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Audi A6 Wagons

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  • habuhabu Posts: 52
    After the usual net research I found most users agreed the Escort was a better buy than the Valentine detector because it had slightly better performance (signal detection from further away giving more reaction time) while costing about $100 less. I searched for the best price and was almost tricked into buying last years model for $25 less (including s&h). I finally ordered mine (Escort 8500 X50 is the cuurrent model)directly from Escort.com and it came within 8 days. It can be had in a red display mode ($299) or a blue ($339). Capabilities are identical. You may need an extension cord since the plug will not fit the cigar lighter socket and must run to the 12v receptacle in the arm rest. I bought a connector (2 female receptacles) at Wal-Mart for $3.50 and had a 12 foot telephone connection cord that allows me to run the cord around the rear view mirror, behind the driver's visor to the coat hook on the B-pillar and then around the back of the seat to the arm rest. Otherwise the wire will hang down from the Escort to the dash.
    All the user reviews indicate it does the job. The manual is 20 some pages and quite informative. It is programmable, has an auto mute function that will be a blessing (detection sound stops after a few seconds but lights stay on) and fits very well near the rearview mirror. Altogether a good value. I'll report on how it detects when I return from our trip in Oct.
  • habuhabu Posts: 52
    The 5k mile service for my Avant calls for a tire rotation. Anyone know whether the dlr uses the spare in the rotation? Since the tires all all the same I would like to request that the spare get some use when the service guys perform the service.
  • I am considering buying an A6 Avant for my wife. She drives a 2002 1.8 Passat Wagon which she likes, but has always complained about a lack of "pep" and storage space up front. I am wondering what people drove as a comparison for wagons in the same class, as well as, any advice people can offer when outfitting the car with options. Last question is regarding differences between the 2006 and 2007.
  • habuhabu Posts: 52
    Just returned from a trip from Seattle to Massachusetts and back that took 22 days. The Avant engine ran for 135.5 hours (according to trip 2) got 29.7 mpg and averaged 56 mph. Ran with A/C on about 1/3 of the time. Went 80 on 75mph highways and travelled above 5,000 feet for at least 1/4 of the trip. At 75mph the tach showed 2,400rpms. Hit 90 during several passing maneuvers and the car was rock solid. Learned a lot about the nav capabilities, never got lost and felt pretty secure in following directions in many unfamiliar places. Got us to each motel every night without a problem.

    Had the 5k service done in Knoxville, TN. Treated very well. Service writer apologized for not being able to check the pressure on the spare as it was buried under lots of luggage. Tires were rotated and when I asked why it was only done at 5k miles he replied "because Audi will not pay for it again". He thought rotating every 5k miles was wise and said they do it free of charge for their customers. These are not inexpensive tires.

    Enjoyed the trip enough to start planning more next spring. After 8 and 9 hour days we were tired but not truly fatigued.
  • wbwynnwbwynn Posts: 246
    Thanks for the nice update; great gas mileage. I've had my 07' at 100 mph just a few times on deserted stretches of interstate, and it is definitely rock-solid and safe. I'm at 2600 miles with no problems to report, except for the sunroof operation. When it is just partially opened and you turn it quickly back to full close...it actually opens all the way. If you close it slowly (notch by notch on the dial), it's fine. This has me baffled.

    I intend to have this looked at and definitely have the seat belt chime turned off via the VAG-COM. Will have my Valentine 1 hardwired too.
  • Located a 2004 A6 Avant with less than 5000 miles - no kidding! I believe the dealer when he says it was driven by a mother-in-law who took the train a lot. Can get it for less than $30,000 - CPO.

    Any thoughts? Seems like '04 reliability is pretty good. I do about 35,000/year, so the CPO is great. Still, do not want to spend excessive time in the repair shop.

