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I am quite interested to hear what are your plans with your A5 & S5.
Here are some questions:

1. Did you buy your car as an every day vehicle or as a weekend & trip car?
- I am not sure yet as I have another car that I own and can use it while "saving" my A5.

2. Are you going to drive your car for the whole year no matter what weather is going to be?
- I haven't decided yet as I big amount of salt on the road during winter makes me feel kind of upset, because I would basically damage my paint.

3. Do you consider A/S5 to be just another regular car you own?
- I consider my car to be special in society of many cars. I don't think it is an exotic, but every time I drive it, I feel that the car is special, not like any other "regular" car.

I am just trying to figure what kind of approach do owners choose to their cars..;)
 

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.. the A5 is way too much fun to drive and be surrounded by luxury (S-line B&O, Nav, mandatory, tech is option, but advanced key is nice to have) Its fun to take every corner like its going to be your last. I picked Audi because of its interior and ease of use of the MMI. Being 25 I love the MMI, its easy and intuitive to use. I also picked Audi because of the Quattro. I live in snow country and all wheel drive is a nice plus to have!

So yes. There will salt, but I plan to baby this car and wash it often durning the winter so the salt doesn't sit for too long. This car is a special car. The only all wheel drive luxury coup with a masculine look to it on the market. I do not count the all wheel drive BMW to be a luxury coup due to the fact the interior has gone down hill on BMWs

Also I am an engineer. The Audi engineers and designers designed this car to a perfection from the layout of the controls to the handling. I am driving a $30k nissan maxima rental car right now which has a V6 as well, and the car doesn't know how to handle the power.. very rough handling and cannot take curves fast like the A5.

Sad story.. after having the car for 5 days.. a deer ran in front of me and there was nothing I could do.. so.. new headlights... new hood and new fender! But i get back the car on wednesday! I miss my car soo much!!!
 

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What the hell has being 25 got to do with loving MMI???? Isn't Ageism illegal in the US!
 

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I ordered my S5 to be basically a "weekend car".

It will only come out during the spring/summer/fall and only in the winter when its dry and there's not much salt residue on the roads.

The S5 will be the nicest car I've ever owned so far. And its the result of hard work and saving, (I didn't just have 60K lying around to spend on a car). So the S5 will always be special to me. I will consider it somewhat "exotic" depending on how rare it remains in the future.

Hopefully I can move on to bigger and better vehicles as I grow older, but for now I consider the S5 to be pretty damn nice. :D
 

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I had originally intended to drive my '97 BMW 328iC either on days that were really horrid (to save my new S5), or on days that are great for top-down driving, and use the S5 on whatever dry days are in between. But after driving the S5 since I got it 3 weeks go I am now seriously considering selling the old bimmer and driving the S5 every day - regardless of rain, snow, sleet, whatever. Now whenever I drive the BMW I am struck by its lack of power and poorer handling compared to the S5. So I've purchased a set of winter wheels and tires for the S5, and I'll probably use it every day (except for maybe once a week to give the other car some exercise). I think next spring I may put the BMW on the selling block.
 

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I plan on daily driving my S5 all year round. I spend a lot of time 'daily driving' (50 miles each way every day) and am of the mentality that the car you spend the most time in should be the one you enjoy being in the most. A lot of enthusiasts insist that the counterpart to having a fun project car is to have a cheap beater car during the week, but I strongly disagree.

Also, the S5 to me isn't a raw enough sports car to justify it being a weekend only car. So much of what makes up an S5 (cushy interior, etc) is counterproductive to pure performance, so if it were my weekend car, I'd actually be fairly disappointed.

I think the M3 makes a much better weekend warrior, since unlike the S5 its focus is on quick thrills moreso than long cruises, but that's just my opinion.
 

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My A5 will be driven daily, unless we are taking my wife's A6. We take turns on whose car we take out and for the most part do not drive each others cars. She has no interest at all in driving the A5. I can not understand this. Occasionally, I will drive her A6.
 

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1. Did you buy your car as an every day vehicle or as a weekend & trip car?
Its a daily car. Its not a specialist car and there is no reason to treat it that way.

2. Are you going to drive your car for the whole year no matter what weather is going to be?
All year round. I'm now in my second year of ownership. I live on the coast and you dont worry about salt as there is nothing you can do about it and modern cars like this dont really have the old issues.

