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#385 of 1407 A6 cam seal leakage
May 25, 2005 (9:31 pm)
I have a 2001 A6 2.8 L that has just under 36k miles. I had it in the shop the other day, and the mechanic told me that I was leaking oil from the cam seals. I've had my share of electrical problems under warranty with various systems (alarm system, airbags, seatbelts, ...), but now I timed out of my factory warranty. Not to mention damaging the flimsy front bumper assembly and fixing it for $1k. Anyway, from what the dealer told me and some of the info in this forum, the cam seal leakage problem sounds like a relatively common problem. The Audi dealer even noted that it was not uncommon and also noted that once they fix it, it usually holds up for a long time. Is this a factory flaw or poor quality? What's the expected life of the cam seals? Audi customer service says that they never heard of this being an issue. Am I missing something, or are they just BSing me. I guess I'm collecting anyone's input for my discussions with Audi customer service. So far, they've been blaming me for my poor maintenance for the cam seal leakage. Somehow doing my own oil changes every 3 months or 3k miles is too abusive for my A6.
Are my expectations too high for a car in this price range to go relatively problem free < 50k? I've had/have a number of different marks including VW, Acura/Honda, Nissan, BMW, and Porsche, but my A6 is the least reliable of the bunch, independant of price range. In fact outside of the typical maintenance that I take care of myself, I not had any reliability issue with any past car (except of course for my '76 Granada 20 years ago). Does my experience sound pretty typical for a Audi. Anyone?
#386 of 1407 Re: Sirius radio reception [kgary]
May 25, 2005 (10:32 pm)
Happens to me all the time under an overpass or even where there are tall trees overshadowing the street. Really annoying I must admit.
#387 of 1407 Re: A6 cam seal leakage [a6woes]
May 26, 2005 (8:01 am)
I have a 2000 A6 w/77,000 miles, same cam seal and valve cover leakage issue. Audi sevice advisors have mentioned that many of the Audi engines need these repairs by 50,000 miles.(of course, just as the factory warranty ends!) I wouldn't drive one w/o a trusted independent mechanic that understands the Audi, takes VISA, and a legitimate extended service plan like Western National, (which covers this problem). 800.722.4758.
BTW, that repair is a $1500 operation at the dealer. About $85.00 for the gaskets and $1400 for the labor!
#389 of 1407 Re: Sirius radio reception [kgary]
May 26, 2005 (6:31 pm)
Kevin, this does happen and here's why. The Sirius service, just like XM is brought to you by two methods (1) Satellite and (2) Terrestrial.
Satellites are very expensive and you can't fill the sky with them. So what XM and Sirius do is supplement the satellite service with some ground or terrestrial repeaters. Radio towers are also very expensive to erect, equip and operate. So, given the above, in most cases you will either have direct line of site to a satellite or indirect coverage from a repeater. Since the repeaters are few and far between, and a view to the sky is not always possible, you will generally lose signal when you go into a covered parking lot or are in heavy foliage. We are all used to AM and FM that is brought to us by 10 mega watt transmitters on 1000 foot masts that give signal everywhere.
In general, satellite radio works very well, and because we paid north of $300 for our receivers and over $10 a month for listening, we will complain about the times we loose signal.
This will not solve your problem, but I hope it helps you understand we are fighting against the law of physics, the law of economics and the law in general that says thou shalt not litter the land with ugly cellular towers, radio masts, etc. This is thus not an Audi issue.
#390 of 1407 Re: 2005 A6 Smart key and CD player issues. [liferules]
May 26, 2005 (6:36 pm)
I have used many PC-based CD players that do not call the internet for CD title info, and it displays the name of the CD and the track title, just by reading the data from the CD. Windows Media player is just one example that I have used, disconnected form the net. I believe, according to the instruction manual, I do not need to punch this info in for each CD, it shows that I can select "display title info" in the Audi MMI set up, but it does not do it.
Thanks for your input, but I'd like to hear form other users what their CD experience is like.
#391 of 1407 Re: 2005 A6 Smart key and CD player issues. [05a6fl]
May 26, 2005 (8:17 pm)
You can talk to whomever you wish. The fact remains that the CD's for the A6 need to have CD text enabling on them. We have discussed this extensively on AW in the forums there as well. This is something most current CD's don't have (you have to look at the cover when you buy the CD). Sorry you don't like my answer but that doesn't make it any less correct.
On the Real player, it is listed as a check box under edit options as "write CD text to my audio cd". I don't use the windows media player much, but I believe the box under recording options listed "burn playlists as M3U" does the trick. Try it...I did and it worked.
#392 of 1407 Re: A6 cam seal leakage [a6woes]
May 27, 2005 (6:39 pm)
We had the same problem on our 2001 a6 2.8/. We had only 35k miles. Luckily,we were two days within warranty. I believe this is a known problem with the 2,.8 egine
#393 of 1407 Sunroof won't close all the way
May 30, 2005 (6:19 am)
I have a 2000 Audi A6 2.7T and one day the sunroof opened all the way but when I tried to close it it wouldn't close all the way. It just goes a quarter of the way and then stops. I can open it again all the way but it won't close more than a quarter.
Has anyone had the same problem? Is there a way to fix it without taking it to the dealer?
I'll appreciate any suggestions you might have!!