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#1288 of 1407 Re: 1998 Audi A6 Quatro - tranmission problem [jkaudia6]
Jun 05, 2010 (8:57 am)
Yes it has been resolved, but not in the way we hoped. After hours and days of racking our brains on this issue, we finally removed the transmission and took it in to be checked. Low and behold - the problem revolves around a piss poor design in the transmission. It is a COMMON problem with Audi Quatro and VW Passat, or whichever vehicles have this transmission. If you EVER get stuck in snow the VERY LAST THING YOU WANT TO DO is go from reverse to 1st or vice versa trying to rock the car. This is automatic death for your transmission. This process will SHATTER the 1st gear drum or bell - then you are SOL. The transmission guy we took it to told us this piece alone costs him $1,100 alone. These cars are fair weather areas only - even though they are all wheel drive. This is also the reason people can't find used transmissions.
This should be a recall for poor design. We would have thought Audi would have tested this before putting the transmissions in their cars, but then again it's the all mighty $$$. If you happen to screw up the transmission, you have to fix the transmission to get rid of the car (approximately $3,500 or more), or you are stuck with a giant paperweight in your driveway.
Never again will we buy an Audi. Buyers of Audi's beware.
#1289 of 1407 Re: 1996 Audi A4 2.8 Purchase [ramz05]
Jun 06, 2010 (8:14 pm)
Runaway - runaway - runaway.............
#1290 of 1407 Crank sensor.... anyone have this problem?
Jun 14, 2010 (10:43 am)
We bought a 2004 Audi A6 avant about two years ago with 90K on it. It now has 130K.
In the last 5K miles, we have replaced at least 4K in repairs (but they are wear):
Timing belt with 12 other components and fluids flush (all of them): $1600
Ignition coil (recall): $0
New brakes and tires $1200 (because the 17" sport tires are huge)
And now the crank sensor is going. A $250 plug that we need to fix.
Has anyone had that problem before?????
But from 90-120K, NOTHING went wrong. The previous owner changed the fuel pump at 86K before he sold it.
#1291 of 1407 1995 Audi A6 Quattro
Jun 20, 2010 (9:24 am)
Hi all... my car is stuck in park. Replaced brake switch, lights work. Anybody have suggestions? What's the second black switch under the light switch on the brake pedal??
#1292 of 1407 lifter noise
Jul 22, 2010 (7:01 pm)
have a 2002 audi a6 3.0 and my lifter is making noise should i replace it used or new?
#1293 of 1407 want honest opinion
Jul 22, 2010 (7:09 pm)
i'am looking at a 2001 audi a6 2.7t car looks beautiful but has 148000 . do you think that would be a good buy? the car is being sold 4500 but have gotten him down to 3800.just being cautious with my money cause times is hard.
#1294 of 1407 Re: lifter noise [alnmae]
Jul 23, 2010 (2:51 am)
Replacing your "OLD Noisy Lifters" with "USED"Lifter's does not make sense.
New lifters would be the simple answer if it were that easy.
Things you should consider before you start out:
How many miles has the car been driven?
What kind of Motor Oil are you using, Mineral based or Synthetic?
How many lifters 12 or 24, Hydraulic or Solid?
Are they self adjusting?
Replacing lifters usually means removing Camshafts, not for the faint of heart.
Lifters plus labor will cost $1000 or more.
If your sure it's a single lifter then I would do the following:
a. Compression check to see if all the cylinders are up to snuff, based on Veh.Mileage.
b. Check for Sludge build-up in the upper part of the motor, Valve cover and camshaft area.
c. Is the motor using more than one Qtr of oil/1000 Miles of driving?
d. Is the motor showing signs of overheating?
e. Check the spark plugs for carbon build-up or oil residue indicating a pure burn process.
If all these checks are within reasonable tolerance for the given mileage of the vehicle then:
Do yourself, or have done, a Motor flush with a reputable shop.
You don't drive the car during this process and follow the instructions on the can.
This takes about 30 minutes after which the motor Oil and filter must be replaced.
The Oil & filter replacement must be done while the motor is still operating temperature. If your vehicle is high Mileage and depending on the climate conditions where you live and drive you should use the appropriate Viscosity rated Oil;IE, 5/40;10/40 etc. The Link below will help you choose the one you need.
VW/Audi Oil codes:
Replace your Mineral based oil with full Synthetic oil and add a can of valve lifter cleaner/lubricant; IE, Liqui Moly or other brand.
Hope this helps:
#1295 of 1407 Re: want honest opinion [alnmae]
Jul 23, 2010 (4:21 am)
The following is my opinion based on my experience with my 2002 Audi, my friend's experience with their Audis and participation on this board (as well as others). If you are a novice mechanic and/or don't know much about Audi's, stay far away from this car. They are just too expensive to repair and the most odd things go wrong with them.
The most common appear to be problems with the transmission, power steering pumps, electrical system, etc. When I wrote Audi of America that every year I need to budget 2k just to fix problems with my 2002 Audi A6 (that only has 60k miles on it), I got several 'I am sorry sir....but you bought the piece of crap'. My wife's RX300 with 120k miles has about 1/4 of the repair cost as my Audi. I kick myself all the time for not buying the GS300 (that was the model name at that time).
Anyway...I cannot, in good conscience, every recommend an Audi from the early part of 2000's. I have read that once the car was redesigned (again)...2004/5 maybe...they fixed all the problems that were known in the earlier models. So, 3800 for a car that is gonna cost ya at least 1k per year to fix (even more given it has 140k miles on it), is not a good buy...in my opinion.
#1296 of 1407 Re: want honest opinion [alnmae]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jul 23, 2010 (6:54 am)
Extremely high maintenance automobile with very high repair and parts costs. A bad choice, IMO, for anyone who is watching their budget. This would be more of a 2nd/hobby car for someone who could put aside at least $150/month for repairs over the course of a few years. This would not include gas, insurance, and normal expendable parts that all cars use.
#1297 of 1407 Re: '04 A6 Maintenance [allmet33]
Jul 24, 2010 (7:27 am)
Could you PLEASE tell me where the name/address of the place in Springfield where you serviced your A6? I'm in Southern MD and need all of the repairs that you needed except for the turn signal, plus a few more. CV boot is going and I'm not trying to pay dealer another $500 to replace.