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Audi A6 Maintenance and Repair



  • Oh! I was aware of that. I thought it involved Audi specifically. I would think that will hurt CR. It makes you feel like they conduct the tests to come out with results that will sell magazines. Certainly took a few steps backwards in the weight I put on their reports.
  • kirby2010kirby2010 Posts: 136
    Not only was their credibility severely damaged by a completely fraudulent report (and been suspect for many more) I see from the news yesterday that the perennial favorite of Consumer Report - Toyota - recalled 530,000 Tundra's and Highlanders.

    I expect they'll do okay weighing the sauce and fruit in national and store brands of fruit cocktail. After that their expertise falls off pretty quickly.
  • a0kiaa0kia Posts: 2
    I have an Audi A6 1999. I have noticed that whenever it sits outside for more than a couple of hours in the below freezing temperature, the heater, the outside lights (headlight/blinkers) and the windshield wipers do not work. For now, the only way to get it to work seems to be to drive it around until something happens (just idling does not accomplish this feat) and the headlights come on, at which time the wipers and the heater all turn on at the same time. Inside panel lights are turned on throughout this ordeal. Problematic especially at night, when it's colder and there is no headlight! Any ideas? Thanks,
  • a6davea6dave Posts: 1
    Has anyone had any joy with Audi re this?

    I bought an '03 A6 2.5TDi previously owned by Leaseplan UK. When purchased the car had a full service history (recommended 40K mile service done at 38K). At just over 48K miles the gearbox failed and was lifted to my local garage where I was told the box had 'exploded'. I rang the local dealers and was told to take it in. There I was told they would strip the box down and send a report to Audi to see if they would, as the car is out of warranty, contribute to to the cost of a new box. Gearbox was stripped and the guy that did it said he had never seen a box in that condition. Audi have today rung me saying that they are not prepared to show goodwill in this case, which in all fairness they are not legally bound to as the car is now out of warranty.

    However my argument is that the car has been serviced as per Audi recommendation and is not due another gearbox oil change until 78K. It is only 10K since last oil change and that this looks as so it is a common fault with the design/durability of the box.

    I am now arguing the toss with Audi and have told them that warranty or not I want a new box, I have been told by my local garage that if I kick up enough stink they'll replace it so I'll let you know what goes on
  • I'm considering buying that car for $9000. As far as I can tell it looks ok RIGHT NOW. But what are the experiences here about what the future will bring? It's the 2.8l engine with tip-tronic. Is the tranny likely to fail soon or is there any other 'typical' problem that might come up for this model of that age ?

  • new 2007 A6 shudders when given gas from complete stop. Have taken in to dealership 4 or 5 times. Each time, tech who test drives says it doesn't sound right. Yet each time answer comes back, normal operation of CVT. One time, they rebooted computer of engine (dealer won't document that in writing), didnt' fix problem. Took to level of TFM. Was able to duplicate shudder. Test drive brand new 2007 A6 CVT off the lot. NO SHUDDER AT ALL. TFM downloaded information off computer, ran tests, came back said normal "characteristic" of cvt engine. Anyone else had this experience? thanks!
  • I've just posted a new message (1st one) about my car that shudders. I also have a delay/hesitation when in drive or reverse w/2007 A6 CVT
  • I have two problems i don't know how to fix.

    1. how do you change your ECT Sensor, how much and where do you buy.

    2. Bank 1 AIR Flow Too Low
    Bank 2 AIR Restricted Flow

    How do you fix those two error codes?

    Please help
  • I have what sounds like the same squeak on my 2006 A6 3.2, it's usually when I go over broad speed bumps. I haven't taken it in to get diagnosed yet. Did you ever figure out the source of yours?
  • Hi all -

    Anyone else have this happening? When I accelerate, I hear a ticking sound from the engine. Kind of like an old car used to sound when it was low on oil. I'm told by my dealer that this is the fuel injectors and is a normal sound relating to the FSI system? No performance issues, just loud and chinsy sounding in my opinion. Any others have this problem?
  • I personally don't have this and doubt it is the "FSI" excuse. I'd either take it to another dealership or to a good independent repairman. Have the indie diagnose the problem and then take it back to the dealership to have them do the repairs if necessary.

    Good luck.
  • Over the years, my cars have all been Japanese.... this time considering a used Audi instead. Love the look of the car, a little scared that reliability seems to be an issue. Any thoughts on a 3.0 v 2.7 ? I am targeting a car with around 30,000 miles, automatic, quattro, sedan. I drive relatively few miles/year--around 10,000, mostly city. Thanks.
  • I had a "00 and a '03 A6 2.7 and had no problems with them. I'm turning in my '03 on Tuesday with app.33000 miles on it and it is perfect. I am getting a '07 A6 3.2 loaded. I am excited about the new technology but disappointed the 2.7 engine or a new turbocharged engine isn't available. I love the way peak torque comes on at 1800rpm. I like the feel of the steering much more on the '03. I would get the 2.7 over the 3.0. Audi has been doing turbos a long time and their reliabilty in a maintained car has been fine. Make sure the car is CPO'd by Audi. I think you could get my car from Audi CPO'd for 21-21500.
    Good luck with your decision.
  • I am looking at a 2000 A6 2.7 Turbo w/100000 miles. Anything to look out for? Anything for this particular year? The price is $9500 from a dealer.

