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Audi S5 Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • wausaus5wausaus5 Posts: 5
    Any experience with your S5.

    its v8 twin turbo correct?

    No, as stated in previous post, it is naturally aspirated V8

    How smooth is the car quite enough in highway speeds.?

    Very Smooth and plenty of 6th gear passing power too.

    How comfortable is it.?

    I am 6'2" 255lbs. The narrow seats fit snuggly but comfortably. This was a real concern of mine, but I have taken a couple of several hundred mile trips and been very comfortable.

    Hows the handling the road feel.

    Stiff but compliant. Wisconsin potholes are a bit jarring, but no more than in my last car (A6 4.2).

    The good and bad things you like about your car.

    I wish the voice command was active. In my prior audi, I could do everything with with it. Change CD's, radio stations, dial phone numbers and names and control the nav system. It would be nice just to have the phone functions back. Love everything else though.

    How comfortable are the seats. See above

    How is the transmission.

    Love it. 1st to 2nd is the only transition that i am trying to get just right in non-spirited driving.

    Anything else you want to add etc etc.

    Are those twin turbo too loud I always have a feeling TT are really not that smooth.

    Engine sound is fantastic. The car I got, out of dealer inventory doea not have the Bang & Olafson(sp) sound which has turned out just fine as I love the sound of the engine. I also have a BMW 335xi sedan which is twin turbo charged. The power delivery in the S5 is extremely smooth and linear. There is no big power bumps.
  • gassergasser Posts: 5
    Went to Molle Audi in Kansas City last weekend to ask about the new S5. Sales manager told me to forget about it. He couldn't get one if he tried. He primarily blamed the weak dollar and said that Audi was shipping the cars to makets in which they could make money like China and S. America. Also, it is about a six month wait for an A5. I don't know what Audi is thinking. They might be selling half as many cars instead of twice as many like they claim they want to do. Despite the weak dollar, USA is still a huge auto market.
  • shivanshivan Posts: 30
    I'm coming upto the end of my lease on a 2006 Infiniti m35x. My end of lease purchase price is $32811.90 plus a $150 purchase option fee. I was thinking of buying the car (well actually financing the purchase price) and then using the car as a downpayment(trade-in) for a new 2009 Audi S5, possibly an A5. Does this sound like a financial blunder? Would it be better just to turn in the leased car and eat the wear and tear expenses and then look for an S5/A5?

    I think edmunds.com reports that my car as optioned and with its current mileage is Dealer retail $34,255, private part $31,576, and Trade-In $28,874.
  • richzrichz Posts: 125
    I'm probably missing something here, but why would you want to purchase your lease? You will lose money selling/trading it in based on the numbers you listed above. You do mention something about wear and tear expenses, is there something wrong with your leased car?
  • wausaus5wausaus5 Posts: 5
    My dealer told me that too. He has a buddy that works at an Audi Dealership in Germany. He said the S5 is selling there for over 100K and that Audi will be filling those orders first. It seems they offer more options on the cars there too. Could be part of the increase in price.
  • shivanshivan Posts: 30
    I'm thinking I can try and talk the car lease company down from the lease purchase price to something closer to the trade-in or private sale number. Buy/Finance that car and then eventually use it to trade-in for an S5 or A5 when one is available for me to buy.

    I don't think there are any major problems with my leased car, but I'm assuming they will find something to charge me for excessive wear and tear.
  • wausaus5wausaus5 Posts: 5
    The following is from the A5 owners club site. I had this done by my dealer today and the voice command works great.

    "Went to the dealer to get my TPMS light cleared and brought along with me the VAG COM code to activate the voice module. I was expecting a NO, but to my surprise he completed it for me. Took about 15 seconds.

    The software code currently in the Telephone Module is : 0010900. Ask your dealer to change it to 0010970 and it will turn on. It takes about 5 minutes for it to actually start working as I drove off thinking it didn't work and then it activated.

