[Biturbos4] S4 Alternative

Russell Romano Russell_Romano at pmc-sierra.com
Wed Jan 14 11:41:44 EST 2004

>that's why i like the A6 2.7T. everything i have now,
>but with far better fit/finish and heated seats! all i
>need now is an espresso machine.

Do you want mine?  I'm on the verge of throwing in the towel and buying a beater shitbox.  At least they are SUPPOSED to rattle and squeak.

I bought my 2000 A6 2.7T with 24k miles on it 3 months ago.  I put a 6 year (up to 100k mile warranty) on it.  No worries right?  WRONG.  Everything that can go wrong with the car and circumvent the "bumper to bumper" warranty is!

Before the warranty kicked in the dealership had to replace: The MAF Sensor, a CV boot, a breather tube, and a radiator fan.  That was just the first 3 weeks of ownership!

Now, the steering wheel started to click and make scraping noises as it turns.  They are guessing that it is the airbag contact ring.  AND even though it also carries the signals for the steering wheel mounted radio controls it is STILL deemed to be an "airbag" component and therefore NOT covered.  That is BS since the airbag system isn't throwing any codes.

I have a BAD creak in my dashboard on the drivers side.  I can't make the slightest turn without the body stress making the dashboard creak load enough to make everyone in the car go, "what was THAT?".  A downright embarrassment in a $50k car.

Between these issues and the issues I had on my '96 A4 before it (control arms, climate control, wheel bearings, control arms again, headlight switch, etc), this will be my LAST Audi unfortunately.

All this stuff is pushing into the $1500 repair bill range, and NOTHING of any significance has even gone wrong!  These cars are just NOT built the way they need to be for the price.  Maybe I need to give that new AWD Inifiniti a closer look....

I joked about the fit and finish of the Vette... that is the primary reason I bought an Audi.  My requirement for fit and finish is very high.  There are few cars on the market that have the interior (or exterior) fit to satisfy my tastes.. and then the one that does is only on the surface.  Makes me sick that there is no quality option to spend my $$ on.  I thought I found that in Audi, but I was clearly mistaken.


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