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i really want a S5, i love it, its beautiful. i want it cuz its new and has all the luxuries of a high end car.

just want some feedback... i just read the cluch issues that this car is having and that does not sound good at all...

is that the only draw back from this car?

definitely be honest about the pros and cons of this car
 

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The only clutch issues I have had were "operator error" when I first got the car. I hadn't shifted a manual in 25 years.
Seriously, I have 8000+ miles on the "Fridge" and I can find no fault with anything. NO CLUTCH ISSUES!!

2008 S5, 6sp, Ibis White w/Tuscan Brown, loaded
 

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The clutch issues affect a minority. If I was buying a car today I would buy another S5.

My niggles are not enough to put me off buying another but here they are:

1 - RHD peddle offset is not very good. Its far too much to the right and requires me to sit further forward than I would like.
2 - Clutch peddle needs a lot of travel. Again that requires sitting further forward more.
3 - no seatbelt adjuster. If you are short you can find yourself fiddling with the belt so it doesnt rub into your neck
4 - front drinks holder on RHD is badly placed (its the LHD version and drinks put in there can get in the way of your gear change movement).

The biggest positive of all is that you just want to drive it all the time and when you do you cannot help smiling. It may not be best in class in any one area (speed, acceleration, electronics for example) but it is a brilliant all rounder and for the money I dont think you can get much better. Spend more and you can but not at this level.
 

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The only clutch issue I had was its depth, and the jerkiness of the shift from first to second. I can honestly say that my S5 is really the best 'bang for the buck'.
 

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what about different types of transmission?

as much as i like 6 spd, what about a a paddle shifting feature? anybody have that?
 

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Bottom Line...

You're never going to know what the car feels like until you drive it.
 

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the only drawback that i can think of is it's quite thirsty... that's all
Can't see how that's a drawback considering all high performance coupes in this market get similar or worse MPG.
 

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Can't see how that's a drawback considering all high performance coupes in this market get similar or worse MPG.
it was a drawback to me b/c at the time i was comparing the S5 against the the 335xi (the latter is more fuel efficient by about 10-15% according to fuel economy.gov). In the end, I weighted the pros and cons of both and decided that the only drawback of the S5 for me was it's higher fuel consumption. Don't get me wrong, i love every other aspect of the S5; and I even placed an order for it. If my wait wasn't so long and an opportunity to take an A5 came up, I would have been driving the S5 now instead of my A5.

I also don't subscribe to the doctrine that you wouldn't/shouldn't/needn't care about gas if you can afford the S5. To some, the V8 in the S5 is music to their ears; to me, it's a drawback. To each his own.
 

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The biggest draw back is that you will spend every waking minute trying to choose a color (I have since I ordered my car in January, lol... I finally had to chose one, I just hope I don't kick myself in the foot for it), and after that, trying to forget about the long wait till yours comes, lol (I made a custom advent callendar that ends on the day I get my S5, which is Spet. 29, so how lame is that, lol).

On a more serious not, I can't truly write the best reponse as I have not owned one, although I can try since I have driven one many times and reasearch it extensivly. Basically, there really is not much wrong with the car, as long as you are ok with its speed (some people may say "blah blah blah, the C63 AMG and M3 is so much better than the S5, blah blah blah," and that is only because they are speed freaks and dont understand the purpose of the S5). There are a few minor gripes that I have, for example: the Audi MMI nav does not support TMC-RDS traffic reports (which has saved my ass a few times when driving my friends BMW 335i), the S5 does not have any system comparable to On Star, MB SOS, BMW Assist (so if you car gets stolen, ur screwed, if you lock your key in the car, ur screwed, if you get into an accident and can't make a phone call to the police or are unconscious, ur screwed, and if you need to tow your car to service and don't have cell coverage, ur screwed, among many other benefits of these systems), if you want an auto tranny, there is no DSG available, and there are many options available in other regions of the world, like Europe, which are not available on US spec cars (like hill hold assist, 20' RS4 rims, Audi Lane Assist, rear elecric sunscreen, ect.), most of which I would have ordered. BUT, these things are usually minor... I don't get into traffic too much personally, I have never uses SOS in my dads MB, (except for when I got into a minor accident, which I could have used a cell phone anyways. Also, the chances that you will get into a serious accident are slim, and the chances you will get into a serious accident in which no one sees you and you are unconscious is 100x slimmer. Plus if you are still really worried, I am sure there are aftermarket items you can get like lojack with assist, or whatever), I wouldn't buy an auto even if DSG was available and I would rarely use any of those options, and I can just the the RS4 rims aftermarket. So, all in all, if you love the looks, are satisfied with the umph and these minor shortcoming don't bother you very much, then I honestly could not recomend the car more, especially for someone who lives in the east coast who sees lots of snow like me (and in that sense, the only other comparable car is the BMW 335xi coupe, which is great but doesn't have the looks or attractivness of the S5, plus there are so many 3 coupes and sedans, but very few S5s/S5s).
 

