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Audi A6



  • kgarykgary Posts: 180
    My 05 A6 has a power telescoping steering wheel.
  • markcincinnatimarkcincinnati Posts: 5,343
    For pity's sake, go for the A6 4.2 given the cars you have put out here.
  • dplushdplush Posts: 9
    I am taking delivery of my A6 3.2 on Friday and just had a question on Headliner color. My car is the Brilliant Black with the amaretto interior. I noticed the headliner is black with the brilliant black exterior and the headliner is grey with the Night Blue. Shouldn't the interiors be the same? I know some of you have the black with amaretto, is your headliner black, grey, beige???
  • rjlaerorjlaero Posts: 659
    As for headliner colors...It all depends on the build date of your car.

    The amaretto interior on the A6 use to have a gray headliner, but it was later changed to black so it would match better.
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,926
    The amaretto interior on the A6 use to have a gray headliner, but it was later changed to black so it would match better.

    Interesting. I might have to put the 4.2 back on my list. Brilliant Black w/ Amaretto was my color choice, but I didn't want the grey headliner. Not to mention that preliminary photos showed an Amaretto headliner. That's what I was wanting and expecting before I cancelled my order. :cry:
  • rjlaerorjlaero Posts: 659
    The black headliner looks so much better than the grey. Too many colors going on when you have black, amaretto, and the silver headliner.

    The cars were changed for March production. It's too late to order a 2005, but you can place an order for the 06's, which will arive in 3 months or so.

    Some dealers may have squeaked in some orders for the new production dates in March, so you may find a few 2005 Amaretto cars w/ the black headliner on dealers lots.
  • dplushdplush Posts: 9
    Good to hear, what was Audi thinking with a grey headliner with the amaretto. I am happy mine has the black!! Can't wait till friday :D
  • rjlaerorjlaero Posts: 659
    Audi is know for their impeccable interiors, but sometimes they make an occiasional blunder when it comes to clashing of colors.

    I really love the creme beige interior that was available on the 2005 A6's. But it had a black dash and carpets and it didn't look good at all to me.

    On the A8, the creme interior has the lighter clay colored dash and matching carpets and headliner. The creme interior looks incredible on the A8.

    Needless to say, Audi discontinued the creme interior option on the 2005 A6. I wonder why.......
  • bondguy1bondguy1 Posts: 228
    Have the Brilliant Black w/ Amaretto Inside. My headliner is Black. Looks great!
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Are you talking about the Vanilla color on the previous A6? If so that was simply gorgeous but my gawd was it hard to keep clean. When I looked for a used A6 I would see that color combo from time to time. They all were either very dirty or pristine, no middle ground. That Vanilla with whatever their Dark Blue exterior color was called at the time was the best combination on the old A6, imo. The interior was trimmed in Navy too. So tasteful it was.

  • rjlaerorjlaero Posts: 659
    No, I was talking about the creme interior option on the 05 A6. I don't think too many were made this year. It's a bit different than the Vanilla on previous A6's.

    Those lighter color interiors are prone to staining and bleeding of colors, and are a lot harder to keep clean. But it looks gorgeous when it's new.

    I didn't like that dark blue color w/ the Vanilla. To me, it looks too much like purple when the light hits it. I thought it looked a bit on the tacky side.
  • jeqqjeqq Posts: 221
    I have one of the earlier builds - amaretto/silver headliner and I prefer this color over the black. It lightens up the interior especially at night. I've noticed that the 5 series and the M35 also use silver headliners with their version of amaretto. They all copy each other.
  • dplushdplush Posts: 9
    First, love my Audis and have not had any problems to date. Just wondering what we thought about this article...have people been noticing quality improvements

