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  • There are many types of buyers. Some are emotionally charged and need the "must have hardware" and are willing to pay and Modify to distinct themselves.

    The other is also emotional, but needs to feel not only a great deal of pleasure from the performance, but also of the value it provides.

    I feel my audi allroad was a "smart purchase" providing value way beyond what I paid. I enjoy not having to worry about repairs and maintenence.

    I also would consider a used Audi as never before because I know the car has been taken care of given the program of the maintenence program.

    I enjoy keeping my care in proper order and when my lease is up take pride in turing in a clean well maintained car that I hope continues to give its new owner the same enjoyment and service it gave me.

    In the abcense of this program, and a loyalty bonus, I will look at a BMW whose residuals make for very good leases. If I look, I might just buy.

    It has almost been my intention to just renew with Audi providing a reasonable financial transaction and enjoy the benefits of the good service.

    Despite my desire for anything Audi, I must feel smart about my purchase when the tail lights go out the dealership!
  • Has anyone figured out how to configure the MMI so the titles of the song tracks from a CD appear on the display? According the manual, it has that capability and I've set the appropriate configuration (I think) yet all I see is "Track 1, 2, etc"
  • Oh I am going to stretch my memory. But I believe the CD in question is to blame -- and I can't recall any CD's that actually have this text.

    One would think Brothers In Arms would as it seems to be the example given by Audi in its literature.

    I have titled my CD's both with the voice command and with the text entry -- time consuming.

    Yet when CD 4 plays all I see is "Coldplay: X/Y" not the individual titles of the songs. Perhaps they too have to be keyed in -- too much effort.

    Either that, or you have to burn your own CD using something like "music match" which creates individual files on the CD with the titles on them, then the burned CD will display the song titles, NOT the original, however.

    Sorry, this may not be what you wanted to read.
  • I was afraid of that. I've also manually titled the CD's but no way would I do that for each song title.

    Thanks for the tip on burning a copy of the CD with MusicMatch. I'll give that a try.
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Doesn't iTunes connect to the web and pull the song information down for you automatically when you rip a CD from another?

    -Paul
  • I'm not sure about Itunes, but I suspect it does. I know Real Player does. That's what I use, as I use Rhapsody to purchase my music and then have real burn a CD for my car. I think it's a lot easier than manually creating a CD name and the sound is very good...I personally can't tell it from a "real" CD.

    I just downloaded the latest Michael Buble album, burned it to CD, and am enjoying it in the car as a "cool down" when going home from work.

    I like the burn idea also because I can create CD compilations of music that I like rather than just the particular songs on a CD, many of which you may not listen to...
  • I was successful in burning a CD using RealPlayer that displays the track titles on the MMI. It seems kinda silly the "original" CD's don't contain this data in a format that can be read by the player, but this isn't the first time I've been frustrated by technology and I'm sure it won't be the last!

    I mostly use the Ipod (via FM transmitter) for trips more than 30 minutes, but I have a number of favored CD's that are more convenient to play for short hops or when I forget the Ipod.

    Thanks for the help.
  • I asked the question earlier about if the certification is worth $2,500. Allow me to ask the question a different way: Based on your experiences, what repairs (and costs) can I expect on my 2003 A-6 from 60K miles to 90K miles (other than brakes and tune-ups).
  • Repairs will be rare -- but if you have one it will be breathtakingly expensive.

    Your own risk tolerance is the KEY.
  • bpaubpau Posts: 20
    Is the insurance excessive? I know Audi was awarded one of the 2006 top safety picks by the IIHS but parts are expensive if you are in a collision. I'm going from a Maxima to an Audi....just wondering :confuse:
  • Best advice I can give you is to #1 call your agent and get a quote; #2 do a little bit of Internet surfing homework.

    There are so many variables in this -- but I do not think you will find the insurance differential "breathtakingly" expensive or inexpensive.

    See #1 and #2, best bet.
  • We were pleasantly surprised to find our insurance on 2006 A6 3.2 Quattro to be significantly less than our other 3 vehicles. Perhaps it has something to do with multiple cars and good driving record.

