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  • Mark made an interesting comment about graduating to bigger cars. I thought about my experiences and noticed an alarming trend.

    I went from a:

    '69 VW Beetle to an
    '80 VW Vanagon (1st yr. body style) to a
    '85 VW GTi (1st yr. body style) to a
    '91 VW Jetta "Carat" (1st yr. also - I think...)

    (I took a break from VW here because I hated the Jetta Carat so much. Had several mid-line Japanese cars that I won't name here. Eventually I moved to a...)

    '98 Audi A6 (1st yr. body style) which is my current baby. I skipped the A4.

    The alarming trend is that I keep buying the FIRST MODEL YEAR for each car. Maybe that's why my first paycheck of the month always goes to the service manager!

    I wish I had seen this coming... I need to start saving for the next generation A8!
  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZPosts: 4,142
    While I'm not planning to buy an Audi anytime soon, I'm beginning to gather the kind of data I need to buy a $40K car.

    Imagine my surprise at learning that the totally indifferent Audi dealer I visited a week or so ago in Scottsdale was the only one in Maricopa County (that's metropolitan Phoenix for those of you who may not know). When I moved the radius from my zip code out to 200 miles, I got two (count 'em) dealers. The other one was in Tucson. If I upped the radius to 500 miles, I got a reasonable number, and since I travel on business a lot in SoCal, I'll be OK.

    Still seems odd that the metro Phoenix area only has one dealer. Want to guess how pressed he feels to "make a deal?"
  • Thanks for the comments about the tires. I will be getting the Yokohama AVSdb's for sure.

    Now, I need more information about this "plus 0" thing. I think I understand it. For example, a 205/55r16 would be plus 0'ed to 225/50r16 , right?

    Now what advantages or disadvantages are there in doing this. I mean, if it is a win-win situation, why don't they just put these tires on the cars to start with.

    Again, my car is a '98 A6 quattro with the factory 16inch wheels. The tires currently on the car are 205/55/r16.

    Feedback would be much appreciated.

    I will be ordering from the tirerack within the next day or so and I want to make sure I get the right ones.

    BTW, I found a place that has the Hunter GPS9700 balancer that I will be using.
  • Plus zero tire sizing increases the width of the contact patch of the tire (and you also shorten the sidewall) -- roadholding, i.e., lateral performance will improve. Tirerack says: "By using a tire with a shorter sidewall, you gain quickness in steering response and better lateral stability."

    The performance of the car will improve also because the width of the plus tire increases. With a plus zero fitment there are no new wheel requirements and assuming you "choose the right size" no change in engine management computer or speedometer will occur.

    The size I suggested 225 x 50 x 16 is about one inch wider and the sidewall is about 10% shorter (than the OEM tires). With the Yok AVS db you should have improved performance on dry, wet and snowy pavement -- and the car will be much quieter. The Yok is ULTRA HIGH PERFORMANCE, all season, which is -- for an all season tire -- about the best you can do (it is a great tire, but it IS a compromise). With quattro and the AVS db's you MAY not need winter tires depending on where you live/drive. I live in Cinccinnati and the UHP AS tires make a lot of sense, especially on a quattro.

    The AVS db seem to be a great value too -- my 2001 A6 4.2 required 255 x 40 x 17's (which was NOT a plus zero size) and the tires were $144 each from
  • I just love this car. I know it's not the most powerful but, it's a great car for me. I can't believe how fast I'm going sometimes when I'll look at the speedometer and whoops, have to slow down. This car is so comfortable and the only irritating thing in the past five weeks of ownership is the window fogging on the outside on a hot/humid day. Other than that, I'm sure another Audi is in my future when my lease is up. I just had to share my enthusiasm.
  • dianeb,

    I am glad you have spoken up regarding your satisfaction with a A6 2.8Q. I sometimes feel overshadowed bythe big spenders on 2.7T and 4.2's. I have a 99 2.8Q. I have had no problems other than the gas tank sensor. Although the acceleration is not that great, it does really cruise on the highway. One going, it is a very fast car. Furthermore, I love the luxury I have purchased for the dollar. I think that at this point, for my purposes, I still would have not bought a 2.7T or 4.2.

