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Audi A4 2005+



  • I'm a guy by the way and I'm not complaining :shades: I love my new car! I didn't order it (I should have I know) I just test drove a 6MT quattro demo and bought the only black S-line quattro 6MT left in the San Diego area. I'm only leasing it because thats what fits my situation; cars depreciate and to me are poor investments. I try to cycle through new cars every 2-4 years for less than owning it. The covered maintenance is great for leasing. Plus, I can write it off for taxes since I use it for work.

    Anyways, I've already put 1000 miles on it in two weeks. Its a freakin blast to drive around the twisties on the roads around inland San Diego. I would recommend this car to anyone. It's my first Audi and defiantly not my last.
  • I'm also in San Diego, and also driving an '06 black S-line quattro that I just leased. But mine's an Avant, and it's an AT. Which dealer did you go to? I couldn't find any deals in San Diego, so ended up having to go up to Santa Ana for mine. It was already on the lot, but was exactly what I was looking for - and at a great price! I'm envious that you're already at 1000 miles. I'm still breaking mine in, so no twisties yet until I can redline this thing!
  • dino001,

    Sorry, the reason for my post was not to find a flaw in your statement, but to point out how during the past 6 years or so, car prices and everything else have increased far faster than salaries in many segments, including the academic world. Case in point: academic salaries basically have not increased in the past 6 years in the UC system.

    During the same time, the base A4 price has gone from about $24K to $28K; gas, home, tuition, school books, and some food prices have more than doubled. You could say new cars have ESP, more air bags, more power, more space, and more fat. However, computers have all of that (especially the air bags) and are generally cheaper than 6 years ago. You could say, well, if the general inflation is actually three times larger than the government measures or Greenspan wanted you to believe (before he got scared and decided to keep raising rates), cars are faring quite well! But - the way I look at it, home, clothing and food (the essentials) have increased so much that transportation better do some thing to allow people of all strata to live a decent live. That includes school and college teachers, who used to flock to the as-safe-perceived Volvos and Audis, be able to part from their now 10 year old cars and be able to afford another, new one...
  • rjlaerorjlaero Posts: 659
    I think Audi has discontinued offering 2 different tech packages. There's only 1 technology package now, and bluetooth is included.
  • dino001dino001 Tampa, FLPosts: 3,432
    I know your pain - I'm exactly at the same point, man. Always wanted an A4 Avant quattro with 6-cyl. Every time I think I get closer to it, they get more and more expensive. My "dream" config would cost now just over $40K, totally unattainable for me. But anything less than that seems... "unworthy". What I mean, lower trims (2.0T) face much stiffer competition from other guys, where for similar or lower price you get either more "stuff" (TSX, S40/V50, 9-3), more umph and arguably somewhat better powertrain (Legacy GT), substantially better reliability record (Acura, Subaru). My thinking is either all the way or nothing. But all the way is too expensive for me, so... nothing :( A3 seems to be no help either, also for its pricing, unfortunately (esp. with options).

    2012 BMW 328i wagon, manual and sports package. No. sold in the US: 1. Probably.

  • Got my car at Miramar Audi. They had received the car that morning from the Port of San Diego. I think I was pretty lucky. Otherwise, I would of had to wait 2-3 months if I ordered it, or sooner if I had taken my chances with dealer inventory. But I got exactly what I wanted :) There was another in Arizona but I didn't want to drive there (that one was fully loaded with everything, 40k+ MSRP).

    Just driving in the back roads of Rancho Santa Fe is self-gratifying with this car. When you get a chance, try to take a cruise down Couser Canyon Road. I'm pretty new to the San Diego area and I have to say that Couser is an awesome road course for the A4 with plenty of twists and turns.
  • I know that road well. I do that one frequently with the SD Porsche club. Haven't tried it yet with the Audi. I'm sure it will be fun, but probably not as much as with the Boxster S :) There are a lot of great roads east of the 15 between Escondido and Temecula. Have fun and see you out there!
  • Anyone know if the A4 has the ability to integrate an MP3 player. The new Lexus IS offers an outlet that you simply plug your MP3 player directly into. BMW 3 series has an available IPOD kit.

    Does the A4 have the capability to support these functions?

