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Dad's cool car by Ky allroad on 11/01/2008. Trim: 2001 Audi allroad quattro 2.7T, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: Power is good, not quite great. Handling is excellent for it's weight. AWD is very secure and confidence inspiring. The suspension is a bit gimmicky but fun to play with and is self leveling with a heavy load. Bose stereo is very good. The heated seats are nice when the weather gets chilly. In the summer it has a power sunroof that runs the blower to cool the interior of the car preventing the scalding seat syndrome. The xenon headlights are pretty cool as well. People often tell me what a cool car (and it's a wagon) it is.
Cons: Mileage isn't great (I get 18-22 mpg depending on where I drive). Routine and unexpected maintenance issues are pricey but that seems to be the price of owning a car with so many bells and whistles. The 2001 era GPS is beyond worthless, I don't even turn it on. This seems to be a problem for any older built it GPS though, no way to upgrade. It's geared really low so that even with a 5 speed tiptronic It revs pretty high on the highway, higher gears would ease the fuel consumption as well. Cup holders!! It's pretty obvious that germans really don't want people drinking in their cars, smoking is ok they have a lot of ash trays, but cup holders are pathetic.
Overall review: I like the car, it is heavy and deliberate but safe and secure. I trust the safety of my children in it much more than the japanese box we had before. All together it's a nice car, I like the convenience of a wagon. Buying it used is great since the depreciation allowed me to buy a 50K car for under 10 with 80K miles on it. I would recommend it to the right person. Be aware that you will pay more to keep it on the road than you would a camry but people who enjoy driving wouldn't want to drive that kind of appliance (um... car) anyway. My kids like it better and brag about dads car to their friends.
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