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Audi A6



  • I have a purple, custom-ordered A6 3.2 with 3,000 miles now and I love it. I got most of the bells and whistles. No problems. Except: the steering wheel adjusts by releasing a mechanical lock at the bottom of the steering column. What do you have to order to get an electrically-adjusted steering column?

    I guess I'm already planning for my next three year lease...
  • You have to buy the 4.2... :)
  • kgarykgary Posts: 180
    I have it in my 4.2 :P
  • I also special ordered my 3.2, and was told the power adjustable wheel is only available on the 4.2. Since I seldom adjust the wheel it's not a big deal for me, however not even having the choice is disappointing considering this is standard on some competing models.
  • bpaubpau Posts: 20
    I special ordered an A6 3.2 Dakar Beige metallic w/Beige interior. Has anyone seen this combo or at least the exterior color on the streets? I based my color choice based on the color sample in the option book. I'm tired of the silver and wanted something different. I hope the color looks true to the sample. But I'm a little worried :confuse:

    Also...not sure why I didn't do this at the time of ordering but has anyone added Satellite after factory to their A6?
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    I really like the Canyon Red personally. You don't really see it a whole lot. The lighter interiors to me make it look a lot roomier, but the darker interiors are classic Audi.

    I believe all the A6's have satellite prep ready to go. You just need to decide between XM or Sirius and it can be set up at the dealer. But you will pay though. MMI can be a pain to work with and I'd only trust the dealer on that one. Plus I think you get some free time if you do it that way.

  • Take my money, please.

    When I was in graduate school back in 1976, I took a marketing course or two and a management course. My wife while also in graduate school took a course or two in finance and other general biz type courses.

    I kept my textbooks -- and yes they are old and mouldy to be sure -- for in these books lies what one would assume to be an axiom of business: "when the customer wants to give you money, take it."

    Now, of course I have summarized 1/3 of the textbook into that statement. But, the thing is, the power steering column is a current feature, not a one off or custom set up.

    Why not offer this as an option and take the customer's money?

    This ticked me off, so much, when I custom ordered my 2003 allroad and WANTED the heated steering wheel which had been on prior model years.

    I would have paid, oh say, $150 or so, for the option. Assuming this would have been a decent margin for the manufacturer, why not sell it to me?

    I do understand in the case of transmissions the degree of difficulty and expense of mixing engines and transmissions for certain markets.

    But, c'mon Audi -- "mass customization" was in my 1976 vintage text books (it might not have been called that but that is what it meant.)

    I would like to buy front parktronic and NOT have to buy an A8 to get it -- what is the big deal?

    Take my money, please!

    The option list seems quite long and to make the 3.2 NOT have the power column and the 4.2 have it, well, makes zero sense to me.

    For pity's sake, I paid $750 for the overpriced overrated Advanced Key (they saw me comming) -- they could'a got another couple bucks outta me for the power steering column.

    My 4.2 A6's and my A8 of yore did have this feature and I liked it. I have no clue how much the option box would have it priced, but within reason, I again say "Audi, take my money, please!" This said, of course, in my best Henny Youngman impersonation.

    On that note, I leave you with:

    I take my wife everywhere, but she keeps finding her way back.

    I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places.

    My Grandmother is over eighty and still doesn't need glasses. Drinks right out of the bottle.

    When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.

    -- Henny Youngman

  • I am swearing off of any German car in Silver or Black. All the local dealers stock about 80% in Silver or Black (and this goes for Audis and BMW's) -- often with black interiors.

    Somebody shoot me please -- the interiors are soooo confining in black, etc. So depressing too.

    Beats me why, when there are many cool colors that everything has to be so mono looking.

    There is a white A6 on the showroom floor AND a Misano Red SLine A6, there too -- both of those are great looking. The red one, though has the black interior, the white has beige and it looks (to me) expensive and rich, etc.

    I went with the Amaretto leather (why do they charge more, again?) after flirting with buying an Infiniti M with the "Bourbon" leather interior.

    I have seen several A8's in Amaretto and one other A6 (dark blue pearl) with it. I have, thus far, not seen any dark green pearl with Amaretto interiors, like mine (and that, although NOT my intention, is great with me.)

    I don't see myself coming and going that is.