    Cheers"

    This is in response to many reviews listing this as a negative aspect of the car. All is well in S5 land, now!
  • rdeenrdeen Posts: 1
    Placed the order at the end of January. I figured (especially after the test drive) that a MT was a waste of time with the torque band this engine has, so opted for Tiptronic.
    I kept pestering the dealer and cruising the web until I learned that all '08 model orders would be pushed to '09.
    At the same time (May), I learned that Drive Select would be available for '09, so I re-ordered with that option and also changed the color to Deep Sea Blue. We went over the allocation story again, and estimated July/August delivery.
    I finally got confirmation from my guy that the production day was set, and the car is due to be loaded on a boat on July 4, for dealer delivery approximately August 5 in San Jose, CA.
    I expected to (and did) pay MSRP, still don't know the price of the car I'm picking up.
    My only nagging regret from the entire experience to date is from hearing that the DSG is close. It would be a better transmission, quicker, and given the 7 speeds, probably get better mileage.
  • dswdsw Posts: 1
    I placed my order to the factory the first week of February. Then in April they had the 2008 order canceled and converted to a 2009 order with July estimated delivery. in early July I thought I would ask if all was OK with my order. After several weeks of slience, I just got the news that Audi had canceled my order. I cannot get any explanation as to why. I have had several audis over the years, but I am not going to go back to the end of the queue with a new order. Another audi - after being treated like this!
  • I ordered my S5 in January from my regular Audi guy here in Milwaukee, WI. After 3 months of waiting I was told they didn't think I'd get one this year!!! Being highly annoyed, I got a hold of a guy in MN who promised me one by November, so I ordered one with him, too. On a whim I went to test drive the A5 (not even close to the S5. I also test drove the RS4...holy cow!!!!) with a dealer in a Milwaukee suburb which is owned by the other Milwaukee dealer. I was criticizing my first dealer and these new guys then told me I could have a car by October, so I said "hey, I don't care who gets me the car...first come, first buy". They said they'd call me the next day and then I got a call that night from the GM of the original Milwaukee Audi place and miraculously my car was being built and should be here in two weeks. They say that they got an allocation but the timing seemed odd. Maybe they didn't want to lose a good customer and bumped someone else...don't know...don't care. In two weeks I hope I'm breaking in my 2009 S5!!! Wish me luck and good luck to everyone else waiting. The whole situation really is ridiculous. I always figured if you had the money you could buy whatever you wanted, but I guess Audi doesn't follow those rules!
  • shivanshivan Posts: 30
    Sounds like they may have sold the car to someone else, maybe for a higher profit margin.
  • Just put my hands on the 2009 S5. The dealer I was at had just unloaded it off the truck on Wednesday. I would have purchased it but I did not like the red interior.
    Decisions, descisions.
  • MikeSternMikeStern Posts: 2
    This is kind of ridiculous. I am currently waiting for my dealer to get 2009 lease and loan rates from Audi Financial Services. They said nobody knows for sure but it could be as late as August 15th before the 2009 rates are published. Until they get the new rates, they can't provide financing for it. I'm just waiting patiently... Anybody else having a similar issue or maybe has more info about this?

    2009 S5 4.2 COUPE 2-DR 6-SPD QUATTRO
    ICE SILVER METALLIC/BLACK
    CARBON FIBER TRIM $500
    BANG & OLUFSEN SOUND SYSTEM $850
    AUDI DRIVE SELECT $2950
    AUDI DVD NAVIGATION PLUS $2390
    TECHNOLOGY PACKAGE $2200
    MSRP $62,390

    :confuse:
  • Mine just came in today...wish I knew how to attach the picture. I am picking up on Wednesday. I didn't talk price with the dealer (like it would matter for this car!!) He is supposed to call back this afternoon. I am just waiting to see what they will give me in trade for my 2004 S4...last I heard $19500...they better bring it up a little...it's in great shape with only 41,000 miles on it.
  • Got mine last night. They do have the lease rates out here in Milwaukee. Opted out of the lease and bought instead...heck, I might never get rid of it! The car was well worth the seven month wait...holy cow...what a machine. Driving away from the dealer we had people turning, pointing and staring (they were in an A4). Good luck with yours!
  • shivanshivan Posts: 30
    I too am waiting for the 2009 lease program to be released by Audi...its frustrating that an auto manufacturer has cars available but no lease program listed.
  • yyykenyyyken Posts: 14
    The good times of great leases are gone for a while (yrs) . . . you often might as well just take out a long lone from a credit union to mimic the lease. (So you balance after 3 yrs is about what the car is worth). 72 months or some even have 84 month loans which match up well with cars like Audi that hold thier value reasonable well . . .
  • I live in LA, placed my order for s5 in April...anyone has any idea aprox when i can get it? dealers told me i should be expecting it this or next month....but i really doubt it...anyone know? ... .thx....
  • I ordered mine in January and got it on July 30th. It is fantastic!!!! From what I have been told, it is all based on the number of allocations your region and dealer gets, so your dealer should know. I found out at the end of June that it was in production and they had a delivery date of August 11th so I got lucky.
  • This board is QUIET !!!

