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Old 21.08.2012, 00:24
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Audi A6 Allroad - experiences?

I'm mulling whether or not to swap my current 2004 A6 3.0 quattro estate for an 2004 Allroad thats on offer - the garage say they'll pretty much do a straight swap as both cars have almost identical market values.
My reasoning is that the 3.0, although a beautiful drive, is a bit of a guzzler & I don't 'actually' need all that power (it was a hand me down from my father-in-law at a price I couldn't refuse) whereas the allroad on offer is a 2.5TDi (+ we do have a hut in the mountains that is only accessible by car during the summer, but would is accessible by a decent 4x4 most of the year except in very heavy snow).

My main worry though is the reports about the air suspension (seems to have given a lot of people's wallets a serious emptying) and I'm err-ing towards a pass because of it - just wondered if any of you have had/got one & what your thoughts are.
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I'm mulling whether or not to swap my current 2004 A6 3.0 quattro estate for an 2004 Allroad thats on offer - the garage say they'll pretty much do a straight swap as both cars have almost identical market values.
My reasoning is that the 3.0, although a beautiful drive, is a bit of a guzzler & I don't 'actually' need all that power (it was a hand me down from my father-in-law at a price I couldn't refuse) whereas the allroad on offer is a 2.5TDi (+ we do have a hut in the mountains that is only accessible by car during the summer, but would is accessible by a decent 4x4 most of the year except in very heavy snow).

My main worry though is the reports about the air suspension (seems to have given a lot of people's wallets a serious emptying) and I'm err-ing towards a pass because of it - just wondered if any of you have had/got one & what your thoughts are.
Hey Leafy

Friend of mine had an AR of that era.... Good car, if any air sus goes it's not cheap, the ride is good but it can feel a little odd when driven spiritedlllly. The 2.5 d is a great torquey engine but as to if it will cost you less than the petrol would depend on your annual usage... Diesel is of course more here so the the benefits may not be as obvious as they seem, it all depends how you drive that engine....

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Re: Audi A6 Allroad - experiences?

What is the mileage on your car and what is the mileage on the car you want to get?
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What is the mileage on your car and what is the mileage on the car you want to get?
Also a damn good point!
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What is the mileage on your car and what is the mileage on the car you want to get?
Mine: 126
Allroad: 144
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Re: Audi A6 Allroad - experiences?

I have had an Allroad 4.2 V8 for a little over a year now, excellent car, the air bag suspension system is a problem if it goes wrong, experience tells me to leave it parked on level 2 overnight and all seems well,

drives great, total comfort and quality.

My advice, pop by the garage when they are not expecting you, check the level of the car on all 4 corners and if it is down one one or two, walk away, unless they are willing to fix it for you
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If they are ready to swap a 3litrte petrol engine for a 2.5 diesel, something is wrong !

The gas engine will be difficult to sell whilst a 4 wheel drive diesel engine is comparatively easy to move or sell in the export market.
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The gas engine will be difficult to sell whilst a 4 wheel drive diesel engine is comparatively easy to move or sell in the export market.
Not in Switzerland.

I looked into a (different) car recently. In France, all they had were diesels but the same spec cars in Switzerland were almost all petrols.
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I would agree with the above, the dealer is not running a swap meet and it seems strange that they would do a straight trade on similar cars. Consider that you know your current car and any associated problems, whilst the Allroad is a bit of a risk. If the dealer is willing to do a straight trade (or thereabouts) and put a one year warrantee on the Allroad, then go for it.

In terms of the engines, I drove the piss out of a 2001 2.5d A6 kombi for several years and never had any problems with it. That said, I wouldn't go back to Audi diesel after driving the 3.0 TFSI.
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I think you got that the wrong way round. Something desperately wrong with anyone who'd move down like that.
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Nah, not here.
Just take a look at the amount of 3.0+ porsches, supercars, suv's & exec sitting rooms on wheels on the road here.

One of the cheaper places in Europe for petrol + some of the highest incomes in Europe = not that bothered about big engines.

Anyway, it's academic now, they just phoned me an hour or so ago to tell me they sold it this afternoon, but would take my 3.0 for 8.5k if was still interested - cheeky f*@kers!

Thanks for the input folks.
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Nah, not here.
Just take a look at the amount of 3.0+ porsches, supercars, suv's & exec sitting rooms on wheels on the road here.

One of the cheaper places in Europe for petrol + some of the highest incomes in Europe = not that bothered about big engines.

Anyway, it's academic now, they just phoned me an hour or so ago to tell me they sold it this afternoon, but would take my 3.0 for 8.5k if was still interested - cheeky f*@kers!

Thanks for the input folks.
What was the sticker price of the other car? 8.5k is realistically what it's worth for an I Stanton cash sale. I guess they would have wanted 5k from you to swop!
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Re: Audi A6 Allroad - experiences?

I think it's better that you didn't do the swap.

Your engine is still low mileage and it will go another 100k km without investing much, just normal service. The diesel on the other hand, it can be tricky. At 150k is already high for most swiss buyers, let's say you put 50 more and you will have 0 value car with that mileage for a diesel, at least for the swiss. Petrol on the other hand, it will go a lot more with less maintenance and it will consume about 25% more.
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Re: Audi A6 Allroad - experiences?

I have a friend who had this same car and got rid of it 2-3 years ago because when things go wrong, it's $$$$$

So you've been saved. You could always get a Fiat Panda 4x4 for your winter needs
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