    Is the $400 "phatnoise" MP3 player that is shown as an accessory for the A3 on Audi's website available for the A4? My guess on this one is yes but I don't know.
  • My 2005.5 A4 has 2 SD memory card inserts that I've been using to play MP3's. Also, (I haven't tried this yet), the manual says that the DVD player for the Nav can play MP3 CD's. I didn't notice any other connection options.
  • There's a telephone function on the 2005.5 A4 with Nav, but when you click on it, it says not installed. Is this something that can be installed by Audi dealers? If yes, what will that include? Can bluetooth be installed aftermarket in this system? I'm not a big telephone user, but it would be nice to have.
  • Thanks for the info. I'd imagine you wouldn't be able to get very many songs on an SD memory card. What's your experience? The one I test drove had nav with the slots but I don't know if the slots are available without the nav. Thanks again for the response.
  • I tested it with an old SD card that I had and just ordered 2 256MB cards, which should hold about 125 songs. I have conflicting information on this, my dealer told me that the 2 slots combined can hold 2GB (2 1GB cards), but the Audi manual says it will read up to 256MB. I should be good to go even with 125 songs, but if it turns out that it can hold 2GB, that should solve almost anyones problem.

    I don't think it's available without the Nav. Me not being a iPod user, this is more than sufficient for me.
  • PS. Spend the money and go for the Nav, it's well worth it. I have a 2005 Touareg, also with a nav, but this DVD based Nav is a major improvement. I'd highly recommend it.
  • I use a 1 GB card... has ~26 albums worth of music on it. Plays without problem. The only thing you have to keep in mind is the file name character limit... I forget the exact number, but it's stated in the manual, and was mentioned a few pages back in this forum.

    File names that are over the limit just don't show up in the list displayed by the MMI system... it baffled me for some time... thought my cards were messed up, but when I put them in my computer, voila there were all the tracks that I thought I had recorded!!

    I also don't understand why the 05.5 shouldn't be able to talk Bluetooth... I doubt very much that Audi used different hardware in the 06 MMI compared to what is in my 05.5! Probably some software update to the OS for the system. Why else would my steering wheel have those 2 buttons that are currently useless?!
  • Thanks for the advice on whether or not to buy the Audi. After much thought I did buy it last week. Before doing so I spoke to my local and trusted foreign car mechanic, who happens to own a couple of Audis himself, and he put things in perspective for me. Audi did have several bad years in terms of reliability but has improved in recent years. I should expect more to go wrong with this car than the Japanese models that I have owned in the past but the excitement of driving it should be worth it. Since I try to keep my cars for at least ten years I may buy an extended warranty for $1800 that will cover most items for 7 years or 70,000 miles (3 years and 20,000 miles beyond the Audi warranty). I have 12 months to decide on whether to buy it - any advise?

    The car is a 2005 1.8t convertible. Its handsome design and the fun of the convertible was one of the reasons I decided to buy it over an Infiniti G35 coup. It also gets better gas mileage. It had been on the dealers lot for several months and they have two 2006 convertibles - I live in the Midwest where convertible season is coming to an end - so I was able to get it below invoice - the dealer was also able to cut $1000 off the price if I financed it through Audi so I figure I got a fair deal.
  • wco81wco81 Posts: 495
    Apple and Audi announced that Audi would be offering some kind of iPod integration later this year.

    How involved it is, I don't remember but Honda and Acura also announced iPod support and their version will actually have speech recognition so you can speak your commands.

    Supposedly in a couple of years, OEM stereo makers will have a better handle on iPod integration. Instead of just using the CD changer interface, they may find ways to integrate an iPod dock, which is why when Apple intro'd the iPod Nano, they also announced some kind of a universal dock standard, meaning people making iPod accessories can be assured that the dock standard won't change in the future.

    At least for a couple of years :D
  • So you've had no problem with using 1GB cards (total of 2GB)? Why does it say on the manual that it reads upto 256MB and a maximum of 60 characters? I bought 2 256MB's just to be safe, but I guess I'll have to find other use for them and get me 2 1GB's. Cool.

    I know, it seems that the capability of Bluetooth is there on the 2005.5, it's just getting it hooked up. Let me know if you get any additional info on this.
  • The Technology package includes a trip computer. Anyone know what features it has - The brochure simply says "6 function trip computer including outside temperature guage". Is it able to keep track of gas mileage?

    Second question - Brochure (I received from dealer) has listed an exterior color "Cambridge Green Effect". This color is not listed on the website. Although there is no date anywhere on the brochure, I suspect is is a 2005 brochure and that the Green color has been discontinued for 2006. That would be too bad, because it's almost a British racing green and would go nice with tan leather interior. Can anyone confirm this?
  • OK... this is getting a bit much.... about 2 months ago, my remote intermittently failed to unlock doors... told the dealer about the known problem and my keys were replaced.

    Time passes, and I'm the only one driving until this week. My wife has been using my car and changed the seat position to her memory settings. Today I went to drive my car and on unlocking the door, nothing happened to the seat position even though I had followed the steps to have my key memorize my stored seat settings!!!

    Has anyone else noticed this, particularly after having the keys replaced??
  • rjlaerorjlaero Posts: 659
    Cambridge Green was discontinued for 2006.
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