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Audi A6, Sedan, Wagon
#300 of 1412 Glad I leased
Apr 03, 2005 (3:15 pm)
When I took delivery of the Audi A6 turbo in January 2001, I had a car that Car and Driver hailed as top dog even over BMW 5, Volvo and several others. Four years later, I was delighted to turn it in and go back to Nissan....a Murano which I love.
In the four years, on warranty, I had:
AM radio failure
Cracked radiator overflow tank resulting in fluid all over garage
8 check engine lights
Two radiator electric fans/controls going out
Leaking transmission seals
I live 120 miles from dealer. Several of these 250 round trips were to sit there and have the problem diagnosed, then "we have to order this part" and two weeks later another big round trip. Great acceleration, great gas mileage, great ride, great interior, but reliability is awful...indeed, Consumer Reports lists this once heraled car as "Avoid" if you are buying used. Never Audi again. Promise.
#301 of 1412 need 3rd seat any ideas onlocating?
Apr 03, 2005 (5:16 pm)
Just got a used A6 wagon - love it. Handles beautifully, ride smooth, etc. However, 3rd seat is missing. Does anyone have idea where to go to get one? Tried online junk yards, etc - no such luck
#302 of 1412 Re: DVD Navigation/MMI Radio/Cell [craigs1]
Apr 03, 2005 (9:35 pm)
Yes, the navigation DVD is pretty poor. I have found many of the smaller towns near our metroplex aren't very detailed at all. My wife's Acura's nav is MUCH better. Something which I've complained to Navteq about...
The car is a joy to drive, so fast and smooth. I love the interior and find the exterior styling very unique in today's "same here" generation of autos. I wouldn't take the comments in the "problems and solutions" pages as the whole story. It makes sense that you'll only hear complaints in this forum. Look elsewhere as well. There are many fan sites on the web and the overall word is that the owners are very happy.
The radio is actually very easy to use...you can scroll thru the stations on the steering wheel while looking in the driver's display. The C6 has the feature of picking up the top received stations in whatever area you are, so you don't have to surf per se.... If you truly want to surf, you need to go into the radio MMI menu then click "scan". It's not that difficult as people make you think, you just need to know which menu to get into, something that is easily learned. I'm overall very happy with the MMI and find it very easy to use. The only thing I cannot do while driving is enter addresses into the nav as it is time intensive and takes the concentration away from the road. Everything else is quite simple, so don't let the MMI dissuade you from looking into buying the A6.
#303 of 1412 Bumper problems?
Apr 05, 2005 (1:39 am)
On of my friends traded in his Chrysler mini-van for a Honda Odyssey last fall. Coincidentally I picked him up for golf on the Saturday after his picked up the new van and there he was standing in the garage door, clubs in hand, next to the new van with a soccer-ball sized dent in the rear hatch - right next the the door latch.
You'll never guess what happened. The door on the Honda is longer than the door on the Chrysler and when he opened the door for the first time he did what he always did and left the door lifts open the door -- right into the garage door opened over head. Never happened with the Chrysler. Design flaw? Not likely.
I take my Jeep to work from time to time and I can actually roll right up to the curb. That doesn't mean I should be able to do it with every car I own. We had a discussion quite some time ago on this board about who makes decisions at Audi regarding service intervals, etc. Sales and marketing, accounting, engineering? I believe the decision to issue a recall for front bumpers was a public relations move.
BTW - I dropped my 2001 A6 (2.7T w/speed) off for 60K service last night. I've had three problems in four years: cracked nylon rail for right front window, relay for starter somewhere in the start chain (seat, clutch interlock, etc), and dash board display. None kept the car off the raod. I did have to way for the display. I though it was a loose wire - the dates flickered on and off occasionally. Minor annoyance. Audi replaced the whole assembly.
I am looking for a new car. Likely won't be Audi. I'm not excited about the new A6. I am looking at the Acura RL and the Infiniti FX. Lexus GS is a distant 3rd.
#304 of 1412 Re: DVD Navigation/MMI Radio/Cell [liferules]
Apr 06, 2005 (6:57 pm)
I agree, it's a great car. I have a 3.2 and no problems to date. I had a '99 A6 2.8 that was lemonized and then an '01 2.7 that was a rocket with zero problems. I had a Nav button replaced and I can't recall anything else. So it goes to show you that there are lemons out there in all brands and you roll the dice and sometimes they bite you.
