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You are in the Audi A6
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Audi A6, Sedan, Wagon
#878 of 1407 Re: Thinking about purchasing a 2001 a6 2.7, or 1998 a6 2.8 (both quattro)
May 25, 2007 (9:58 am)
I don't think anyone can tell you the likelihood of either car breaking down, as there is no way to predict this.
Common sense dictates that the older car may be more likely to have worn out parts than the one 3 years younger. If the younger car was mainly driven highway miles, then the high mileage may not be as "rough" on the engine. Some say turbo's break more than nonturbo cars, but the 2.7T has had all the kinks taken out over the last many years, so it is pretty reliable.
If you really want something that won't break, then get a Honda or Lexus, as they have statistically lower rates of breaking down than the Audi's in the time period you are looking at. Unfortunately, with those miles, neither car will qualify for extended warranties from anywhere.
OTOH, the Audi's are just more fun to drive and look so nice. My preference is the 2.7 as it is a very fast engine.
Good luck with your decision.
#879 of 1407 Grinding/bumping noise - 2005 A6 quattro
May 31, 2007 (4:44 am)
When turning at a slow speed with the steering at or near full lock, 2005 A6 3.2 with quattro makes a grinding noise, and a bad vibration is felt throughout the vehicle. New tires did not help the problem, as the dealer thought (needed em anyway).
I'm suspecting an issue with the front differential or hub assemblies out near the wheels, but haven't heard anything about that. I would suspect the steering pump, but it happens when the car is moving, not when it is sitting still.
Any ideas? Dealer is stumped and vehicle owner is getting rather miffed about this vehicle.
#880 of 1407 Re: Grinding/bumping noise - 2005 A6 quattro [erickpl]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
May 31, 2007 (10:25 am)
Do you feel this vibration in your hands, through the steering wheel?
Can you increase or decrease the vibration slightly by small adjustments in the steering wheel (turning slightly one way or the other?)
If yes to one or both, I'd say steering pump.
If no, then possibly it is a front diff issue after all, if the tire clearances and stops have been checked and if there is no interference with body cladding, shields, etc.
#881 of 1407 Re: Grinding/bumping noise - 2005 A6 quattro [Mr_Shiftright]
Jun 01, 2007 (6:11 am)
Feel it through my butt, hands, back... the whole car vibrates.
Can increase or decrease the vibes not by turning, but by changing speed (like from 5 MPH to 2 MPH). There is a sharp turn into the garage for parking at the house and when it is cranked to turn, it starts to shake. I'll have to check and see if it does it sitting still (honestly never thought to have him try it, but never noticed it at that time).
Tires/wheels, etc are all stock, so they shouldn't be rubbing. Checking the stops may be something I can have him do, once I know where to look for the stops.
#882 of 1407 Audi Missed Recall On A6 Leads To Fire
Jun 06, 2007 (9:04 am)
Beware Audi 1999 A6 Owners: On May 2nd My Car Was Scheudled For Service. I Indicated To The Audi Service Department That My Car Had A Very Strong Penetrating Sulfur Smell Coming From The Inside W/wo The Ac On. I Received The Car Back On May 9th. A Week Later On May 16 The Car Caught Fire While Driving And I Barely Made It Out Of The Car. I Watched The Car Burn Completely. Some Days Later I Found Out That There Was A Recall Initiated In July 2004. The Service Department For Audi Missed The Recall. I Had Never Taken The Car Anywhere Else Since It Was Purchased. How Could This Have Happened? In Good Faith I Contacted Audi Regarding This Matter And Requsted A Replacement Of My Vehcile. A Fair Request For Having Put My Life In Danger. At First, They Stated They Had Performed The Recall. After Further Review They Accepted The Liability. My Life Was Placed In Danger Due To Audi's Negligence. The Way This Has Been Handled Is Unprofessional And Completely Unacceptable. I've Advised All My Friends And Families Of Audi's Bad Business Practice. They Are In Shock Over This. I Have Been An Advocate Of Audi Now For Almost Eight Years But After This Its Clear That The Manufacturer And Its Agents That Handles These Type Of Situations Are Conducting Bad Business Ethics. Please Be Aware Of All Recalls In Particular To Those That Have To Do With The Electrical System. This Is A True Story. I Tried To Resolve This With Audi Directly But Unfortunately It Has Come To Taking This To The Next Level. I warn all Audi drivers to review the recalls for the Audi 1999 A6. I was a loyal and dedicated Audi owner who serviced the car three-four times a year since I purchased back in 1999. The way this situation was handled has made it very difficult for me to consider another Audi.
#883 of 1407 Dealer can't fix smart key problem
Jun 28, 2007 (3:09 pm)
My dealer has a bunch of idiot who can't figure out how to fix the problems with my smart/advanced key. It will no longer work to do anything, be it unlock doors or start the engine. I can't even get the remote buttons to work. The dealer refuses to replace my key. I figure the key must be dead or something. Anyone know how to replace the battery inside the key?
#884 of 1407 Re: Dealer can't fix smart key problem [g8summit]
Jun 29, 2007 (6:14 am)
Pop it open, install new battery. You can get the battery nearly anywhere (typical CR2025 battery IIRC).
If you have MMI, you may want to have them check the code. My neighbor had a similar problem and they reflashed his MMI and did something to it. But his battery died about 5 months later. He asked me to change it.
#885 of 1407 A6 with passenger window malfunction
Jun 28, 2007 (5:16 pm)
I have a 1997 A6 quattro. The front passenger window has started to lower randomly on its own. It may go down an inch or all the way down. Sometimes you can't roll it up. Is there a common cause for this issue?
#886 of 1407 Re: Thinking about purchasing a 2001 a6 2.7, or 1998 a6 2.8 (both quattro) [bcurrier]
Jun 29, 2007 (5:31 pm)
I have a 97 a6 quattro. I bought it at a reasonable price but have put a considerable amount into it. Front CV joints, rear brakes, new brake lines at the wheels.... every time I take it to the Audi dealer they want to do something to it. the last time they wanted to flush the brake system. All repairs are expensive. Be cautious.
#887 of 1407 To all of you considering buying an Audi - I wouldn't recommend it
Jul 02, 2007 (5:27 pm)
If I were to do it again, I would not buy an Audi. After 31k miles the transmission on my A6 went (believe me that is an expensive repair). Many of the above posters who are experiencing vibrating and/or shudders, beware as that is the warning signal I first experienced before it deteriorated to this. I repeatedly brought it to the dealer and they never could find anything, until my car was out of warranty, of course. I regularly service my Audi and treat it like a baby. I would never buy such a poorly made and expensive car again.