    link titleAudi's work on quality paying off; automaker sees JD Power study ...
  • bondguy1bondguy1 Posts: 228
    The exterior color back then was called "Ming Blue". It did look great w/ the Vanilla interior. What I heard is that even with the new creme color that after awhile even the blue jeans you wear will rub off on the seats and make blue marks. I saw a Black exterior on an 05' A6 in showroom when I was picking up my A6. It had the creme inside color and it was cheap looking. Too much of a contrast. I had an 02' A6 in Black/Black which looks great even three years later. I was going to get it again, but heard about the Amaretto. Even without seeing it, I ordered it as my interior color and am glad I did. The last post was right about the black headliner looking "different". I like it because it flows with the theme of top and bottom black with the wood and Amaretto in the middle. Also, I noticed that the sunroof works different now. In the old car, if you tilted the back side of the sunroof up, it wouldn't move the inside headliner up with it. Now they do. I heard the Grey color outside, not the silver, looks amazing with the Amaretto inside too. I think the thing that really gets me is everytime I get in or out of the car, when you close the doors, they have such a solid sound....very heavy sound. I think IMO that a lot of people compare the Infiniti M35 with the A6 now when they are new. Look at both of them two years from now when they have been driven a little. My 02' A6 drives literally as good as the day I got it. It doesn't pull to the side, still has a lot of power. And, as I have just done, I am a repeat buyer of Audi cars. How many people were buying Infiniti's three or four years ago. They hit it big with one new car, the M35, and all of a suddin they are a german auto threat. It takes a lot more than a few good reviews and a powerful engine to get my business. How about a "real world" interior like the Audi without all the glitzy buttons and how about the wood in the looks like contact paper...not glossy. It's a modern interior...not a classy one like the Audi. I think if you want to beat the next guy to the next traffic light, get the M35. If you want a world class automobile, get the Audi.
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Oh I haven't seen anything but "Beige" on the new A6. There was like a "Cream Beige" option?

  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Yeah that was it Ming Blue. I loved that color combo.

  • rjlaerorjlaero Posts: 659
    There was a "creme" beige option on the 2005 A6, but only a handful slipped through production before Audi discontinued it. Probobly through lack of orders.

    It was a $1000 upcharge, like the Amaretto.
  • richcreamrichcream Posts: 205
    I don't know how you went from complimenting the Audi's interior to bashing the M35, but, ok. It's all still pretty subjective, though. I like the matte finish on the Infiniti's wood, you don't; I don't find the buttons to be "glitzy", you do; I think MMI is a slightly less confounding system than iDrive, you probably love it; I think the doors on my M35x thunk just as solidly as the doors on your A6....and on and on.

    Having shopped both cars, I can honestly say that I think the Audi is a fine looking car with a great interior. Past Audi reliability problems, acceleration that's a bit slower than I'd prefer, the lack of any "wow" factor (meaning that the car didn't "wow" me personally), and, of course, that I was immediately blown away by the M35x, all led me to get the Infiniti.

    To each his own.

    I would like to take a look at both cars 2 years down the road to see if Audi has actually improved reliability as rumored. In the meantime, I'll just continue to beat every A6 I encounter to the next stoplight. ;)
  • a4drivera4driver Posts: 11
    The most recent ratings from consumer reports shows that Audi is making huge strides in reliablity. In their ratings of problems per 100 cars, Audi came in with 12, one problem shy of both Infiniti and Lexus at 11.
  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZPosts: 4,090
    Delivery quality is certainly a significant measure, but I think most of the issues with German reliability (perceived or otherwise) have to do with longer periods of time. Three years, five years, ten years -- that sort of thing. Owning one of these without warranty coverage is perceived as a fool's mission.