  • After leasing a 5-speed 1998 A4 2.8Q for three years, I now have a 2001 A6 2.7t. I would have loved, and I mean loved, an S4, but my kids are bigger, I need a little more room, didn't want to pay top dollar for the 2002 A4s, and loved the 2.7t's acceleration. You know how it goes.

    Anyway, while I love my new car, I find that the handling is not as crisp as what I had with my previous vehicle. It's a little cushier than I would like, and I get a bit more body roll than I had with my A4. I'm kind of kicking myself for not getting the Sport package (my reasoning was that I didn't want to deal with performance tires in Chicago winters), but that's water under the bridge.

    I've read a number of posting that talk about adding or improving the stock rear sway bar or changing the springs.

    I have a few questions:
    1) Will these changes give me a significantly crisper ride?
    2) What is a sway bar? Where does it go? How much should I expect to pay if I have this done by my Audi dealer as opposed to a european import mechanic? Ditto for the springs.
    3) Should I have both done (bar and springs) or just one or the other?
    4) Any other suggestions?

    I'll be hitting my 1000 mile mark tomorrow. I think I'll celebrate by dusting another 540, which should bring my count to an even dozen. I only blow them off the line. I've kept my rpms under 4200 and generally stay within 10 mph of the speed limit.
  • Chicago27T1,

    Thanks for the info on leasing. I went to the local dealer equipped with my spreadsheet and print out from your posting, along with some others.

    I bought it last Saturday, although not as low as your calculation. I'm comfortable with the payment, and enjoy the car. So far, everything is great. Engine is really smooth, acceleration is decent, interior is just crisp. I really enjoy it.

    I'll keep you posted.
  • From the Audi Web site - -- I made a similar modification on a 1997 A8 that I owned (and also switched tires, which for Chicago would mean either a summer and a winter tire/wheel combo -- or, my current fave Yokohama AVS db's which are Ultra High Perf All seasons). I loved the improvements and found nothing to complain about re ride. I later added front and rear sway bar upgrades which I purchased from Joe Hoppen Motorsports. You may find these Eibach's are "just what the Dr. ordered." Hope this helps.

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    ride height about 1.5
    inches (30 mm). Chassis
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  • I really can't decide....the dealers explainations of the benefits of THEIR all wheel drive systems is making my head spin. Please help.
  • I am biased, but the dealers are more so. You need some "more or less" independent information.

    There are factual (technical) differences between the systems, some then take those facts and make them into values (opinions based on point of view+facts). BMW,e.g., says "rear wheel drive is king" for years and years and years -- then needed to change their tune with the intro of their SUV and their "wet tongue, frozen pole" campaign for their AWD 3 series (and their rumoured roll out of AWD across the entire line). BMW says, for example, that a "rear biased" AWD system is better than the compeition (Audi perhaps?). I have read that a "dynamic" AWD system that has virtually NO bias is better. I am not an engineer of automotive drive systems, nor are my degrees in physics. I buy into the idea that a rearward bias is, however, NOT necessarily better, however.

    Do a little digging and see if this (the facts, or an interpretation of them) has been applied to Audi's, Volvo's, Merc's (and others) implementation of AWD -- then as they say "pay your money and make your choice" (or words to that effect.)

    I'm sticking with quattro -- but the ES430 is, no doubt about it, a very nice ride (but the 4.2 is, IMHO more visceral).
  • Thanks for the input, I'm going to check out the 4.2 now (the dealer only has 15 of them).
  • What is a sway bar?

    How much for a rear sway bar upgrade
  • mmcbride1mmcbride1 Posts: 861
    Not to mention C&D just did a comparo. The A6 came out ahead of the E430, but that's not what was striking about the comparo. The A6 4.2 was $53,000 MSRP fully loaded. The E430 was over $60k, and that's without 4Matic. Add at least a couple of thousand for 4Matic, and the E will cost well over $10k more than the A6 4.2. That may not matter to you, but it would to me.

