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#94 of 1407 Are older A6-Quattro cars better???
Dec 28, 2002 (4:13 pm)
Just this week I traveled from Montana to Oregon to buy a 1996 A6 Quattro wagon with 85k miles (my first Audi). What a fantastically better ride than my current 1999 Subaru (now sporting a new FOR SALE sign). The posts here seem to suggest that there are plenty of problems with the A6. I am hoping that this 1996 (having survived this long) may have fewer inherent problems than the newer ones...could this be true? The former owner had bought the car from an auction and could not help me with the two obvious problems: (1) the moon roof is not working, and (2) the heater only puts air out of the central section...no air goes to the feet or to the windshield. He said that the battery had gone dead a few days earlier and that most likely there might be some computer settings that had to be set again. Does this make sense? I was pleased to get 25 mpg on the return trip to Montana and really like the car. By the way, the seller had advertised the car as a "one-owner car"...but I learned through CARFAX that there were a couple of former title transfers...the seller was a little embarrassed. Through some detective work, I located the last owner (prior to his auction purchase). She worked for an Audi dealer in California and had bought the car from a former lease situation at 55k and had religiously cared for the oil changes every 3k miles, timing belt & water pump replacements, etc, during her 30k with the car. She suggested that the moonroof problem might just be a solenoid that needs replacing. Any suggestions from you readers is appreciated. At $12,000 I hope I made a good purchase. Can anyone here tell me why (I hope) a 96 might be better than the newer A6 years? Is there a "good year" in terms of fewer mechanical problems? I am 65 and retired and cannot afford to get into a really bad car repair situation. Thanks...and Happy New Year to you all.
#95 of 1407 I want to buy a 1999 A6 Avant with 30000 miles
Dec 29, 2002 (6:11 pm)
I am thinking of buying a 1999 A6 with 30000 miles. Any suggestions? What is a good price for this car? The car I am looking at has a Third Row seat. I heard that AUDI discontinued it due to safety issues. Is this true?
#96 of 1407 A6 Audi Avant Pricing....
Dec 31, 2002 (7:58 am)
You didn't give condition (1-5) or specific option list but assuming the Audi is in excellent condition, a selling price around $20,000 sounds like a pretty fair deal.
#97 of 1407 ANYONE READING THIS BOARD? HELP REQUESTED.
Jan 11, 2003 (10:41 am)
Back on Dec 28 I posted a question asking if anyone might help me understand how the A6 models have changed in the years since the 1996 one I just bought...to learn whether there are "better years" or "worse years" in terms of repairs. No one has been on this board since Dec 31, so I am hoping with this second request that someone will share a little information with me. Since then I have learned that my sunroof only need a minor electrical connection repair...but that the central air heating module needs replacing (at about $730 for the part alone). Also, some dash lights that I thought only needed bulb replacement - actually required an electrical module replacement (another $250 for the part). It is starting to look like my investment in this Audi was not a good thing. But I still really like the car. Will anyone out there help me with information about other years and/or models...in case I sell this one and pick up a different one. I am also open to getting an older Audi V8 - since they can be purchased quite cheaply. Any thoughts? Thanks.
#98 of 1407 DreamCatcher
Jan 13, 2003 (9:25 am)
If you were to do a web search with the terms Audi and world, you might find a wealth of Audi info.
#99 of 1407 Coil Problems on 2002 A6 3.0 Quattro
Jan 13, 2003 (6:42 pm)
I have brought my Audi in for the same defect, coil replacement, 3 times. My vehicle is a few weeks shy of one year old. The entire vehicle shakes above speeds of 45mph. Coils were supposedly replaced to amend this problem, but my car is still shaking and I have not been able to enjoy the vehicle, nor feel safe driving it. Has anyone else had this problem? According to the dealership, 40 cars were in the dealership for the same problem, although mainly A4 3.0 models, with a few A6 models, although it seems like mine is the only one that has been in for repairs 3 times! It is very frustrating!
Jan 14, 2003 (7:22 am)
You have to understand that your 1996 A6 is a completely different car than the newer A6 models.
