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Audi A6 Wagons

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  • wbwynnwbwynn Posts: 246
    Did you consider or drive the BMW 530xi? More expensive but similar in size & options.

    Thx
  • habuhabu Posts: 52
    I did not look at the BMW. Too many reliability concerns recently.

    I took the Avant over to Seattle yesterday. Real happy with how quickly the car reaches 80mph entering a freeway. Averaged 26mpg for the 110 mile trip. Car has less than 200 miles on the odo. The Navi works very well. Surprised us with instructions that we thought it would not make. We knew the route , but I would trust this system now anywhere. Around 1:30 we were starving so we asked it to find a Burger King and it found 10 or so with the closest about 100 yards away, although we could not see the sign..

    I've read the BMW i-drive s pretty complex. The MMI in the Avant is relatively easy to use, but I would not try it while driving in heavy traffic. My wife did just fine as a co-pilot with it. We played with the Sirius and it looks like we will continue the subscription after the 3 month free period. I'm sold on the car.
  • wbwynnwbwynn Posts: 246
    Anything new to add about your Avant experience over the last 30 days?

    Trying to keep this board alive.

    Thanks
  • habuhabu Posts: 52
    Seems there are very few of us Avant people around but I'll post more often (if I have anything worthwhile to say) to keep the board alive too.

    I just turned 600 miles today. We've had the car about 5 weeks now and I have 90% of the bells and whistles figured out. I truly do not have any complaints about anything except my dlr experience. I wrote a 2 page letter to AudiUSA and received a response today asking me to call and provide more details. I could write 2 more pages today as the dlr still hasn't fixed all the problems they created with the financing.
    The car is better than I had hoped it would be in all areas. Averaging 23 mpg in a 4200 lb. car that straddles the ride experience between luxury and sport perfectly for us is wonderful. We are planning a trip from Seattle to Mass. and back in Sept and I am looking forward to it with much anticipation. I think on 4 lanes this car will be superb.
    I am down about 1/2 qt of oil and bought my first qt of approved syn oil today ($6, ouch). Strangely this seems right for a car of this quality. I find the auto stick much smoother than the one on my '02 Sportcross and I can select and hold 1st, something I could not do in the Lex.
    Now if only Audi would bring crossbars to market so I could strap a kayak on top the car would be complete.
  • wbwynnwbwynn Posts: 246
    Did you incorporate a Bluetooth phone?

    I test drove an Avant on the interstate for a good while; it was sensational in every way. My car was built last week and should be on a transport ship in a week or so.
  • habuhabu Posts: 52
    I have the Bluetooth capability but don't have a phone. The cradle is in the top of the armrest. We use it for soft stuff cause hard plastic rattles on the contacts. The microphone that directs the radio, cd,nav, etc. is probably the same as the one for the Bluetooth. I have found it is pretty sensitive and the lady cannot understand me with the windows open or the fan on a high setting when I issue a command. The book alludes to this, but having to put the windows up and close the roof if I wanted to talk on a phone would not be a dance I'd want to do. Since I don't have a phone, there may be another mike in the car, but I cannot tell.
    Glad you thought the ride was as good as you did. I had to do a quick avoidance maneuver pulling onto I5 recently and did a pretty aggressive left right combo to avoid the car in front of me. The Avant was very sure footed throughout the quick wheel movements. Although I was doing 65 I felt completely in control. I'm thinking this beast might be fun at an autocross. I'm sure it would surprise some folks, snaking around slalom cones and not seeing the tail break out. The worst part of the highway maneuver was looking in the rearview when I was finished and having a state patrol car directly behind. Either he was impressed that the car didn't go sideways or he was looking elsewhere, cause after following me for 30 seconds he pulled out and went past without a glance.
  • wbwynnwbwynn Posts: 246
    You can see 2007 pricing on AudiWorld A6 C6 forum; my ordered Avant has hit the U.S. port and hopefully will be delivered within 10 days.
  • habuhabu Posts: 52
    many thanks for the tip on Audiworld. did not know about it. feel pretty good about the price increase between my '06 and an identical (somewhat) '07. I'm real happy about the replacement of Atlas Gray with another Gray. something about not seeing another car like mine rolling down the road I enjoy.