    However, before I bought the A6, I compared insurance on Infinity M35, BMW 530xi and Lexus GS. In general, Audi was lower due to its higher safety rating (IMHO) .
  • jp11jp11 Posts: 2
    i am considering buying a 2002 A6 3.0 (50k miles) from a private party. I would be grateful if any of you could list any problems that are associated with this model or the major reparis i would ahve tp probably incur. I am considering going for a non-CPO A6 as its going to cost me about 3500 less than a similiar CPO. Any thoughts on that?
  • markcincinnatimarkcincinnati Posts: 5,343
    You must have gobs of money.

    Such a car is likely to be OK.

    If something breaks it will be breathtakiningly expensive to repair.

    Would you consider driving the car without insurance and effectively self-insuring?

    I love Audis -- but: the cost of a repair will not be cheap.

    I understand you want to save money and at 50K, it would seem the car ought to qualify for a CPO'ing from an Audi dealer. Are you suggesting that do to so would cost this particular car's price PLUS $3500 for this very car?
  • jp11jp11 Posts: 2
    well, i was thnking that a similiar 2002 a6 with CPO would be warrantied until 2008 and between now and 2008 if i am not likely to spend 3500 in repairs, i would save by opting for a non-CPO car. Am i making a mistake in think so? Please let know asap.
  • markcincinnatimarkcincinnati Posts: 5,343
    Beats me -- for $3,500 I might be tempted to chance it BUT ONLY after a full PAID (by you) inspection and all filters and fluids changed and things that can be lubed, lubed.

    My dealer said CPO'ing is $1,295. I'd probably spend that much, FWIW.

    What is it about this particular car that has motivated you to move so quickly? :confuse:

    BTW, I liked this year since the engine @ 3.0 was a good improvement over the 2.8 and the rotors were, apparently, made of stouter stuff than the 2000 - 2001 MY's.

    My 2001 A6 ate rotors, but they were all fixed for free.

    My 2003 allroad was fine in that respect.
  • rwolffrwolff Posts: 19
    I recently found a 2000 A6 4.2 with 106,000 miles in mint condition and which has been maintained in excellent condition inside and out. The price is 12500. Any comments on the reliabilty, etc and what to expect. The car seems to be a creampuff to me and has all the dealer maitainence records. Would love to hear any thoughts of whether the car is worth it. Thanks.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,148
    Are you handy with cars? Are you capable of doing your own maintenance and most repairs? If so then maybe this car would be a good deal.

    On the other hand, if you are going to rely on someone else to work on the car for you I would A) find a good independent German/Audi mechanic and B) I would set aside several thousand dollars for the inevitable maintenance that that car will need sooner or later.

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • rwolffrwolff Posts: 19
    Thanks for the comments. I would have to rely on a mechanic who works on German cars for any maintenance, etc., which I know can be very costly. It's certainly a risk buying this car. The price is down to 12,000 which is still a bit more than I want to spend on it. Anybody else want to weigh in and give their opinions on whether or not they would go ahead with this 2000 A6 4.2 Sports package w/ 106K miles. Thanks.
  • I am trying to decide between the 2006 Audi 4.2L and the BMW 550i. I really like the way the 550i drives but I am really put-off by the interior build quality. I really like the A6 AWD (Chicago winters) and the refined sophisticated interior. So I sum up my decision between the utilitarian appointed driving excitement vs. the more refined less athletic. Opinions? Recommendations? Help!! :) Thanks in advance.
  • markcincinnatimarkcincinnati Posts: 5,343
    Would the A6 in question be an S-Line model?
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,926
    Huh? :confuse: What's wrong with the interior build quality of the 550i? I would definitely call the A6 interior clean and simple, but certainly not "sophisticated."

    The A6 4.2 was on the top of my list just over a year ago. But that was when I was still very much anti-BMW. Maybe, not so much "anti-BMW" as just indifferent to BMW. At the time, there were many other brands I would buy over a BMW (luxury and non-luxury brands). Now, not so much. At the current time, as much as I like the A6 4.2, I'd buy a 550i first; however for the money, I'd buy an A6 4.2 over a 545i. The 360HP of the 550i just simply can't be ignored or denied, though. ;)

    I've driven just about everything in the class: 550i, E500 (and E55), GS430, A6 4.2, and Acura RL. As you can tell, I'm a shameless sucker for a V8, so the RL had the odds severely stacked against it. Then when you add in the interior space deficit...

