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Audi A6 Wagons



  • mrejmrej Posts: 2

    We just purchased a used 2000 A6 Wagon (baby #2 on the way...perfect car!).

    Very happy with the car, but unfortunately it came with only one key and no user manual.

    Does anyone have any recommendations to get a new programmed key and a user manual?

  • jodarjodar Posts: 51
    You can buy the Audi Key FOB off of Ebay for much less than the dealer would charge. I believe I paid about $10, for use with my Avant, and received the programming instructions as well. Make sure the FOB is for your model as there are some different ones out there. It's not hard to program and you can do it yourself and forgo the dealer charge.

    As far as a duplicate key, you will probably have to go to the dealer or some other Audi specialist, who can laser cut the key. It is expensive. I think the quote I received was either $100 or $200 for the key, so I just have the additional FOB and the valet keys.

    Another manual? Have you tried contacting Audi USA?
  • dmallikdmallik Posts: 1
    I just bought a 2004 A6 wagon with 12,000 miles. Now have 15,000. MPG (mostly Atlanta I-285) is about 20.5. Question; at 70 mph, the engine rpm is 2700. I asked the Audi service rep what it should be and he said "2000 to 2200 rpm". He said he would have to check the torque converter activation while driving at 70 mph to see if there is a problem. Has anybody encountered this? What should the rpm be at 70 mph?
  • rfvhjrrfvhjr Posts: 1
    I have a 2002 A6 Avant (wagon). I bought it with 24K in November 2004 and now have 35K (August 2005). Around town I average 18.5-20 miles per gallon. On the open road, at 70 miles per hour, I get 21-23 miles per gallon. And yes, even though the car has a 5 speed automatic, I run somewhere around 2600 rpm at 70 miles per hour.
  • Hi, I also just brought a 1997 Audi A6 Quattro at $6600. But it have 136000 miles on it.All equipment is working fine, but need your professional advices on some issues......
    1) Is the A6 running on timing belt or chains?
    2) Where can I replace the transmission fluid?
    3) I brought an uncut key from E-bay, where to get the key duplicated?
    4) my RPM read 3500rpm at 65MPH, is it normal?

  • There is no way to check the transmission fluid on these cars without putting them up on a lift. Most shops CANNOT handle the transmission fluid change, due to the unusual way the trans cooling is set up. I once had my 1996 A6's transmission destroyed due to underfilling of the fluid by an incompetent shop. Be sure to find a shop with extensive Audi experience, or it might even be worth going to a dealer. Far better to just leave it alone than to take it to any old place for a fluid change. 3500 rpm @ 65 is normal. I have had four Audis & have driven them very hard for hundreds of thousands of miles. They are good value for the money. Good luck with yours.
  • Looking for input on selling price (private party) for my 2000 A6 wagon. Here's the list of options:
    Heated seats/leather interior
    Cd changer/Bose stereo
    Rear 3rd seat
    Front/side airbags
    Exterior has a couple minor scratches, interior is in very nice condition.
    Has 52K miles
    Lightly used (single owner, not family car), mix of city and longer road trips
    Oregon car.

    (I've ordered another car already from a dealer out of the area) :confuse:
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  • Any ideas as to how to replace the "third eye" brake light? Do you access this from the outside or inside? Any tips?

  • Victor77 is absolutely right. There is no dipstick on the Audi transmission. Audi claims the fluid is "lifetime" and doesn't need to be changed. My experienced independent Audi shop says change every 50,000 miles.Also, be sure to .use the special "petrosin" transmission fluid, about $12/qt., you'll need 6 quarts, and a new Audi transmission gasket kit, about $27.00 from some of the internet Audi parts places. Bringing this car, for any reason, even a simple oil change, to a non-Audi experienced shop could mean real disaster for you and your pocketbook.
  • Is the antenna on the top of the Avant easy to remove so I can feed the XM antenna cable through the roof? I cannot find how to remove it. There seems to be a little slot that I assume does something. Any help would be appreciated.