    best of luck with your delivery. although I've said it before, check the tire pressure on a front and rear and if they are wrong make somebody fix all the tires. also have them check the spare and show you the guage. that tire and wheel is heavy and not fun to dig out of the hole in the back.
  • wbwynnwbwynn Posts: 246
    What PSI do you recommend? Thx

    Bill
  • habuhabu Posts: 52
    the tire info is not in the manuals you wll receive. it is on the driver's door frame along with the load limits. i have been using 35 front; 39 rear; 39 spare as directed. the ride is just fine. i have a friend with an A6 S-line who dropped the pressure from the recommended settings to improve his ride and his tires need replacement after 12,000 miles. if you get a nail or something in a front you can let the air out of the spare. or let the service man who responds to your Audi Assistance call do it. i called them and asked for trip assistance for a x-country trip we're planning in Sep and received an amazingly complete set of directions and maps. it arrived in less than a week, had over 80 pages of info. then I received another copy of the same package so I now have lots of scrap paper as thet only print on one side of an 8.5 x 11 sheet. if you use the service (it's free) be sure you have an idea of what route you will be taking if you want something customized. if I had just asked for Seattle to Massachusetts it would have been direct, interstates all the way. very nice perk I think.
  • wbwynnwbwynn Posts: 246
    Base Price $44308
    Convenience Package $2503
    Technology Package $3640
    Power Tailgate $410
    Sunshades $228
    18" Alloy Wheels $819
    Destination $720
    Port Prep $195
  • wbwynnwbwynn Posts: 246
    Were your 2006 Avants delivered with cargo nets as part of the storage package? The net would attach to the sliding clamps on the rear rails.

    Thx
  • habuhabu Posts: 52
    My '06 Avant came with the net and a strap that unwinds from between two small removable posts that can be attached to the rails and the bar that attaches to the rails across the back. The bar can be slid along the rails and we use it all the time for carrying grocery bags between the bar and the raised cargo floor. I attached a small cloth loop to the underside of the cargo floor in the seam where it folds to make raising it much easier.

    Looks like your prices are $2,560 under what my Moroni listed. The biggest change is in the base price ($44,302 vs. $46,870). My Port of Entry was San Diego and I did not see a Port Prep on the Moroni. Just turned 1,500 miles and like the car more and more.
  • wbwynnwbwynn Posts: 246
    Premium Pkg is now standard for 2007; I just took delivery on Monday, and there was no cargo net. This seems odd and I am asking the dealer to find it.
    Thanks
  • reality2reality2 Posts: 303
    Cargo net is standard pretty much across the Audi line in all the trunks. Ask your dealer to give it to you.
  • reality2reality2 Posts: 303
    I purchased my 2006 A6 Avant 3.2 in November of 05 as a special order. It topped out around $68,000 and is completely loaded including premium sports seats, 18" BBS Special rim and tire package, bluetooth, adaptive air suspension, adaptive cruise control, nav, wooden steering wheel and gear shft, automatic tailgate, keyless entry, sunroof, and your standard Audi premium and technology packages. I have about 9100 trouble-free miles on it as I comute about 100 miles a day round-trip. The car is solid, tremendous build quality, and with the adaptive air suspension a great feeling and road handling car for such a beast. I love the 3.2 V-6 as it has good torque and it is very smooth. I highly recommend it...and it looks cool!
  • wbwynnwbwynn Posts: 246
    You are way ahead of me; just 550 miles so far. Getting into the NC mountain roads this weekend. I love this car.
  • reality2reality2 Posts: 303
    Well, enjoy the twisties. It does pretty good. I took my Avant through some backroads near Palm Springs and it handled with precison, especially in the dynamic mode.
  • habuhabu Posts: 52
    Just turned 1,700 miles on our Avant we picked up in late April. Leaving on 9/5 for a cross country trip from Seattle to Mass. and back. The Escort 8500 arrived yesterday to add another bit of electronics to the mothership. Between the Nav, Escort and laptop the navigator will be busier than the pilot. I've made an appointment for the 5k mile service near Knoxville so the tires will be rotated about halfway through the trip. With the gas mileage we are achieving I cannot imagine a better car for this trip.
  • wbwynnwbwynn Posts: 246
    Please tell me about your decision on the Escort 8500. I also feel like I'm in need of some protection.

    Thx
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