    I am a little nervous about buying a car with so many miles on it.

    Timing Belt?
    Electrical issues?
    Oil leaks?
    Turbo Problems?

  • swsjrswsjr Posts: 1
    I have a 1999 A6 2.8 with an airbag light on. Local shop (not Audi dealer) said it was a bad airbag control unit. They could install but said could not program, only could be done at Audi dealer. Took it to my Audi dealer, said it is a faulty SRS control unit and that it needs to be replaced. Total cost is $1,100! Does anyone have any experience with this and is this cost in line?
  • liferulesliferules Posts: 531
    I also vote for the 2.7. It was one of Audi's best turbo engines. Very fast, in fact the 2004 2.7 was faster than the V8 4.2 that same year. Audi has since corrected this hierarchical error!
  • kirby2010kirby2010 Posts: 136
    For what its worth - I have a 2001 2.7T w/6-speed with 88,000 miles and I really like this car. I bought it new. It was hard finding a 6-speed on the lot and typically they were demos. 6 speeds got quite a bit of press for their performance and I was worried about how the demo units were driven so I had the dealer find a car that was still shrink wrapped.

    I've had no mechanical (engine) problems. As I said elsewhere in this forum I have the oil changed and tires rotated every 5,000 miles at the dealer. I don't take the car on short errands where it doesn't warm up and I don't race down the on-ramp unless the oil temperature is up (lower left gauge).

    I have replaced both tie rods (not sure that falls into mechanical). I attribute that to the 20 mile commute through the back roads of New England.

    The nylon rail on my right front window cracked one bitter cold winter a couple years ago. It was nuisance because the gas tank fill is on that side, I go to full serve gas, and the attendant would come to that side to get the receipt signed. So for the month or two between oil changes I had to give the window a push.

    Finally I've had two electrical problems - both fixed under warranty. In fact the first was when the car was a bout a year old. The LED on the clock/calender would flash off/on from time to time. Dealer replaced the unit. And the switch between the clutch and the ignition needed to be replaced at about 45,000 miles. The car always started but for a short stretch it took six or eight tries. I'd turn the key and nothing would happen. Turn it off and on again.

    That's a complete chronology. Everything was fixed during normal maintenance (oil change) cycle. The timing belt is due at 90,000 miles. I'm not looking forward to paying for that it but I expect a few more years out of this car --- unless I really can get a 4.2L V-8 and manual transmission in Audi's new A-5 this fall!!
  • pcpaulpcpaul Posts: 4
    Does anyone know if Audi dealerships link their service records? I'm looking into buying a certified Audi A6 but would like to view the service records first. After reading all of the horror stories here I am concerned. When I asked the dealership to check the VIN with their service department they replied they were unable to view the service records since Audi dealers do not share a common service system. Is this true?

    I know that Saturn dealerships are all linked in and no matter which Saturn dealership you visit they can pull up the service record. I believe this may be true of Ford as well. Is it possible in this day and age that Audi is behind the times?
  • liferulesliferules Posts: 531
    From what I recall, they do.
  • kgarykgary Posts: 180
    On February 20th, Audi came out with a new MMI update. It is known as CD 4FO 906 961 AB. It replaces the MMI update that came out on November 1, 2006. You can get the update by complaining about losing the surround sound setting(TSB 91 07 08), strange noise or no sound through radio (TSB 91 07 05), cursor jumping in radio memory list (91 07 06), problems displaying satelite stations on screen (91 07 11). The other good news is that the dealer no longer needs to arrange for a rep. There are step by step instructions. If anybody wants a PDF of the TSBs for the new update, as opposed to the old update, let me know.

  • pcpaulpcpaul Posts: 4
    Liferules, I hate to think that my dealership lied to me but I guess they did. Perhaps the service records were less than optimal.

    Anyone who bought a certified Audi been able to review the service records prior to purchasing it?
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    I'd like a PDF of that. Let me know when you are ready to send it and I'll open up my profile's email address.

  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Actually, if Keven can turn it into a jpeg, he can post it on his CarSpace page - that way anyone who wants to see it can just go there to find it.
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    I'm not picky :)

  • allagarooallagaroo Posts: 88
    I have an '07 A6. Would this upgrade be of any benefit to me? car is brand new and i don't have any of the problems you mention except I don't get the phone book from my Verizon VX-9800 in bluetooth.
  • I'm also considering buying an '04 2.7T S-Line, loaded with everything except parktronic and navigation. Audi Dealer is quoting $29k (approx 40k miles, good condition) for a CPO model. Non-Audi dealers are in the 20-23k range for similar cars, $ primarily based on miles.

    I'm figuring an offer of around $24k is reasonable for the car. Your thoughts?
  • kgarykgary Posts: 180
    I e-mailed it to Pat. Perhaps he can post it. I have gray hair and don't know how to do it.

  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    I have gray hair, too. :P

    The question is can you use your scanner program to convert it to a jpeg? If you can, posting it on your CarSpace page is a snap. Let me know.
  • liferulesliferules Posts: 531
    I have uploaded the TSB's in this link

    Just for anyone that wanted them...
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735

    Thanks for posting them!

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