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Audi A6, Sedan, Wagon
#988 of 1404 Re: Ignition Coils? [chrisaudi]
Jun 12, 2008 (11:01 am)
My advice is to sell...I have been going through the same thing-starting with having to replace the ignition coils (for the second time) and am now replacing the torque converter and am being told to expect the electronics for the ABS to be next (a $1500 item). I have a 2002 A6-granted not the same "animal" as yours, but from what I'm being told, once it starts to go, run!
I have found that some of the local shops that specialize in Audi and have the diagnostic machines will do a diagnosis gratis (but they are few and far between). I have had the car to 4 different shops, they all seem to say the same thing but vary in price from $1500 to $5000 for the torque converter-worth doing a little checking around on.
The coils were a recall item in 2003 or 2004 on some models (you might want to check that out).
#989 of 1404 Re: Indy Repair Shop around Framingham MA [kowens]
Jun 25, 2008 (7:24 am)
Try Central Service Garage in Natick Center, Dave Sheehan. I have been going there for 15years. Very fair.
#990 of 1404 Headlight Assembly
Jul 16, 2008 (1:23 pm)
I've just been informed that i need a passenger headlight assembly for 2005 A6 (the motor which turns the headlight has shorted out, so they say. It's come on and off in the past). OUCH!! $1,000!!!
If it wasn't for the the annoying warning light each time I start the car telling me the Adaptive Light is not working, I would them to stick their $1,000. BTW I think that's just another MFG's scam to get you to have to fix the problem. Anyone know of way to turn the warning light off??
Does anyone also know of a way or had any luck lowering the cost of getting this fixed. How about used units installed at a reliable body shop?
#991 of 1404 95 A6 Quattro, head gasket
Jul 18, 2008 (12:08 pm)
My A6 Quattro (150k mileage) evidently overheated without any warning and coolant has invaded the pistons. The repair shop quote for just a head gasket replacement is almost as much as the value of the car and we wouldn't know if there is any other damage until the heads were off.
I am thinking about doing the job myself, or at least opening it up to to see the extent of the damage. I once did a ring and valve job on an old GM engine but have never tried anything on a modern engine such as this.
My intention would be to do a repair in a reasonable time frame. Am I overreaching here considering special tools, manuals or Audi engine expertise?
By the way, it would be interesting to know if anyone has a comment about the problem: the engine had plenty of coolant (very well maintained), was cruising at 65 and it simply bogged down, I pulled over and it began to steam from the engine compartment. The temperature gauge did not rise until I was on the side of the road. The shop says you can have a leak, lose coolant and burn the engine faster than it can register a high temp. That sounds pretty scary for such a "technically advanced" car.
#992 of 1404 Re: Audi A6 Timing belt [kirby2010]
Jul 23, 2008 (12:25 pm)
We had a '99 A6. At about 51,000 miles my wife was driving into an intersection when the timing belt broke. Stopped the car dead in it's tracks. (she could have been killed).
Pieces of the belt flew into the engine causing $2000 worth of damage. With the dealers help Audi covered the expense although technically it was out of warranty.
I wouldn't take any chances. Haven't given up on Audi - we now own an '08 A6.
#993 of 1404 Re: 95 A6 Quattro, head gasket [jcanton1]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Jul 23, 2008 (6:07 pm)
Well if you burn up the coolant in the combustion chamber, the temperature sensors have nothing to measure except steam. This would be the case with any car. The sensor needs to immerse itself in coolant to read correctly. So sudden coolant loss would probably be undetectable in any car.
As for doing the work yourself, I think if you prepared yourself by buying a FACTORY repair shop manual and acquiring the tools you'll need beforehand, you might take a crack at it. As you say, basically your car is now "totalled" anyway, so what have you got to lose?
However, you will have to take the cylinder heads to a machine shop and have them checked for warpage---this is essentially. And you MUST replace or boil out the radiator---also mandatory. If the heads need reconditioning, that could start to get expensive.
I'd say your probability of success is dependent on the level of your preparation prior to loosening the first bolt.
Jul 23, 2008 (9:53 pm)
Finally made the plunge and purchased a CPO 05 A6 w/ 45k miles on it. While I have to admit that I am an avid BMW fan, I thought it would be nice to explore the other side and so far like it a lot.
That said, I have a few questions:
1- 05's include audicare, is there anything I should expect after 45k that is covered(unfortunately I did not receive a service manual, just owners + MMI)
2- It seems as if every 5-7 or so cold-starts it seems VERY rough but then smooth's itself out after 30 seconds or so. Anyone experience this type of start?
3-Checked the oil and it seemed a bit dark. Dealer said it's policy to change oil for every CPO(during inspection/cert) but does audi oil have a different color(sounds like a stupid ques.)
4-Anyone change their own oil on a C6 A6? Any tips? how to remove the skid/plate cover & where to access oil filter.
Thanx in advance.
#995 of 1404 Audi A6 Volt meter question
Aug 01, 2008 (1:18 pm)
I have a 99 A6 Quattro sedan. Lately, when the car is idling, I notice the volt meter kind of 'going crazy' when I have a couple of devices running at the same time (A/C, stereo, headlights, etc). It bounces between 12 and 15 volts. When the car is driving along, it seems to be fine. Any idea where to start? Battery? Alternator? Voltage regulator?
Thanks in advance.
#996 of 1404 2000 Audi A6 Tiptronic troubles
Aug 03, 2008 (8:45 am)
I have a 2000 A6 Automatic that is stuck in 3rd. All the transmission gears light up in black on red rather than red on black on nthe dash so the colors are reversed.
#997 of 1404 Re: Audi A6 Volt meter question [bremerdc]
Aug 03, 2008 (12:54 pm)
My 96 A6 Quatro was doing the same and it was because the batery was to small, put a new with the right zise and problem fixed, this happened specially when I used the A/C.