    That's why many lease (among other reasons), but even at that, residual values are hit pretty hard if the long-term reliability isn't there.
  • liferulesliferules Posts: 531
    Agreed about longer term reliability needing to be assessed. But remember that a lot of people were complaining of fear of buying the new A6 as it is a "new year model" and they have lots of "glitches". It appears these fears can be allayed.
  • ctorreyctorrey Posts: 64
    It takes a rich man to buy a new Mercedes Benz and a richer man to buy one used. I think the same is true for Audi over the long run.
  • bondguy1bondguy1 Posts: 228
    I agree with you about owning a German car as compared to leasing one. I wouldn't consider buying an Audi. I wouldn't want to own it after the warranty was up. I wouldn't want to own a Mercedes either. I sounded like I was bashing the M35 but it was my second choice next to the Audi. Everyone has there reasons for choosing what's important to them. I wasn't looking for the "wow" factor. I drove the M35 Sport. It has much quicker acceleration than the A6 3.2. I just looked at it as the same engine as the G35 in a new skin w/ a nicer interior. However, the new A6 really is a "completely" new car inside and out. Aside from some similar outer body resemblence to the older A6, everything else is new. And to answer your the cars side by side...they don't have the same "thump" when you close the doors. If the engine is the same in the M45 basically as the Q45, why hasn't Infiniti been selling more Q45's this year and the last few years? Where are those buyers? Hey, I'm the first to admit it. Amongst the German cars, BMW can't be beat as far as performance and especially in the handling dept. Mercedes has great performance with a smooooother ride than either Audi or BMW. The E350 is a great car too. Now it has the same horsepower as the M35 (280HP). I'm sure the M35 beats Mercedes E350 in many categories including speed. Why then do people buy Merdedes? Because these cars (BMW, Audi and Merdedes) have the "IT" factor....a loyal following for many years of satisfied people getting a new one every few years either by way of leasing or purchasing. Every once in awhile, the Lexus' and Infiniti's will have a winner...more often Lexus than Infiniti over the past few years. The J35 years ago was Infiniti's first big seller when they were in the infancy as a company. Then, they never really hit it big after that until a few years ago with the G35. The G20's (altimas) and Q45's(always took a backseat to LS430's) and the M45's until this year were always second rate cars. I truly like the M35. I think for me it came down to getting a really good deal on a loaded Audi or taking an M35 Sport with Journey package for not much less. In closing, I guess it's like the old saying...."that's why there's chocolate and vanilla". Maybe the "vanilla" way to go or safe way to go is to go for something you know. Also, the Audi seemed a lot roomier inside than the M35. That was an important factor for me. Don't take it the wrong way. The M35 is definitely the car to have more fun in driving fast...not that the Audi doesn't go justs takes a little longer to get there. I think for me, the interior wins hands down for it's luxuriousness over the Infiniti. The one thing that all magazine articles have positive to say about the Audi is "beautifully appointed and rich looking interior". So, I'll continue to enjoy my Audi A6 and I hope you'll do the same with whichever car you choose. By the way, which Infiniti did you previously own? Oh, don't forget the Prestige factor that goes along with BMW's, Mercedes and Audi's. Last time I was at the country club where we belong, I don't remember seeing many Infiniti's there...but there were a few Lexus'. As shallow as that may sound, it's true. I guess the prestige of the Infiniti is on the inside...when you drive one.
  • tomleone1tomleone1 Posts: 4
    I was just about to leave for a test drive of the '05 A6 this past weekend and as I slowly took my foot off the brakes there was this very loud grinding noise. I kept testing this by slowly pulling my foot off the brake and the 2nd time the whole car shook! Has anyone who actually owns the '05 A6 every encounters this problem? I have owned many vehicles throughout the years and have never encountered this (much less on a vehicle that is supposed to entice a buyer to make a purchase)
  • kgarykgary Posts: 180
    I have 3,000 miles on a 05 4.2 and do not have the problem.
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,681
    Not trying to sound insulting…but was the parking brake on (or slightly engaged)?
  • richcreamrichcream Posts: 205
    Yes, the snob, er, "IT" factor is very important, especially at one's country club. :shades:

    I bought my M35x because it "wow"-ed me...not because it particularly wowed anyone else. And like you said, it is more fun to drive.

    Again; to each his (or their?) own.

  • markcincinnatimarkcincinnati Posts: 5,343
    Well, in my neighborhood (and country club -- in suburban Cincinnati), the "it" machines appear to be:

    1. Cadillac "pick up trucks" (in Pearl White with gold "chrome")

    2. Any Lexus -- excluding the one that is really just "a Camry that knows somebody" (the ES300, I think)

    3. A Hummer H2 in that hideous yellow color (no offense).

    4. A true sports car, not a Sears sports car. . . .

    We have been granted a "pass" for our Audis, probably because my wife has always had a TT coupe that was probably mistaken for a mutant Porsche, which of course is always an acceptable sheen to show up in. You can even drive a Porsche to church, don't you know?

    Now, at our country club, the Escalade's rule -- as do several Lexus SUV like vehicles. Again, they let me pass in my allroad but they pretend they don't see me. I always tell them "the Bentley's on the frizt, dahhhling. . . "
  • tayl0rdtayl0rd Posts: 1,926
    With the new A6, there is no "slightly engaged". It's electronic and it's either on or off. You can actually hear the mechanism engage/disengage if the radio is off.
  • kohankohan Posts: 1
    I just purchased an 2001 Audi A6 with the bose symphony (I think) sound system. it does not havew a factory installed cdchanger in the trunk but the bose unit does have the button to activate it. I need to know if my car has the required wiring harness factory intalled and where to find it? I opened the hatch where the changer would be mounted but did not see any wiring. Is this wiring standard with my head unit or do I need to have someone install the wiring from the unit to the trunk? If it is standard where would it be located?
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