I went from a 2003 toyota tacoma 4 door truck to this. A lot smoother ride. I can still feel a bump and the road but not as often or pronounced. Everyone else that rides in the car said they don't not...
I went from a 2003 toyota tacoma 4 door truck to this. A lot smoother ride. I can still feel a bump and the road but not as often or pronounced. Everyone else that rides in the car said they don't notice any bumps or road noise really. I guess I'm so used to it, that I pay extra attention. Everyone compliments me on the car and its look. I recommend detailing it.
I did it myself since it was a side hobby. Wash, Clay bar, rinse, Compound Rub, wash, Polish, Wax and reWax. 2 coats of wax and removal of oxidation and minor scratches makes a huge difference, the car will shine. It didn't have many scratches at all on it, but buddies said it was slightly dull when they saw it at first and now it looks almost new.
There is an adjustment period on the handling. I learned that you can't peel out, it has traction control and computers on it to prevent that and preserve the car for max gas mileage with its transmission. If you want it sportier, change to the Sports mode, Manual mode or get the car chipped. Apparently chipping can add 50 hp but you lose gas mileage. It is a luxury car, not a sports car or truck.
When the car is just started, its not as responsive...so clean out the throttle body since this car has carbon build up, that helps the responsiveness. Get the right sized tires
and it helps with the handling. I switch to newer rims that were lighter and had the factory sized tires. The car is now a lot smoother and better handling.
The exterior details again are very crisp. Lines are smooth, small details of the chrome, LED accent lights to light up at night surrounding the car and accent lighting in the interior. Xenon adaptive headlights are very bright and go about 3-5 times further than my old truck lights. Don't even need high beams. Automatic sensors for light and dimming.
I bought this car used with 67K miles so I had to get it checked out and serviced. I DO NOT recommend going to the dealership, they will charge twice as much. I found some former Audi dealership guys that started their own shop. They still bought parts from the dealership, so if you get comfortable, at first I wasn't but after some research, I bought some parts myself. Buying the parts online yourself will save you about 25% on the cost at least. FWD cars typically have the wheel bearings go out. Just like the honda accord and toyota camrys I had in HS and college. Replaced those, the transmission drained and refilled, and found out the vacuum pump had an oil leak. So got all of that done for about 1350 since I didn't know how to do those things.
Most of the maintenance I was able to do myself. I bought the repair manual. Air Filters, cabin filters, and oil filters...got them online for 14 bucks total with tax and shipping. Amazon had them on clearance. I saved easily 60 dollars on the parts and at least 200 on labor. Huge price swings on the oil--at walmart 6.50 a quart, at auto shop-9 dollars a quart. Almost 50% more.
At the end of the day, the repairs are just like any other car, instead of using phillips screws they use torx screws.
The interior is that of a luxury car, real wood grain, chrome, heavy doors that close really well, dual power seats, front and rear heated seats, one touch power windows, climate control, nifty features on the sunroof, lights everywhere and ac vents all over the place. Well integrated. I'm not a fan of the limited expansion options of the audi MMI but after some upgrades and cleaning of the unit myself, saved myself 500 dollars. I'm able to add Bluetooth music audio, ipod, SD card, I have to remember it was a 2006 car and that meant it was developed for the past 3-4 years but unfortunately you can't just add a new top of the line receiver with all the bells and whistles. The Bluetooth works great, I hated all my previous blue tooth headsets since people couldn't hear me but this car works great and clearly.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System is garbage, expensive at 75 each for replacement and I just ignore it.
NO Navi, no back up camera, and no bluetooth music, but after some research, it looks pretty easy to install and get working. The MMI supports it. Its a matter of paying for it. I'll pass on the Navi due to the iphone's Nav is much better. Backup camera is going to be a yes and a need, my windows are tinted and there's always a risk of running over something.