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Audi A6, Sedan
Dec 01, 2007 (8:20 am)
I finally solved my problem with my 2005 A6. I traded it for a new 2008 Cadillac CTS. Not that I didn't think my A6 wasn't a nice riding car(I had a 1998 A6 before it) but I was tired of Audi's customer service about a problem with my car. My car had an annoying clicking noise that I would hear in the car when the climate control called for heat to the cabin. After having many service techs try to find and fix it with no success I finally wrote to the president of Audi to seek help. I was contacted by his representative who arranged for a field representative to come a listen to the clicking. He diagnosed it as a noise that comes from the heater vent doors that open and close as they distribute heat to the cabin. He said that it could not be corrected and it was a "characteristic" of the car. For most Audi drivers they probably wont hear the noise because for some unexplainable reason it would only happen when the engine was reeving at about 2800 rpms or higher. If you drive in automatic your engine probably shifts to a higher gear before the engine gets to 2800 rpms.,but since I use the manual shift mode(that's why it's there) I typically would run the engine higher than 2800 rpms before I would shift. So since Audi had no solution to this "characteristic" of the car I solved the problem by trading it. By the way my car only had 26,000 miles so it was still relatively new. As I told Audi I wont buy another car from them and I hope the president of Audi car doesn't make the same noise. I love my new Cadillac CTS. Check it out.
#6753 of 6920 Re: Good ridence Audi [lenbroverman]
Dec 01, 2007 (6:01 pm)
Based on my experience -- which is over 2 dozen Audis deep -- I would say you took a step sideways. I have the 2005 A6 3.2 Q with all options save sport suspension. Your CTS MAY not have the "issues" your A6 had. You did not, however move forward -- indeed, based on the fact that the 2008 CTS with every possible option almost measures up to the 2005 in terms of features and amenities, and due to lease costs, costs more per month. . . .er, I would say you actually moved back a step.
Your reliability issues are not typical. Your opinion is, therefore, NOT representative of anything other than you singular experience. And, by the same token, even though I have had several dozen Audis without the kind of issues you describe, neither is my opinion representative of anything other than my plural experiences.
I really like the new CTS -- a lot. It is about equal to a 2004 Audi A6 2.7T SLine overall, however.
My primary attraction to the CTS WAS and I assume will be, the inevitability of huge off MSRP discounts to compensate for its rapid depreciation and "not quite" German car feel. Secondarily, I want(ed) an American car, I wanted a car that was really as good looking as the new CTS is and I assumed the CTS would be a drop dead bargain (after the first 6 - 9 months on the market.) I had hoped it would be the equivalent of a 2005 A6 3.2 quattro with Premium, Premium Leather, Technology, Convenience, voice command, MMI, back up sensors, etc etc etc, plus sized wheels and tires and all the rest of the German toys money can buy.
Alas it just ain't so.
But if it comes in on a lease with a number beginning with a "low 5" -- I'll overlook its being "state of the art," circa 36 months AGO.
#6754 of 6920 Re: Good ridence Audi [lenbroverman]
Dec 02, 2007 (7:02 am)
You posted three times in the A6 forum in 2004. The the next time you post is to tell us that you sold the car. Why did you feel the need to return after three years to let us know that you sold the car? Why did you choose not to use this forum as an asset to diagnose your problem? It is possible that someone else may have experienced the problem and had been able to get it fixed. It is possible that had you posted your problem on this forum that someone would have sent you a TSB on the problem. I don't expect to hear back from you because it is clear that you only returned to this forum to bash the car.
#6755 of 6920 Re: Good ridence Audi [kgary]
Dec 02, 2007 (3:27 pm)
If you looked at my postings you will indeed see that I made a post (message#862) on 3-18-07in which I did state my problem and ask if anyone had the same problem. I think to date nobody responded. Again, as I stated in my last message that probably not many people drove in the triptonic mode therefore didn't normally reach the rpms that made the noise noticeable. Did I make the post to bash Audi,probably? But after spending many months trying to get Audi to recognize that either my car had a problem or there was a design defect in the heating system of their cars, I was frustrated enough to want to let other people know how Audi handled my problem
#6756 of 6920 Re: Good ridence Audi [kgary]
Dec 02, 2007 (3:37 pm)
Just to clarify The post about the noise in my A6 was under Audi A6 maintainence and repair 862 on 3-18-07. That seemed to be the appropriate forum for my post.
#6757 of 6920 Audi A6 parking brake problem
Dec 08, 2007 (4:53 pm)
I just changed my wheels today to put winter tires on my 2000 Audi A6. I used my parking brake (which I rarely do), but when I finished and went to drive the car, the parking brakes were stuck, even though the hand lever was released and returned to the "off" position. Has anyone had this problem of a sticking parking brake, and can anyone offer any solutions? My car is now sitting stuck in place in my driveway. Thanks.
#6758 of 6920 extended warranty...??
Dec 11, 2007 (6:27 am)
have an 04 Audi A6 s-line. It has low miles, 28k and it's warranty is up. The extended warranty is for 3 yrs or 36k miles, which puts me at 64k. Is this worth $2800 for a car with low miles????
#6759 of 6920 Re: extended warranty...?? [23jefferson]
Dec 11, 2007 (7:33 am)
$2800 invested at 10% per year is about $3600 in 3 years.
$2800 is only $78 per month for the 3 years; if you like insurance, $78 per month could probably throw another half million in your life insurance policy...not to suggest the odds of collecting on a life policy is equal to the odds of catastrophic repairs on an A6
If I were looking at a used A6 with only 28k miles I wouldn't bother with an extended warranty because I would think with the miles so low it should “last” much longer without serious repairs.
What was your total repair bill last year?
If you need repairs, such as suspension, HID's, transmission, etc. it will be very expensive. Any single item probably wouldn't top $2800 (unless you need to replace the transmission).
Is this warranty a 3rd party, or an Audi extended warranty?
As a co-worker's divorce attorney puts it “...it's only money, how much peace of mind do you want?”
#6760 of 6920 Re: extended warranty...?? [ivan_99]
Dec 11, 2007 (8:03 am)
It's hard to say what my bill was as I was under warranty, although i did have to bring it in for a few minor items, one was the rear window not working properly which i hear is about $800. I brought it in once for the gas gage not working , but was when they looked at it, so I don't think it was replaced and malfunctioned again this weekend for a day. The warranty I was referring to was the Audi warranty.
#6761 of 6920 Re: extended warranty...?? [23jefferson]
Dec 11, 2007 (12:20 pm)
I'm in the process of purchasing an Audi Platinum 7 yr/70K warranty. My price quote was nearly over $700 less than yours.
I personally am in favor of it. The Audi A6 is a great car but complex and prone to little glitches that cost a lot to repair. This year alone, I've had over $2500 of warranty-covered repairs to it (defective adaptive light, sun roof stuck open, door creaking, adaptive light again, etc...). I would not take this car out of warranty without an EW. Granted, it will not cover as much as the factory warranty, but is better than going "commando". Yes, on average, one may or may not pay $2500 in repairs during the life of the warranty, but with an Audi, it doesn't take that many repairs to cover it, and the peace of mind is definitely a factor to consider...