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    New 2003 RS6 Avant

    First post. I took the plunge a month ago and purchased a 2003 RS6 Avant from British Colombia, the car originated in Japan. I am coming from C4 and C5 S6 Avants and have always wanted an RS6. I started looking the last two years for an RS6 sedan in the US and found a few examples but never pulled the trigger. I am from the US, but spend a lot of time in Canada. As most Audi guys know, Canada has the 15 year import rule (vs 25 years in the US) for the RS6 Avant. Long story short, I found an Avant, bought it and registered it in Quebec.

    Car is Daytona Grey with white interior. Its Euro spec with 68K miles and it was the PO's first Audi, he had it for less than a year in British Colombia and did zero maintenance. it had timing belt done at 45K in Japan and PO disclosed that it had a valve cover leak. I fixed the Valve Cover leak, did the Timing belt at the same time and new brakes. Both interior and exterior are in better than expected condition for a 16 year old car. Exterior is actually close to mint, no door dings or scratches. It has some special ceramic coating as a protection that was put on in Japan, which I don't know much about.

    Car pulls very strong, much more than other RS6's that I have driven. Three big surprises that my mechanic found while doing the timing belt service, car has down pipes, an upgraded diverter valve, upgraded Intercoolers and possible an upgraded transmission. Not sure what ECU tune its running, but it does not have a TCU tune, as it shifts normal. Transmission feels strong today, I know this is a weak point and have experience as I lost a trans in one of my C5 S6's. PO did not disclose the upgrades, I actually think he didn't know about them. Either way, I have a modified Avant that I paid in US dollars for with $1,000's in mods.

    It took me a few weeks to get used to the power on the highway. In standard D mode and you give it a little gas, boost and downshifts seem to fight each other. Driving it in 4th in Tiptronic mode certainly cures that. I have read that the TCU tune will help also. I will have my mechanic do a boost check and may upgrade to the 034 ECU/TCU tune.

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    Nice, congrats on the pick up. I spy a cupra lower front spoiler as well.
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    Congrats! I've got a Japanese import as well in Calgary. Sounds like you got some nice upgrades. It looks like you are on coil overs as well.

    There seems to be a few RS6's come in to Canada that have not received the care they require. They soon end up on the market when the cost of maintenance comes to light. I've put about $5K into mine and it is running fantastic!
    2004 RS6 Avant
    1994 RS2 Avant
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    Thanks for the welcome, I have certainly lurked and learned from this board.

    Yes, the front spoiler was on the car when I got it and has grown on me.

    @Blau_RS2, yes it also has coil overs. I see you have fully taken advantage of the 15 year import rule in Canada, those are 3 great Avants! The RS2 is just now available in the US for import. Your RS2 is legendary, the 2.5 turbo is bulletproof. And always loved the Porsche valve cover. I had a 1995.5 S6 Avant and brought it too (and beyond) RS2 spec.

    The only Avant missing in your garage is the 2008 RS4 Avant....2 more years and you can import it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by louRS6 View Post
    @Blau_RS2, yes it also has coil overs. I see you have fully taken advantage of the 15 year import rule in Canada, those are 3 great Avants! The RS2 is just now available in the US for import. Your RS2 is legendary, the 2.5 turbo is bulletproof. And always loved the Porsche valve cover. I had a 1995.5 S6 Avant and brought it too (and beyond) RS2 spec.

    The only Avant missing in your garage is the 2008 RS4 Avant....2 more years and you can import it!
    The 15 year rule has been great! That B7 RS4 Avant is on my radar and I'm hoping to replace the S4 Avant with one when they're old enough. I'd still love to get a B5 RS4 Avant to though but only have so much room.

    Enjoy the new ride!
    2004 RS6 Avant
    1994 RS2 Avant
    2008 S4 Avant

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