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Audi A6

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  • I have a purple, custom-ordered A6 3.2 with 3,000 miles now and I love it. I got most of the bells and whistles. No problems. Except: the steering wheel adjusts by releasing a mechanical lock at the bottom of the steering column. What do you have to order to get an electrically-adjusted steering column?

    I guess I'm already planning for my next three year lease...
  • You have to buy the 4.2... :)
  • kgarykgary Posts: 180
    I have it in my 4.2 :P
  • I also special ordered my 3.2, and was told the power adjustable wheel is only available on the 4.2. Since I seldom adjust the wheel it's not a big deal for me, however not even having the choice is disappointing considering this is standard on some competing models.
  • bpaubpau Posts: 20
    I special ordered an A6 3.2 Dakar Beige metallic w/Beige interior. Has anyone seen this combo or at least the exterior color on the streets? I based my color choice based on the color sample in the option book. I'm tired of the silver and wanted something different. I hope the color looks true to the sample. But I'm a little worried :confuse:

    Also...not sure why I didn't do this at the time of ordering but has anyone added Satellite after factory to their A6?
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    I really like the Canyon Red personally. You don't really see it a whole lot. The lighter interiors to me make it look a lot roomier, but the darker interiors are classic Audi.

    I believe all the A6's have satellite prep ready to go. You just need to decide between XM or Sirius and it can be set up at the dealer. But you will pay though. MMI can be a pain to work with and I'd only trust the dealer on that one. Plus I think you get some free time if you do it that way.

    -Paul
  • Take my money, please.

    When I was in graduate school back in 1976, I took a marketing course or two and a management course. My wife while also in graduate school took a course or two in finance and other general biz type courses.

    I kept my textbooks -- and yes they are old and mouldy to be sure -- for in these books lies what one would assume to be an axiom of business: "when the customer wants to give you money, take it."

    Now, of course I have summarized 1/3 of the textbook into that statement. But, the thing is, the power steering column is a current feature, not a one off or custom set up.

    Why not offer this as an option and take the customer's money?

    This ticked me off, so much, when I custom ordered my 2003 allroad and WANTED the heated steering wheel which had been on prior model years.

    I would have paid, oh say, $150 or so, for the option. Assuming this would have been a decent margin for the manufacturer, why not sell it to me?

    I do understand in the case of transmissions the degree of difficulty and expense of mixing engines and transmissions for certain markets.

    But, c'mon Audi -- "mass customization" was in my 1976 vintage text books (it might not have been called that but that is what it meant.)

    I would like to buy front parktronic and NOT have to buy an A8 to get it -- what is the big deal?

    Take my money, please!

    The option list seems quite long and to make the 3.2 NOT have the power column and the 4.2 have it, well, makes zero sense to me.

    For pity's sake, I paid $750 for the overpriced overrated Advanced Key (they saw me comming) -- they could'a got another couple bucks outta me for the power steering column.

    My 4.2 A6's and my A8 of yore did have this feature and I liked it. I have no clue how much the option box would have it priced, but within reason, I again say "Audi, take my money, please!" This said, of course, in my best Henny Youngman impersonation.

    On that note, I leave you with:

    I take my wife everywhere, but she keeps finding her way back.

    I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places.

    My Grandmother is over eighty and still doesn't need glasses. Drinks right out of the bottle.

    When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.


    -- Henny Youngman

    :D
  • I am swearing off of any German car in Silver or Black. All the local dealers stock about 80% in Silver or Black (and this goes for Audis and BMW's) -- often with black interiors.

    Somebody shoot me please -- the interiors are soooo confining in black, etc. So depressing too.

    Beats me why, when there are many cool colors that everything has to be so mono looking.

    There is a white A6 on the showroom floor AND a Misano Red SLine A6, there too -- both of those are great looking. The red one, though has the black interior, the white has beige and it looks (to me) expensive and rich, etc.

    I went with the Amaretto leather (why do they charge more, again?) after flirting with buying an Infiniti M with the "Bourbon" leather interior.

    I have seen several A8's in Amaretto and one other A6 (dark blue pearl) with it. I have, thus far, not seen any dark green pearl with Amaretto interiors, like mine (and that, although NOT my intention, is great with me.)

    I don't see myself coming and going that is.