    But, I digress. You're inquiring about the A6 4.2 and the 550i. Both fine automobiles. Both can be (somewhat) stunning in the right color combinations. Both can be as bland as anything on the road in the wrong color combinations; silver on gray comes to mind. You need to objectively consider the real benefits of AWD over RWD. Does snow/ice occur in a sufficient enough intervals/amounts to justify AWD? How important is performance to you? I don't think I've ever read a piece of print that stated a non-premium performance (S/RS) Audi outperformed a comparable BMW. So AWD clearly has no advantage over RWD in the dry on typical roads.

    I'd go for the 550i, but I can't imagine you'd be disappointed with either one. JMHO
  • markcincinnatimarkcincinnati Posts: 5,343
    I have no issue with the "build quality" of the BMW's interior. However, to my eye (and the eye of those who get paid to write this stuff), the Bimmer's interior is often called "stark."

    The Audi interior (quoting Car and Driver) "leaves the other's on the trailer."

    Audi may have its flaws -- about the only thing that Audi seems to be universally acclaimed for is having "the best interiors in the business."

    Despite all thie "compelling" evidence -- it still is subjective, largely. The MMI is easier to use than i-Drive, but these systems remind me a lot of Windows 2.0, better than the first iteration but still sometimes complicated for, uh, er, the sake of complication.

    Why push one button when you can push a button, turn a knob and depress the select knob? :confuse:

    Thank Hans and Franze for voice command is all I can say.

    But of course the comment "AWD clearly has no advantage over RWD in the dry on typical roads" is worth responding to -- especialy since we are in an Audi A6 forum.

    The following information (in the next posting) is NOT from Audi.

    Of course, Audi can be forgiven, one would assume, for "borrowing" heavily from the spirit of what is written below.

    Dozens of technical articles are also available that fundamentally suggest that from a control, performance and safety aspect, AWD will soon dominate (speaking of consumer acceptance as measured by demand) not just at the "race track" but on the street. If I am to believe my BMW dealer, the 5 series is already selling 60% RWD and 40% AWD (and the AWD is inventory limited.) Of course the 3 series is still about 85% RWD and 15% AWD, but theoretically that is ramping up too (X-drive 3's that is.)

    Obviously at least 80% of the Audis sold in this country are AWD and the Infiniti dealer (who also owns the Audi and Acura franchise, says that the M35X is the #1 seller and that the G35X continues to climb in popularity.)

    This may be a hangover effect of an SUV culture -- or, as discussed below, it may be because AWD "rules" the road.

    Hope you find this thought provoking if nothing else:

    Please go to the next posting. Thanks. :shades:
  • markcincinnatimarkcincinnati Posts: 5,343
    Rear wheel drive cars

    This type of car used to dominate the market until the early 80s. Then came a switch to FWD and once again RWD seems to again prevail [in the US] -- but they do so for reasons that have nothing to do with sporty driving.

    In these cars the rear wheels are driven by the engine. This allows for a better mass distribution inducing less inertia and polar moment. Generally the engine is mounted in a longitudinal position further favoring mass distribution. Some of these cars, such as the Porsche 924, 944, 968 and the 1980's Alfa Romeo GTV and GTV6 had the gear box mounted on the rear axle to further improve mass distribution. Most BMWs and Mercedes-Benz cars are rear wheel drive cars, mainly for old times sake. Increasingly a significant minority of BMW's and Mercedes-Benz cars are all wheel drive cars. Many believe that in the not too distant future 2WD cars will be in the minority except in economy class automobiles.

    Rear wheel drive cars have a natural tendency to oversteer. When one of these cars enters a corner fast (with the gas pedal down) its rear wheels will lose traction (will have a tendency to spin) and the centrifugal force the car is subject to combined with the reduced friction coefficient to the rear wheels will lead their rear end off the curve. Releasing the gas pedal in these circumstances or, worse, braking will almost certainly lead the car off its ideal trajectory into oversteer. In fact what the driver has to do when a rear wheel drive car oversteers is in opposition to a "natural" driver's reaction.

