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I bought a 2008 Honda accord v6 coupe almost two years ago. It has 72,000 miles on it now. I pay $200/month for the next three years. Looking around at a local dealer I saw a 2008 Audi A5 3.2L Quattro(261hp 243 tq) with navigation, burnt orange leather and 19" rims for $25,000. the car has 55,000 miles on it. i estimate my payment would be close to $400/month. I'm hesitant b/c the accord coupe has more horsepowerand is 500 lbs lighter, so I know my car is faster. Additionally I have the 8" oem style navigation system which has Bluetooth, bt streaming music, and reverse cam, leather seats, a sunroof that opens (the sunroof in the a5 only tilts b/c of the curvature in the roof). So i have alot of features already. So I am wondering does it really make sense to get this Audi. What do you guys think?
 

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I would not do it.

The Audi has the coolness factor but so does the coupe. Also, when you think about it, you are trading a 5 year old Honda for a 5 year old Audi, which means... More repair bills. On top of that, you're paying $200 more a month for something that's potentially going to give you more problems? Don't do it!
 

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I know several current and former Audi owners. To a person, each loved his car but each also mentioned the maintenance intensity. It will be a big change going from the reliability of a Honda to that of a European car, even though Audis are among the most reliable of European makes. Audis/European cars are maintenance intensive relative to a Honda. We had a Volvo 940 Turbo Wagon we drove into the ground. We couldn't get that kind of utility in any other wagon, and it was very durable - we sold it at about 230k. But every time I had to take it to the shop it was at least $500.

According to the Edmunds True Cost to Own calculator, it would cost you about $18k more to drive the Audi over the next five years. That's $300/month, or $10/day. That's a lot of money.

If it were my money, I'd keep it. Your coupe is barely broken in.
 

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You just want to look cool in that used Audi? How much is that coolness worth to you? How cool is that used Audi really? Only you can answer that question.
Would I do it? Heck no. First of all, I don't like Audi (Subjective) If I was to get a German car, it would be leased with more miles and would be returned after 3 years of abuse.
 

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The cost to repair even the smallest thing on an Audi was the main factor I have never made the leap. My brother owns a 2010 A5 with low miles and he bitch's about the cost of simple maintenance items. Not worth it in my opinion.
 

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It's all about preference. It seems like your Coupe already has everything that the Audi is offering, the only difference is the name, one is Audi, the other is Honda. The main factor that plays in this would be the maintenance at this point, do you really want to pay extra for maintenance & pay more money monthly than you're already paying just so you can have an Audi, or are you happy with your car right now? If yes to the first one, go for it, if not, then keep the coupe. I had the choice of either getting a BMW 3 series same year as mine, but with no navi, or getting the Accord coupe, I went with the coupe mainly because of how much my friend cries when it comes down to maintenance on his M3, & how cheap my Civic's maintenance used to be.
 

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My suggestion, keep your Honda and start throwing the 300 a month it would cost to go with the Audi into a savings account dedicated to you car expenses. When you are ready you are golden!
 

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Keep your Honda. Guy across the street from me has an Audi A6, and while I will admit it's nice, even he talks about how expensive it is to maintain.
 

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Buy the Audi!

You need to know what money invested can do FOR you vs. driving a depreciating "asset" such as an Audi will do TO you.

Better you learn this money lesson while you are young. Buy the Audi now, spend a fortune keeping it running, and you will never even think of wasting $400 a month on something like a depreciating asset (really, a liability) again.

I am half joking. You need to learn this finance lesson now.

EDIT: And yes, I go a little nuts when people suggest an Audi has a "coolness" factor. Unless you are a small business owner who can write off the car's expense, or a professional whose car payment is paid for by your company, then driving an Audi while you are young is not cool, it is downright silly.

RANT: My brother is a Colonel, a pilot, and a Wing Commander in the USAF. At times, he has 2000+ people under his command. I can't tell you the number of times he had to go argue with these PayDay loan and Used Car dealer places right outside the airbase. On behalf of the people under his command, my brother would "return" the beat to heck Camaros and Audis to these places to save these Airmen from bankruptcy. The new enlistees would get a signing bonus, and blow it on cars. As part of his command, my brother added a full day of finance education - complete with professors volunteering from the local university, to educate new recruits as to spending. There is a reason why so many of these used car dealers (loaded with Audis, BMWs, etc) are right outside of the base- because young people don't know that spending $400 a month on a car is dangerous (like "Maverick" in the movie Top Gun).
 