    Also looking at '06 Saab Sportcombi Aero and '07 Subaru OB XT Ltd.
  • rs9904rs9904 Posts: 15
    Just trolling around and saw last post. Just bought 06 sportcombi-great car and great value for your money. Fantastic mpg's, power, comfort and I like the update. Something to consider.
  • jodarjodar Posts: 51
    Find out how long the vehicle has been on the lot and what the wholesale (black book) price is and start from there UP. Never pay sticker on a used car because you know the dealer paid much less for it either in trade or at a wholesale auction. The longer the used car sits on the lot, the less value it has because remember values decrease as the car gets older, plus the dealer has to pay insurance on it. Good luck!
  • Bought it! 2+ weeks - about 2000 miles. Car is great. Smooth, quiet ride. Handles wonderfully. Black/black - premium and winter/cold weather package. XM. Only really odd thing is absence of automatic or day-time running lights.

    Paid well below Edmunds and KBB market prices - even more below market, as a Certified vehicle. Car was on the lot 1 day when I called, 2 days before a did a deposit over the phone, 5 days when I drove 150 miles to test drive, inspect - and, buy.

    Nearly 2 years of the original warranty remaining, then 2 more/50,000 miles. I have high hopes.

    Mohegan Lakes Audi in NY state. Very good experience.
  • We're thinking seriously of a 2007 A6 Avant Sline. Has anyone tried this option yet? I've tested the Sline sedan, and it drives really well, but there's no way to test the Avant since no one seems to have one for testing.
  • asupasup Posts: 1
    Hey all-
    I have never owned an Audi, but am looking at a 2000 A6 wagon, with 59k owned by an elderly couple. Im wondering if I will be opening a financial downfall with an older Audi. I had a Saab before and it was an electrical nightmare. I now have a mazda which has been GREAT, but I like Audis and want the room of the wagon and the AWD. Does anyone have any advice? I am a single girl and I dont want to get myself into trouble here. I was going to bring it to a mechanic as well, but do these things go downhill after they reach a certain mileage? At what point do they need a timing belt? Any advice would be truly appreciated!!!! THANKS A MILLION :)
  • I am about to buy a 2000 Audi A6 2.8 wagon,
    What do you think about that?
    I like that car and I had one before however, like to hear more from someone who has some experience on the same model and the year.

    thank you

    from New York :)
  • kenyat1kenyat1 Posts: 1
    Help, is anyone out there? I just brought a 1999 Audi A6 Wagon on 3-3-08. I'm wondering is it going to give me trouble. Is it a good car or because of the year and mileage, is it worth my while. It has 102,000 miles on it. I have been feeling unsure since I brought it, I don't know but something just doesn't feel right. Please help me.
  • kgarykgary Posts: 180
    What engine did you get? If it is the 2.7T, you are probably in for engine trouble. Regardless of the engine you are probably in for suspension problems with that mileage.
  • ajp2ajp2 Posts: 2
    I 'm thinking of relocating an A6 to CA from Mass., will I have smog issues bringing it here?
  • I own a 2006 Audi Avant A6 with 62500 miles. At 44,000 miles I had difficulty with the MMI system. The dealership made a repair. Now I'm having a similar problem and dealership is telling me there is a short in the system requiring replacement part with repair costing $1500. Although all of the service has been done at the same dealership in KCMO, they will not warranty the part or any of the service. I am interested in knowing if this is a common problem or my situation is unique. Also if there any suggestions of contacting Audi of North America or other helpful services. Thanks for any assistance. hearthawk
  • klarinutklarinut Posts: 1
    I also own a 2006 Audi Avant A6. Something drained my battery back in December and it locked my key in the ignition. I was able to charge enough to get it started but my MMI went blank. The dealer replaced a $1,500 Boze module, and a module for a tail light which I was not having any trouble with. When I picked it up I noticed the radio did not work anymore. Took it back and they said the radio had a short in it and that it needed to be replaced. I decided not to replace the radio as I really was not using it, but a couple of weeks ago after not driving it for a few days, the battery was dead once again. I'm beginning to wonder if the radio short may have drained the battery or if something may have spilled in the console causing a short in circuit. Does any of this sound familiar to your situation? Was Audi of NA able to be of any help?
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