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2000 Audi A6 Sedan

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2000 Audi A6 4.2

Source: The Car Connection

A new all-time favorite gets crowned.

by Jim Kenzie

When I first drove an Audi A6 4.2 at Shannonville Motorsport Park last fall, I got to about Turn Two before I started to think, "Wow, I may have a new all-time favorite car."

I mean, what do you want a sedan to be? Roomy? Gorgeous, inside and out? Beautifully built? Big trunk? Fully-featured? Toss in heroically fast and four-wheel drive, and what's not to like? A couple of weeks over the Christmas holidays with the car did little to change my mind. There's not a lot of obvious faults here.

This model starts as Audi's A6 mid-size luxury sedan. A good place to start, with its Audi-traditional front grille, curvaceous coupe-like profile, and interesting rear styling. Audi's been building the best-looking and best-finished interiors in the business for several years now, and this one is no exception. Oh, the yellow/cream-colored leather upholstery was a bit, um, bright for my tastes, but Audi's three different "atmospheres" give you a choice of color and trim material textures. The ride and handling of any A6 are beyond reproach, and the full-time four-wheel drive gives the car an all-weather capability no other luxury sedan can match.

But the base A6 is not the quickest car you can buy. The 2.8-liter V-6 engine does have 200 horsepower, and since they dialled in five valves per cylinder (three intakes, two exhaust) off-the-line grunt has improved.

A V-8 wedgie

Still, for a big-buck car, you'd want performance that excites rather than suffices. Audi checked their own parts bin, where they found the four-cam 40-valve all-aluminum 4.2 liter V-8 from their flagship A8 sedan. It produces 300 horsepower at 6200 rpm, and 295 lb-ft of torque between 2000 and 3000 rpm.

The biggest shoehorn in the world wouldn't jam this motor under the A6's comely aluminum hood, so the nose was stretched by nearly two inches, and new front fenders, also aluminum, fitted. All four wheel arches were re-contoured to accommodate bigger rubber - 235/50HR16s are standard; my tester had the optional 245/40YR17s. The track is wider at both axles, and new aluminum suspension components lower the car by about a third of an inch at the front, less than a quarter-inch at the rear.

All this conspires to give the A6 4.2 a meaner, sportier, more purposeful look, one it wears surprisingly well, given that the basic shape is so voluptuous. This isn't just "optics" either, as they say in political circles. This car moves.

The engine is reasonably quick off the line. Audi gives a zero to 60 mph time of less than 6.7 seconds. Once rolling, the car really begins to hum. The drive-by-wire throttle gives instantaneous response, and a three-stage intake manifold, with flaps changing the length of the passage which the intake air must take, helps boost torque in the middle ranges. Altogether, a sweet motor.

The five-speed automatic transmission sometimes takes a second to downshift into first when you've come to a stop, and doesn't always shift as smoothly as you'd expect. The Tiptronic in Audis doesn't have all the same goodies as the version used by Porsche (who owns the patents covering this gearbox, incidentally). You don't get the automatic downshift when you tap the accelerator when braking, for example. But if you feel like exercising some control over the shifting, you can shove the lever from Drive over to the right into a separate slot, then toggle forward to upshift, backwards to downshift.

I've never found these manual/automatics all that useful; if you really need to drop a gear, say to slow down on the highway without using the brakes, you can always pull a conventional automatic lever backwards too. But there are those who do like them; if you don't, you don't have to use it.

Steering, as with most VW-Audi products, is excellent - smooth, linear, precise. The car handled brilliantly on the test track - calm, confident, stable, no matter what I threw at it, or threw it at. The brakes are big four-wheel discs with the latest iteration of Bosch's anti-lock control. The rear brakes also get electronic brake pressure regulation to ensure the ABS doesn't kick in any sooner than is necessary.

Both front and rear differentials are of the electronic locking variety, should differences in side-to-side wheel rotational speeds be detected. The quattro four-wheel drive incorporates a Torsen (torque-sensing) center diff to direct torque to the axle which can best utilize it.

