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Old 02-11-2013, 08:18 PM   #1
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Unhappy Picked up 2SS/RS-Elation and dissapointment

Well I posted here yesturday about my trip to Ohio to pick up my 2012 2SS/RS and trade in my 1LT, both are IBM with sunroofs. The trip was great, weather cooperated and the roads were no problem at all, dry and the Pirellis never flinched. The car, which I had not actually seen in person, was astonishing and in imaculate condition, if possible, it was even better then when I received my 1LT new. Everything is completely stock, 4300 miles, $31261 price after minimal haggling. I took it for a test drive, as I had another A6 2SS, each time I thought I was either pressing too hard or too soft on the pedal, figured I would get the hang of it with so much power. Well the truth is that it was the AFM and I didn't realize it. After the long drive home I am frustrated, and very dissapointed in the way this car uses AFM, and actually I felt it was very unsafe in Chicago loop driving conditions to press the pedal one time and have it jump with acceleration and next time it would bog down when I needed to speed up. The LFX may be less powerful but it is reliable and consistent. I was happy and excited about the car and now I am feeling like I just made a mistake, because the only way it will drive the way I want is to tune out AFM and nullify my warranty, which is good for 2 years and 11 months as a certified preowned vehicle. I know you have heard this story before, I even read some of the posts, but I didn't believe it was going to be this bad. It is unfortunate I feel this way as the car is better than I thought it could be, and the engine has the power, but there is no way to trust pressing the gas and knowing what I will get. I am hoping maybe with some time I will be able to gauge the throttle better, but I am worried that will never happen.

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Old 02-11-2013, 08:21 PM   #2
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Can't help you but I wanted to say that is a fantastic looking ride!
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:21 PM   #3
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You can put it in sport mode and try paddle shifting it. Other than that, you'll have to tune it. It's sad that a stupid feature like this can ruin a car. Good luck :(
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:27 PM   #4
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Give it some time and learn the car better. When in traffic conditions like the one's you were having trouble in use the paddle shifters. Congrats on the car. I think in time you will be very happy.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:30 PM   #5
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Can I pull it into maual mode while driving, never tried. Of course it wasn't a time to experiment but for the future it might help.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:31 PM   #6
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Can I pull it into maual mode while driving, never tried. Of course it wasn't a time to experiment but for the future it might help.
Yes, you can switch between M and D whenever you like.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:32 PM   #7
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You can shift the all thing in and out SPORT , MANUAL , back and fourth , paddles , no problem
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:36 PM   #8
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I have the exact same ride. If you want a bit more control, put it in sport mode. The shifts are more predictable. You also can use the paddles anytime, but you'll probably be happier with the Vitesse paddles. I am adding them to my own soon.

Enjoy the ride! IBM is amazing in the sunlight.

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Old 02-11-2013, 08:36 PM   #9
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Oh yea time to change your avatar to SS . Welcome to the "Dark Side"
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:42 PM   #10
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I feel the same way you do; I've been to 2 dealers because I swore mine was worse than it should be...first dealer thought so too and replaced the torque converter and trans filter, which did nothing so they told me it was normal. Then the 2nd dealer told me it was normal. I can't seem to accept the fact that my $37,000 camaro is supposed to run like its about to shut off on me and lose horsepower randomly.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:42 PM   #11
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I will try the paddle shifters I guess, but if I wanted to shift I would have gotten an M6. It sucks to be feeling like this after bumping my payment up. Thank God I bought it at this price instead of new. I will give it some time and get some sleep, I have been up 48 hours after going to work and driving 13 hours. I will give it a year, if I am not happy I will just get a 2LT in 2014. Hah!! Eff it!!
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:43 PM   #12
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My dad has a 2011, we have never noticed the afm, I have driven his quite a bit. I would also suggest the fuse pull trick to reset the car for the higher octane fuel trim setting, that made a big difference in the way his car performs!
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:45 PM   #13
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He's right... fuse pull it after a couple of tanks of premium.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:50 PM   #14
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Hmm yes, that is one hope I have, they had the regular unleaded in it. I filled it up with premium 93, but of course I didn't do the fuse pull yet. Maybe that is contributing to the problem. I mean I might be happier if it is say, .....half as bad as it is now Thanks for bringing that up guys, I forgot and at least I can sleep with a beacon of hope. The car is so sharp besides the AFM. It was really a nice payoff for so many hours I obsessed looking for the right one. I must have viewed cars.com about 100 times and looking through a 1000 cars each time.
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