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Audi S5 Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • Thanks a lot! In between our conversations, I ended up contacting someone in MN and they said they'll have a 2009 in for me in six months. I guess if I've waited this long, I may as well get the 2009, so I have it on order with them. If this one falls through I will definitely follow up with your guys. Boy oh boy, this better be worth the wait!!
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  • smp9smp9 Posts: 8
    Anyone in the San Diego area have luck getting a hold of an S5? What was your price paid?
  • Put my name on the list back in November, and mine came in today. Dealer indicated it is the first S5 Auto Transmission to hit the US. Patience pays off. Overall, while it was tough to wait those 6 months, it was worth it. I was concerned the S5 Auto might not have the same torque factor as the Manual, but given the traffic in my area, i really wanted both the power, torque, sound, feel of the S5 without having to deal with those times when we all sift in to work.

    Let me tell you, the power is THERE in spades. I could tell little discernable difference between the launch from 0 factor from the manual, and the transmission is very intuitive. Awesome car, and you guys can bet you are getting a great car for the price. This car runs better and feels better than the BMW 650i and the Jaguar XK, for about 2/3rd the price.
  • bmlexusbmlexus Posts: 755
    Congrats man great car lucky guy.

    I am sure it was worth the 6 months waiting.

    What car did you drive before getting your new S5 and how do you compare the old car with this new 1.

    Hope you post some more experience about the handling quality smoothness while driving on highway speeds. etc etc.

    thanks.
  • rjlaerorjlaero Posts: 659
    There has been a huge backlog of orders at the factory on S5's. Most of it was due to supplier issues combined with too many orders to fill for the V8 engines.

    We've had customers at out dealership order cars back in October, that will NOT get their cars. People who had 08 models on order will have to get bumped to 09.

    It's very unusual to have this problem. Most of the time it takes 3 months to build a car in Gemany and have it shipped to a US dealer. Lots of people are in the same situation and are having to wait up to 7-9 months to get an S5.

    We have 09's on order, and some customers got lucky with the allocation process and there order was sent right to the factory.

    You can order a 1000 S5's if you want to as a dealer, but if there is no build slot in the allocation process to start bulding it, it doesn' t mean much. Audi shares most of the blame for this as they put dealers in a bad spot. They kept taking orders and things just kept backing stacking up. 09 models should far better as Audi claims to have solved some of the supplier issues.

    But the A5 and S5 are low-volume specialty cars and they will never be a dime a dozen like a BMW 3 series coupe. So it's always going to be harder to get one.
  • wausaus5wausaus5 Posts: 5
    For those of you who are looking...... I got my S5 Friday May 16th in Wausau off of the lot at Kocurek Wausau Imports. I was going to wait for their second allocation to get B & O sound but could not wait. I believe their second allocation is still available for someone to order however they want it........probably before 2009. I would contact them. Tell them Matt sent you!
  • wausaus5wausaus5 Posts: 5
    I should mention....the Wausau dealership is small. I think they ordered the car I got in October. It delivered last Sunday. Not sure though.
  • bmlexusbmlexus Posts: 755
    For those of you who are looking...... I got my S5 Friday May 16th in Wausau off of the lot at Kocurek Wausau Imports. I was going to wait for their second allocation to get B & O sound but could not wait. I believe their second allocation is still available for someone to order however they want it........probably before 2009. I would contact them. Tell them Matt sent you!

    Any experience with your S5.

    its v8 twin turbo correct?

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

    How comfortable is it.?

    Hows the handling the road feel.

    The good and bad things you like about your car.

    How comfortable are the seats.

    How is the transmission.

    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.

    Hope to get all the experience thanks.
  • rjlaerorjlaero Posts: 659
    There's no twin turbo. It's a normially aspirated V8 with direct injection, 354hp.

    I've driven the S5 several times. It's bottom line an amazing vehicle all the way around with very few flaws. Other than so-so gas mileage for the V8, there's no reason not to buy one.

    The interior is gorgeous, silk nappa leather seats are extremely comfortable. Stupid fast 0-60 under 5 seconds. V8 sounds glorious and one of the best on the market.
  • 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!
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