Audi A6 Review from Netherlands

1998 Audi A6 Avant 2.6 V6

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.6 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired239000 kilometres
Most recent distance246000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 740

Summary:

Marvelous car, built by sound engineering

Faults:

Leaking crankshaft oil seal.

Lost the left blinker unit.

General Comments:

From one to the other day my car started to leak engine oil (no ATF). In my opinion this can only be the rear crankshaft oil seal. This is quit an exercise to replace this seal.

I will not do it myself since it is rather much work. Some garages were not even interested to do this for me, they did not want to touch an A6 with automatic gearbox.

The automatic gearbox box overhaul specialist (the only one that showed interest as well as being the cheapest) will repair this seal for 600Euro total (385Euro labor, 100Euro gearbox oil/gasket/filter, 15Euro Seal, 100Euro VAT).

Although this is the first, and hopefully the last repair I cannot do myself, I am a little disappointed in the bad seal and the costs to repair will driving this car for just 6000km.

Did anybody experience this seal problem as well? Please let me know.

Lost the left blinker unit. Probably because previous owner or his dealer did not push back the unit until it 'clicked' into the locking position.

This car is seriously the best money can buy with typical German quality. Absolutely better than BMW and Mercedes, but than cheaper, if not only for it's appearance.

One big disadvantage of the Avant is it's size, very small compared to my previous Volvo station.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th March, 2004

15th Aug 2005, 12:18

I live in Mexico City, I have a 1999 A6 Avant, I had the very same problem just one moth ago, in the Audi service they did not even knew what to do, the wanted to change the complete box, an independent mechanic did it, for $900 Euros, but did a grate job!

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 1 review