    And I would rather have the A6 even if price was equal.
  • Anti-sway bars are engineered to reduce "body roll." They keep your vehicle flatter in the turns by transferring the pressure exerted on the outside wheels and applying opposite pressure on the inside wheels. In this way weight is more evenly applied to all four wheels, helping the vehicle stay more level with the road. Your car will corner "flatter" -- sometimes this is discussed using the term "body lean" (as in how the car leans into the curves.)

    Your Audi already has anti-sway bars (front and rear). On the standard suspension set up they are adequate, but some would argue that they are of insufficient diameter. A larger diameter bar will give you more resistance to body lean. Upgrading a rear bar will make an even greater improvement than just the front. By keeping the vehicle more level in a turn you will have significantly more control, giving you better handling. A good combination of front and rear bars can also keep your car more stable on the open road. This plus your new springs will make your A6 feel like it is on rails.

    Unlike springs, which can be noticed, sway bar upgrades will be virtually undetectable except for the imrovements noted above. Oh and they are inexpensive, too (as I recall, new front and rear anti-sway bars for my 1997 A8 were a couple hundred bucks -- I bought the S8 suspension upgrade from Hoppen, BTW, as Audi was not marketing upgrades on their web site at that time). Contact Joe Hoppen @ for more details and a technical explanation of what these things do. You will need to call them as the anti-sway bars are not listed on their web site.

    When you put your new springs and roll bars on (let the dealer do it) -- the dealer will perform a full all wheel alignment. IMO you will need a second all wheel alignement after 1,000 miles. Your tires will thank you for the second alignment. Reason? The springs will "settle" or could do so and generally the second alignment is included in the installation charge. It was at Northland Audi here in Cincinnati, anyway.

    Hope this helps.

  • trejos28trejos28 Posts: 93
    I too have the 2.8 and love it. You're right, the initial acceleration is not the best, but A6 is a great car. course, we all know that, right?
  • Thanks for all the great info on this board. I just leased a 2001 4.2, and I pick it up tomorrow. Hopefully I can now contribute (as opposed to lurking). The end of year deals were just too good to wait for 2002.
  • allartallart Posts: 17

    AWD, 4WD, etc:

    click on [About Audi], and then on [Introduction to All Wheel Drive Systems]
  • WOW -- that Intro to All Wheel Drive Systems was great. Thanks for posting the link.
  • tubeytubey Posts: 39
    Hey dianb and bruno103!

    Right on! I get tired of all the denigrating cracks about the 2.8's gutless demeanor too. I also have a '99 A6Q and love it. Yeah, it works a little hard off the line, but using the Tip helps. Out on the highway it's great, as you say.

    Troubles? Practically none in almost 22,000 miles. A temp gauge sensor went screwy, and the driver's window guides broke (a common '99 problem my dealer told me). My fuel gauge senders and tierod end boots were replaced in recalls, but the former had given me no trouble. The dealer went ahead and replaced it anyway.

    Unless this wonderful ride goes completely to hell in the next year I'm taking it into retirement with me at the end of '02. And, yeah, I've already bought the extended warranty just in case.