    To each his/her own. :shades:
  • When I ordered mine, I had gone to a high volume Audi dealer that had a good representative inventory of most of the colors in stock, with the exception of the Cambridge Green and Canyon Red. I found the Dakar Beige and Atlas Gray to be my two favorites and I agonized between the two. I ultimately decided on the Atlas Gray despite the proliferation of silver/gray cars out there as this color scored higher on the "gut first impression" check when walking on the lot. I was also a bit conscious of it being more popular when it comes to re-sale. That being said, I've seen a few Dakar Beige models on the road and they are very handsome and definitely distinctive in the sea of silver cars out there. In regard to interiors, I completely agree the lighter color makes it feel more spacious, as well as "cooler" in warm weather. I'm confident you'll be very satisfied.
  • I've got a Finance background as well, and we strongly encourage our sales team to take money when offered. It's really difficult to understand the logic, since it is inconceivable someone would pony up the addition money for the 4.2 just to get a power adjustable wheel, and it is certainly not a unique or exclusive option that provides any "halo" effect. But then, I'm not in marketing.

    Thanks for the fun Henny quips, but forgot:

    "The Doctor says "You'll live to be 60!" "I AM 60!" "See, what did I tell you?"

    "A bum asked me "Give me $10 till payday." I asked "When's payday?" He said "I don't know, you're the one who is working!"

    "There was a girl knocking on my hotel room door all night! Finally, I let her out."

    "Those two are a fastidious couple. She's fast and he's hideous."

    "My son complains about headaches. I tell him all the time, when you get out of bed, it's feet first!"
  • bpaubpau Posts: 20
    THANK YOU SO MUCH! I really feel relieved with my color choice. I can't wait to see it. I believe I still have another month and a 1/2 to go for my order :) .
  • rjlaerorjlaero Posts: 659
    I think the Atlas Gray/Ebony combination is sharp and looks really rich with the dark walnut trim. Nothing confining about that to me.

    If I ever special orderd an A6, I'd pay extra to get the Arctic white w/ Amaretto. I don't know why Audi doesn't offer White/Amaretto as a factor option. I think it would look awesome.
  • White with Amaretto would be my first choice, alas. . .

    I have always ordered my cars, BTW.

    Twice as much fun, if you get my meaning.
  • rjlaerorjlaero Posts: 659
    The creme de le creme for me would be an Arctic White/Amaretto car w/ an alcantera suede Amaretto headliner and door inserts like the A8.

    I'd almost sell my townhome and live in the back seat...:))))
  • jeqqjeqq Posts: 221
    I have it with a silver headliner - no longer available .... it's a collectors item:)
  • jeqqjeqq Posts: 221
    I also would have opted for that. Good thing auto steering wheel doesn't have the side mirror bug. There would be alot of bruised crotches out there:)

    Why not have headlight washer option sold independently. In my '05 it was bundled with seat warmer and I never get that. So now I don't have it but miss it. It was a great safety feature while hot buns are not.
  • If we we are bugged out about colors and option choices in the absence of complaints one must conclude the A6 is a hell of a car and not problematic.

    Sure there are exceptions, but I can't remember too many forums with so few problems.

    I would say this about other sites also.

    So A6 owners, you a happy group?
  • Delighted.

    The car and I have issues, but they are not problems:

    1. Wish it had better tires

    2. A bit more HP and torque would be nice.

    3. I would have liked to have been able to order RS6 wheels from the dealer as an option without the full Sline treatment.

    4. Wish the nav system played DVDs while car was parked.

    5. Ventilated seats would have been nice

    6. In dash CD in addition to in glove box CD changer

    7. More voice commands

    8. Single stop start "starter button"

    9. DSG transmission (I don't even hope for a stick anymore from Audi)

    10. Option of 3.0TDI engine with MASSIVE torque

    11. Option of power actuated steering column

    12. Remote start option

    13. Lane departure warning system (a la Infiniti M)

    There, that's a baker's dozen -- no issues of any consequence. Nuttin's perfect. This is a very nice car.

    These days, most of them are, though.

    I am glad someone else is noticing the lack of problems discussed. . .it is a change for the better. :shades:
  • jeqqjeqq Posts: 221
    Another 25 ponies and the 3.2 would be a slam dunk.

    How about a rear view backup camera?


    This and my '01 2.7t have been great cars. My '99 2.8 was lemonized. It's no fun having a lemon and Audi was not very cooperative about it.
  • I'm still in the "honeymoon" after 3 months and just about 2K miles, but other than a barely discernible intermittent rattle the car has been flawless. In terms of the "wish list", I would throw my support behind a bit more horse power, and the power steering wheel. However, the biggest "miss" for me is the lack of an integrated Ipod or MP3 player connection into the sound system. These are becoming commonplace in many new models. To make matters worse, there are no retro-fit options for the A6 system. The only option is to use an FM transmitter, which offers inconsistent performance in metropolitan areas. I hope someone from Audi USA follows this forum!
  • While I love my MP3 player as much as anyone, I love My XM.

