2007 A4 3.2 Quattro

There’s really no other way to express how I feel about this fine piece of German engineering. The one pictured here is not my actual car, but it looks just like it except that mine has dealer plates and is an inch lower due to the sport suspension. It’s navigation system is incredible, even tracking my progress inside tunnels. I guess the navigation system is talking to the speedometer even while GPS satellites are out of range to determine your location. It calculates your progress inside the tunnel and the satellites pick you back up on the other side. Impressive (in Darth Vader voice).

The Bluetooth integration with my phone is awesome and spooky at the same time. The car gets my phone directory from my phone, as well as my most recently dialed and received calls. It’s all displayed on the Audi Multi-Medial Interface (MMI) system which is way better than the BMW iDrive. I researched the ease of use and the quality of the multimedia displays extensively before making my decision on the Audi.

On the entertainment front the car has Sirius satellite radio, a CD changer, and even two SD card slots to play MP3s. There’s also a dealer installed iPod integration system that will allow you to scroll through your iPod using the MMI interface. While this sounds great, the $600 price tag does not seem worth the money and hassle. Particularly with the SD slots in the car and so many other options for integrating your iPod into your radio. SD cards are like $25 with a 2GB capacity and I have two of them in the car filled with my favorite music. If I need more music I’ll just buy more SD cards.

By the way, I can’t say enough good things about Carlsen Audi in Palo Alto. We shopped around for our car by calling the fleet managers at Carlsen Audi, Santa Monica Audi, and Newport Beach Audi. Newport Beach Audi had a good deal on a car that was more than we wanted, but Carlsen found the right car at the right price all over the phone! All in all, Mama was on the phone comparing prices for about an hour and a half and that was it!

The contract was done by fax, I took it to our credit union for the loan, and showed up at the dealership to pick up the car when it arrived. Mama and I were at the dealership for two hours getting a detailed tour of the car. The purchase itself took about 10 minutes. We felt that our sales guy didn’t want us to leave until he showed us every single feature. The best customer service I’ve ever seen. If you want an Audi that’s the place to get one.

Needless to say, after two weeks of bonding with the car I feel we’ve made the right decision. I will be driving it up to Ashland, Oregon next week to visit one of my friends as an inaugural road trip and I am looking forward to the drive.


  1. Wanna race? I’ll take your German Car against my Japanese Motorcyle. We’ll compete for fastest 1/4 mile and who look the coolest doing it. Yea baby, cool!

    #1 by Eubani — December 15, 2006 @ 1:05 pm

  2. Well, we both know who’ll win the race. The car is no match for your motorcycle. As to who’ll look cooler doing it, I’ll let the race fans decide that. As to who will be doing it sitting in a dry, warm, and luxurious leather and wood-paneled cabin, that would be me ;)

    #2 by Nugget — December 15, 2006 @ 2:09 pm

  3. Very cool Nugget! Dave loves his A4 even though he never drives it. I think he’s making sure that it lasts 25 years. He’s had it since 2000 and has a bit over 30K miles on it. Sick. Of course his car gets the carport while my Sentra is exposed to the elements!

    Dave is envious of your Bluetooth enhancements. :)

    #3 by Meerenai — December 16, 2006 @ 12:54 am

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