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Audi A6



  • I've been reading about PSK swaybars and Eibach sport springs being installed (at dealerships) by many A6ers over at AW. Could someone explain in English what this does? Does the ride become overly harsh? It seems like a relatively inexpensive way to have some fun.
  • The ride will for my tastes actually improve since it becomes both more predictable and less floaty; body roll, or lean, will be reduced. The car will corner better and will "feel" more like it is on rails than the stock A6 suspension. This upgrade -- and I have had a similar one done on an A8 -- has no "side effects" -- the car did not squeak, rattle or seem in any way negatively effected. Add to this Sway bars and Springs a new set of Max performance or Ultra High performance plus Zero'd tires and you as you mentioned will increase your "fun factor" for a relatively small amount of dough!

    Zoom zoom indeed!
  • the A6 has now begun to sell at a higher rate than the E class and 5 series for July. it's been selling above the 5 series for quite a while. but it's finally sold more than the E. havent seen that in recent memory. the A6 has now caught on as a benchmark car in the category.
  • I have two significant problems with my 2001 Audi A6 2.7T. Audi has been unable to locate them and I am very frustrated. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    1. The car vibrates intensely with braking at highway speed. Audi replaced the rotors and cleaned sensors. Steering wheel shakes etc.

    2. The car has a squeaking (not a squealing)sound when the windows are down ; like a spring is squeaking-- it's worse when braking. Sounds like suspension more than brakes. No cause found by Audi after repeated visits.
  • timcartimcar Posts: 363
    The brake vibration problem is common. If it's bad enough to bother you, keep taking it back to the dealer.

    Squeaking noise is a new one, and could be just about anything.

    You may want to visit here:

    try a search and post your question again. I'd wait until Tuesday morning to post, as the board gets really slow on weekends and holidays, and if you post now, is likely to get buried.

    Good luck.

  • For those of you following the saga of my A6 4.2's both 2000 and 2001 models, we are now at a point where my service manager has taken the next unofficial step.

    He has, of course, had to deal with some internal hurdles, either with his employer, the dealer or with AoA. These hurdles are NOT indicative of a lack of cooperation or willingness to "cure" the problem. They appear to be hurdles that relate to the accounting and payment mechanisms between AoA and the individual dealership.

    The service manager has located from a company called KVH a set of aftermarket A6 4.2 rotors(which I am told are either similar or identical to the 2.7T, the A8 and recent S4's.)

    These rotors are specifically made for the Audi's but they are full of holes -- they are "cross drilled." These rotors cost more than the "internal" cost of Audi parts and of course do not come from an AoA warranty warehouse -- hence the two or three day delay. The service manager has to get them paid for, and there is no direct method to do so -- but, there is an exception method. The service manager told me at first to bring my car in on Sept 4th for the new cross drilled rotors (and new Audi pad replacement). Then he called me at the last minute to tell me it would be a couple of days delayed.

    The point of all of this to anyone on this BB who, like me and apparently so many others (when you take into account the postings on the AudiWorld forums added to the postings here at edmunds) who have this brake "shuddering" or as timcar has called it "purring" is to inform you that Audi and this dealer, Joseph Northland Audi, Cincinnati, genuinely want to fix the issue and are, IMO, going to extraordinary lengths to do so.

    Perhaps other high line auto mfg's and dealers would do the same, I suspect that the vast majority of car companies and dealers would not go to these lengths. Once more, Audi and AoA and my dealer have shown their willingness to make the customer happy.

    While I am still not happy -- at his very moment -- with the brakes on this high-buck German car, I am delighted with the company and the dealer and this, among a few other reasons (including the product overall is excellent) is why I continue to praise Audi and AoA and will continue to "vote with my dollars" by buying yet other Audis in the not too distant future. I hear the 2003's will be another leap forward.

    As soon as I get the new cross drilled rotors and pads installed and drive them around 200+ miles, I will again report.

    Happy, safe labor day.

  • When possible, I'd love to hear what everyone uses to clean any/all parts of their beloved Audis.