    The driver has to countersteer, i.e., turn the steering wheel to the opposite side of the turn and goose the gas pedal in order to avoid sudden weight transfers to the front axle that would result in terminal oversteer. This road holding characteristic, although spectacular, is very far from being efficient.

    Oversteer

    You may note that rear wheel drive cars are much more fun to drive than front wheel drive cars are. Their oversteering character can be usually easily modulated by "goosing" the gas pedal. Rear wheel drive vehicles, especially the most powerful ones, tend to "surprise" inexperienced drivers.

    An extreme example of rear wheel drive car is the Porsche 911 series. In these cars not only is the power applied to the rear wheels but the engine is also mounted at the rear of the car in an overhang position (behind the rear wheels axle). The Porsche 911 series has been known as very difficult to drive at the limit since, when cornered, the polar moment induced by the overhanging engine will easily have the car spinning around its vertical axis.

    The progressive elimination of this breed of car is due to the higher manufacturing costs they induce. Additionally the oversteering they generate is sometimes excessive and can lead to a total loss of control of the vehicle that may lead to law suits against manufacturers.

    All wheel drive cars

    The road holding characteristics of these cars are a bit more complex [than FWD or RWD versions]. They usually display a combination of both oversteering and understeering road holding characteristics and are very far from being neutral. Usually full time 4 wheel drive [AWD] cars are based on a front or rear wheel drive version of the same model. This fact greatly influences their handling, i.e., cars that are based on rear wheel drive models will initially display a more oversteering type of handling whereas cars that are based on front wheel drive models will initially display an understeering type of handling. The above description is just a rule of thumb however and, depending on the engine output, weight and torque distribution, one or the other type of handling may prevail.

    Generally this type of vehicle changes its handling characteristics while in a corner. The car has a tendency to understeer when entering the corner and oversteer when exiting. The driver can modulate this characteristic by using the throttle and brake pedals in a way to induce a neutral type of handling. Like in the case of front wheel drive cars the driver has to "brake late" when entering the corner, to operate a weigh transfer, and push the gas pedal while inside the corner in order to allow a "torque transfer" to the rear wheels. If there is an impending loss of front traction (oversteer) or spin, it is detected by the center differential which will progressively lock and bias engine torque sending the excess torque to the rear wheels thus inducing oversteer.

    Most people have the wrong impression that 4WD is only useful on slippery roads and conditions. The best argument against this impression is to drive all three types of vehicle (front or rear wheel or all wheel drive) on a dry tortuous road. In the first tight corner try extracting the car at the limit of its tires' grip and see what happens. Wheel spin is simply unavoidable.

    A front wheel drive car will have its inside wheel spinning and will almost stall in the absence of a self locking differential.

    The only choice left to its driver is to lift off.

    A rear wheel drive car will also have its inside wheel spinning and will get into oversteer. In the absence of a self locking differential the driver, apart from counter-steering,  will have to ease on the gas pedal if he is to avoid exiting the road.

    A full time 4 wheel drive car [e.g., an Audi w/TorSen] can negotiate the same corner with the gas pedal almost floored.

    Although full time 4 wheel drive cars are not as much "fun" to drive as are rear wheel drive ones they are so much faster and efficient than the other types that unless one drives them he is unable to imagine the cornering speeds 4wd cars are able to reach safely.

    The major drawbacks of 4wd cars when compared with their 2wd counterparts are:

    Increased mechanical complexity affecting their price, weight and reliability;

    Higher mechanical losses (friction) due to the number of gears to drive (differentials, axles, driveshafts, ...);

    In turbocharged versions the famous "turbo lag" effect which forces the driver to anticipate the car's reactions;

    The, sometimes, sudden character of  the transition from understeer to oversteer mid-corner;

    As you might have guessed these cars are a lot more demanding when driven to the limit, but generally their limits are higher. A certain familiarization time is necessary for a novice before he can master and anticipate the car's reactions.

    We can only anticipate the progressive appearance of all wheel drive models from many manufacturer's' lineups (it began in earnest in the last 15 months.) The days when a car enthusiast can opt for this breed are just beginning.

