1997 Audi A6 1.8T Plus 1.8 turbo petrol


Great as long as you have the money


Cat, failed and was replaced.

CV joint, gaiter split, then joint failed.

Rust in small parts of most panels, none accepted under warranty.

Brake disks all replaced.

Loss of water due to plastic flask splitting due to heat.

Severe alloy wheel corrosion.

General Comments:

Overall the car is comfy and reliable.

Turbo lag is a problem that takes some getting used to, and once speed is lost on a hill, it is very difficult to recover. Underpowered I expect for such a large car.

With 131K on the clock, the wear is expected on parts, although some parts are very expensive.

The car is still very comfy and gobbles up the miles. It remains a reliable car and lovely to drive, but the garage bills for repairs found at MOT time and service intervals are considerable.

The tiny rust areas on all panels have been very annoying as the car is maintained to a high standard. Audi's rust guarantee like so many is not worth the paper it is written on, as they can always find an excuse for charging. In the main as the car spent the first part of its life in the UK, road salt is the obvious and usual excuse. Luckily for me the labour costs in France are much cheaper than they are UK, otherwise perhaps the Audi would have gone by now as much as I love driving it.

My next car? Audi A6, so can't be that bad.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th November, 2009

1997 Audi A6 1.8T PLUS 1.8 turbo


Brilliant, beautiful, comfy, and above all safe Limousine


Cat Convertor, Suspension, Steering joints.

General Comments:

A superb luxury vehicle for all types of driving.

Inside the seats are fully adjustable and very supportive. The cloth does stain easily, but wears very well. The ICE system is second to none with superb multi speakers front and rear. Although a long car once inside it is a dream to drive with excellent visability.

The engine is very robust although suffering from slight Turbo lag. It has a superb induction noise if pushed, but will cruise at 90mph for hours and then pull freely up to 130mph and more. The on board computer shows performance and warns of problems as they occur. The cabin space is vast and 5 can sit comfortably for many miles. The air conditioning/individual climate control is superb as is the heating which has separate blowers for rear seat passengers. Internal lighting both front and rear is excellent and the light adjustable red display of the dash board relaxing and not intrusive.

Externally the paint finish is of the standard expected from Audi and keeps suprisingly clean. The overall appearance of the car is one of elegance although perhaps the rear profile may not be to every bodies taste. The boot space is huge with side pockets for a 6 CD auto changer, tools and other bits. The floor has hooks for baggage netting and the spare wheel is easily accessible beneath the boot lining.

Beneath the bonnet is quite tight, but all the regular top up points are easily identifiable and easy to fill.

Overall the car looks and drives superbly. The engine is quiet and responsive and the suspension irons out all the road in-perfections providing the occupants with a limousine type ride. brakes, disks all round with ABS are responsive and trustworthy and although the car has the smoothness of a limosine it does not roll on cornering, but hugs the corners tight and flat.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2007

1997 Audi A6 1.8 T Plus 1.8


A limousine of extreme quality and finish, large, but still great fun to drive, economic luxury.


Front disks and Pads at 105,000

Catalytic converter at 106,000

Front drivers door light switch replaced

Cooling flask cracked.

General Comments:

The car eats the miles in superb style and comfort, perhaps some may initially find the seat a bit firm but on long journeys they remain supportive. The electric seat adjusters coupled with the steering wheel adjustment should enable all drivers to find comfort. The Climate control is exceptional and effective for both front and rear passengers. The ICE system is better than some have at home with 8 speakers offering superb and variable sound for all types of music.

Steering is precise and light as is the gear shift. The ABS breaking and accurate steering makes the driver confident in all conditions. Visibility is superb. The 1.8 Turbo engine suffers from slight Turbo lag, but once it kicks in, is extremly effective comfortably capable of cruising all day at 90mph with rapid aceleration to 115mph when called to do so.

The on board computer is accurate and with the fully adjustable red lighting to the dash and other switches including the internal door handles is relaxing yet effective.

The boot is huge and with the collapsible rear seats allow for large loads with ease.

Average MPG is around 32 but can increase to 35 over long distances provided you are light on your right foot. The car is now 8 yeas old and looks new both inside and outside and remains a pleasure to own and drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2006