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Cons: It only goes 160
Advice: enjoyIf you want to spend an additional $15,000 on a BMW 540i, be my guest. You can add your name to a throughly crowded list of BMW drivers -- they're everywhere. If you want something unique that will catch a lot of looks and enjoy a great driving experience, the Audi A6 S-liine is the way to go. All the whictles and bells and all the performance you need.
Pros: Performace - great acceleration and handling!
Cons: Although it has all-wheel drive
Advice: Be prepared for scuffs on the Sport Rims.Great car! I think you get an extra 15 hp with the S-line, over the A6 2.7T (I'm @ 265 hp vs. 250 hp) Great buy, for performance & luxury. I was expected to spend $15k more for BMW 5 series with similar performance.
Pros: Nice ride
Cons: Substandard quality all around. Horrible 'customer service'. Avoid Audi.
Advice: Don't buy one unless you like spending all your time at the dealership fixing junk.The gentleman I work for has a 2004. I have a 1999. My vehicle has been a piece of unreliable junk since new. As it turns out, the 2004 is emulating the 1999 defect by defect: failing dashboard, failing engine computer, worn out rotors and pads at 30K, 4 gas tank sensor replacements, 3 temp sensor replacements, 5 radios, fuel injector replacment at 50K, cable harness wiring failures (multiple), leaking differentials. Read: Audi builds JUNK. And the 2004 is following the same pattern. Be forwarned: Audi/USA 'customer advocates' are, in my opinion, a scam. They are trained to provide one answer: 'sorry we could not meet your expectations'. Horrible product, horrible customer service. Only had about 7 recalls.
Pros: The transmission is unbelievably smooth.
Cons: criuse control location
Advice: Don't waste the extra money on a BMW.For luxury and performance the A6 3.0 is a terrific buy in the mid thirties range. It is great looking. It gets good mileage.There is ample room for back seat passengers. The fit and finish are impeccable. With the folddown back seats the trunk becomes cavernous. After driving the A6 one wonders why pay the exhorbitant premium for a BMW.The A6 may be the best kept secret in autodom!