    Of course, don't get me started on how Audi squandered its lead in this area, by benign neglect, no less!

    :surprise:
  • Yes - am looking at a fully loaded 2006 A6 including S line.
  • markcincinnatimarkcincinnati Posts: 5,343
    Then, all things considered, the Audi is the "optimum" or best choice --

    If you were looking for the "maximum" single purpose or several purposes car and that or those purposes was/were to be the quickest, fastest and most nimble on the track, etc, possibly/probably the BMW would be the better choice.

    You will be driving this, I gather, NOT on the closed course circuits where all cars are going in the same direction and your puprose is to win a race. Rather, you will be driving this on the "streets of our lives."

    Well, you know how I feel.

    The 4.2 plus the AWD plus the S-Line makes this a no brainer.

    Please note the tires that will come on this car will most likely be UHP summer tires. Were I you, unless you are willing to change your wheels/tires for winter, I would see if I could get UHP A/S tires as part of the deal before mile one is put on the UHP summer tires.

    Drive it like you live. :shades:
  • Thank you Markcininnati!
  • markcincinnatimarkcincinnati Posts: 5,343
    You are welcome.

    Note and please note well, I am urging you to see if you can have the car fitted with Ultra High Performance All Season 18" tires on the SLine wheels.

    It is my belief they will try to put High Performance All Season 18" tires on the SLine wheels and tell you "same difference."

    Nah baby nah!

    Doh! :surprise:
  • Will do.
  • legendmanlegendman Posts: 362
    "I would definitely call the A6 interior clean and simple, but certainly not "sophisticated."

    What interior would you consider more sophisticated?

    What about elegant or refined? Would you allow that?
  • markcincinnatimarkcincinnati Posts: 5,343
    Granted, I am THE carrier of the flag that what we say here is 99% subjective, I will respond: there may be rivals in the $50,000 class, but nowhere have I seen anyone who actually does this stuff for a living proclaim any interior more sophisticated.

    Frankly, I can't remember any reviews that said the so and so interior as "as sophisticated" (as the A6's or many of the Audi products, generally speaking.)

    Often, even Audi's detractors will use the Audi interior as "the benchmark" when they are describing someone else's interiors.

    Although probably passe now, Audis interiors were often called when the phrases were NOT passe, "jewel like" or the controls were compared with the switches found on high-end ultra expensive audio equipment.

    Audi seats have been called "comfy chairs" and "perfect sport seats."

    Audi has received over the past 25 years a lot of left handed compliments and outright "close but no cigar" comments about its cars overall. Rarely, if ever, have Audi interiors received anything but the highest accolades.

    Like I said, Car and Driver simply says, "Audi interiors leave the other guys on the trailer."

    Now this should not be meant as a suggesting that BMW interiors are built poorly or use second rate materials.

    I think what I am quoting and what we are discussing is "design, style" and perhaps even "ergonomics."

    And elegant AND refined are often descriptive phrases used by those who receive income from writing about such things.

    Not that earning income from writing about cars alone is a sign of infallibility -- but most of us don't see that many different cars, I know I have probably seen about 6 or 7 up close and personal, for instance.

    So, while I may feel that Audis have been beaten up on for many years for often good reason, I do not see issues with their loyalty and expertise to AWD nor do I see any reason to proclaim their interior designers to be any less than at the top of their game and at the top of "the" game now.

    Tomorrow, is another day, however.

    We'll see what we'll see.
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,926
    What interior would you consider more sophisticated?

    In the A6's price range? Hold on to your hats! I would say the new RL's interior is more sophisticated. Not BETTER, just more sophisticated, if diminutive.

    What about elegant or refined? Would you allow that?

    Absolutely! ;) That part is undeniable.
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,926
    Nah baby nah!

    Mark, didn't you once say you are 54? It's very difficult imagining a 54 year old saying that! :P That is, if you're saying it in the manner that I'm thinking; with punctuation and emphasis, "Naah, baby, naaaaah!"
  • markcincinnatimarkcincinnati Posts: 5,343
    Just call me Bill Cunningham of "The Nation's Station."