3. Do you consider A/S5 to be just another regular car you own?
Its a regular car but its one of the most attractive cars I have driven and it certainly gets noticed.
 

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I bought the car because I love it, regardless of how I am going to use it. I don't need another vehicle as I have a company car. The company car is my daily driver when I need it, but I have found that it is hard to get into anything but the S5 now. I base my driving decisions more on where I am going rather than the day of the week...if I have to go to the little league field, take the company car (too many things to scratch the sides and also the tree sap from the parking lot). Or it is based on how many people need a ride. I can fit my 5-year old in the back seat, but don't try much else. He only wants to ride in the S5, so he has good taste...

I can also drive it all year here. We do have 4 seasons...

1. Almost Summer
2. Summer
3. Still Summer
4. Christmas

We don't have enough salt and sand trucks to make a difference on the one day every 2 years that we get ice, so we just stay home that day.:D

The S5 to my garage is not just another car...I don't spend any time at all caring for the others compared to the time spent on the Phantom!
 

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I only own my S5--no others in the stable. It is an everyday (high class) driver that I will use four seasons. We get some snow and ice in Reno but as I am a skier and I live 25 miles from Lake Tahoe, I will be in deep snow. I just mounted Goodyear All Season Eagles (stock size on stock wheels) and I do not forsee any problems with the quatro. You should, however, clean (hose) off the undercarrage after salt and gravel (I would do this on any car).


2008 S5, Ibis White w/Tuscan Brown, 6 speed, loaded.
 

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I think I'll only drive mine on Tuesdays.........................................






Seriously I don't think the A5/S5 is a keep it wrapped in cotton wool sort of car, I am driving and enjoying as much as I possibly can.
 

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To me my S5 is a specialist car and comes out to play a few times week to play when am not working hence why i have only done 7500 miles in one year!

I probably clean it and is covered over more times than not but when i remove the cover to go for a drive it is like driving out of the garage the day i collected it and without doubt still looks the best car on the road in my opinion anyway,long may it continue :D
 

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From the first day of ownership I was always driving my A5 no matter what the weather was. I was driving it during winter, spring, summer and now autumn. Still, the point is, that I have another car sitting in my garage and since it can't be sold for more than few thousand euros I have decided to keep it. And now I am just thinking why not taking it on the days when the weather is going to be very bad in order not to drive my A5.

Especially when my second car is SUV, I keep thinking that in winter I should be really driving it instead of A5.

Another point is that since now the weather is so crappy, my car gets dirty every day and if I then always have a temptation to wash it as soon as I have time. By the end it means that I wash my car every 2 days in order to keep it at least little bit clean (raining, fog and dirt on the road every day). If I drove my SUV I would not care about this at all and that is also another thing that makes me start to think about it again. If I would wash my A5 lets say once in every 5 days - there will be dirt that would just stay there for ever (places that are not easy to access) and basically after few years it is going to be quite visible.

If I had an S5 I would probably think twice and at the end leave it in garage during winter times, but since my car is only A5 3.0 TDI I am really thinking that it was created as a regular car for all year use instead of trips to tracks.
 

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My A5 is an everyday car, and a pleasure to drive to and from work. A 50mile round trip of twisting roads some slow days in traffic, some great days with every perfect overtaking opportunity and clear road.

The MPG is good eneogh to make it an every day car and the cabin luxury also justify its use. Good sized boot for shopping at the supermarket to.
 

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Q&A

1). Yep every day work car. I have a TVR i and two 1000cc motorbikes in the garage for the weekend :)

2). Will be driving it all year round, hoping the quattro will help keep me alive during winter!

3).It is a 'regular' car, but that said it's the best I've ever had and and is a little bit special.

James.
 

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This is my winter car.

I got it because quattro is the best AWD around and I have to drive in horrible winter conditions. Many of the roads I drive get closed due to white outs and blizzard conditions and as an avid XC skier I have to brave those conditions to get to good snow.
Just put 255/35 19 Dunlop 3D's on the stock rims for the winter.
 

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It's my everyday car and I look for every opportunity to take it out. Pure pleasure to drive.
 

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Buying a second depreciating asset to cover my S5 in poor weather is the last thing I would consider doing.

It's a car that was engineered to offer four season performance and control. Driving it under winter conditions is a great deal of fun by the way. If you want to learn car control and become a better driver - find an empty snowy parking lot, turn off the traction control and experience why quattro is king.
 
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