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#1270 of 1407 Taking care of your Audi
Apr 09, 2010 (5:50 am)
Interesting reading. It's been a while since I posted anything though. My 2001 A-6 2.7T w/6-speed is nine years old now. Bought it new. I have 106K miles on it. In nine years I've had only five things go wrong and three were fixed in conjunction with scheduled service: digital display was replaced, interlock switch that required a handful of ignition key turns when I started the car, and a cracked rail on the passenger side front window. All those were covered under warranty. Since then I replaced the auxiliary coolant pump and a pair of clamps on the exhaust. Overall, not too bad. And considering this is MA and the roads are heavily salted the clamps on the exhaust can only be attributed to the environment. To be honest I don't consider maintenance on brakes an issue. If you use your transmission to slow the car your brakes will last longer. And although I don't like replacing tie rods the roads here are so bad and these cars are not designed for it. Most days I drive a 4Runner.
No questions these cars need to be taken care of. I drive my car about four or five times a month (more in the summer becuase I keep my clubs in the trunk). And when I do take the Audi I drive as fast as I can get away with. But I don't race down the on-ramp if the oil gauge isn't up to temperature. And I don't drive less than 10 miles ever - no quick runs to the convenience store. I always use Sunoco premium (yes gas quality makes a difference). I do all scheduled maintenance and have the oil changed at the dealer every 5K miles or six months. It stays in the garage when I'm not driving it.
This is a great car. But it needs to be taken care of. I'm thinking about another A6. I like the 6-speed though. There are a couple sedans out there with 6-speeds but no quattro.
#1271 of 1407 2004 Audi Avant Quattro (98,000 mile repairs)
Apr 15, 2010 (2:50 pm)
I must be a lucky one. I have a 2004 A6 AVANT Quattro 3.0 Engine.
I have only had to replace the Fuel Pump today 4/15/10. Other than that this car runs awesomely. Repairs for the fuel pump today $610.59. I had it repaired at the Audi dealer. It could have been cheaper if I repaired it at an Import repair shop, but I trust Audi to take care of my care, despite the cost.
I hope that this is not a sign of things to come. If so I have had 98K trouble free miles.
#1272 of 1407 2005 Audi A6 Quattro, V6 FSI
Apr 19, 2010 (8:34 am)
Greetings A6 Fans,
I was on the net last night and found a Specification list, (source unknown) as well as
Package and optional equipment offered by Audi, A6 2005 Quattro FSI.
This should help those of you who are not sure what current package you may or may not have. It's a PDF file.
#1273 of 1407 Buying Used Audi A6 2.8
Apr 22, 2010 (7:54 am)
Hi i am seriously considering buying a used 2001 Audi A6 2.8 from Japan. I intend to buy it online so i have only the dealers word for it. However, after reading many posts, i am getting quite concerned about the numerous problems that people seem to have even with newer models. Any advice on whether i should go for it? Cheers!!
#1274 of 1407 Re: Buying Used Audi A6 2.8 [robo10]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Apr 22, 2010 (7:58 am)
My biggest concern for you is doing a long-distance transaction, which is not always safe. I will let others answer the reliability questions, but I would ask, why are you buying a car that you have not seen, and how did you locate this vehicle?
#1275 of 1407 Re: Buying Used Audi A6 2.8 [robo10]
Apr 22, 2010 (10:33 am)
These cars are pretty sophisticated - and as I mentioned previously, they need to be taken care of. When I bought my 2001 I was looking for a 6-speed manual. There weren't a lot around and the first dealer I went to had one as a demo. I drove it but I wouldn't consider buying it because many people were test drive the 6-speed just to see what it could do. I would extend than line of thinking to the following recommendation: Don't buy a used A-6 from a private party EVER, no matter how old (or young) it is. And only buy a used A-6 from a dealer if it's a recent model that was sold and serviced at that dealership and comes with an extended warranty.
#1276 of 1407 Buying Used Audi A6 2.8 by robo10
Apr 22, 2010 (11:57 am)
Well I just read your post and the three answers that followed, all of which made good points & questions asked should have been enough to cause you to pause.
Here is the Audi USA page and link to Certified Pre-owned Audi's in the USA.
I would read through that first before doing what your considering. Then I would do a search through the Audi Web page and locate all the pre-owned vehicles of your liking and budget.
As for that Japanese owned Audi, the shipping on a 2001Audi will cost you about 25% of the asking prices of the car depending on where you live in the US. If your located near a major port;IE, Charleston SC> New York, Houston,Los Angeles, San Francisco, Etc. then you have land based delivery from port of entry,Insurance, Import duties, Equipment modifications to meet US Vehicle standards (Parts plus Labor), Exhaust emission standards, and maybe even sales tax. Then of course you would want to know what the car is worth before you buy it.
But it should be obvious at this point that what it's going to cost you to buy the car, ship it,modify and certify the car for US standards is more that it's worth.
As for the reliability of the Pre July 2004 audi's I would stay away based on what I've read here about systemic problems with those models. A 2005 or newer would be a better choice if it's in your budget. That being the case an Audi is going to cost you for servicing. A warranty is the only way to protect yourself from a major component failure. And with the price of gasoline going up on regular basis, the only way to drive an Audi these days is with liguid propain Gas ( LPG) system installed. LPG is cheaper but it uses slightly more fuel than when run on gasoline but below a certain temperature Approx.-10Centigrade, it will not start.
So I guess you really need to do more research before jumping on the Audi Wagon from Japan.
#1277 of 1407 Re: Buying Used Audi A6 2.8 [robo10]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Apr 22, 2010 (3:57 pm)
I would just buy one here. This should not be a hard car to find in the USA.
#1278 of 1407 Re: Buying Used Audi A6 2.8 [Mr_Shiftright]
Apr 23, 2010 (6:13 am)
Thank you sooo much for the advice. I am now much more wiser and i have definately abandoned this idea. Thanks guys.
#1279 of 1407 Re: 2008 A6 MIL light [gbosley]
Apr 27, 2010 (11:43 am)
did you have to go as far as filing a lemon law suit. we are have repeated problems for over a year with no resolution