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Audi A6 Maintenance and Repair



  • bondguy1bondguy1 Posts: 228
    Hey, I took my car in this morning. They had it the whole day. They told me there is a two part switch to the start button. It is enabling the electronics as far as the gauges when you push the button but not the second stage. They ordered me a new Start button and it will be installed tomorrow morning. I will pick up car tomorrow and we'll see if the problem is gone. I'll let you know. I would never accept coming back at 5,000 miles to get it fixed unless you were really close to your 5,000 mile service. Tell them you want it fixed ASAP.
  • duffy4duffy4 Posts: 18
    You have motivated me. I will set up a visit tomorrow.
  • bondguy1bondguy1 Posts: 228
    You said you were motivated...I got my car back this morning. IT WORKS AGAIN!!! They told me it was very simple...they installed a new switch. Funny how lazy I can be when I never had that feature on a car before but I did miss it once it was gone. Good luck with yours!!!
  • I picked up my new Audi A6 tonight and while at the dealer, the Advance key worked intermittently. Since it was late and the service department was closed, they told me to bring it back in first thing tomorrow morning. In the meantime, at home, we played with it and found that if we opened the door, locked it, unlocked it, pressed Stop Engine key, pressed the Start key once, put foot on brake and hit Start key again, the car would start. But why go through all of that?? I will be at the dealer first thing in the morning. There is no way I would wait for the 5000 mile service! But after reading your message, I am assured they can do something for me and won't buy the excuse that they would have to call Audi in Germany!! Thanks.
  • bondguy1bondguy1 Posts: 228
    By the way, I hope you got a "Red" car!
  • Has anybody had any problems with reception of radio stations in their 05 A6's? I find it odd that I live in a large metropolitan area and some of the radio stations on the "most recently used" screen will not allow me to select them because they have too week of a signal. I can go in and select it from my presets and the station comes in fine. I have made sure that the option to automatically detect and tune stations for the dynamic list is set to "distant" so I can't imagine what is going on other than a very week antenna. This does happen on more than one station at various times of the day.
  • jluthrajluthra Posts: 2
    I have a 2001 A6 2.8 also. I only had to put in oil at about 4100 miles once at about 44,000 miles. The AUDI service advisor told me this is normal for this car to burn some oil. I told him he was full of it and asked him why an AUDI that was rated top 10 by consumer reports would need to have oil added 4K after an oil change. Now I know why. I think i am going to buy the extended warranty before I reach 50K. I have 49.2 K miles now.
  • jluthrajluthra Posts: 2
    I have a 2.8 A6 and have 49.2K miles and warranty ends at 50K. Should I buy the warranty? Also, can anyone offer advice on what I should insist on getting replaced during the 50K service besides the serpentine belt? How about the timin belt. My brakes seem to be still in good shape as the dealer said you only need to replace when the light goes on? Is he yanking my chain? Should I get the brakes changed including the rotors?

    Has anyone had any issues with their window going down and getting stuck. This was the one of two major problems I had but my dealer took care of it under warranty. I had to take it back again due to wind noise but the dealer in Houston fixed it. Other problem was the radio stopped working and the dealer also replaced when a new one arrived after 10 days. Other than these two problems, my A6 has been good to me.
  • (No, I didn't get the red this time, I got the Oyster Pearl color). The Advance key problem was solved in 15 minutes. The technician did a computer scan and reset the key. He said it was in anti-theft mode due to all the times we tried to start the car successively. No problems now following their advice on how to start it: press halfway down on the Start key and all the dash lights appear, apply brake and then press the Start key again slowly all the way down.
  • khoeperkhoeper Posts: 1
    I've had similar problems over the past year. I had the tie rods replaced last year. In March I had the 'upper steering column' replaced ( under warranty ). Two weeks later I had various sensors replaced 800.00. Now I have a loud whining and grinding when I turn the wheel similar to the sound it made when I had the steering column problem only now it makes the sound just sitting in neutral without turning the wheel. I'm now told I need a new steering rack. ( 2300.00 ) I highly recommend getting rid of the car now if it's not showing any symptoms. My sound went away for 3 months and now it's back to the tune of 2300.00.
  • jramierijramieri Posts: 2
    I just bought a fully loaded A6 with the 4.2 engine.( about $59,000). The A8 has a larger interior and is somewhat more refined but is slower and less responsive. If the extra room and "panache" is worth 15K to you...go ahead but it wasn't to me. The 4.2 A6 is a nice blend of quickness, handling and moderate size but the A4 was too small and the A8 too big and too much $$ for the difference...Joe
  • jramierijramieri Posts: 2
    Funny but I'm amazed at the detail the Nav gives me in NJ. My Bluetooth phone (Motorola V710 works great but no cradle is forthcoming yet. Where do you live? Maybe a different CD is needed...Joe
  • duffy4duffy4 Posts: 18
    I bought the A6 4.2 for the same reason. The A8 L was just too big, I tried to park it on my test drive and it was not easy. I have really like the A6 so far, except for the advance key problem that I will be getting fixed next week. I also bought the 18 inch wheels which do nothing for me. I would have perfered the standard wheels, the ride would be a little smoother and the tires may last longer. I see no upside to these wheels. Anyway, I did buy the cradle for the Sony Erickson phone. It is the newest version of the phone recommended by Audi. It just snaps in the cradle and is fully functional-address book etc. The phone is not a flip phone but is actually smaller than my flip phone. It has bluetooth and the camera. What I like about it is it is charging when you are in the car and then you just take it with you.
    The $260 for the cradle is a huge rip off. I also changed from Verizon to Cingular based on the comments made on this board
  • jjf429jjf429 Posts: 1
    My interior overhead lights flash on brieflty from time to time (typically while acclerating from a stop). At one point the door adjar message popped up on the dash when the lights flashed on. Anyone have similar problem?
  • matvrixmatvrix Posts: 1
    I have a '01 A6 Quattro. It has been serving me well. But, after I moved to the sun-belt I have been getting some rattling sound when it gets more than 70 degrees outside. Well, my car is rather spoiled as it didn't have to go through these trerous elements, earlier.. A common concern I should be wary about ?