The MMI has a learning curve, once you get used to it, it's basically pretty good. There are some foolish redundant things like temp and fan readout on the MMI screen and on a digital readout next to the control button. I found the NAV to be a great tool to have, but there are holes in it. It sent me to wrong town even though I imputed the correct info. Otherwise it been on the mark.
For me the 3.2 needs another 25 horses and then I'd be real happy. I miss the turbo rush I had with my 2.7. The 3.2 has a more sophisticated feel and beautiful interior, I have the ameretto. The suspension could be a tad softer and quieter.
When it comes to safety The car is rock solid in all weather and road situations. I don't feel that degree of security from any other car I've been in. Unfortunately, I once had a 40,000 lb. garbage truck side me and push me sideways up on a 4 foot highway cement divider. When the truck was pushing me sideways up the barrier I could feel all four wheels fighting hard to resist, but in the end 40,000 lbs plus all that garbage muscled me over . I had to crawl out of the sunroof to exit the vehicle. Had I been in another car, god only knows what could have been the outcome. The cops and firemen who see lots of accidents could not believe how strong the car was. BTW I was not at fault, it was a zero pay out from my insurance company.
Anyway, the new A6 platform is definitely the right direction for Audi and the car will only get better with each new release. I'm happy with my purchase/lease and look for any excuse to leave the house and drive it.
#305 of 1412 Re: Audi CPO Nightmare [fern]
Apr 06, 2005 (7:52 pm)
If you find one let me know!
I've owned an A6 for about a year and a half now i bought it with a little over 40K miles on it it has about 70k miles now and i have had nothing but problems with it. on average its in the shop about once a month. Ive dropped a little over $8,000 (roughly) in this short period of time and i have nothing but hate for the car. The worst thing about it is that you cant even get a straight answer from the mechanic, they have no clue what they are doing.
I hate my a6 and vow never to buy and audi again, i dont care that its one of the better looking vehicles on the road to date, its just not worth the agony of dealing with the maintenance.
if you get a petition going, or if you go to the better business bureau about this im ready and willing to cry foul.
good luck, i cant wait to get rid of mine
Apr 06, 2005 (8:43 pm)
On the 31st of March I took my Audi to McGrath Audi because of a check engine light on and severe problems in the rev of the engine. I was told that that was caused by the fact that there was the wrong oil filter put on my car which led to low oil pressure in the engine. My car was “fixed” and I was charged 300$. After nearly 40 miles of driving the check engine light came back on and the engine rev problem as well. At the second inspection I asked for the exact codes that the car shows. Even though before I was told that the computer had showed 6 codes they could not come up with more than 4 codes this time on the paper. This paper was produced at the same time with a second paper with only 2 codes. I was explained that the filter took care of only a couple of problems and some more work needs to be done on the car to take care of the codes left. are they trying to get some more money or their mechanics are just not qualified?
#307 of 1412 Bluetooth and TMobile Ipaq
Apr 07, 2005 (4:19 am)
I just picked up my 05 A6 3.2. My TMobile Ipaq paired up easily and all functions work except downloading the phone list from the SIM card. TMobile just posted a system upgrade on their website for the Ipaq 6315 which has also resolved the problems I was having with my Jabra BT800 headset.
Apr 07, 2005 (3:26 pm)
My check engine light has come on twice in 60K miles. The first time on the Garden State Pkwy in NJ when the car was a year old or so. I was afraid to stop so I slowed to about 50 mph while my wife read the owners manual. It turned out to be a loose gas cap. The second time I assumed the same, even though I was back in MA and pumping my own gas. (For those on the west coast --- NJ is a full serve only state.) When the light didn't go out I took the car in for a look, even though the car was running fine. It turned out to be a failed heat sensor. Our service area is pretty good in my opinion. The service manager told me there were more than 1500 reasons (one thousand five hundred) why the check engine light could go on. I expect there is a reference manual that points to the problem or combination of problems for each of those codes.
#309 of 1412 Re: Audi CPO Nightmare [h8a6]
Apr 08, 2005 (8:46 pm)
I sympathize with you. Your message is excellent anecdotal evidence that one should buy an extended warranty when one buys a used Audi, david