    I love this car more than any I've ever owned.
  • Thanks for the feedback. It's good to know that others share my enthusiasm for the A6 2.8Q. It's by far the best car I've ever owned.
  • Actually, I got a car. But the day ain't over yet. Just kidding. Well, maybe not. Let me go talk with the missus.
    I picked up my new A6 2.7T, Casablanca White w/ Melange interior, Preferred luxury, Premium, Bose, and Sunshades. I just love the car. The end-of-model-year lease deals were just too good to pass on, and right now I intend to buy the car at lease end.
    I also wanted to thank all of you. I've been lurking on this board for some time, making it part of my mandatory homework, and comparing this car with the S80, GS, 5 series, and a few others. I just came away with the overwhelming impression that the A6 was no doubt the best (and safest) buy for the money. Thanks you all for your good information and input. This forum has been a wonderful resource.
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  • timcartimcar Posts: 363
    The $499 is an Audi Financial incented deal. I don't think you'll get any movement. I got a good deal about 6 months ago, and my payment is about $150 a month north of that with 15K a year allowance. Based on everything I've read from those who've scrutinized the deal, if you like the car and want it, go grab it with both hands, now!
  • I have owned three A6 class automobiles with the 2.8 powerplant (1992 100S 1993 100S 1999 A6 2.8)-- and, at the moment in time that I owned them, I thought they were the best cars I ever had. All of them, except the '99 were 5spd manuals and they performed very well in every aspect. Even the '99 A6 2.8 was very enjoyable, comfortable and fast -- it just wasn't quick off the line. I never felt the car was unsafe or in any way undesirable. Having said that, I hasten to add that the A6 with more power (as in my current 4.2) is all the above and more.

    It seems as if there are more vocal 2.7T and 4.2 "members" on this forum -- I will check, but I don't think I have seen much bashing of ANY A6 on this board, ever.

    The Audi A6 "family of cars" is, IMHO, top shelf all across the entire family -- not just the 2.7T and 4.2. I bet the 2002 A6 3.0 will have its fans, too. This is a board for ALL interested in Audi A6's. NO defensiveness needed -- I, for one, am interested in the experiences of A6 owners and shoppers, without regard to their engine choice. If I were to express a bias, it would be for quattro -- not just the HP and torque.

    Quattro is my (well, Audi's) secret weapon.
  • There is a comparison of the A6 4.2, a Mercedes E430, a BMW 540 and a Lexus GS430 (?) -- at least I think I got the list right. The funny thing is the Audi (which did NOT win, BTW) was about $7,000 less than the BMW, for instance. The Audi 4.2, from a price perspective should be compared to the BMW 530 -- I guess it is an "honor" to be included in such a pricey category, tho. . .

    Anyway, if you get a chance, read the article, I think it says great things about all four of these cars, with the author's conclusion that any one of them would be welcome in his garage. Yet, the 540 was "the winna and still champion" in the mid size super sedan race.

    But, from my Audi-biased point of view, the article pointed out that the Audi A6 4.2 was:

    1. lowest price
    2. had quattro
    3. performance that was better in some respects and only marginally worse in others
    4. stylish and well made

    Conclusion: the Audi is the best value and "the safest" -- in a world where price, for most of us, does matter, this is a big deal. I read this article and said to myself these other guys better look out, the Audi is running neck and neck with you (at much lower dollars) -- and passing on the left.

    Of course if BMW takes its considerable talent and brings an AWD BMW 540 to market (it might well be awesome). . .well, competition is good for the breed. Audi would, I'm sure, respond with yet another "oh wow" car (there is an all new A6 in the pipeline for 2003).
  • tubeytubey Posts: 39
    As an addition to Mark's fine summary of the Motor Trend comparo, I received my new Car & Driver yesterday and they did one between the 540i, a WELL USED 2000 A6 4.2, Caddy DTS, Jag S-type, Benz E430 (non four-matic, though), Infiniti Q45, and Lexus GS430. The Audi placed a close second behind the 540i, and the only knock was that it was, they thought, too heavy. Otherwise, the race was close.
  • Isn't Motor Trend the "National Enquirer" of car magazines, though? Their credibility isn't the best.
  • Someone from the AudiWorld boards gave a link to a current debate/soon-to-be flame war at Some former Audi owners compared their new BMWs to their old Audis, mostly A4s.

    Although this is the A6 forum, it is still applicable for the most part.

    1) If the lights are on (running/headlights) the BMW's windshield washing system automatically gushes the headlights, your hood, and bumper with windshield fluid. What happens when you just want to clean your windshield only at night? You can't unless you turn off the lights completely. When the headlight washer system is activated it sprays windshield washer fluid all over the front of the car, it really makes a mess.