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While your Accord is nice with some nice things in it one thing you can't upgrade to is : QUATTRO!!!. I have the 12 Accord EXLV6 and my wife has the 12 A4 2.0L Quattro, the Audi is by far more fun to drive. You are in Michigan and will get more use out of the Quattro drive than I do in Cleveland, and we get to use it quite a bit, and it is fantastic. We have the newer model so it has the upgraded 8 speed auto trans and the HID and LED lights but the Quattro is still the same, it is a beast. The engine, trans, the AWD, and the ride is what the German car is all about. The creature comforts inside are on par with my Accord but you aren't paying for that, you are buying the German engineering. Sure the maintenance is a little more but it is worth the price. I say buy it and unlike most who responded, I am speaking from actual, now- today, ownership experience and not a hypothetical.

A little bit of Google and is this the one you are looking at?
http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-...&mmt=[AUDI[A5[]][]]&listingId=362092799&Log=0
 

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I came from an Audi to a Honda DUE to the repairs. Two $700 dollar bills in a month and I was gone. I had a fantastic 2006 S4 which I LOVED it does not compete with my Accord, but my Accord offers peace of mind which at this point in my life is much more important.

Weigh your options, if you have the disposable income to drive such a car by all means go for it. Mine was the best car I have owned, and I will go back to an Audi eventually. If you are even the slightest bit concerned with anything I would hold onto your Accord!
 

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The creature comforts inside are on par with my Accord but you aren't paying for that, you are buying the German engineering.
Don't forget those top-notch electronics and outstanding German reliability! :lmao:

There's a reason people dump these things around 50-75K miles, and it's not because of the stupid always-on brake lights.
 

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.... the accord coupe has more horsepowerand is 500 lbs lighter, so I know my car is faster.
You have an auto, right? If so, it's not faster.

Road and Track:

Accord
  • 0-60: 6.2 sec
  • 0-100: 15.7 sec
  • qtr mile: 14.8 sec @ 96.8 mph
  • top speed: 130 mph
  • braking, 60-0: 138 ft.
  • braking, 80-0: 225 ft
  • skid pad: 0.84g
  • our mileage ; EPA city/highway: 18 ; 17/26 mpg

Audi
  • 0-60: 5.5 sec
  • 0-100: 13.8 sec
  • qtr mile: 14.0 sec @ 100.6 mph
  • top speed: 130 mph
  • braking, 60-0: 114 ft
  • braking, 80-0: 201 ft
  • skid pad: 0.91g
  • our mileage ; EPA city/highway: 19 ; 16/27 mpg


But if you have a manual V6, then it's slightly faster.

Car and Driver:

Accord
  • 0-60: 5.6 sec
  • 0-100: 13.6 sec
  • qtr mile: 14.2 sec @ 102 mph
  • top speed: 130 mph
  • braking, 70-0: 177 ft
  • skid pad: 0.85g
  • C/D observed MPG: 17

Audi
  • 0-60: 5.8 sec
  • 0-100: 15.1 sec
  • qtr mile: 14.5 sec @ 98 mph
  • top speed: 130 mph
  • braking, 70-0: 159 ft
  • skid pad: 0.90g
  • C/D observed MPG: 20



If you can afford the Audi, then get it. YOLO. It's a completely different car than the Accord. The interior and refinement alone is on a completely different level. But like others have stated, "if" something goes wrong then repairs will be more $ vs with the Accord. I say "if" because contrary to popular belief, not all Audi's are problematic and unreliable.



.... the only difference is the name, one is Audi, the other is Honda.
:lmao:

I suppose the only difference between the iPhone 5 and, say, the Samsung Galaxy S II is the
logo?
 

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You have an auto, right? If so, it's not faster.

Road and Track:

Accord
  • 0-60: 6.2 sec
  • 0-100: 15.7 sec
  • qtr mile: 14.8 sec @ 96.8 mph
  • top speed: 130 mph
  • braking, 60-0: 138 ft.
  • braking, 80-0: 225 ft
  • skid pad: 0.84g
  • our mileage ; EPA city/highway: 18 ; 17/26 mpg

Audi
  • 0-60: 5.5 sec
  • 0-100: 13.8 sec
  • qtr mile: 14.0 sec @ 100.6 mph
  • top speed: 130 mph
  • braking, 60-0: 114 ft
  • braking, 80-0: 201 ft
  • skid pad: 0.91g
  • our mileage ; EPA city/highway: 19 ; 16/27 mpg


But if you have a manual V6, then it's slightly faster.

