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Audi A6, Sedan, Wagon
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?
#104 of 1407 2003 A6 3.0 CVT Problem
Jan 25, 2003 (4:34 pm)
I bought my A6 in Sept. 2002 and I have about 1200 miles so far. I think my A6 also has the same CVT problems that you mentioned. Occasionally, when I put in the reverse (R), the car jerks a few times, and if I put in Park (P) then reverse, the jerking stops. Took to the dealership twice and nothing was done. The results were like yours: computer showed everything is OK. Do you still have that problems? Have not seen your posting lately. Besides this, it is a great car. Keep posting.
#106 of 1407 Coil Problem on 2002 A6
Jan 26, 2003 (2:56 pm)
We have also had our car into the shop 4 times for "coil problems" We purchased the car on August 14, 2002. They keep telling us that all of the coil parts are bad and they are just hoping that the one they put in our car is good. We are getting frustrated by this and were wondering if anyone had received any type of more permanent resolution for this problem from their dealer?
#107 of 1407 Audi coil problems....
Jan 27, 2003 (12:35 pm)
Go to "Audi A4-problems and solutions". Article in the Boston Globe about bad Audi coil packs.Appears to be a widespread problem on many Audis, according to the story!
#108 of 1407 Coil problems addressed in NY Times article
Feb 04, 2003 (9:16 am)
For all those with coil problems, there is an article from Sunday 2/2/03 New York Times that makes you realize we are all in the same boat! The title of the article is "A Black Eye for VW and Audi."
Feb 04, 2003 (11:15 am)
In today's Wall Street Journal it was reported that VW/Audi has decided to recall all of it's cars that are affected by the faulty coil problem. This includes all 2001 through early 2003 models that have exhibited this problem. A6's with the 3.0 liter engine are included, in addition to a host of models (including Audi 1.8 TT's, 1.8 and 3.0 A4's, plus various VW's) that have experienced this problem. They will replace all the coils in the affected models whether or not they have experienced problems, and they expect their suppliers, who are working around the clock, to have manufactured enough new coils to replace all models being recalled by the end of March.
Good move on VW/Audi's part, although they should have acted earlier, IMO.