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  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 4,761
    andres3 said:


    Chalk another one up!

    Congrats on the punch! It's a 2016, I presume?
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 19,968
    pretty snazzy looking. Nice color too. Not sure I could sell my wife on something this small for our primary use car though! Would have to test fit I guess.


    2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4i Limited Tech (mine), 2013 Acura RDX (wife's) and 2015 Jetta Sport (daughter's)

  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 49,629
    Congrats and yes, please post some pics.

    Pics of the speeding tickets will be fun too. :D

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  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 3,534
    Very cool...and small! If it were a four door, I'd be hooked as do prefer a sedan. Great color though and looks to be a real hoot to scoot around in. be careful out there dude!!

    The Sandman :) B)

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf TSI (me) / 2009 Nissan Versa SL Hatch (daughter #1) / 2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 9,690
    andres3 said:

    Wife wasn't super happy about my pick, she made me put the car seat in as soon as I got home. I had to become a contortionist with a shoe horn to get it back there, but it fits, just barely, and I do mean barely as it is a tall Diono car seat. The cargo space is generous however, as it passed the Costco shopping test. The car is essentially a 3 seater since I'm 6'3 and the wife is 5'2. Daughter is 2 and a half, so when she gets to be 5'2 or taller it'll become a 2 seater. OK, let's be honest, 5'0 tops, the rear seats have little leg room; it's tiny back there.

    When your wife comes up for sainthood, we'll definitely vouch for her. ;)

    Congrats on the punch!

    2008 and 2010 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 3,534
    Sat in a new 2017 Hyundai Elantra today and was impressed! It was an SE model and think the sticker was about $21K before the dealer add on garbage this one dealer is known for. Adds $1495 of stuff that is totally outrageous at that price which is why I only look there and would never buy from him...a real gonif!!
    Nice interior appointments, sort of a mini Sonata which really isn't bad at all. Hyundai/Kia have really improved their interiors dramatically with all that ugly hard plastic gone. Again, was very impressed and think my kid will agree when she is ready to buy in the next couple of years. I then got into a new Civic and drove it back to the dealer. Honda did a great job on this interior as well. it was a turbo with a CVT tranny but didn't feel like one, at all! I hit the accelerator and whooshhhh, I was gone. The dash is more boy racer to be honest but I could learn to like it. Can not wait to drive the new Elantra and Forte to see how the three compare because honestly, think the kid will choose one of these three as her final choice. She really wanted the 2009 Elantra but things went in another direction but right now, it's at the top of her short list.
    This really is the best part of my job, driving so many different makes and models which is great when it comes to buy a personal vehicle.Another wonderful thing is all this new tech that has finally gotten down to the economy levels in many makers. Kids her age who grew up with the computer demand the latest and best tech on whatever they buy and glad the car makers are listening to them on this. Really is a win/win for us all since even is "older" folk can be taught how to use most of it. Just adds to the ownership enjoyment as far as I'm concerned. Personally, I want to be able to open our garage door and smile at what I see, something that every manufacturer should want also. And I am lucky enough to be living this on a daily basis! Thank G-d for being so lucky and blessed!!!

    The Sandman :) B)

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf TSI (me) / 2009 Nissan Versa SL Hatch (daughter #1) / 2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

  • rayainswrayainsw Posts: 2,796
    andres3 -
    Congrats on the 'punch' !
    - Ray
    Have not had an Audi in a loooong time.....
    2015 Charger R/T - yup, it's got a Hemi...
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 9,739
    @andres3 - Mazel-Tov on the TT punch!  Sounds like you picked a killer color combination.  I can't wait to see the pics!  Enjoy the drive!

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • coldinohiocoldinohio Posts: 27
    congrats
    TT-s is loved by many car mags now-- is it 5 cylinder?
    i think it has the virtual cockpit display which on the new A4 is spectacular

  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 1,048
    Congrats @andres3 ! I think my wife would have traded me in with the S4...
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 19,968
    a version of the 2.0L engine dialed up for extra HP.

    2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4i Limited Tech (mine), 2013 Acura RDX (wife's) and 2015 Jetta Sport (daughter's)

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 8,753
    Congrats!

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport / 2014 M235i / 1999 Wrangler / 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2004 X3 2.5i Son's: 2009 328i

  • fintailfintail Posts: 37,174
    Congrats on the TT
  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 31,469
    @andres3 - congrats on the new Audi!

    @corvette - how many punches are we up to for the year?

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  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 4,761
    Only 8. I was the only punch in May. breld should be due for another punch in a month or two.
  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 31,469
    corvette said:

    Only 8. I was the only punch in May. breld should be due for another punch in a month or two.

    So, 7 through April, or an expected 21 for the year.

    Would you be so kind as to refresh our memory on the punch guesses for the year?

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  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 8,772
    andres....beautiful car. Love the color combo. 'Grats!
  • sdasda Indian Land, SCPosts: 831
    andres--congratulations! Great color. Looking forward to your ownership review.

    2010 Pilot EXL-RES, 2013 Accord EX

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 19,135
    congrats. Nice car.