    Either there are no deals at all or no one is buying ???
  • rjlaerorjlaero Posts: 659
    The A5 and S5 are still selling quite well. There might be a few A5's in stock @ dealers, but S5's are still tough to find and you have to order them a majority of the time.

    There are no deals on the cars, either special financing or lease rates. People buy because they want them.
  • In that case, the S5 must be the only model that IS selling in the US because GM, Ford, Chrysler, Nissan, Honda, Toyota, Acura, Lexus, Infinity, BMW, Mercedes, Aston martin, Bentley, etc etc are all DOWN !

    There are at least 20 S5's for sale on the net. Perhaps they're not selling as well as you think. And ''offers'' are now being accepted on the A5 (as was the case when i contacted a dealer last week).
  • I have waited for 5 months for delivery and was told by the dealer that they would buy the S5 back used at a higher price than I paid.
  • Until the arrival of the S5 I ordered in August. I suppose to keep my spirits high, Audi sent me a gift. It could be the sole of a racing shoe for the right foot, or maybe an odor-eater... :confuse:
  • I dont know about the rest of the country but in the DC area, there are many A5s on the lot and quite a few S5s.

    With teh market at this time of the year. I was wondering what type of deals I could get. What type of "offers" are they willing to take?
  • Hello to you all. I am currently 22 years old looking to make my purchase of a new car within the year. I have had my sights set on an Audi S5 for quite some time now, and have done extensive research, and have sifted through many reviews(yes even the negative ones =P). I want to upgrade all the options(excluding the carbon inlays), and it comes to be around $62,000. My question to you Audi S5 owners, as far as bringing the price down, how much wiggle room did you have with the dealership(I understand it will vary from dealer to dealer as I will visit many before I arrive to make my decision)? I intend on taking a 60 month loan, probably around a 5.0% interest rate. My down payment will be approximately $10,000. Also, if you don't mind sharing, what were your monthly payments? I have done some payment calculators, but I was just wanting to hear from a real person. I appreciate you taking the time to read this, thanks. =)
  • I hate to be a killjoy here. I know you probably think the S5 is the best thing since sliced bread and all that, but at 22 it's a ridiculous purchase.
    Just from your figures alone, you'll be paying over $1000 a month and around $8500 in interest over 5 years. I'm not even considering the rest of the running costs here which won't be insignificant, ie insurance for a 22year old on an S5....

    The S5 is a large GT cruiser car anyhow, more suited for older gents. Why don't you check out the any number of great cars at half that price and save yourself a fortune? You'll regret being stuck with such a financial burden after a while. At 22 you should be traveling, going out, saving something for a house/condo etc. Don't waste everything on a car. Just so you know, after even just a month or two, your $10k cash down-payment will have vanished. Just contemplate that for a minute or two. At the very least, you should be looking at used cars. IF you have to have a V8 Audi, get a two year old S4 and save yourself half the money.

    You'll be doing well to get 5% discount on S5s still at the moment, still fairly hard to come by.
  • I understand the financial accountability, and I am capable of making such payments. I fail to understand though, is why age would matter in this situation. I've been told regularly that I cannot do something..this is what I wish to do, I was simply seeking some admonition so I would know what to expect at the dealership, as it would be my very first new car purchase. I have spoken with my insurance agent and an Audi S5 would run me $270 monthly. Based on the auto calculators, a $1,000 car note seems right if I were to pay full retail, as it seems that that might be the case here. Yes I have thought long and hard about the $10k down payment and the 5 year loan, and it's what would be best for me. I have wanted this car for quite some time now and I assure you I will get it. To be quite honest I am not a huge fan for the S4 =/. Any more input would be appreciated =)
  • S5's are still pretty rare. I would say you'd be doing well to get a couple of grand off at the moment. If you start ordering with particular options, you may get no discount at all. There's little in the way of finance deals on A5/S5's either.
    $270 a month for insurance is insane as well. You're going to end up paying $1300+ for car and insurance alone. Try bankrate.com. You can plug in whatever interest rate you can get and it will show you the payments over time along with the interest.
    If you can afford those sorts of monthly payments, then you should still buy a cheaper car for a few years. Put the rest of the high payments away for a couple of years (it's called saving), then you'll be in a significantly better position to buy an expensive car. Just look at how much interest you'll be paying. It's your money though. Good luck.
  • S5 is a very good looking car. But i will not spend almost 70k OTD for that car.
    There are a lot of choice at that price point. I would consider a BMW 335i or maybe wait for the new MB E Class coupe.
    As amdscot said, $1300 / month car payment and insurance is a lot of money.
    I would rather invest it on something else.
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