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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Audi A4 Road Test at 20,000 Miles - 2.0T FSI B7

It has been another 5,000 miles since I reported in on my 2006 Audi A4 2.0T FSI (B7). It has been a quick 5,000 miles, but has also included a Neuspeed ECU upgrade to provide a "chipped" horsepower of at least 240hp from the little 2.0L turbo engine. I must say that the last 5,000 miles of the car have been the best.

Until mile 20,002 this was going to be a flawless report on the B7 Audi A4, however the Audi started to experience a problem at mile 20,002. As Ashley and I were driving down to Cason, California on September 8th for the Los Angeles Galaxy game, a check engine light promptly came on as we transitioned from Interstate 10 West to Interstate 405 South. Having not heard a thing at the time, I did not know what to think since the car was still running normally.

A quick run through the manual by Ashley while I was driving did not give too much assistance, however it did state that you should stop immediately if the light flashes or turn to red. I pulled over, stopped and hit the 'check' button to have the Audi A4 2.0T cycle through the tests. No issues to report with the engine or cooling system. Good news. The only concerning factor was that there was a little bit of oil on top of the engine. Although, it did no look fresh, seeing that after the issues raises some concerns. However, We continued our trip without issue.

On Monday, I called the dealship, Rusnak Audi of Westlake Village to see what the issue might be and in order to arrange service for the vehicle. After speaking with the service advisor, the assumption is that the issue has to do with an oxygen sensor or some other component of the emissions causing the warning. That since I could not get the car in for a couple of weeks due to travel, it was not a huge concern. Only if the service light starts to flash would the concern continue. Unfortunately the car does not go in for another couple of weeks. It will be interesting to find out what it is and if I am "responsible" since the car now had the Neuspeed ECU modification in it.

Other than this minor issue the past couple of weeks, the car continues to be relatively flawless. The only other news on the car is that there have been no other issues, and the car looks almost better than after the lot after getting the end of summer coat of wax.

I say relatively, because my main issue with the car is something I could have prevented by buying the right model, a quattro. That is really the bottom line, if you are getting an Audi A4 and are going to drive it at all -- get the quattro, there is a huge difference in the handling.

On that last point, has anyone caught the images of the new 2008 Audi A4? The car is stunning, taking several design queues from the Audi A5 line. There is no doubt that in 2009 when the lease on this 2006 Audi A4 is up, I will be eyeing the latest Audi S4 model that will hopefully be introduced by Audi in the later part for 2008!

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