    I don't give it long, though. I convinced myself I could live with a coupe with small kids (first the 135, then the Stang). It gets annoying pretty quick.

    '14 CTS Vsport; '98 Volvo S70 base; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 40-car history and counting!

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 19,968
    I had my Scion tC for about 17 months before trading it in for an accord, for the same reason. A 14YO and a 9YO made it a real hassle. Plus I didn't like it all that much!

    2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4i Limited Tech (mine), 2013 Acura RDX (wife's) and 2015 Jetta Sport (daughter's)

  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 31,469
    stickguy said:

    I had my Scion tC for about 17 months before trading it in for an accord, for the same reason. A 14YO and a 9YO made it a real hassle. Plus I didn't like it all that much!

    The same was true when we got our '99 Beetle. The step kids were 11 and 13.

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  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 6,562
    corvette said:

    andres3 said:


    Chalk another one up!

    Congrats on the punch! It's a 2016, I presume?
    Yes, 2016.

    An order would have put me dangerously close to a 2017, and Audi usually arbitrarily adds $500 to the sticker every year I've noticed. They might throw in red painted calipers or something, which they charge an outrageous extra $400 for!!! I didn't allow that to happen, mine are black, but it did slip by me until it was too late that I paid $90 extra for all-weather floor mats; it's right there on the sticker. I'll probably never use them, the standard mats come with the car regardless (so it is an add-on optional item), and they are perfectly fine and I don't go in the snow or mud much. I think that's the ultimate "how addicted is this buyer test" charging that much for red calipers. It's not like red paint costs more than black paint, and yes, the standard TTS calipers are painted black with even a red Audi TT "S" Sash logo. Now if it was standard unpainted metal calipers vs. red, I could understand the charge. That one has to be pure profit.

    OK, rant over.

    2016 Audi TTS S-Tronic (DSG 6-Speed) quattro. Wife has 2015 VW Golf Sportwagen TDI SE
  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 6,562
    edited May 3
    stickguy said:

    pretty snazzy looking. Nice color too. Not sure I could sell my wife on something this small for our primary use car though! Would have to test fit I guess.


    It is a very tough sale to the significant other! Who said anything about primary car? LOL. We have the Wagon for that! Though my wife hasn't sold off on that yet. We are kind of in limbo until all the details of the Diesel fiasco play out. My commute should get a lot shorter in the next couple of months, but if it stays very long, her car would make a great commute/daily driver/family hauler for me, and perhaps she could get that new (can't talk her into used now!) Subaru she she might want for some reason. It was my ultimate plan to get more of a reliable cheaper beater/daily driver/family hauler, perhaps used at $15K or less, and keep this baby as a weekend, track, and maybe once a week to work car. Her Sportwagen is only a year old, so it is way more valuable than $15K, but a long commute and cheap diesel help that scenario makes sense.

    Audi does spoil you, and comfort mode with even the 20's is starting to spoil me. I'm starting to think why would I want to drive anything else when I have this. Audi makes these with an eye towards being an acceptable daily driver for sure, but the very short wheelbase and very short gearing says take me to the track or a very twisty road loud and clear as well.

    By the way, that picture above is off on color, more like Nano Grey with a ridiculous amount of lighting and glare tricks. Daytona is darker like Graphite on the '03 Accord Coupe. I'll work on getting a real picture posted today.
    2016 Audi TTS S-Tronic (DSG 6-Speed) quattro. Wife has 2015 VW Golf Sportwagen TDI SE
  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 6,562

    Congrats @andres3 ! I think my wife would have traded me in with the S4...

    She still might! LOL :open_mouth: :worried:

    I'm sure I'll be paying for this purchase in more ways than one for awhile, but she did admit when she finally saw it in person (as I tried to argue all along) that it is a beautiful car.

    Trading in a car with nearly 48K miles for nearly 31K dollars is unheard of for people in our income bracket. For goodness sakes, I got my '06 A3 out the door for less than $31K. I think being number 1 in Consumer Reports this year helped us make a deal here, and is having a measurable impact on Audi values.


    2016 Audi TTS S-Tronic (DSG 6-Speed) quattro. Wife has 2015 VW Golf Sportwagen TDI SE
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 8,753
    edited May 3
    qbrozen said:

    congrats. Nice car.

    I don't give it long, though. I convinced myself I could live with a coupe with small kids (first the 135, then the Stang). It gets annoying pretty quick.

    We carried our son around in my 318ti Club Sport and my wife's 318ti Active until he was nearly six. We only traded my wife's ti for a 528i because both of our elderly mothers were recently widowed and were no longer driving. Were it not for that we probably wouldn't have bought a four door car for another 5-6 years.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport / 2014 M235i / 1999 Wrangler / 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2004 X3 2.5i Son's: 2009 328i

  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 6,562
    edited May 3

    Very cool...and small! If it were a four door, I'd be hooked as do prefer a sedan. Great color though and looks to be a real hoot to scoot around in. be careful out there dude!!

