Car Reviews: 2006 Audi A6

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It seems as though a car cannot simply be one thing. Indeed, an SUV cannot simply be an SUV, it must be a “crossover sport vehicle”. Or, perhaps a luxury car must be a “sports oriented affordably priced luxury car”. However, in the quest to be so many different things, many cars often fail to get even of those categories right. Thus, every now and then we happen to find a car which has one idea in mind, and manages to perfectly embody that idea. One of the best examples that can be found is definitely the Audi A6. A car which sets out to provide luxury to it’s driver and passenger, and makes no claims towards anything else. Perhaps because of the singular nature of this promise, the Audi A6 delivers, and it may very well be one of the best used cars on the market in the sub-10k price range.

Even from the outside, the nature and quality of the A6 is easy to see. The new, redesigned grill on the front of the car speaks to the perfect balance that is Audi. The front grill is both aggressive but subtle at the same time, and it makes sure that the A6 looks anything but boring. While some may not like the sheer size of the grill, it definitely makes this generation of Audi’s stand out. However, even though the grill has been found first in the 2006 models, there are also other exterior design ideas that deserve remark. Mainly, the smooth contour of the entire car, which is extended even to the rear bumper and roof line. Even though the A6 may not have the aggressive look of the A4, the refined style is much appreciated by those who are seeking a luxury car instead of a sports oriented executive vehicle.

The excellent styling and understated elegance only continues once one moves inside of the A6. The interior is laid out very nicely, and although the typically filled Audi center console is back, at no point are the various controls too difficult to understand or to use. However, they may take a little getting used to. The inside is filled with top quality materials, from the leather on the seats to the trim around the dashboard and controls, there is nothing about the interior of the A6 that doesn’t remind one that the car is premium, and designed for luxury. This is further echoed by the roomy interior, and the great level of comfort given to the driver. The interior really is one of the best parts of the vehicle, and from it’s overall quality, to it’s level of comfort to the driver and passengers alike, deserves to be mentioned as one of the best features of the vehicle.

However, like all Audi’s, perhaps the greatest joy lies in driving the car. Certainly the A6 is a luxury car, and it performs it’s job perfectly and with precision. It takes only a single ride in the car to experience the smoothness of the drive, the way that the vehicle seems to glide effortlessly over any road, the ease and quick response of the throttle and steering wheel. No matter what task is given it, the Audi A6 performs it well and with dignity. Even though the car may be billed as a purely luxury car, driving the A6 goes above and beyond what is typically expected for a luxury car comparable to a similar Lexus or BMW. Quite simply, this car is fun, which is something that is not often said about vehicles in the luxury range, especially one with the A6’s overall size. However, while the car is rather large, so is the engine, and this makes sure that the A6 never seems bogged down or sluggish, even when carrying a full load of people or luggage.

Still, the A6 does have it’s flaws. Namely, the large size and width of the car can be a bit difficult to get used to. And because of the larger engine that is needed to move the car around, potential customers should not expect good gas mileage. However, these few design flaws are easily made up for by the great overall quality of the car, the fantastic inside and outside appearance, and the simply perfect way in which it drives. Even though the A6 may not be the cheapest vehicle on the lot, a single drive in it is all it takes to assure the driver that the car is worth every penny. The Audi A6 is truly one of the best cars available in it’s class, and one that is sure to please a broad spectrum of customers, even if it’s advertisements do not assign five or six labels to the car.

 

2008 FJ Cruiser – Great Vehicle For On or Off Road Driving

 

 

For those considering buying a mud truck, don’t forget to check out the 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser. Great for adventures off road, just for cruising around town, or running to the store.

The 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser seats five and comes in two-tone with a Voodoo Blue, Titanium Metallic, Black Diamond, Sun Fusion, Sandstorm or Brick body color and White top. The interior fabric color is Dark Charcoal, while the dash, center instrument panel trim and the door inserts match the body.

It is a two-door SUV with a pair of smaller, reverse opening back seat doors. The FJ has a comfortable front seat, a center console with a storage area and cup holders. The back seat is a little crammed compared to the front, but just as stylish.

The driver seat has an eight way manual adjustable seat with an armrest, while the passenger seat has a four way adjustable seat. The rear has 60/40 seats with removable bottom cushion and fold down. The seats are water resistant with adjustable headrests. Both the driver and front passenger have duel stage airbags, front seat mounted side airbags and front and back seat side curtain airbags.

The FJ Cruiser comes standard with an AM-FM CD player with MP3 and WMA playback capability and six speakers. Upgrade would include either eight or nine speakers including a sub-woofer. Power door locks, and rubber floor and deck mats are standard.

Safety features include 4-wheel anti lock brakes, with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist and vehicle stability control and traction control. The side door beams are made to withstand impact. The cruiser also come equipped with daytime running lights, rear parking assistance and a high center-mounted stop light.

