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Audi A6, Sedan, Wagon
#1295 of 1404 Re: want honest opinion [alnmae]
Jul 23, 2010 (5:21 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 1404 Re: want honest opinion [alnmae]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jul 23, 2010 (7:54 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 1404 Re: '04 A6 Maintenance [allmet33]
Jul 24, 2010 (8:27 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.
#1298 of 1404 Re: '04 A6 Maintenance [germangermz]
Jul 26, 2010 (6:12 am)
The place is called German Auto Group located at 7520 Backlick Rd., Springfield, VA.
#1299 of 1404 Re: 1995 Audi A6 Quattro [dalia1]
Jul 26, 2010 (11:21 am)
For starters you may want to go to "Erwin.com" for Audi America buy an hours worth of time and research your "Locked in Park" problem there.
If your 95 has a Locking theft system then it gets a bit complicated and could be a number of thing.
As a comparison only: Here's what I hear when I start my 2005 A6 Quattro with anti-theft system and Tiptronic Automatic Trans:
a. Upon inserting the ignition key and turning to start position with foot on the brake
and transmission in park.
1. First a click under the dash which releases the steering column lock.
2. The motor starts.
3. Then I can change the Transmission to Reverse.
Note: On mine there is a switch under the center consoled which blocks the ignition from starting "IF the Park lever is not all the way forward in Park Position."
So if you follow the same procedure to start your car, then it would make sense the other switch under the brake pedal is for the "Anti Theft System".
If you have an owners manual look up the section regarding towing the vehicle and the related procedures. There may also be a section related to resetting the Electrical systems in your car by disconnecting the battery cable.
But my first choice would be ERWIN.COM.
#1300 of 1404 Re: 1996 A6 Electrical Gremlins [chandler661]
Jul 26, 2010 (11:33 am)
Hi, So sorry it took so long to get back to you but I was on vacation.
If you have not already taken car of your brake bleeding I would suggest going to
Erwin.com Audi America. Buy an hours worth of time and get the brake bleeding procedure and diagrams directly from them.
You need your VIN Number (Veh.ID) to correctly ID your vehicle.
They will have all the diagrams you need.
#1301 of 1404 Love Em or Hate Em, CARS COST MONEY
Jul 26, 2010 (2:16 pm)
I've been doing some research since reading a number of Posts on the Audi Maintenance section, in particular about Transmission problems and ATF Oil changes.
Just a short note to some, who have, no question had some bad experiences which resulted in bashing Audi, or some other model automobile.
First let me say, that in most if not all cases, Auto Manufactures "DO NOT" manufacture all the components on vehicles which they build. Today's vehicles have literally thousands of parts the greater portion of which are build by third party companies who specialize in a particular areas. The Vehicle manufacture provides those companies with specifications or tolerances in most if not all cases. That being said, I've included links to a Company called ZF Group, a German company which builds transmission along with several other components for vehicles of different types. ZF is a world wide organization, among those, the North America Division which has Manufacturing and rebuilding plants as well as a service chain which repairs and services there products. What this means, if I read it correctly is, they are independent of Audi dealerships which means that those who drive a Audi or other vehicle with a ZF transmission or other ZF product have an option for repair. So here are the list of transmissions and vehicles for which they were build
including a list of recommended Automatic and Manual Transmission OILS (ATF)
that are recommended by ZF. Please note that within the ATF list there are recommendations as to which ATF should be used and that "Failure to use the proper ATF Fluid can very well lead to Transmission failure". Finally, that even though ZF has it's own ATF Synth Oil which extends the servicing intervals of OIL changes they still recommend ATF OIL Changes.
http://www.zf.com/na/zfXmlServlet?resultUrl=/na/content/en/north_america/corpora- te_na/products_services_na/product_overview_na/ProductContentPage.jsp&sessionAtt- ribute=xmlRoot&serviceUrl=http://appsprod01.zf.com/zf.productDataBase/service/ap- plicationLayerSelect&applicationID=12288&applicationGroupID=&productTechnicID=12- 141&productGroupID=17902&productFormID=&productTypeID=316700&languageISOCode=EN&- businessUnitShortcut=&divisionShortcut=#menuArea
Hope this helps:
#1302 of 1404 Late Model Reliability and Dealer Service in DC Area
Aug 22, 2010 (10:22 am)
I was considering buying an A 6 until I started reading about their mechanical problems, at least the older models, and weak local service ( live in Northern VA). Anyone care to comment, especially answering (i) are the more recent models, say those after 2007, better and less prone to mechanical problems (as Mercedes seems to be) than the older ones, and (ii) where can exceptional Audi warranty and later service be found -- if anywhere?
#1303 of 1404 Re: Late Model Reliability and Dealer Service in DC Area [aklein2]
Aug 22, 2010 (11:26 am)
i have had maby audis all 150000 pkus miles all incredably reliable but ifv you need main dealer very expensive if you can fix your own thenn they are brilluant
#1304 of 1404 Re: Late Model Reliability and Dealer Service in DC Area [aklein2]
Aug 22, 2010 (6:31 pm)
I had a 2006 A6 4.2 Canyon Red Paint Job with 98% of all option , i loved that car the handling and performance and really gas mileage was great , And Then about a year and half into my lease i am not sure of miles but had to be in lows 20,000 miles i thinking it went south , started with fuel gauge just going from fuel level to empty , GPS freezing up the icon not moving on map as the car was traveling , so i took it in to my dealer in western part of baltimore county and thinking all issues where taken care of and few days went by when i am on belt way and it blew extreme heat out the a/c vents so hot i had to turn it off you could not touch the left side of steering wheel or turn signal , back and forth to dealer this issue not corrected i got a thermomator it was blowing 180 degrees at a snap of a finger , and then fuel gauge gps and other small stuff was happening radio would go to full volume it was having it seems a electrical melt down , finally dealer contacted audi to get a tech to come , well 45 days till that happen my car sat , i could not drive it , the customer care people must read a script i think there is no help there the customer rep for audi would not call me till it got to a very heated moment at dealer and on phone .
i finally met him in late july or first of august 2007, this all started at end of march i think it was August till finally got audi to take the car back. truly a very difficult and stress full time which it should had not been communication was big failure for audi,
the day that happen there was two customer in service having a melt down with service rep over there issues , and i spoke to one ask him about his car , his statement to me was this is my second A6 and it my last , when first one was a lemon i just thought no way this would happen to me two times , so i know it was not just me , and looking at all comments on here i am surprised that any one buys one , and if you do decide to step into audi market buy extended warranty , and make sure that you never leave dealership with paper work showing worked performed and always demand a loaner if it in for warranty no matter if it a quick fix
if you ever have to call 800 customer care line start a log , date and time and who you talk to and what about
i think the car looks great but quality for money you pay for is not there or at least when i got mine and I even sent a Constructive letter to Audi CEO in Michigan about all my troubles and lack of care i was getting from there rep he did not even have enough courtesy to even send a letter back to say TOUGH , and if dealer says that service is included get copy of what is and for how long and be sure it on there letter head and signed , I had to get Maryland Attorney General office consumer affairs involved to get a result and did . As one audi owner said to me back during my troubles welcome to world of 4 rings hell , good luck