    To each his/her own. :shades:
  • When I ordered mine, I had gone to a high volume Audi dealer that had a good representative inventory of most of the colors in stock, with the exception of the Cambridge Green and Canyon Red. I found the Dakar Beige and Atlas Gray to be my two favorites and I agonized between the two. I ultimately decided on the Atlas Gray despite the proliferation of silver/gray cars out there as this color scored higher on the "gut first impression" check when walking on the lot. I was also a bit conscious of it being more popular when it comes to re-sale. That being said, I've seen a few Dakar Beige models on the road and they are very handsome and definitely distinctive in the sea of silver cars out there. In regard to interiors, I completely agree the lighter color makes it feel more spacious, as well as "cooler" in warm weather. I'm confident you'll be very satisfied.
  • I've got a Finance background as well, and we strongly encourage our sales team to take money when offered. It's really difficult to understand the logic, since it is inconceivable someone would pony up the addition money for the 4.2 just to get a power adjustable wheel, and it is certainly not a unique or exclusive option that provides any "halo" effect. But then, I'm not in marketing.

    Thanks for the fun Henny quips, but oye...you forgot:

    "The Doctor says "You'll live to be 60!" "I AM 60!" "See, what did I tell you?"

    "A bum asked me "Give me $10 till payday." I asked "When's payday?" He said "I don't know, you're the one who is working!"

    "There was a girl knocking on my hotel room door all night! Finally, I let her out."

    "Those two are a fastidious couple. She's fast and he's hideous."

    "My son complains about headaches. I tell him all the time, when you get out of bed, it's feet first!"
  • bpaubpau Posts: 20
    THANK YOU SO MUCH! I really feel relieved with my color choice. I can't wait to see it. I believe I still have another month and a 1/2 to go for my order :) .
  • rjlaerorjlaero Posts: 659
    I think the Atlas Gray/Ebony combination is sharp and looks really rich with the dark walnut trim. Nothing confining about that to me.

    If I ever special orderd an A6, I'd pay extra to get the Arctic white w/ Amaretto. I don't know why Audi doesn't offer White/Amaretto as a factor option. I think it would look awesome.
  • White with Amaretto would be my first choice, alas. . .

    I have always ordered my cars, BTW.

    Twice as much fun, if you get my meaning.
  • rjlaerorjlaero Posts: 659
    The creme de le creme for me would be an Arctic White/Amaretto car w/ an alcantera suede Amaretto headliner and door inserts like the A8.

    I'd almost sell my townhome and live in the back seat...:))))
  • jeqqjeqq Posts: 216
    I have it with a silver headliner - no longer available .... it's a collectors item:)
  • jeqqjeqq Posts: 216
    I also would have opted for that. Good thing auto steering wheel doesn't have the side mirror bug. There would be alot of bruised crotches out there:)

    Why not have headlight washer option sold independently. In my '05 it was bundled with seat warmer and I never get that. So now I don't have it but miss it. It was a great safety feature while hot buns are not.
  • If we we are bugged out about colors and option choices in the absence of complaints one must conclude the A6 is a hell of a car and not problematic.

    Sure there are exceptions, but I can't remember too many forums with so few problems.

    I would say this about other sites also.

    So A6 owners, you a happy group?
  • Delighted.

    The car and I have issues, but they are not problems:

    1. Wish it had better tires

    2. A bit more HP and torque would be nice.

    3. I would have liked to have been able to order RS6 wheels from the dealer as an option without the full Sline treatment.

    4. Wish the nav system played DVDs while car was parked.

    5. Ventilated seats would have been nice

    6. In dash CD in addition to in glove box CD changer

    7. More voice commands

    8. Single stop start "starter button"

    9. DSG transmission (I don't even hope for a stick anymore from Audi)

    10. Option of 3.0TDI engine with MASSIVE torque

    11. Option of power actuated steering column

    12. Remote start option

    13. Lane departure warning system (a la Infiniti M)

    There, that's a baker's dozen -- no issues of any consequence. Nuttin's perfect. This is a very nice car.

    These days, most of them are, though.

    I am glad someone else is noticing the lack of problems discussed. . .it is a change for the better. :shades:
  • jeqqjeqq Posts: 216
    Another 25 ponies and the 3.2 would be a slam dunk.

    How about a rear view backup camera?

    BTW

    This and my '01 2.7t have been great cars. My '99 2.8 was lemonized. It's no fun having a lemon and Audi was not very cooperative about it.
  • I'm still in the "honeymoon" after 3 months and just about 2K miles, but other than a barely discernible intermittent rattle the car has been flawless. In terms of the "wish list", I would throw my support behind a bit more horse power, and the power steering wheel. However, the biggest "miss" for me is the lack of an integrated Ipod or MP3 player connection into the sound system. These are becoming commonplace in many new models. To make matters worse, there are no retro-fit options for the A6 system. The only option is to use an FM transmitter, which offers inconsistent performance in metropolitan areas. I hope someone from Audi USA follows this forum!
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