I would admit the car is a little heavy for the 2.8 v6 and the 4 speed automatic tranny doesn't help, but I have had a lot of fun with this car(I can drift and do donuts all day in an snowy parking lot). Unlike other AWD cars the rear wheels have power all the time which means a lot of fun, the quattro is excellent for my Ice rink of a drive way, and provides confidence going into corners. I get decent gas mileage about 22 average which isn't bad for a v6 AWD luxury car that is 12 years old. although I've added two 10" subs the stock sound system is great. The ride is pretty good although it can get a little bumper on broken up roads and the seats are adequate.
Quattro, best AWD system available, Bose sound system, Heated leather seats(great for cold weather when warmed up), Very roomy, and big gas tank for 350 mile range.
This car is 12 years old so these probably are irrelevant but here we go anyways. ABS is a little too sensitive for me, could use at least one more gear and a smarter tranny (would help power and gas mileage), and I have a hard time staying comfortable during long commutes.
Great highway car. It is really easy to drive and feel comfortable even at higher speeds. I've owned since new and have a hard time finding cars I like driving better. Reliability has been only average. Torque sweet spot is very narrow at 3000rpm. Transmission is dumb so power is not delivered often when it should. Fwy entrances can be stressful because at just that speed ~50mph, it wants to upshift and forfeit all torque right when you need it. At speed ~65mph, fwy accel is very good.
Seat comfort is excellent esp. for tall people. I'm 6'3". Very agile and easy to handle. It *loves* going up curvy roads in hills. It handles like a very light nimble car despite its size/weight. It feels very stable and secure on fwy even up to 90mph.
Pinch prevention in windows needs refinement. Normal drag is enough to cause windows to reverse direction. So if you try to roll up in rain, half the time it will roll all the way down instead. Annoying!
Bought this car from original owner with 89,500 miles on the odometer. So far all I have done to it in the past 10,000 miles is change the oil once, and change the timing belt.(Recommended every 90,000 miles.) So far car has averaged as much as 26 mpg highway - and as low as 16 mpg city. Very pleased with quattro drive in all types of weather. Would recommend.
Quattro AWD. Bose Radio. Comfortable seats...
Better fuel mileage in city. A little more power wouldn't hurt.
Purchased this car with 96,000
miles. Now with nearly 225,000 it
still runs very dependably, handles
mountain roads daily, and produces
not a single rattle nor squeak
anywhere in this car.
Yes, it is getting long in the tooth and
some shocks were repalced as well
as a transmission seal and a few
interior switches have broken but the
engine has been flawless. It drives
comfortably, firmly & with authority on
mountain roads. Climate control
system is needing work; again
I spend 6-10 hours a day in the car
as it serves as my office. I got a
AWD, never buy a car without it again.
Speaker system is awsome, but
radio offers very poor reception.
Brakes very well; turning radius is
tight & handy; driving position is
excellent & variable
Better antenna system for radio
Better visibility when backing up
Full size spare