54 am)
I was wondering if anyone had the same issue. I have a 2009 A4 w/ almost 9000 miles and had a squealing coming from the car for a couple months and brought to Audi and finally was told it was the water pump and would be replaced. I thought this was kind of soon especially with a brand new car! Any one else hear of this problem with the new 09 or have the similar problem? Thanks!
Also my oil light keeps coming on that oil is low! Just had the oil and maintenance done at around 5500 miles. Any remarks?
#285 of 354 Re: Thanks fglamser. You have power lumbar only for the driver side. [salex
May 04, 2009 (12:26 pm)
Yes, driver side only. The seats are awfully supportive without it. You might see if you can get a long test drive to see if the wife likes the regular seats.
#286 of 354 Re: Road/wind noise [kikihow]
May 09, 2009 (12:40 pm)
I have experienced the same problem and it is a true design flaw of the 2009 A4. I wish I had never purchased this car, as I live in Wisconsin and an open sunroof is awesome but it gets chilly when I lower. The dealer only recommends using the windows..has anyone placed an aftermarket wind deflector or anything else? I'm seriously considering biting the bullet and switching back to BMW which does NOT cause this horrid noise/pressure feeling.
#287 of 354 Re: Road/wind noise [dmargo2]
May 09, 2009 (2:46 pm)
Try lowering the back windows a crack when the roof is open.
#288 of 354 Re: Road/wind noise [jayrider]
May 09, 2009 (10:00 pm)
thanks jayrider....a crack does not do the trick with mine.....but partially open does..which is fine when its 70 out...but really gets chilly when 50-65......and always a fun task to remember to open the windows while coming off the freeway. Clearly is a physics issue, as when its going over 50-60 mph..not an issue. I would not recommend purchasing this car due to this design flaw IF you love sunroofs.
#289 of 354 Re: Road/wind noise [dmargo2]
May 10, 2009 (7:14 am)
Every sunroof I've had in every vehicle I've owned [lots] has the same issue and the same semi-solution. Enjoy your audi and wear a sweater,cap and gloves on cool days. If you really hate the car i'll buy it for 10k cash and suffer the defect with a smile.
May 10, 2009 (7:55 am)
When it is cool enough out not to need the A/C but yet you want/need some air, try this. Tilt open the sunroof and open the opposite side rear window a couple of inches. You'll get great circulation with minimal noise and draft.
(Caveat: this is only good for the driver and not necessarily front or other passenger(s).)