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#229 of 1404 Re: Purchasing a 2001 A6 2.8 [denlai]
Jan 20, 2005 (11:07 am)
Let me explain it this way: I have a 1998 Toyota camry with the same 71,000 miles as the '00 Audi a6 2.7T. Repairs during this period besides wear items like tires,oil, brakes, wiper blades, etc.: Almost none. The remote sending unit to open the doors w/ the key fob has gone out, and that is it.
The Audi is a much more "complicated" vehicle, and tons more fun to drive! The TOY is something to get from point A to point B, reliable, but dull to drive.
Would never buy a 2.8 after driving the 2.7T, especially since the used price is very close. Wouldn't buy a used 2.7T UNLESS it was enthusiast owned and documented from day 1, (like mine), or going through the steps mentioned in my previous post.
#230 of 1404 Re: Purchasing a 2001 A6 2.8 [marleybarr]
Jan 20, 2005 (9:45 pm)
I agree that the 2.7T is probably a better performance vehicle, but the turbo system can be another possible maintenance liability. The 2.8 may be a little more mundane, but a six cylinder luxury sedan is all that I'm after at this point.
So if I get this right, what you're saying is that the A6 is a great car for driving fun (which I am very eager to enjoy should I really buy it), but "complicated" repairs will be expected and is a cost for the non-dull driving... In a way, it's too bad that reliability is sacrificed for advanced engineering and performance. If only the A6 is as trouble-free as your Camry.
#231 of 1404 Re: Purchasing a 2001 A6 2.8 [denlai]
Jan 22, 2005 (7:40 pm)
We currently own a 2001 A6 2.8 which we bought new and are very pleased with it. It's my wife's car and all she ever says is "luv it, luv it".
We've always had Audis-- going back to before the "sudden acceleration" bad rap. (None have been turbos since mechanics say the turbo can be a problem, plus I don't like turbo lag.)
We owned a 2000 A6 but traded it for the 2001 which had more power. Most of our Audis were sold before the warranty expired so the bumper to bumper warranty covered various minor problems.
All have been dealer maintained.
The only serious problem was with a '98 or '99 that we bought used from the dealer since it a "Factory Rep" car. One year used but had about 20,000 miles
Just after the warranty expired (then 30,000 miles I think)the serpentine belt broke while my wife was driving. Like most modern cars there's only one belt now and it runs everything. When that breaks the car stops dead. Fortunately she wasn't in the middle of an intersection or doing 60 on the hiway.
Pieces of the belt flew into the timing belt which then flew apart resulting in major engine damage --to the tune of $2000. Since we were only about 500 miles out of warranty Audi covered it without a fight -- which was appreciated.
The service manager said even though a serpentine belt may not have visible wear, they should probably be replaced at 30,000 miles even though Audi recommends 50,000.
Summary: I'd try to get the dealer to replace the belt as part of deal. An extended warranty might be a good idea since German cars in general are expensive to repair. I think Audi also has a record of all repairs made to car through dealers so you should be able to get a copy of that if it was dealer maintained.
PS. We're considering the new A6 for this year, even though I hate the grill, but my wife says it OK and she'll be the one driving it so . . .
#232 of 1404 Re: Purchasing a 2001 A6 2.8 [denlai]
Jan 24, 2005 (4:16 pm)
It sounds like repair costs and problems are of great concern to you. If this is the case, there are MUCH metter choices than an Audi.
Some are better than others but they are very much problem prone. Nice cars to drive though!
#233 of 1404 Noises from my 2004 A6 3.0 quattro
Feb 01, 2005 (9:38 pm)
My 2004 A6 3.0 quattro has about 16000 km and is now giving different kinds of noise. The most disturbing one is the continuous rattle in the dash, sometimes the noise could be so rapid and strong that I thought the windshield was going to crack.
Then there is the loud whistling noise from the dash during the first few minutes of driving every time after the car was parked outside under winter weather (I live in Toronto). I took the car to the dealership but they said they could not find anything wrong.
Just wondered if any other owners experience similar problems?
#234 of 1404 Audi A6 Battery Indicator/Advanced Key Problems.
Feb 03, 2005 (5:27 pm)
Hi there. Just wondering if any 2005 A6 drivers have had an issue with the battery indicator readings and as a result some Advanced Key functions? Have had the car since mid-December - has about 600 miles on it. Last weekend I was noticing that after locking the car using the button under the door handle, I would return to the car and it wasn't unlocking for me without using the unlock button on the actual remote. I also noticed that the security light was no longer on, which is why I checked the battery level on the MMI to discover that it was only at 10%. A bit concerned by this only a month after purchase, I took it into the dealer to discover that the battery was actually at 80%; the system was getting a faulty read, and as a result was shutting down auxiliary functions (why the Advanced Key wasn't working to unlock the door)...
Car has just spent its second day at the dealership and they apparently have been dealing with Audi International to fix it...Tried resetting the battery indicator, which was not successful, so tomorrow we are on to replacing the "brain", which I take to be more than just the battery indicator programming...
Anyone heard of this? Any insight would be great. We have always hesitated to buy a car in its first model year, and now I am wondering....
#235 of 1404 No problems here
Feb 09, 2005 (6:07 pm)
At the dealership. We've sold about 70 A6's, probably 20 w/ advanced key. No complaints. Only complaints we've gotten have been about the nav dvd, which is produced by Navteq. 2 or 3 people have had to order new discs because they were clouding up.
#236 of 1404 AUDI A6 Beware High Service Costs
Feb 10, 2005 (7:50 am)
Iím an owner of a 2001 Audi A6 2.7T. I used to tell people that it was the best car I ever owned; that was until I was hit with two very expensive repairs at 87K miles.
The first was the replacement of the CAM adjuster seals. This cost $1,350. I was told that this repair is very common to A6ís. (It might be common to other Audi models, but I did not specifically ask about that).
Because I was nearing 90K miles, I also had them replace the timing belt. This service cost $1,280. In all of the cars that I have owner, the timing belt never cost this much.
Both were flat rate service charges. I verified the service cost with two non-affiliated Audi dealers prior to starting the work. I was told the CAM seals were 7 hours of labor and the timing belt 5 hours of service. At $92.50/hour labor, thatís a total of $1,100 and parts were $900 so they gauged me for an additional $630 beyond time and materials.
The point I want to make here is that if you own or purchase an A6, you are going to be hit with these rather large service bills after the warranty period has expired. Make sure you are ready for it.
#237 of 1404 Re: Purchasing a 2001 A6 2.8 [denlai]
Feb 10, 2005 (9:45 am)
I would not buy the 2.8, if the price of the 2.7T would be the same. The acceleration and the braking are just so much more! I haven't had any problems with the turbos, however the oil is chcked weekly and changed regularly.I believe that you need an extended warranty on these cars, wouldn't drive one without.For the right price, with extended warranty, well-maintained from the start, this could be a good car for you.
#238 of 1404 Re: No problems here [jpvwaudi]
Feb 10, 2005 (11:14 pm)
I don't know about clouding up, but my DVD is very outdated. My home town (present for over 20 years) isn't very well detailed and no streets are on it. I had thought it was an unabridged map of the US, but it appears it's just a "cliff notes" version. Kind of disappointing.