    And that's a full report.
  • rayainswrayainsw Posts: 3,029
    I think it is at least worth pointing out here that the Audi is less quick (as opposed to slow) in acceleration compared to the BMW and some other $50K to $60K (-ish) sport sedans.

    The numbers published in the C+D comparison show the A6 4.2 with 0-60: 6.4 and the Quarter in 14.9 at 97 mph. The M45 Sport tested in the same comparison (for example) posted 5.5 and 14.2 at 100. The BMW in that test was the 530i (due to price) and not the 545. I have seen no 550i independent tests so far, but the C+D test shows 5.5 and 14.1 at 103, and R&T (not always directly comparable numbers, I know) tested the 545i and M45 Sport and posted 0-60 of 5.2 and 13.7 at 104 in the Quarter for the 545i.

    I mention these numbers not to suggest that (any set of) numbers fully define a sport sedan, but rather to point out that the differences here are likely sufficient to be felt by those addicted to acceleration. ( Guilty as charged, here. )

    And the 550i would almost certainly test even quicker.

    A half second or a second may not sound like much, but in the context of the 2 most often quoted ‘standards’ for acceleration ( 0-60 and Quarter Mile ) my ‘butt dyno’ can feel that level of difference in WOT acceleration. One may rarely run 0-60 mph flat out on public roads – and given the terminal velocities of these sedans, a blast of a Quarter Mile would be tempting fate. But I do find that these numbers are typically a good indicator of how a vehicle will feel (to me) and how it will perform in highway merge and back road passing situations.

    And again (always) I am certainly not suggesting that one not consider the A6 4.2 for this reason, just that in the pure (clear, dry road) acceleration department, others are more capable.

    - Ray
    Still missing the RS6 . .
    2016 BMW 340i
  • bpaubpau Posts: 20
    I finally got the call the my order was in. Picked it on Saturday. All I can say is "I'm in Luv!" :P It was sitting in delivery as I pulled into the dealership. I almost ran into something as it caught my eye. The color was worth the wait. I live on the east cost about an hour from Atlantic City. Went down that night and it felt like I was gliding on the road. What a wonderful drive. I'm glad I didn't get the 4.2...I'm sure I would accumulate many speeding ticket's if I had. I was doing 80 and it felt like 55/60. :shades:

    Bpau
  • rayainswrayainsw Posts: 3,029
    Since there is not an S6 forum, I'll note here that there has been information released.
    Since I cannot post the source where I happened to see it (they have forums), I can only suggest a google search.
    (sigh)
    Looks v. fast - and v. expensive.
    - Ray
    Still lusting after that RS6 . . .
    2016 BMW 340i
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Please post it. ;)

    The Membership Agreement has changed quite a bit. It now contains this paragraph:

    Including a link in a Posting to another Web site is permissible when appropriate in the context of answering a question posed by another Member, but not for the purpose of promoting other automotive communities or third-party services or products. The Hosts will remove any link they believe does not provide value to visitors.
  • dan339gdan339g Posts: 56
    "Good things come to those who wait"...best of luck with the new vehicle.
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,926
    Please post it.

    The Membership Agreement has changed quite a bit. It now contains this paragraph:

    Including a link in a Posting to another Web site is permissible when appropriate in the context of answering a question posed by another Member, but not for the purpose of promoting other automotive communities or third-party services or products. The Hosts will remove any link they believe does not provide value to visitors.


    Sweet! We're free! I feel so liberated; as if shackles have been loosed from my wrists! ;) :D :shades: Really, I do.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Not entirely free, just go by what it says and all will be cool! :shades:
  • I just purchased my fully loaded 2007 BMW 550i with SMG. I wanted to reach out to others who may have the 2006 or have already taken delivery on an 2007. How do you like it so far? If you got the SMG how has your experience been? I can't wait for delivery day!!! :)
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Hi, congrats on your new ride, enjoy!!

    To find other owners, you need to hop over to our BMW 5-Series discussion. I'm sure there are folks there who would enjoy talking to you.

    Have fun!
  • markcincinnatimarkcincinnati Posts: 5,343
    As far as I know at this point, there are two LPS cars that use the term Technology Package: Audi and Infiniti.