    The Audi- Push the stalk once to spray the windshield, hold the stalk down longer for the headlights.
    Advantage Audi

    2) The Audi's stereo system works without the key being inserted in the ignition. After about 1.5 hours the radio automatically shuts off to prevent the battery from going dead. Advantage Audi.

    3) Audi's interior lights can be programmed to work independently. If you only want the rear interior lights to go on when you open the doors you can do that. The BMW is everything or nothing.
    Advantage Audi.

    4) The Audi has a hook that holds the panel up on the spare tire compartment. That makes using the spare a lot easier. The BMW? You have to hold the panel with one hand while you try to remove the spare tire with the other, good luck. Advantage Audi.

    5) The BMW's Folding rear seats can only be operated from the trunk. The Audi's from within the cabin. What happens when it's pouring rain outside (like today) and your umbrella is in the trunk. You guessed it. In the BMW you would have to get out of your car, get soaked, and open the trunk. In the Audi you just pull the seat lever (lockable), Fold down the rear seat, reach into the trunk and grab your umbrella, All while remaining dry inside your car. Advantage Audi.

    6) Audi's AWD systems have a real lowered sports suspension. BMW's AWD suspension is jacked up even higher than the normal suspension. Giving it that Riding on stilts look. Advantage Audi.

    7) Audi's rear power window switches are illuminated. BMW Nope. Advantage Audi

    8) Audi has a light on the bottom rear portion of all doors. When the door is open you see the light from a distance. The 5 series has it but the 3 series doesn't.

    9) Minor- the Audi's trunk unlocks with the driver's door. I find myself always having to push the trunk release on the BMW a lot because it only unlocks the trunk when all doors are unlocked. Advantage Tie

    10) Center rear seatbelt- The Audi's center rear seat seatbelt is a shoulder belt with a retracting roll. The BMW has an airline style non-retracting lap belt in the center rear position. This makes a huge difference in installing a child seat in that position (universally considered the safest position for a child seat). Advantage- Audi

    11) Interior lighting fixtures- The Audi has nicely designed interior lighting fixtures while the BMW has what amounts to a bare flashlight bulb in front of a crinkled plastic background. Advantage- Audi

    12) Moonroof switch - Glitches aside, the Audi has a clever dial control that enables you to, with one touch, dial up the amount of "open" you want.

    13) Real aluminium interior trim

    14) Far stronger/better quality door hinges than BMWs high modulous plastic (black piece)

    15) Nice chrome plated trunk hooks.

    16) Includes free trunk net

    17) Includes first aid kit and emerg. triangles headliner handles on driver side and passenger side (missing on BMW coupes) -but BMW's get nice rechargeable flashlight

    17) New Symphony indash CD-changer/cassette unit standard

    18) Thick sport steering wheel as a factory build option

    19) Security alarm standard

    20) The Audi has this mini sun visor above the rear view mirror that blocks the sun in the gap between the rear view mirror and the top of the windshield. Sure, it's a little thing, but it really impressed me in erms of how thorough Audi was in designing that car.

    All of those things make me happy that I chose an Audi. Hope this helps some "undecided" shopper make the right decision!
  • tubeytubey Posts: 39
    1. Puddle lights on the bottom of all doors
    2. A slot under the steering column to hold the manuals pouch; leaves more room in the glove box

    I'm sure if I spent some time at it I could think of more things. Suffice to say, however, that the Audi details - little or not - are the things that really enhance the ownership experience over the long term.

    Several years ago Automobile Magazine published an interview with the gentleman who was at the time retiring from Consumer Reports after many years as head of their auto testing unit. I wish I had clipped the article to save, but he made a point of citing Audi as the only company he had seen who were consciously trying to build into their cars the true user-friendly-why-didn't-someone-do-this-a-long-time-ago features. In fact, when he retired, guess what brand he bought for his personal wheels.

    Natch. He motors behind the four rings.
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