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Audi A4 or A6

  • 15-06-2021 6:50pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 29 Mayodad


    I'm thinking of buying an A4 or A6 2016 or 2017.
    What should I look out for as regards pitfalls?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,481 ✭✭✭ MAULBROOK


    Jesus not another A4/A6 thread.
    OK then what body type, what fuel type are you looking for and what's your budget.


  • Registered Users Posts: 29 Mayodad


    MAULBROOK wrote: »
    Jesus not another A4/A6 thread.
    OK then what body type, what fuel type are you looking for and what's your budget.

    Thinking about an automatic saloon diesel. Something around 2016/2017...willing to spend about €20k - €23k.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,481 ✭✭✭ MAULBROOK




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  • Registered Users Posts: 423 ✭✭ AlfaZen


    The average of an A4 and an A6 is an A5 - so get that.


  • Registered Users Posts: 29 Mayodad


    MAULBROOK wrote: »

    Looks nice. What are the pro and cons for an A4 or A6?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,751 ✭✭✭ Buddy Bubs


    One thing to consider is the a4 of 2016/17 is a new model whereas the a6 is a model that came out in 2011 or 2021. It got a mid cycle face-lift in 16 but it's an older model. Realistically this only means the infotainment and some digital tech in the a4 might be a bit ahead of the a6 of those years. I still think the a6 wins for nicer interior overall. The 182 a6 new model blows them all away in my opinion though.

    The a6 is a bigger more comfortable car but the a4 will be a sharper drive. Not to the same extent as the 3 series is sharper than 5 series but still a factor maybe for you.

    Also watch out for the engines, I know the a6 commonly had a 150bhp engine around those years. I have one myself but it's 190bhp. A4 came in 120, 136, 150 and rarer in 190 so just check the power output.

    Get S Line in whatever you choose, keep wheels 19 max. A work colleague bought an a5 last week with 21 inch wheels and its very harsh although it's lovely.
    A5 is a viable option too...based on a4 but will cost like an a6 although it's a very good looking car.
    A7 best of everything but you're looking at big money then.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 991 ✭✭✭ ineedeuro


    Mayodad wrote: »
    Looks nice. What are the pro and cons for an A4 or A6?

    I find this a strange question, people buy car based on requirements so do you require the size of an A6 or not?

    If not then buy an A4.....an Audi is an Audi just in different shapes and sizes


  • Registered Users Posts: 29 Mayodad


    ineedeuro wrote: »
    I find this a strange question, people buy car based on requirements so do you require the size of an A6 or not?

    If not then buy an A4.....an Audi is an Audi just in different shapes and sizes

    Thanks. I like the S line especially in the A5 and A6. Will probably end up getting the A4 though!!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 29 Mayodad


    Hi. I ended up buying an 2.0lt A6 S line Automatic!

    Quick question... recently I parked on a slight downward slope. When I tried to reverse, it felt like the car did not have the power to reverse and the only way out of it was to move slightly forward and then go back into reverse.

    I have it set to drive in economy mode. Is this the problem??



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,136 ✭✭✭ koutoubia


    Was your 'hill hold' function activated?



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,751 ✭✭✭ Buddy Bubs


    Mine has plenty of power to reverse even when faced with an incline but you'll need to use the accelerator, not just let the car creep in gear. Any obstacle like a bump or an incline will need accelerator to clear, in forwards and reverse.



  • Registered Users Posts: 50,139 ✭✭✭✭ bazz26


    Was the electric parking brake/auto hold engaged when you reversed?



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,751 ✭✭✭ Buddy Bubs


    Also, I wouldn't leave it in economy mode all the time. It reduces acceleration hugely for a fairly minimal fuel consumption gain. I have it too and never use it any more, messed around with it at the start. I prefer the dynamic mode to the normal one too, makes car much livelier.

    I have tested the same journey in economy, normal drive and dynamic and the consumption figures were so close it could be accounted for by engine temp, stopping at an extra set of lights, having to brake a little bit more......I have never tried to reverse on an incline using economy mode I will admit so it may be your problem.

    It's a 190bhp car there should be plenty of power although I'm not sure if bhp and torque figures are relevant in reverse gear or not.



  • Registered Users Posts: 29 Mayodad


    No.

    Thanks. I'll try it again sometime in dynamic mode and see what happens.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 72,781 ✭✭✭✭ colm_mcm




  • Registered Users Posts: 8,136 ✭✭✭ corks finest


    Look up honest John ( great honest review’s)



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,136 ✭✭✭ koutoubia


    One of the YouTube channels had an A3.

    He was doing a long journey from somwhere in the South of England to Edinburgh and back a few days later.

    He decided to drive in 'Economy' mode one way and a mixture of the rest on the way back. I think it was an S3. The difference in fuel economy between the two? As you pointed out...negligible!

    Just a much more boring drive in economy!



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  • Registered Users Posts: 442 ✭✭ Whatwicklow


    Low power in reverse is a tell tale sign of a failing auto box on the Audis,


    Speaking from experience. 😭



  • Registered Users Posts: 29 Mayodad


    Would that be covered by warranty?



  • Registered Users Posts: 442 ✭✭ Whatwicklow


    Depends on your warranty, I successfully returned a A6 allroad last year to a dealer.

    I was quoted 1500-5000 from a trusted gearbox specialist to fix, could be clutches, could be mecatronic (or its harness)



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