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2004 Audi A6 Avant 1.9TDi Final Edition

Jul 2008 - Final Report (114,000 miles)

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2004 Audi A6 Avant 1.9TDi Final Edition 2004 Audi A6 Avant 1.9TDi Final Edition 2004 Audi A6 Avant 1.9TDi Final Edition

After 3+ years and 114,000 miles I’ve said good buy to the A6. It was with mixed emotion that I handed the keys over to the new owner as, I have to admit, its possibly the finest tin top that I’ve ever been lucky enough to have custody of. It’s still one of the best looking cars on the road and finished in brilliant black it has real presence, in fact a friend christened it Moses as he said it parted the traffic like he parted the waters.

The gearbox was its only blot on the reliability front, and it was an expensive one at £2,195, but overall it was very easy to look after. 19-23k between services, carried out by the very good local Audi dealer (Wakefield Audi). I had the cambelt change done by an excellent local garage (Kimberworth Service Station, Rotherham) who I trust and I know they’ve done more than a few as it was over £400 cheaper than the main dealer. It had a liking for Bridgestone’s and needed new fronts every 15k and rears at 20-25k - swapping just seamed to wear them out quicker. At £150 a corner they weren’t cheap but they did give a good balance of grip and comfort, essential when the chance to explore the edge of adhesion was split by hours of pounding the motorways. Oil consumption was minimal, unlike its Audi petrol took around 2 litres between services.

Over its 114k miles the A6 averaged 42.6mpg; remarkable because I could never be accused of driving likes Miss Daisy’s chauffeur, in fact 4 up fully loaded it averaged 50mpg whilst on holiday in Ireland, who needs a Prius?

The cabin was a great place to spend a trip, whether it was 6 miles or 600 - comfortable, refined, quiet, and relaxed are words that best describe the ambience. The Bose stereo was just wonderful and I will miss that deep full sound that helped make the M1 & M25 bearable. The seats were more motorway than special stage leading to a bit of sliding on the wonderful soft leather during enthusiastic cornering which, despite it size, it could be encouraged to partake in.

The ride was always on the firm side of hard but that didn’t stop it scraping its flaps (mud) over crests which backed up those more knowledgeable souls who pointed to a lack of damper control. Yes it lacked the ultimate sporty handling and steering feedback of a BMW 5 series and the load carrying capacity of a Volvo V70, but as an overall package it’s by far the better car.

As I said at the start it was difficult parting with my A6, there is a big hole in my life and its black and Audi shaped, I only hope the hole isn’t to big for the replacement to fill.

Auf wiedersehen my love.


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