    And, my warranty is just about to end and would like to know the things I should look into before its gets too late..

    Any pointers, would be greatly appreciated..

    Good day !!
  • My "leakage" problem began at 45,000 miles. I was told by the Audi Dealer this is a "known problem" with the Audi. My car was no longer under warrantee (It's a 1999 A6, 2.8 liter engine) so the bill was over $2100.

    I called Audi Customer Service this morning to report my displeasure with these defective parts (gaskets, seals, plugs) and the related expense of having them replaced on a car that has been babied all along. The service representative stated that they collect a data base of complaints and, if enough are recognized, may issue a recall / warrantee extension. Thus, I encourage each of you who has run into this costly situation to give them a call at 1-800-411-9988. Perhaps if they hear from enough of us something might be done...can only hope!
  • marleybarrmarleybarr Posts: 334
    Same problem on my 2000 A6 w/2.7T, 78,000 miles. Will have the cam seals, valve cover gaskets, timing belt, hydraulic tensioner, main/secondary water pump, thermostat, serpentine belt, spark plugs, air filter and an oil/filter change thrown in all at the sme time in the next 5,000 miles. Should be good to about 115,000 miles before the next major service.
  • halofanhalofan Posts: 37
    Hello all -

    I have had my A6 (2000 miles) back twice to the dealer now because the "air bag" light is illuminated on the cluster. The 1st time I got the obligatory "we checked the codes and it showed this... and we reset it" no further activations. I was told it was the sensor for the rear center seatbelt ignitor (whatever that is). Well, 1 month later it's on again, and this time the dealer doesn't know what is causing it, but says they are now in contact with Audi to figure it out. This can't be good. I really really love the car, but was hoping all the stuff I read in here wouldn't happen to me, I just think electrical problems are never good. The dealer gave me a nice economical Chevy Suburban to drive around as a replacement.

    My MMI nob also has snapped loose, although this one could be a car wash or kid snafu.

    That's all for now, I'll keep the board posted as to the results.

  • duffy4duffy4 Posts: 18
    Thanks to this board, I got my advance key fixed, rather than wait until my 5k service. It works great. Is there a way to lock the doors after you leave the car rather than using the key?
  • chitown1chitown1 Posts: 8
    If you have advanced key - there is a small button under the handle (on the right)on both front side doors that you can press to lock the door instead of using the key.
  • bondguy1bondguy1 Posts: 228
    That button is under all four doors!
  • stormy111stormy111 Posts: 16
    Has anyone heard of the airbag wiring system grounding out and causing the airbag system to deactivate? The airbag light in my A6 would randomly come on and give codes indicating the spiral spring or driver side airbag were defective. Audi chased this problem in my A6 for over a year before replacing the main wiring harness in the car. All the work together totalled about $7000, of which Audi picked up 75% since the problem started under warranty.
  • marleybarrmarleybarr Posts: 334
    That story does seem amazing, I have the same 2000 A6 2.7T with the same "airbag" light on issue. I was told by the dealer that an air bag replacement module is needed, Audi part # 8D0-959-655-K along with 2.9 hours of labor @ 110.50/hour bringing the total to :$815.00. Haven't had the repair done, in my case the light stays on consistently.
  • duffy4duffy4 Posts: 18
    don't do it. I had that light go on and off for 4 years I owned my 2001 a6 2.7. It usually would go on when my wife was in the passenger seat and my kids thought it was funny. It would go off after a few minutes or later that day. It is not worth $800 to fix
  • wattson1wattson1 Posts: 15
    has anyone tried getting audi 2006 a6 with the new S710a (blutetooth) ? Interested in how the bluetooth works ?
  • marleybarrmarleybarr Posts: 334
    Especially when the Audi dealer will only give a 1year, 12000 mile warranty on something that I call a "non-wearing" item. There isn't any reason why that air bag light stays on... the airbags have not deployed. I'm trying to figure out a way to simply disable the light, of course, the dealer said the whole system is interconnected so pulling one fuse will disable other important lights/features.
  • kgarykgary Posts: 180
    I had the same problem with my 05 4.2. The airbag light came on 1 week after I picked up the car. They called Germany and had to remove the front passenger seat and the rear seat to replace two sensors. The problem has not returned.
  • duffy4duffy4 Posts: 18
    I bought the new Sony Erickson phone, with bluetooth. This was the phone Audi recommended. I also bought the cradle ($250, rip off) I like the phone. I get all functions except the directory which is really the address book. I have it on blue tooth and carry it in my pocket and on longer trips it is in the cradle. The address book reads off the SIM card in the phone and I can pull up the address book while it is still in my pocket. I can call voice mail too. If you need the model # please advise. It is in my car now and it is raining like heck.
  • halofanhalofan Posts: 37
    I just got mine back today after 4 days in the shop, they had to remove the rear seat and replace the center belt sensor (seatbelt ignitor). So far so good. I was told they had to get Audi involved because I had been back once prior for the problem. I hope this is the fix. Hows your car been so far? I remember when you bought it, reading your posts. Mine has been fine outside of these issues.
  • kgarykgary Posts: 180
    It is a great car. It is fun to drive. I can't tell you how many people have stopped me in parking lots to tell me that it is a great looking car. The airbag light is the only problem that I have had. Luckily its week in the shop was the same week I was in Europe on vacation.
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