The 1996 was built on the previous Audi 100/200 platform, & it has a lot more in common with those cars. http://www.audiworld.com is a great resource to learn more. I have owned a bunch of older Audis & in fact I have a 1996 A6 right now which I recently bought. I paid $15k for a 30,000 original mile car. My only major concern with these cars is the transmission (I have the older 4 speed automatic, it's not the tiptronic). They are sort of delicate & I've had to replace one before. However, I feel it's a reasonable trade off for an engine that will give you 200,000 miles or more with no problem, & solid, luxurious, all weather mobility with quattro. As far as your sunroof & heater problems, yes, repairs are expensive. But also dealers seem to have an uncanny knack for finding the most complex & expensive solution to any given problem. I don't know where you took it, but I never use Audi dealers except as a last resort. There's really not much reason to with older cars. I recommend you try to find a good independent mechanic with some experience with Audis. Good luck
#101 of 1407 My A-6 - most fun to drive piece of junk I've ever experienced
Jan 20, 2003 (12:05 pm)
I just read all of the posts in the A-6 area. Unfortunately, you only hear from people with problems here. It would be interesting to see what the percentage of satisfied A-6 owners are.
Our 2000 A-6 2.7 (33,000 miles) has been plagued with problems since the day we picked it up. It started with the recall related to the fuel gauge (we bought it in February - the part arrived at the dealership in late August). The cluster has been replaced four times. $5,000 worth of warranty work on the front end. In seven times in the last six months for an EPC light that will not stay off for more than three days (it just came on again - I can't WAIT to see my buddies at the dealership). Leak in the cooling system. On and on and on.
I asked the dealership to print out our repair history. It is pages and pages long. While we like driving this car and it IS comfortable inside, no one should have to spend this much time driving to and from the dealership and in loaner cars. Funny about the guy complaining about Acura loaners. We get little Chevys, Fords, Mitsubishi Gallants and Dodge Intrepids. That's what I paid $40,000 for. This is a great country!
#102 of 1407 shnovak A-6 2.7T
Jan 20, 2003 (3:29 pm)
I own the exact same vehicle-'00 A6 2.7T (41,000 miles) w/tip/xenon. I have only had a few little problems-i.e.-- the front window guides breaking, a little paint peeling, the air didn't blow cold enough once and was recharged, and of course, the infamous gas gauge recall.
All problems were fixed in a reasonable amount of time with not too much hassle dealing with loaner cars, etc.
No breakdowns, turbo failures, or warning lights coming on in the dash up to this point.
If you would like further, detailed info about this car, click "marleybarr" and I will be happy to e-mail back!
#103 of 1407 Anybody have a similar experience?
Jan 25, 2003 (11:14 am)
First time participant wanting to see if anyone has had the misfortune of sharing in a bad experience I had this past Friday:
I leased a 2000 A6 2.8 Quattro in March 2000, coming due in June of this year - 2003. I've loved my car for many reasons, and so was in the market to either go up to a 4.2 or even take a look at the new A8s.
Early last year, I experienced an odor of some sort in the car, that caused my eyes to water and my nose to burn. The problem was somewhat alleviated by opening the windows, but as I'm wont to, I ttok the car in - made it an early service trip. the dealer checked it out and found nothing, and indeed when I drove off, the smell wasn't there.
I attributed it to any number of things: leaking windshield wiper fluid, or as I'd washed the car before the incident, maybe some solvent or the other. I even ludicrously assumed it was the sun mixing with residue of wiper fluid! Long and short, had no clue and the dealer didn't find anything.
This past Friday, my fiancee and our 3 month old are in the car and I get a call. She starts to describe a smell which I finish for her - the odor was back. I told her I'd experienced the same thing and that I was going to schedule and appointment with the nearest dealer, which I did.
1 hour later, she calls me to tell me my car is on fire. black smoke came out of nthe air-conditioning vents, and then flames followed. Bottomline: traumatized passengers, totalled car, scared and royally pissed fiance.
Who can relate?