2002 Audi A6 Reviews from North America

2002 Audi A6 2.7 turbo

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.7 turbo Semi-Automatic

Faults:

I bought the car with 130,000 miles on it, and it was said to be in great condition.

About a week after I purchased the car for 7,000 dollars, the front wheels would just lock up on me with no warning, no matter how fast I was going. The traction control light would come on, but I wasn't getting any codes back that led me in that direction. Turns out it was the anti lock brake pump was going out, and the reason the traction control light was coming on, is because the traction control and the ABS are tied together.

So I got that fixed, and shortly after that, my car would turn over, but not start the first time, but it would start on the second try; that lasted about a week, and now my car won't start at all. I'm still not sure what is keeping it from starting (I'm sure it's something with the fuel system; fuel pump, electronic throttle control, fuel filter) or I guess there is a possibility it could be the timing belt, but I'm not sure.

To make a long story short, I bought my 2002 Audi A6 2.7t 5 months ago, and it has been in the shop for 4 of those 5 months. So it may be considered a well built car, but I assure you, it will be the last Audi I purchase in my life!!!

General Comments:

Nothing but problems!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st December, 2010

3rd Dec 2010, 02:39

What's with all these people who buy cars with intergalactic mileage and expect no problems from them?

10th May 2013, 23:56

I bought an Avalon with over 160,000 miles and it gave me no problems until 205,000+ when I sold it.

I now drive a Honda Civic that I've had for four years with no problems and 139k miles. Just the basics.

Is this too much to ask for from Audi? Maybe it is... because all the Audi/VW owners I've known report the same electrical shortages and money draining issues reported above. Myself included. My old Jetta in the late 90s had serious electrical issues, which was, ironically, the reason for its demise at 6 years old.

My question is... aren't Audis supposed to be top notch, well-built luxury cars? Some of us are not rich enough to buy new and repair multiple poor quality issues on a poorly-built car that is supposed to be a top notch luxury machine. In the future stick with Honda, Infiniti, Lexus, Acura, and Toyota for quality luxury vehicles. Don't take my word for it... go to those areas on Carsurvey. You will see less unhappy face icons than you see under the German brands.

Don't get me wrong... all brands have their money pit cars. The difference is... ALL German branded cars are money pits - especially after 100k miles. Like the US (GM, Ford, Chrysler), it's how Germany keeps their prosperous economy going -AKA greed-... by keeping us peons coming back to purchase more cars, repairing more problems, etc. Whereas the Japanese just want to be #1, the best at whatever they do, and they are.

11th May 2013, 17:57

The problem is that all the "luxury" German cars sold in America are always the highest equipment level ones with the most complicated engines. The Avalon has absolutely no complications except more cylinders. You don't have the base engines and basic trim levels available anywhere else. That's why these "luxury" brands keep selling in Europe - they make do with cloth manual seats, wheel covers, no radar cruise control, and more basic engines not available in North America. They are very mainstream cars over there - 'premium' but not luxury, often equivalent Fords can be bought with prices nearing or matching them. If repairs were the sole basis (and these cars actually sell CHEAPER in America than Europe), they would long have been dead.

2002 Audi A6 Quattro 2.7T

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.7T
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired62000 miles
Most recent distance73000 miles

Faults:

Minimal interior paint chipped off due to previous owners long finger nails...

Coilpack 1x.

Vacuum pressure leak error code, yet to attempt to figure it out.

General Comments:

Alright here we go, love the features and the luxury aspect of the car.

Definitely has performance, but that is not what you buy a 4000lb car for. Absolutely love the look and feel of the car. I ride it to the ground sometimes, hard runs and everything, and the car really holds up, never overheats and all that jazz. Power band is crazy unique.

Not planning to rebuild the engine/swap turbo's because the engine bay is a complete labyrinth of tubes, hoses, wires, etc.

Just go test one out. Watch the miles, the Turbo's take care and if the previous owners were abusive, they might seize or the seals might wear out quick and whatnot I have heard.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th September, 2010

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 10 reviews