The FJ Cruiser has a large top that makes for not the greatest visibility, mainly when backing up, as well as the spare tire mount on the tailgate. Their is also no sunroof on this vehicle.

Available in either 2-wheel drive of 4wheel drive, with a 4.0 liter V-6, 239 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 278 pounds-feet of torque at 3700 rpm. Choose between a five speed automatic or a six speed manual transmission. Most automatics come with a part time 4 -wheel drive system and manuals have a full time 4-wheel drive system. There are skid plates on the engine, front suspension, fuel tank and the transfer case on the 4-wheel drive models. That’s the sort of thing you might not see in some of the newer 4×4 offerings by Toyota. That, combined with the high costs, are why I prefer to use 10+ year old trucks for my mudding adventures! 👍👍👍

The FJ Cruiser comes standard with 17 inch black steel wheels with P265/017 mud and snow, steel belted radial blackwall tires and a full spare tire. This option can be upgraded to 17 inch 6 spoke aluminum alloy wheels with the same tire.

The gross vehicle weight for the 2-wheel drive models is 5330 pounds and for the 4-wheel drive model is 5570 pounds. The Cruiser has a towing capacity of 5000 pounds and a 19 gallon fuel take, with an estimated mileage of 16 to 20 for 2-wheel drive, 15 to 18 for 4-wheel drive manuals and 16 to 20 miles per gallon for 4-wheel drive automatics.

U.S. news ranked the FJ Cruiser number 5 out of 24 in affordable mid size SUVs. and scores an overall 8.3 with 7.7 being in performance, 9.0 in exterior, 7.0 in interior and 9.5 in Safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it five out of five stars for front driver crash protection and four out of five for passenger.

Hands-down this is one of the best little trucks for mud riding. It’s light-weight, built tough and you can usually find one used locally at a very affordable rate. Check out the FJ Cruiser by Toyota and let me know your thoughts in the comments below:

First-Time Car-Buying Guide

Getting your first car is a moment of pride!

It gives you the best feeling in the world. But, if you fail to make a perfect choice, you may not get the complete satisfaction you’re hoping for…

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If you make a huge investment in your car without doing any homework, you may end up getting an unworthy one…

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So, before purchasing your first car, make sure that you have double-checked the list of first-time car buying guides below:

 

Choose your model 

 The basic thing that you must keep in mind before your first car purchase is the model you want to have. If you think to choose a car instantly from the physical store or even from online, it can be your greatest mistake. Thus, make sure to choose your desired model in the first place by doing some research online.

How to choose it?

Check its efficiency: If you are having trouble choosing the best model for you to start driving, monitoring its EPA listed fuel efficiency is a great first step. If the car is fuel-efficient enough for your needs, go for it as it can reduce the fuel expense over time when you’re probably just starting to make enough money to afford a vehicle.

The next thing that you need to check into is its sustained cost of maintenance. If the car parts are durable enough according to online info and it comes with a considerable warranty period, choose it.

Find out its reviews and ratings 

Most of the time, automotive brands fail to keep the claim it holds about a certain car in their lineup. Manufacturers fall from grace often and have problems with particular lines that you need to be aware of. Thus, carefully find out the honest public reviews and ratings on any car you’re considering. If your dream car meets up to the expectation level of savvy online reviewers, your investment won’t be in vain.

Decide the payment method 

The very next thing to decide is whether you opt to pay in full cash or you want to seek the help of car financing. If you can bear the entire expense of the car, then it is okay to pay the whole amount in cash. This helps you avoid interest, but also takes away from your emergency fund. So, do not pressure yourself to pay cash as there are other means of paying over time. 

How to get the pre approval for a car loan

For getting an easy car finance loan, make sure to get pre approval from the lender. With modern facilities, you can get pre approval done before you visit the dealer over the phone or even online. Under certain circumstances, if you qualify for the loan, the lender will share a certificate or check in terms of pre approval. But, do not stick by a single lender! Check out 2 or more for the best deal. 

Inspect the car 

Most people tend to indulge in the wrong decision of bringing home a new car without inspecting it. Inspecting the car by a trust-worthy technician is the most crucial thing to undertake if you’re buying pre-owned. If in any case, the car owner halts you from doing that, do not go for that one. 

Bargaining and negotiating for the right price 

Bargaining the cost of the car can help you to get the vehicle at a fair price. First, determine the overall price of the vehicle and judge it by its performance. Then make your proposal to the dealership. They may counter-offer or delay, but patience and persistence usually pays off.

Keeping these tips in mind, when you are done picking your model, read the agreement paper cautiously. After that, close the deal by signing on it. Best wishes in your car-buying adventure!