"Got the A6 4.2L used in excellent condition at 70K: in a nutshell, the A6 4.2L is a monster on the road. I've driven my share of cars, and this is truly a fun one, especially if you get all the bells and whistles. The handling is exquisite, very tight on the turns and sticks to the road like glue, the 4.2L engine makes you giggle a little inside when you put the pedal to the metal. And it is very, very reliable on the snow (I recommend dedicated snow tires, which make a world of a difference).
Drawbacks: when something goes wrong, it's going to cost you. And things do go wrong - I've had her in the shop at least 4 times this past year, for medium to major issues. I left a local mechanic who was able to do everything for cheap, but now that I don't have him...switching the battery last month with a quick diagnostic for slow engine start was $250, so do the math. Luckily, it overheated while under warranty, so switching the timing belt/water pump at 80K was covered - if not, it would have been a cool $1500, at least. Even oil changes are not simple - the 4.2L uses special filters, which cost at least 7-8x the average oil/gas filter...
Another very significant drawback has been my experience with Audi dealerships - the most recent one has been fine at a location in Cleveland OH, but previous exposures were absolutely terrible (Rochester, NY) in the service department."
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