    The variety and choices available has really lessoned my CD buying habits. For about the price of one CD per month I have it in both cars and its nice to just get in the car and just go without having to load new tunes, or fiddle with the player. Even with 3200 songs, its still familiar music. IM afraid with Ipod hook up my kids would be shoving theirs in all the time!

    I would be happy with a direct input!

    IM not downplaying the love for the Ipod, just very happy with XM.
  • Our new BMW arrived first in May, 2005. BMW as a factory item offers only Sirius. We took it. We loved it. With BMW it is "free for a year."

    With this info and timing as our only reasons, we opted for Sirius #2 in my new 2005 Audi (also ordered once we knew BMW only offered Sirius.)

    We double love it.

    Audi gives 3 months free, then I bought the "family" plan for my Audi and prepaid 11 months and got the 12th at no charge and we got the discount.

    We will have paid for 11 months and, essentially had 16 months free when my wife's car is one year old in a couple of months.

    This is NOT an anti XM statement. I would probably love it too. We love Sirius -- we almost never use the CD changer and even though there is a KNOWN hidden plug for your iPod already in your/my car (MMI + Bose Premium are required, however -- maybe nav is, too, I can't recall), I have zero interest in using it since the choices on Sirius exceed my expectations.

    I wouldn't bother with an iPod in the car with sat radio, AM, FM and a CD changer.

    Now, I did burn a couple of CD's of some of my favorite tunes, but heck, Sirius always pleases and it always brings with it a bit of the unknown and unexpected.

    Turned it on this morning and son of a gun there was King Crimson. Then four Beatles songs, then some Vivaldi then Jimmy Buffet, then "New Age" something or other, then Tony Snow, then Mozart, then Ten Years After, then Page & Plant, Springsteen, Beethoven and CNBC, followed by the Jazz Cafe and some "girlie music" followed by Captain Beyond and Spirit. Sean Hannity came on and it was Bye Bye Miss American Pie all the way home. . . .

    Who's got TIME for an iPod for pity's sake.

    That's my story, and I'm stickin' to it. :surprise:
  • "we almost never use the CD changer and even though there is a KNOWN hidden plug for your iPod already in your/my car (MMI + Bose Premium are required"

    This is not "KNOWN" to my dealer, as I have spoken with my salesman and the service manager (I do have the MMI & Bose). They referred me to an after market place that would install a device that would feed the Ipod output thru the FM antenna connection, which didn't sound right to me. Do you have an actual jack to connect the player to, and if so, where?

    I primarily use the Ipod for audio books and have recently gotten into podcasts. While I've no aversion to the Sirius, I've not found it significantly better than regular FM broadcasts available in my area to justify paying for it.

  • My lease on my 2003 A6 Quattro is up in April. I have 58,000 miles. The dealer said I can extend my warranty for 2 more years for $2,500. That seems like a lot of money. Does anyone think I'll have $2,500 worth of repairs in that time to make it worth the expense?
  • I don't know where you live but here in Cincinnati which has a relatively small SMSA of 1.5 million, the music stations offer a very narrow range of music.

    Since I typed my last entry above, I have had the need to drive from northern Cincinnati to northern Kentucky and back to northern Cincinnati on business -- about 1.5 hours.

    The number of songs I was able to hear could not ever have been heard on broadcast radio.

    To quote my wife "satellite radio will KILL AM and FM for music variety."

    Full disclosure, both my wife and I were in commercial FM radio as "disk jockies" for some six years through undergraduate and graduate school (and for me, beyond that in top 40 radio) and we have extremely broad music tastes.

    Contemporary AM and FM radio are economically incapable of playing the mix of available music offered by sat radio.

    If you want a music education, ONLY sat radio today is even remotely capable of providing it.

    But I do understand that most people want to hear music that is "contemporary" and generally speaking not obscure.

    Most of us, caught in some time frame, also want this. But despite its age, hearing Minnie Ripperton as the lead singer of Rotary Connection wail a Bob Dylan or Rolling Stones song is such a rare treat it is as if it were the first time.

    This experience just won't happen on commercial over the air radio.

    It was a pause that refreshed too when a pristine copy of Van Morrison's "And it stoned me" was played on a station called Shuffle -- which plays anything and everything as if you had loaded the inventory of a Virgin Records CD store into a giant CD player and pushed "random play."

