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Old 02-20-2014, 07:08 AM   #1
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I love the C7 but here are a few features that Audi can improve upon/add IMO:

-Standard First aid kit
-Intergrate the compass back into the rear view mirror
-Bring back the dual mirrors in the sun visors
-Redesign the awful sounding Bose system and have smaller woofers in the door panels
-Change to ceramic pads
-Fix the mmi screen open/close feature to stay closed
-Option to turn off the convenience wipe
-Volume control on the warning tone
-Make the led lights brighter & a little warmer
-Bottle Jack over the widowmaker
-More light in the trunk
-Go back to the open button on the glove box in additon to the keyed lock
-Move the blinkers back to the fenders as opposed to the side mirrors
-Bring back the headlight washers (dumbest idea IMO)
-Bring back the oil dipstick in addition to the MMI
-Panoramic sunroof
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I love the C7 but here are a few features that Audi can improve upon/add IMO:
-Standard First aid kit
OK, but it's only like $25
-Intergrate the compass back into the rear view mirror
Yep
-Bring back the dual mirrors in the sun visors
Are they gone? I have them in 2012 model
-Redesign the awful sounding Bose system and have smaller woofers in the door panels
-Change to ceramic pads
Only if they're just as effective at stopping. The breaks are strong now and while the dust is annoying, I am willing to tolerate it
-Fix the mmi screen open/close feature to stay closed
Yep, totally.
-Option to turn off the convenience wipe
I happen to like it. Make it optional.
-Volume control on the warning tone
OK-Make the led lights brighter & a little warmer
-Bottle Jack over the widowmaker
What is that?-More light in the trunk
-Go back to the open button on the glove box in additon to the keyed lock
OK
-Move the blinkers back to the fenders as opposed to the side mirrors
Why?
-Bring back the headlight washers (dumbest idea IMO)
Fine either way. The washers often leak (at least my experience with BMW).
-Bring back the oil dipstick in addition to the MMI
Yep.
-Panoramic sunroof
Personally, don't care.
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Old 02-20-2014, 08:28 AM   #3
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That's a lot of gripes. Are you sure you bought the right car for you?
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I was told you can buy the dipstick as an accessory because the plug can be easily removed, but I have been told this so grain of salt taken..

Also, I think the side mirror indicator signal is ideal because while driving in a smaller car, you may not always see the fender indicator, as in looking at a car next to you on the passenger side. I feel every car should have this, but that's just my opinion.
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Panoramic sunroofs are awful!!! They ALWAYS squeak and rattle. Thats why you won't find them on many high end cars. Not offered on any Bentley, Rolls Royce, BMW 5 or 7 series, etc. Its just a nuisance.

I'm fine with the MMI screen opening. I think it looks dumb closed. Wish I could completely turn off the stereo and leave it open though. None of this Mute bull****. Speaking of which, the stereo turning on every time you start the car is stupid as well, which goes back to it just being Muted instead of off with the screen up.

I'd like to see more wood in the cabin. There are areas of flat plastic that could easily be wood covered, but for whatever reason aren't. They should be. Even if its just hydrodipped, it should look like wood instead of plastic.
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Worst Navigation system ever. If it registers 50% of the locations I input I'm shocked
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I love the C7 but here are a few features that Audi can improve upon/add IMO:

-Standard First aid kit - Audi kit will be $120, Costco = $25
-Intergrate the compass back into the rear view mirror - If you need a compass then you probably need navigation so use the screen.
-Bring back the dual mirrors in the sun visors - ?
-Redesign the awful sounding Bose system and have smaller woofers in the door panels - If the Bose system was any good then they would never sell the grossly inflated B&O. To move low frequencies at any volume then going smaller is an expensive option.
-Change to ceramic pads - Way too expensive for this car and useless for everyday driving. They don't work well unless they are hot which is why they may be useful for racing but for freeways they are terrible.
-Fix the mmi screen open/close feature to stay closed - It is too tough to read when it's closed besides that would negate 50% of why people buy luxury cars.

-Option to turn off the convenience wipe - my bathroom has it so why shouldn't my car.
-Volume control on the warning tone - just a Mute button would work for me. Other countries don't have insulting beeps to tell you that the door is open, they assume that you are smart enough to know that.

-Make the led lights brighter & a little warmer - My car has LED's everywhere from headlights to door lights so which ones were you referring to?
-Bottle Jack over the widowmaker - Call AAA and have them use their jack.
-More light in the trunk - Change the bulb to a higher wattage.

-Go back to the open button on the glove box in additon to the keyed lock - The glove box is too small for the owners manual so the door design is really low in the priority list.
-Move the blinkers back to the fenders as opposed to the side mirrors - The old side markers are gone for good. The mirror location is far more recognizable and therefore may save your life.

-Bring back the headlight washers (dumbest idea IMO) - It should be on an option package because I have absolutely no use for them.