    Thanks and Happy Labor Day.
  • When you were making comparisons on the Toyota Rav4(message #263) and Hyundai Sante Fe (message #2632) boards and the Ford Escape and Jeep Liberty (message #1256) boards you spoke of buying a Pathfinder LE...did you decide against it?
  • bjbird2bjbird2 Posts: 647
    We we're shopping for a sport ute, and narrowed the list down to the Pathfinder, which is really a jacked-up Maxima, and the same as the Infiniti sport ute.
    A friend bought a 2001.5 Passat, and had nothing but good things to say about it. One test drive sold us. The German sedans are just so much fun to drive, and the quality is impressive. We've narrowed it down to the Passat and the A8, but I feel the Passat is the better value. We're going to wait until this spring and compare the W8 to the A6.
  • Does anyone know when the 2002 A-6 is coming out, and any likely pricing differences from the current? I especially wonder about the 3.0 being more expensive than the current 2.8.
  • timcartimcar Posts: 363
    The 2002's should be out in about a month. All reports suggest price increases should be minimal, and that should be true for the 3.0 as a replacement for the 2.8.
  • mknmkn Posts: 35
    My Check Engine light (yellow; non-flashing) came on as I was driving the car. I recently had the car serviced about a week ago and now this.... I know that this issue has been addressed multiple times on the board but am not able to find the postings. Please, could anyone help??

  • Some of you may recall that the "time" aspect of my '98 A6's warranty expired in March. I am hopeful that some goodwill help comes my way from AoA.

    Also, there seems to be no tendency of AoA to "help" with mechanical parts on Second-Owner cars like mine. Does anyone have any experience with Electronic parts? My point being that you can't really abuse the sealed "electronics" like you can with, say the transmission.

    Maybe it's just a pipe-dream of mine since they haven't helped with any of the other malfunctioning items.

    Anyone? Anyone?
  • My digital dash failed on my A8 and a Coupe that I had -- fixed under warranty and no real issues.

    Don't know anything about costs first hand -- and bet that you MAY have a tough argument to win with respect to AoA paying for the full boat.

    But, hope springs eternal. It cannot hurt to ask!
  • timcar - Discussion seems to have slowed a bit compared to the pace of a week ago. I guess we've discussed everything there is to discuss!

    One question though - do you think we'll see the S6 in the US anytime?
  • Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray to Audi my request to keep:

    Bring an S6 Sedan, with either auto or manual tranny here to 'Merica!

    If you must bring ONLY an automatic to our shores, please bring the 44 pound lighter, more fuel effecient and higher performance 6 SPD Tiptronic that was announced earlier this year on some other web site!


    Check out the review of the new A4 and the Pre-review of the W8 Passat in the new Car and Driver -- the Passat is definitely off my list after reading this -- it sounds like the offspring of a VW New Passat and a Cadillac. What a shame.

    Then I read a European car mag review of the W8 (which of course had a 6spd manual) and while they did carp somewhat about the mushy suspension, the powertrain (W8 w/6spd manual) got raves.

    Hello, is this thing on?

    Why are manual transmission going the way of the Hula Hoop?

    Without exception, anyone who I have EVER been able to convince to take a test drive of one of these fine German Cars WITH a stick shif -- becomes a convert.

    What a shame.

    Now, I sit here knowing that you may recall I have a Tiptronic in my A6 4.2 -- my only excuse is I was not given a choice (with the great Audi 4.2 V8).

    Hopefully the new S4 or the (see above prayer) S6 will offer us a choice!

    PS -- even the soon to be here new Cadillac will offer a stick shift -- what's up with that?!?

    I will now step off the soapbox.
  • Yes, it's slow right now, timcar! I'm just holding my breath, 'cause Ralph Winters tells me he believes my Amulettrott 2.7T is on the water. He was gonna call me yesterday, but didn't.
    I'm getting very eager to see the beauty, and hope to be free to pick it up as soon as it's ready. I have the fortunate occupation that requires me to be out of town, or on call a lot, so I use that fact to intensify my desire to get out of the unimaginative rice burner TLC I'm driving now.

    Mark, know any reputable tire company that'll take the factory tires in trade and fit the Yokos
    in Cincy? I don't want to pay someone to dispose of perfectly good new tires. South Bend is
    about 250 miles away to drive up and pick 'em up.

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