I've owned my 6 Estate 2.0D TS for five months and just shy of 9000 miles at present (Jan '05).
It has, so far, not had to go back to the dealer for any fault. The service interval for the diesel is 12k.
The car looks smart. Space is excellent and rear legroom superior to the Accord, 3-series and A4 estates I also considered. Marque prestige aside, the all-round package of the 6 heavily outpointed the others. Value for money, equipment and handling are all excellent and I could not justify the huge differential in cost for the Accord in particular.
This is my first diesel. I now do a roughly 50/50 split of motorways and city. Having had (mostly) sportier cars in the past I actually like the firm suspension and do not really notice the harsher ride commented on by some testers.
It is a little slow on the uptake at low revs but otherwise pulls well enough for a family estate. Handling is superb for such a big, heavy car. Performance is "adequate" at best but the chassis' composure is some compensation on good A roads.
Average economy disappoints at 39.9mpg, dropping steadily from the low 40s.
Road and engine noise above 60mph is quite intrusive. Take a good half hour test drive above this speed if you are interested in one. Mine has also developed an annoying "patter" around the top of the driver's door seal at ear level since 7k miles. It isn't loud, but it is irritating!
Overall a very positive report.
Performance, handling and looks are stunning for a 'family' estate car.
I would accept that road noise could be better, though I believe this improves when the standard tyres are replaced.
Dealer service at delivery was NOT good, but car is 100%
I have owned my car now for 12 months and still enjoy driving it as much as I did when I bought it.
Performance and handling are exceptional and this far outweighs a slightly firm ride, which I only notice at low speeds. If I had to have a moan it would have to be the seatbelt alarm, which I wish I could disconnect.
I never forget to belt up and I don't need to be told to do it by some never-ending, monotonous high tone. Mine is the petrol version and I was very impressed by its caravan towing capabilities.
I was a little disappointed at the fuel consumption while doing it, but overall I would recommend it to anyone.
It's a good-looking estate, and is very practical. I really appreciate the storage compartments under the load area.
For the driver there are lots of storage spaces too. Even the 6 CD autochanger saves clutter and you don't have to get out of the driver seat to load it! While on the subject, the Bose sound system is terrific.
There's a lot of thought gone into the equipment and my only niggle is that I would have chosen rain-sensing wipers rather than cruise control.
The handling is superb, the gear change feels good. I find myself not having to change down when I'm in traffic at 25 mph.
What Car? is right - the ride is firm, and at speed there is wind noise, but cornering and handling are superb.
I'm achieving around 32mpg; mainly on 7-mile city commuting runs. I'm actually enjoying driving the car, and would recommend it to anyone.
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