    Several of the LPS cars discussed here also have "voice" controlled functions.

    What technology package or Technology Package car are you wanting information on? Since we are where we are, I will assume the Audi A6.

    Audi's voice control is very good in terms of its ability to accurately interpret your words. After having voice command since my 1987 Audi 5000CS turbo quattro all the way through the On*Star evolution in my 2003 Audi allroad, I can tell you this voice recognition actually recognizes my commands about 98% of the time.

    Audis system controls:

    The sound system (AM/FM Sat Radio and CD)

    The telephone (dialing numbers and recalling named numbers)

    The navigation system (navigating to PREVIOUSLY named destinations, previous destinations and special destinations already in the data base and functions of the nav system -- it does NOT allow voice input of an address which is odd considering how well the telephone recognizes numbers and groups of numbers spoken without pre-training.)

    The system is very good at recognition, it is, however, somewhat limited in what it can do. I "almost" bought an M35X and on my test drives of the Infiniti system, I can attest that there are MORE commands and controls that can be addressed via voice.

    BMW's system, too, is extensive but it seems a bit more finicky but but but the command list is HUGE!

    Don't know about Mercedes or Acura -- I assume they are good, but would guess the Japanese are currently the champs in this dept.
  • dan339gdan339g Posts: 56
    My experience with the voice recognition in my 2006 A6 has not been as consistent. I use it primarily for the sound system and navigation, and I would estimate it successfully recognizes my commands about 70% of the time, with the vast majority of the "misses" relating to the radio commands. As a result, I use the steering wheel and console controls more often than voice commands for sound system related functions. I know others are quite enamored with this technology, but I don't find it particularly convenient.
  • dan339gdan339g Posts: 56
    I have the adaptive cruise control, and unlike the voice command, I am very pleased with the functionality. You can set the system to 3 different "intervals" of distance from the car in front, and the system will apply the brakes if necessary to maintain that interval should the traffic slow. The first time this happens, it's a little disconcerting, but otherwise the system operates seamlessly. It will not, however brake the car to a full stop as the new Mercedes does. The system shuts itself down if the speed falls below a preset limit (I think 20 mph). There is also graphic depiction of the rear view of the car in the center display (located between the gages), and the brake lights on the graphic image of the car light up when the system applies the brakes. Pretty cool! I recently took a trip from Boston to New York City, and was able to use the cruise control for just about the entire trip. I think I finally had to shut it off when approaching the GW Bridge. It's a pricey option, but if you do a lot of highway driving in congested conditions I would highly recommend it.
  • markcincinnatimarkcincinnati Posts: 5,343
    After years of having to repeat commands about 1/3 of the time, it is so refreshing to be able to say: "Play Page & Plant" or "Play the Vault" or "Play W G U C" and have the system simply go there. With Sirius, I am almost completely off AM and FM radio, so perhaps my experiences would be more like yours if I used the voice command to say the word HERTZ the way it must be said HEARTZ like it is the word HEAR with almost no pause followed by the ZZ.

    I have my phone built in to the Audi phone cradle and other than my phone book, I often simply say Dial 411 and let Cincinnati Bell get my number (assuming I don't know it already that is.)

    I hope for more controls in future Audis, but am pretty pleased with what I have.

    Between you and me, what the heck is wrong with a row of push buttons (like my 2003 allroad had?)
  • dan339gdan339g Posts: 56
    Nothing at all wrong with push button radio controls. Granted the voice command does offer a greater number of presets, but my take is this is a case of ergonomic over engineering. Same with the heated seats...not very efficient to have to touch two separate controls to adjust the settings. But then...I'm no engineer!
  • markcincinnatimarkcincinnati Posts: 5,343
    The rotary dials like are on the rear heated seats used to be the front heated seat controls -- and you are right, why do we now push two instead of one?

    I'm only part German and part Irish married to a part Italian part Polish lady, so what do I know?
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,860
    I also have trouble with the voice recognition...It makes me think something is wrong with me...My problem is mostly with the occasionaly used phone..I push the button for the heated seat, and then dial the settting, wait about thirty seconds and turn it off...It is that quick...Great Tony
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