    2001 A6 Avant with 75K - purchase Jan 05 with 48K for about $20K. Car has been great other than frozen caliper($600) - bent wheel($125) - sticky windows($0 for lube but will replace guides for $300 both fronts) - Get 23mpg in mix driving - 24+ on hway at >75. Love the car.
  • has anyone NOT been able to unlock their Audi? All of a sudden I can't get the
    programmed key or the actual key to unlock the car on the driver's side. After several tries, I got the passenger side open, but all of the windows went down too.
    Is this a problem with my entire electrical system?? Or an isolated lock issue?
    I'm afraid of the expense in fixing this - Any idea what fixing this will cost? Is it worth it?
  • Just purchased a 2004 A6 Avant 3.0l , 13K miles. Still has 2 yrs warranty left on it. Paid $28,500. Did I get a good deal?
  • jodarjodar Posts: 51
    That sounds like a great deal to me. I have an '01 Avant, with the 2.8, also purchased with relatively low mileage and aside from some small, but expensive issues, it is a very nice car. The extended warranty (7yrs/100k) has helped pay for some costly repairs (alternator), so I would get one if you plan on keeping it for a long time and it isn't too costly.

    The versatility and AWD features of this vehicle are pleasant and rewarding for me. At some point, I'd like to get installed a aftermarket iPod connector for those long drives.
  • sam818sam818 Posts: 127
    I have been unable to find out what "voice recognition" applies to on the technology package.
    Specifically: does it allow for voice address input ...a la Acura or Infiniti. The specs note that it controls the navigation, but if not address input, what else is there?

    For the adaptive cruise control: does it operate down to low speeds to brake the vehicle in stop and go traffic?
  • wbwynnwbwynn Posts: 246
    Anyone purchased a new Avant lately? Comments and pricing would be appreciated. Thanks
  • wbwynnwbwynn Posts: 246
    Was offerred $2100 off MSRP for a new A6 Avant with tech w/ XM, premium, 18s, power tailgate. I have no idea if this is good or just a starting point for the deal dance. Any comments would be appreciated.

    I am also told that the amaretto interior color is hard to get.
  • habuhabu Posts: 52
    Do not know about the ameretto. just brought home an Atlas Gray metallic with ebony int. Options are: Tech Pkg (Sirius), Premium Pkg, Prem. lthr, Power tailgate, Cold Weather pkg Rear side airbags and manual rear and side sunshades. Went through Costco here in Tacoma. MSRP was 56,340. I paid 52,859. This included a 1,000 incentive for trading in a Lexus and financing thru Audi Financial at 4.39%. I also used Edmunds and was quoted 2,000 off sticker on any one of 6 Avants at another dealership. Prices on those cars ranged from 52,xxx to 58,xxx. My car had been on the dlr's lot since Feb so they were not in a hurry to sell but I'm happy with the deal. Good luck in your search.
  • wbwynnwbwynn Posts: 246
    I have a Lexus too; they offered an extra $1000 for that or was it the financing? I heard they have some incentive to get folks out of BMW, Lexus, MD, etc. in an Audi.

    Let me know how you like your Avant, as I am very close myself. I drove one for two hours last Satuday and smiled a lot.
  • habuhabu Posts: 52
    The 1,000 was available because I traded the Lex (conquest program) and took the financing. Having a competitor's car gets you the financing deal and the money. At least that is what I was told. The financing is a balloon payment loan with 35 monthly payments and then a big payoff at the end. There is no early payoff penalty so you can get the 1,000 by making just one payment. I like the rate so I'll go for the full term. I expect to keep the car but the loan payoff will probably be 5,000 or so less than the value of the car at the time so the payoff could be made by selling the car outright.

    We have driven all of 24 miles so far and can only report that the car offers the best combo of luxury and road feel of anything I have driven (big Lex, MB, Pacifica). The navi is very easy to use and the seats adjust to fit me (5'11", 175lbs) perfectly. I am on my second reading of the car manual (there is a large Navi manual too which my spouse is learning) and feel I know about 35% of the car's capabilities. We looked at many alternatives and nothing measured up or came even close to the feel of this car.

    Good luck.
  • wbwynnwbwynn Posts: 246
    Did you consider or drive the BMW 530xi? More expensive but similar in size & options.

  • habuhabu Posts: 52
    I did not look at the BMW. Too many reliability concerns recently.

    I took the Avant over to Seattle yesterday. Real happy with how quickly the car reaches 80mph entering a freeway. Averaged 26mpg for the 110 mile trip. Car has less than 200 miles on the odo. The Navi works very well. Surprised us with instructions that we thought it would not make. We knew the route , but I would trust this system now anywhere. Around 1:30 we were starving so we asked it to find a Burger King and it found 10 or so with the closest about 100 yards away, although we could not see the sign..

    I've read the BMW i-drive s pretty complex. The MMI in the Avant is relatively easy to use, but I would not try it while driving in heavy traffic. My wife did just fine as a co-pilot with it. We played with the Sirius and it looks like we will continue the subscription after the 3 month free period. I'm sold on the car.
  • wbwynnwbwynn Posts: 246
    Anything new to add about your Avant experience over the last 30 days?