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There are a few minor gripes that I have, for example: the Audi MMI nav does not support TMC-RDS traffic reports (which has saved my ass a few times when driving my friends BMW 335i),
Does in Europe. Noting that the op hasnt stated their location.

if you lock your key in the car
You cannot lock the car in the car. It knows then the key is in the car and wont allow you to lock it (noting that feature may only apply to advanced key which is a feature worth having not only because you get the start button but is also convenient ;) )

Audi Assist gives you 1 year recovery in the UK (RAC). So it depends on country you are in.

OP, can you add your location to your profile so responses are correct for your region.
 

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I've had my S5 since March 17th. No complaints at all. It's a fantastic car. It did take me a week or so to adjust to the clutch pedal travel and getting the revs high enough for the first gear engagement to be super smooth. At first I was either stalling or giving too much gas. It's pretty sensitive. But once you adjust its as easy as any other car out there and a joy to drive. I don't have any clutch "issues" or steering vibration or any other problems. Fit and finish of the interior is superb and there are no squeaks or rattles (yet).

I wish the navigation screen was touch enabled and as easy to use as the Tom Tom Go -- typing in destinations with the MMI dial takes longer and is a pain in the ass. But whatever I can live with it.
 

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Does in Europe. Noting that the op hasnt stated their location.



You cannot lock the car in the car. It knows then the key is in the car and wont allow you to lock it (noting that feature may only apply to advanced key which is a feature worth having not only because you get the start button but is also convenient ;) )

Audi Assist gives you 1 year recovery in the UK (RAC). So it depends on country you are in.

OP, can you add your location to your profile so responses are correct for your region.
I was talking from my perspective (USA). That only works with advance key, doesn't work 100% of the time (from experience) and was only one of the many features/benefits of a BMW Assist type feature.

The 1 year recovery by cell phone had nothing to do with the missing features. In that gripe I had which you are referring to, I was talking about contacting the dealership through a GPS/GPRS system that is built into your car, like on BMW Assist, and not using your cellphone. Also, I couldn't care less about recovery via phone call, as I have a AAA membership (and all Benz cars give 24 hour roadside/recover service for unlimited miles/years, and it is free, just to compare with Audi, which is 1 year and you have to pay 600 bucks for it, although it does come with other benefits).
 

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Hi
i really want a S5, i love it, its beautiful. i want it cuz its new and has all the luxuries of a high end car.

just want some feedback... i just read the cluch issues that this car is having and that does not sound good at all...

is that the only draw back from this car?

definitely be honest about the pros and cons of this car
The only issue I had, is the anti stall thing which I resolved by exchanginig it for a Tip ( see my latest post in the "Revs" thread. I did about 6,000 miles in the Man and have done roughly 3,500 in the Tip. I think they are great cars and for the money there is nothing to touch the S5 as a complete all round package.
 

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i know the difference between in the engines of a5 and s5

im wondering about all the options inside?
Go for the S5 if you can. IMO the seats are very much better, and of course there is that V8 too :D
 
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