-Bring back the oil dipstick in addition to the MMI - - If I need to check the oil then either my car or my mechanic is failing. Why not have the oil level displayed in the MMI, pressing a button to check oil is a lot more convenient than a dipstick that is from the 1930's.
-Panoramic sunroof
- I don't even want a sun roof yet alone some enormous glass monstrosity to allow glare, noise and to crack the leather.
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I was told you can buy the dipstick as an accessory because the plug can be easily removed, but I have been told this so grain of salt taken..
The dipstick for the 3.0T has a VW number and is fairly cheap. The number has been posted here a few times.
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None of those items on the OP's list bother me except perhaps a stronger light in the trunk and even at that, you can wire an inexpensive LED strip easily enough. A few I wouldn't want at all i.e. a pano sunroof and turn signal lamps on the fenders. Headlight washers I've found use up the windshield washer fluid at an alarming rate, don't work all that well, spray as much on the hood as the headlights and usually end up breaking anyway before long (they all died on two of my Audis that had them - never bothered to fix them).

The dipstick is easily solved with this (3.0T engine):
http://genuineaudiparts.com/parts/in...w=11&maxRow=10

And I love the MMI/Nav Plus system with Audi Connect and the large screen.
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That's a lot of gripes. Are you sure you bought the right car for you?
Of course. The thread isn't to knock the car, just to point out what can be improved upon since we already know how awesome the car is.

Maybe someone at Audi will see it and make improvements .
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Maybe someone at Audi will see it and make improvements .
Someone at AOA may see it but don't count on any changes as a result. They mostly rely on consumer focus groups, survey comments, the dealer network reports and the competition to consider any changes. Then the engineers, supply chain and marketing depts., lawyers and accountants get into the act to decide what should be included or not. Finally, it can sometimes take years for any significant changes to appear. At least with the C7s, they got it much more right than wrong. Best overall car I've ever owned. And I've had 36 of them.
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Someone at AOA may see it but don't count on any changes as a result. They mostly rely on consumer focus groups, survey comments, the dealer network reports and the competition to consider any changes. Then the engineers, supply chain and marketing depts., lawyers and accountants get into the act to decide what should be included or not. Finally, it can sometimes take years for any significant changes to appear. At least with the C7s, they got it much more right than wrong. Best overall car I've ever owned. And I've had 36 of them.
Was being sarcastic. They still need to keep improving or someone else will. Especially when the price just goes up & up. It's all about the details.
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Was being sarcastic. They still need to keep improving or someone else will. Especially when the price just goes up & up. It's all about the details.
Based on what Audi has accomplished over the last ten years, I have no doubt they will.
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Here's one. Make the damn shock mounts out of metal, and don't make them part of the shocks!!! And if you won't do one or both of the above, cover them under the 4/48 warranty.

Why the hell should I have to drop $1500 at 12k miles to replace my rear shocks because the plastic mounts are making noise? Stupidest design EVER!!! Screw that. Let them fail completely and take the rest of the rear suspension with them. Then maybe Audi will cover them.
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- Less wind and road noise. Love the car otherwise, but not as quiet as the 5 or the E. I really think this is one of the most important features in this range - and no I don't have the 20" sport package with HP tires.

- Higher res screen on the MMI, its good, but not class leading when you look at how crisp iDrive is.

- Add standard fog lights

- Better bolstering on the standard seat, or at least give the option for sport seats for those that want it. Standard seats are the worst in the class hands down, they don't fit the car in looks or comfort.

Agree that some parts of the dash that have been left to bare plastic could be wood, but I am sure they have to leave something for the mid cycle refresh - on the A4 when it went through its mid cycle refresh plain plastic pieces changed to shiny surfaces.

Overall, I am happy with my purchase.
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Honestly I have been a Japanese buyer for a long time and my list of gripes on the A6 is short.

- Faster MMI and LTE Audi Connect
- more comfortable seat with longer lower thing support
- ceramic brakes (they can perform as good as semi metallic)
- better brake pedal feel, I find the travel before pads engage too long and the pedal feels soft.
- a third option for steering want it to be firmer
- get the cost of B&O to be more affordable
- and fix the location of the push button stop and the upholder (blocks MMI controllee when ups in)

Not many other things I can think of,

Other than that I love this car so much.
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Here's one. Make the damn shock mounts out of metal, and don't make them part of the shocks!!! And if you won't do one or both of the above, cover them under the 4/48 warranty.

Why the hell should I have to drop $1500 at 12k miles to replace my rear shocks because the plastic mounts are making noise? Stupidest design EVER!!! Screw that. Let them fail completely and take the rest of the rear suspension with them. Then maybe Audi will cover them.
I'd be hesitant to replace the rear shocks with OEM parts that may fail again. Have you considered going with after-market shocks. They may be a lot better and a lot cheaper than the Audi shocks, and have the Metal mounts you want.
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I'd be hesitant to replace the rear shocks with OEM parts that may fail again. Have you considered going with after-market shocks. They may be a lot better and a lot cheaper than the Audi shocks, and have the Metal mounts you want.
I haven't found anything besides coilovers. I'd actually prefer to go to an aftermarket performance shock.

Also still hoping I can convince Audi to cover this.
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I haven't found anything besides coilovers. I'd actually prefer to go to an aftermarket performance shock.

Also still hoping I can convince Audi to cover this.
How about these Koni Shocks--$300 for the pair of Rear Shocks

http://www.carid.com/2012-audi-a6-su...-16476984.html
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