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Model Year Differences

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This list represents North American allroads (c5), model years 2001 to 2005.

Generally Speaking MY2002 had the most standard interior content available. MY2001 and 2002 also had the most interior color/seating surface options, including leather and cloth. The interior soft surface finish changed in MY 2002 so things like the radio and climate controls are a different "black" than MY2001. MY2003 and 2004 had the most standard exterior color choices with MY2001 and 2002 having the least. MY2005 dropped 3 exterior colors from MY2003 and 2004. Full body paint became a standard option MY2004. There are known to be 10 Olympic Blue colored cars as well as 2 confirmed Amulet Red ones. For greater detail on this topic check out allroad Quattro Standard Color Finishes by Model Year.

Interior.

Feature by Model Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 Notes
Wood Shift Knob as standard Yes -- -- 4.2 only 4.2 only
Heated Steering Wheel Option Yes Yes -- 4.2 only 4.2 only
Passenger Seat Memory Yes Yes -- -- 4.2 only
Central Lock on Pass Door -- Yes Yes Yes Yes
3rd Row Seat Option Yes Yes early '03 -- --
Solar Sunroof Option Yes Yes Yes 4.2 only 4.2only
TIP controls on Steering wheel Yes Yes -- -- --
Power Tilt / Telescope Steering -- -- -- 4.2 only 4.2 only
Rear Side Window Shades -- -- Pkg Pkg Pkg 2003 a few ala carte
Darker soft touch surfaces -- Yes Yes Yes Yes MY 2002+ is darker
Standard Interior Color Choices 1,2,3,4,5 1,2,3,4,5 1,3,4 1,3,4 1,3,4
Standard Interior "Belt Line" Trim Polished Walnut Polished Walnut Polished Walnut Polished Walnut Polished Walnut

1. Platinum/Saber BlackĀ  (leather) 2. Fern Green/Desert Grass (leather) 3. Ecru/Light Brown (leather) 4. Gray Plaid/BlackĀ  (cloth) 5. Fern Green/Plaid Green (cloth)

Electronics.

Feature by Model Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 Notes
Standard Radio Symphony I Symphony II Symphony II Symphony II Symphony II
Optional Navigation BNSC/D BNSD BNSD BNSD BNSD/RNSE see note 1
Optional SAT Radio -- -- -- Yes Yes
CD Changer PreWire Yes Yes -- -- -- cable terminates in tool box area
ON-Star Option -- Yes Yes -- --
Hardwire Audi Phone Option Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Analog Motorola v60
Bluetooth Phone Option -- -- -- -- Yes BT optional via RNSE
Trailer Hitch Pre Wire -- Yes Yes Yes Yes 2001 hitch kit different part number
Tire Pressure monitor Option -- Yes Yes Yes Yes
Servotronic Steering Relay 605 628 628 628 628 controls steering boost at low speed
Climate Control "off" button Yes -- -- -- -- dedicated Off button
Climate Control "Auto Recirc" button -- Yes Yes Yes Yes
Air Quality Contaminent Sensor -- Yes Yes Yes Yes Checks air contaminants for Auto Recirc function
Interior Motion Sensor Switch Yes Yes -- -- -- Shuts off motion sensor

1. BNSC and BNSD are CD based Navigation with voice turn-by-turn directions and pictograms in DIS. RNSE is DVD based with 7" LCD Head Unit in Place of Symphony Radio.

Exterior.

Feature by Model Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 Notes
Front Wiper Blades Std Insert Dealer Insert Dealer Insert Dealer Insert Dealer Insert
Rear Wiper Blade Std Insert Std Insert Std Insert Std Insert Std Insert
RH Rear Fog Light -- Yes Yes Yes Yes note 2
Radio/GPS Antenna 16" Mast 16" Mast Mast / Shark Shark Fin Submarine 2002+ mast have different thread pitch
Full Body Paint Option -- -- -- 4.2 only Yes
17" 5 Spoke Wheel Std Yes Yes 2.7t only 2.7t only 2.7t only
17" Twin Spoke Wheel Option Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
18" Wheel Std -- -- -- 4.2 only 4.2 only
Red Rear Turn Signals Yes -- -- -- --
Amber Rear Turn Signals -- Yes Yes Yes Yes
Std Exterior paint Colors click here click here click here click here click here

1. Windshield wiper arms changed in 2002 to use (at the time) dealer only inserts. 2.Strangely 2001 allroads only had the drivers rear fog light wired. The socket and all the basics are there.

Engine / Running Gear.

Feature by Model Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 Notes
2.7t Engine / 6 Spd Manual Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2.7t Engine / Tiptronic Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
4.2 Engine / Tiptronic -- -- -- Yes Yes
Tiptronic 4-3-2-1 Gate Yes -- -- -- --
Tiptronic Sport Gate -- Yes Yes Yes Yes
Full Manual Suspension Overide Yes -- -- -- --
Suspension Auto Lower lvl 4 to 3 22MPH 22MPH 22MPH 22MPH 22MPH no auto return to level 4
Suspension Auto Lower lvl 3 to 2 50MPH 50MPH 50MPH 50MPH 50MPH 30 sec delay to return level 2 -3
(<37mph)
Suspension Auto Lower lvl 2 to 1 75MPH 80MPH 91MPH 91MPH 91MPH 120 sec delay to return level 1-2
(<44mph)
HP2 Front Brake Caliper Yes early '02 -- 4.2 only 4.2 only
FNRG60 Front Brake Caliper -- late '02 Yes 2.7t only 2.7t only
Vented Rear Rotors -- -- -- 4.2 only 4.2 only

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 March 2011 18:56