    Trying to keep this board alive.

  • habuhabu Posts: 52
    Seems there are very few of us Avant people around but I'll post more often (if I have anything worthwhile to say) to keep the board alive too.

    I just turned 600 miles today. We've had the car about 5 weeks now and I have 90% of the bells and whistles figured out. I truly do not have any complaints about anything except my dlr experience. I wrote a 2 page letter to AudiUSA and received a response today asking me to call and provide more details. I could write 2 more pages today as the dlr still hasn't fixed all the problems they created with the financing.
    The car is better than I had hoped it would be in all areas. Averaging 23 mpg in a 4200 lb. car that straddles the ride experience between luxury and sport perfectly for us is wonderful. We are planning a trip from Seattle to Mass. and back in Sept and I am looking forward to it with much anticipation. I think on 4 lanes this car will be superb.
    I am down about 1/2 qt of oil and bought my first qt of approved syn oil today ($6, ouch). Strangely this seems right for a car of this quality. I find the auto stick much smoother than the one on my '02 Sportcross and I can select and hold 1st, something I could not do in the Lex.
    Now if only Audi would bring crossbars to market so I could strap a kayak on top the car would be complete.
  • wbwynnwbwynn Posts: 246
    Did you incorporate a Bluetooth phone?

    I test drove an Avant on the interstate for a good while; it was sensational in every way. My car was built last week and should be on a transport ship in a week or so.
  • habuhabu Posts: 52
    I have the Bluetooth capability but don't have a phone. The cradle is in the top of the armrest. We use it for soft stuff cause hard plastic rattles on the contacts. The microphone that directs the radio, cd,nav, etc. is probably the same as the one for the Bluetooth. I have found it is pretty sensitive and the lady cannot understand me with the windows open or the fan on a high setting when I issue a command. The book alludes to this, but having to put the windows up and close the roof if I wanted to talk on a phone would not be a dance I'd want to do. Since I don't have a phone, there may be another mike in the car, but I cannot tell.
    Glad you thought the ride was as good as you did. I had to do a quick avoidance maneuver pulling onto I5 recently and did a pretty aggressive left right combo to avoid the car in front of me. The Avant was very sure footed throughout the quick wheel movements. Although I was doing 65 I felt completely in control. I'm thinking this beast might be fun at an autocross. I'm sure it would surprise some folks, snaking around slalom cones and not seeing the tail break out. The worst part of the highway maneuver was looking in the rearview when I was finished and having a state patrol car directly behind. Either he was impressed that the car didn't go sideways or he was looking elsewhere, cause after following me for 30 seconds he pulled out and went past without a glance.
  • wbwynnwbwynn Posts: 246
    You can see 2007 pricing on AudiWorld A6 C6 forum; my ordered Avant has hit the U.S. port and hopefully will be delivered within 10 days.
  • habuhabu Posts: 52
    many thanks for the tip on Audiworld. did not know about it. feel pretty good about the price increase between my '06 and an identical (somewhat) '07. I'm real happy about the replacement of Atlas Gray with another Gray. something about not seeing another car like mine rolling down the road I enjoy.

    best of luck with your delivery. although I've said it before, check the tire pressure on a front and rear and if they are wrong make somebody fix all the tires. also have them check the spare and show you the guage. that tire and wheel is heavy and not fun to dig out of the hole in the back.
  • wbwynnwbwynn Posts: 246
    What PSI do you recommend? Thx

  • habuhabu Posts: 52
    the tire info is not in the manuals you wll receive. it is on the driver's door frame along with the load limits. i have been using 35 front; 39 rear; 39 spare as directed. the ride is just fine. i have a friend with an A6 S-line who dropped the pressure from the recommended settings to improve his ride and his tires need replacement after 12,000 miles. if you get a nail or something in a front you can let the air out of the spare. or let the service man who responds to your Audi Assistance call do it. i called them and asked for trip assistance for a x-country trip we're planning in Sep and received an amazingly complete set of directions and maps. it arrived in less than a week, had over 80 pages of info. then I received another copy of the same package so I now have lots of scrap paper as thet only print on one side of an 8.5 x 11 sheet. if you use the service (it's free) be sure you have an idea of what route you will be taking if you want something customized. if I had just asked for Seattle to Massachusetts it would have been direct, interstates all the way. very nice perk I think.
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