    I am not against iPods -- I just can't imagine being entertained knowing the songs and the order of them or even the possible universe of them that might come up when sat radio is available with a universe that is exponentially bigger. If you lend any credence to Sound and Vision magazine, there is a quote in the March issue that sort of says "iPods have moved to the category of no longer cool and desirable" (something like that.)

    I can't get my wife to use hers -- she says why bother when you have sat radio.

    Try as I might I can't seem to get to all the channels and god knows I've tried.

    But, to each his own -- there is a document "sort of" secret plug that can be used to plug your iPod into.

    I have briefly read the reports about it, for it also seems to be able to accept the input of a DVD player, too and I find that activity NUTS. But if you want to find out about it, shoot me an email and I'll give you the URL of where you can vet this and see if it is real or if it is wishful thinking.
  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZPosts: 4,055
    These things tend to average out, over a long term.

    The odds that you're going to endure a $2500 repair are fairly small, but the odds that any four (or four hundred) drivers will . . . and so on.

    Here's the real deal, in my never humble opinion. They sell these things in order to make money -- it's not a public service. Once the markups and paybacks and kickbacks are figured in, perhaps the average hit (given the disclaimers are regarding what's covered) is 60% of the price (or less).

    As Mark is happy to point out, repairs on these vehicles are (you fill it in) expensive. However, on the average, the repairs will cost significantly less than 60% (or 35% -- the markup could be astronomical) of 2500, or they wouldn't sell it to you for that price. Let's say the average payout is $1000 on that $2500 policy. . .

    So, are you feeling lucky? How many shots were fired? (pardon the dated cliche)

    What I'm learning to come to grips with is that German vehicles have significant issues, some of the time, but mostly not. My very short list of next vehicles includes two from Germany, one from Japan and (gasp, given my miserable experience with Lincoln) one from the U.S.

    I'm sure you'll get a different point of view from most of the others.
  • Uh, that would be "breathtakingly" expensive and "So, are you feeling lucky. . .punk?"

    To CPO an Audi that has equal to or less than 49,999 miles on it to 100,000 miles as an Audi factory warranty, is about $1,295 - $1,500.

    That amount would seem to be worthwhile -- otherwise put the $2,500 in a mutual fund or CD and "self insure."

    Do NOT "run naked" however.


    Often wrong, NEVER uncertain. :surprise:
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,681
    They sell these things in order to make money -- it's not a public service.

    True, but life insurance and medical insurance are there to make money as well. I know I pay more per year for my medical premiums than I use; I do so because I don’t want the million dollar bill (or lack of care) if a large problem occurs. So I pay them their profits.

    I’d hate to have to replace Audi’s 6 speed transmission…or MB’s 7and now Lexus’s 8 out of warranty.

    I supposed it’s not accurate to compare medical insurance to auto insurance…medical is your life…auto is just money.
  • FWIW I think the comparison is valid.
  • Just a reminder that GEICO auto insurance offers a mechanical breakdown insurance (MBI) program -- essentially an extended warranty that is very inexpensive. You pay a very low premium each premium period. If you do incur an expensive repair, there is a $250 deductible, but everything in the car is covered. (On a big ticket repair, I can live with this deductible). If you are lucky, and have few service problems, you could save a bundle when compared to shelling out $2,500 to $3,000 for a third party warranty.

    Coverage is available on new cars with less than 15,000 miles and 15 months since purchase.

    I don't have the policy yet but do plan to take it just prior to my 15th month of A6 ownership. The fine print: you have to have your auto insurance policy with GEICO in order to avail yourselves of this MBI insurance.

    Here are some of the details from their website:

    GEICO’s Mechanical Breakdown Insurance (MBI) is designed to protect you from these bumps along the road. After a $250 deductible, MBI covers repairs to all mechanical parts of the car - except for maintenance and wear and tear. That means you'll never be saddled with unanticipated and expensive repair bills.

    Special Protection For New Cars
    MBI is specially designed to protect your new or leased car that is less than 15 months old and with less than 15,000 miles. Once you've purchased MBI, you can renew it for up to seven years or 100,000 miles (whichever comes first).

    Better Than An Extended Warranty
    GEICO’s MBI provides better coverage and is cheaper than the typical dealer extended warranty. MBI coverage:
    • Includes all parts and systems-not just the specific list of items covered by most dealer warranties.
    • Saves you money. You pay only a small premium each policy period-not a large lump-sum payment up front.
    • Lets you get your car repaired wherever you like.

    Swap Your Extended Warranty For GEICO’s MBI
    Already purchased your dealer’s extended warranty? Most contracts give you a full refund if you cancel within 30 to 60 days.
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