Car and Driver:

Accord
  • 0-60: 5.6 sec
  • 0-100: 13.6 sec
  • qtr mile: 14.2 sec @ 102 mph
  • top speed: 130 mph
  • braking, 70-0: 177 ft
  • skid pad: 0.85g
  • C/D observed MPG: 17

Audi
  • 0-60: 5.8 sec
  • 0-100: 15.1 sec
  • qtr mile: 14.5 sec @ 98 mph
  • top speed: 130 mph
  • braking, 70-0: 159 ft
  • skid pad: 0.90g
  • C/D observed MPG: 20



If you can afford the Audi, then get it. YOLO. It's a completely different car than the Accord. The interior and refinement alone is on a completely different level. But like others have stated, "if" something goes wrong then repairs will be more $ vs with the Accord. I say "if" because contrary to popular belief, not all Audi's are problematic and unreliable.





:lmao:

I suppose the only difference between the iPhone 5 and, say, the Samsung Galaxy S II is the
logo?
Exactly.

I've had far more problems with my Accord than my friends have had with their Audis. I can admit this because I don't drink Honda Kool Aid. :lmao:
 

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I have owned two Audi's a S8 and an A8L. I really loved both cars, they were probably my two favorites. The S8 only stayed in my garage for 5 months because it was in the dealer garage approximately 2 of those months I owned it, so I traded it on a E500. The S8 was fun, but I could see really fast it was going to be a PITA even though it was CPO and had a warranty. After running the E500 over 100K and out of it's warranty, it needed a $4,500 repair to the air suspension. I traded it for a A8L. Loved the A8L, but after running it past 100K and out of warranty I had some major issues, one was a $5,000 replacement of the steering column. Three months after paying for that repair, the car locked up again and needed another $5,000 steering column. I hit the fan.

The German cars are fun to own, but if you do not have a warranty, I wouldn't think two seconds about owning one. No way no how for me. Way too costly when something breaks, and you can count on something breaking since they have so much that can break on them.

So personally I would steer clear of the Audi unless you get some kind of warranty with it.
 

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I just drove home 30 miles in the snow and while the other cars were having trouble making it I breezed through like the roads were dry. Quattro. Is. Awesome.
 

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You have an auto, right? If so, it's not faster.

Road and Track:

Accord
  • 0-60: 6.2 sec
  • 0-100: 15.7 sec
  • qtr mile: 14.8 sec @ 96.8 mph
  • top speed: 130 mph
  • braking, 60-0: 138 ft.
  • braking, 80-0: 225 ft
  • skid pad: 0.84g
  • our mileage ; EPA city/highway: 18 ; 17/26 mpg

Audi
  • 0-60: 5.5 sec
  • 0-100: 13.8 sec
  • qtr mile: 14.0 sec @ 100.6 mph
  • top speed: 130 mph
  • braking, 60-0: 114 ft
  • braking, 80-0: 201 ft
  • skid pad: 0.91g
  • our mileage ; EPA city/highway: 19 ; 16/27 mpg


But if you have a manual V6, then it's slightly faster.

Car and Driver:

Accord
  • 0-60: 5.6 sec
  • 0-100: 13.6 sec
  • qtr mile: 14.2 sec @ 102 mph
  • top speed: 130 mph
  • braking, 70-0: 177 ft
  • skid pad: 0.85g
  • C/D observed MPG: 17

Audi
  • 0-60: 5.8 sec
  • 0-100: 15.1 sec
  • qtr mile: 14.5 sec @ 98 mph
  • top speed: 130 mph
  • braking, 70-0: 159 ft
  • skid pad: 0.90g
  • C/D observed MPG: 20



If you can afford the Audi, then get it. YOLO. It's a completely different car than the Accord. The interior and refinement alone is on a completely different level. But like others have stated, "if" something goes wrong then repairs will be more $ vs with the Accord. I say "if" because contrary to popular belief, not all Audi's are problematic and unreliable.





:lmao:

I suppose the only difference between the iPhone 5 and, say, the Samsung Galaxy S II is the
logo?
no no, I meant as in, Audi makes better cars than Honda, there's a huge difference in whats under the hoods of the two, same goes for the interior quality, however, most people dont know the difference, they just know Audi is the superior one, so all they care about is the name. A friend of mine would rather have a 2006 BMW 3 series, base model, than have a 2013 Accord full loaded with navi, just because of the name BMW, he doesnt even know why BMW is better, he just cares about the name, & since I'm in uni, a lot of people are like that, they just like the name. I guess I should've worded it better :lmao:
 
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