    The Sandman :) B)

    If you like 5-doors Ala Hatchback, then the Golf R might be for you. Limited color choices (I think it's metallic white, metallic black, a medium gray, red, and metallic blue). Probably 90% of my car with 75% the cost, and at least 4 comfy seats, 5 in a pinch.

    The Golf R has taller gearing though. I actually mean this, I was more apt to get speeding tickets in the S4. That car forced me to cruise around at 90 MPH on straight stretches of roadway loafing around at low RPM's in 7th gear, whereas the TTS is at about the same RPM at 65-70 MPH in its top 6th gear.

    EDIT/ADD: I'm giving the Golf R the benefit of the doubt at 90%. It might only be 75% of the car I have, but I wouldn't know as VW dealers in San Diego County have an insane and idiotic policy of no test drives on the Golf R. I was supposed to test drive one of the manager's own Golf R's as a "demo," but that fell through and was postponed unexpectedly by them. They claim they've lost sales due to someone saying 15 miles was too much on a new car. Well, for me, the R might just have been the more practical choice at a lower price, but I became annoyed with VW and especially their dealerships, and rewarded Audi; who did let me test drive a TTS without any fuss.
    2016 Audi TTS S-Tronic (DSG 6-Speed) quattro. Wife has 2015 VW Golf Sportwagen TDI SE
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 19,968
    We use my car for most trips, unless we are taking lots of stuff (like a week at the beach rental). And also when we are together locally. No way next year will the RDX get moved back into primary duty. If I get a toy, I need to figure out how to get another car with it! The RDX lately has been getting very few miles put on it. Might not break 36k by its 4th anniversary, and I think we were at 30k when it hit 3.

    2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4i Limited Tech (mine), 2013 Acura RDX (wife's) and 2015 Jetta Sport (daughter's)

  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 6,562
    2.5 years old is just old enough that they can traverse tricky terrain such as the interior of a vehicle and seat themselves in the car seat. That's half the battle. It is annoying to buckle them in with only 2 doors, and I forgot how a coupe's two large doors make you have to leave an extra foot of room when you park on each side so you can open your door without banging into things. :worried: Funny the things you forget about what you didn't like about something. Regardless, I'm willing to put up with some of these inconveniences in exchange for the rewards.

    Sounds like somewhere between when my daughter is 6 years and 11 years old it'll be time to trade her in (the car, not my little princess) based on some of the comments here recently. I think anywhere in that range of scenarios puts me in a position where I won't belong in this forum anymore :smile:

    The one catch is in the unlikely event we decide to (or have a surprise) 2nd child. In that event, it has to become a 3rd optional fun car or be traded for a Golf R. I like the 3rd optional car idea, a lot! If I can train the DSG to work just right to my habits and style, and it is a "learning" system, I can see myself keeping this one for a long, long time. If anyone can train a DSG transmission correctly it is me; I've been driving them since April of 2006. That's a decade of relatively high mile per year experience.

    Would have been awesome to turn a two and a half year old S4 into a daily beater, but I didn't want to have that kind of money tied up into cars. Would be nice to be made out of money so that you could do that.
    2016 Audi TTS S-Tronic (DSG 6-Speed) quattro. Wife has 2015 VW Golf Sportwagen TDI SE
  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 6,562
    Of course with unlimited income I'm thinking instead of a mini R8 I'd get the real R8, and then have the S4 as a daily driver. The upcoming TTRS would be a hoot too, and I hear it gets the 7-speed DSG and sweet sounding 5-cylinder.

    Knowledgeable guy who owns the shop where I service my Audi's was talking, and he used to own the S5 but now has the brand new '17 A4, and he was raving about it. He said everything was improved, from the steering, to the suspension, to the way it felt and drove. He said looks wise it might look like a minor update and refresh, but that it was an entirely different and new car underneath (and most importantly improved). Makes the future '18 S4 sound promising as well.

    2016 Audi TTS S-Tronic (DSG 6-Speed) quattro. Wife has 2015 VW Golf Sportwagen TDI SE
  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 6,562
    stever said:

    Congrats and yes, please post some pics.

    Pics of the speeding tickets will be fun too. :D

    First thing I did when I got home was remove the license plate holder in front. Audi makes it really nice and convenient as the screw holes are now hidden on angled brackets behind the grill! No more little visible screw holes. Problem: All my Allen wrenches (and I must have had 2 or 3 rings full at one point) went missing. Trip to Home Depot, bought some hexagon shaped wrenches in metric (figured it's German right?) and they came off. 2nd problem: the holder is really tightly "snapped" into position. I hate having to tug on plastic really hard. I swore there must have been another screw holding the darn thing, but finally with some muscle and force it snapped out before plastic broke thankfully.

    So I'll try and get away with a beautiful front face as long as I can in CA. What will come first, the speeding ticket or the front license plate fix-it ticket? Perhaps both at the same time?
    2016 Audi TTS S-Tronic (DSG 6-Speed) quattro. Wife has 2015 VW Golf Sportwagen TDI SE
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