Partway through the model year, Audi will join its major competitors in offering an electronic stability program, which applies individual wheel brakes automatically to pull the car out of an incipient skid. If all this technology still doesn't save you from a crash, you can rely on frontal and front-side airbags, plus Audi's Sideguard curtain airbags to help protect the occupants' heads in a Tee-bone or roll-over.

Interior quibbles

My extended time in the car did point out a few deficiencies in that lovely interior. The middle rear seat has only a lap belt, rather than the three-point system used in many modern cars. True, the A6 4.2's back seat is contoured primarily for two riders, and there's hardly ever anyone in the middle position, but if there is, why should they be shortchanged? Other A6 models get three three-pointers back there. My kids all had trouble finding the seat belt buckles in the other seats too, as they are located well down on or buried in the seat.

The minor controls are all pushbuttons; with the complex radio and dual-zone air conditioning which allows different temperature settings for right and left sides of the car, this means a LOT of pushbuttons. This is a fight I seem to have lost. Fortunately, some of the radio functions are repeated in steering wheel spoke-mounted buttons.

All three mirrors - the inside rear-view mirror and the two outside "side-view" mirrors - dim "electrochromatically" when a sensor determines that there is a car with bright lights following at night. Sadly, this darkens the reflected view so much you can barely see anything. It's like driving at night with your sunglasses on - not a wise move. Audi effectively admits they have a problem by turning the system off when you select reverse gear. But you don't only need to see behind you when you're backing up. Unlike most cars with this dubious feature, Audi's system cannot be switched off. Maybe you could find a clever mechanic to break into the wiring harness and figure out how they do it when the car is in reverse. Maybe you could order one with the standard A6 mirrors. Failing that, do what I did: stick a piece of duct tape over the sensor, located in the inside rear-view mirror. Not very elegant, but it did the trick. The car's moderately dark glass tint was all the reflection suppression I needed.

There was a surprising amount of wind noise at highway speeds coming from around the driver's door. And the A6 4.2, like most Audi/VW products, has those horrible hard, scrabbly windshield wiper blades.

None of these minor drawbacks detract from the essential loveliness of this car. The 4.2 gets just about every luxury fitment known to personkind, including full leather on seats and door trim panels, a Homelink transmitter for remote control of garage doors and gates, power tilt-and-telescope wheel, and a 200 watt Bose sound system with CD player. Comparable models from the likes of BMW (540i), Jaguar (S-Type), Lexus (GS400) and Mercedes-Benz (E430) are comparably priced, and none offers four-wheel drive or an interior with this degree of class.

So is the A6 4.2 my all-time favorite car? If it isn't, it joins a very, very short list.

2000 Audi A6 4.2

Base Price: $49,425
Engine: 4.2-liter V-8, 300 hp
Transmission: five-speed automatic with Tiptronic control
Wheelbase: 108.6 in
Length: 193.4 in
Width: 76.1 in
Height: 57.0 in
Weight: N/A
Fuel economy: 17 city/ 24 hwy
Major standard equipment:
quattro all-wheel-drive system
Dual front and side airbags
Anti-lock brakes
Bose 200-watt, eight-speaker sound system
Wood trim
Leather upholstery
Power front passenger seats

© 2000 The Car Connection

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Std
Traction/Stability Control Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Opt
Rear Body Side Air Bag Opt
Rear Head side Air Bag Opt
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Opt
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt

Security

Alarm Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 3 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion 12 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/Unlimited Miles

Audi Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

You're not just getting an Audi. You're getting peace of mind.

Enjoy the many benefits of Audi ownership: A comprehensive 300+ point dealer inspection, CARFAX® Vehicle History Report, special financing and competitive interest rates, 24/7 roadside assistance including towing and trip interruption reimbursement, transferability of the Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty to a subsequent private owner, and more. At Audi, we're there for you every step of the way so you can focus on what you love to do most: driving.
Age/Mileage Eligibility Model years 2010-2015 with less than 60,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 300+ Point Inspection and Certification Process
View the checklist
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $85

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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