Audi S6 Reviews from North America

1995 Audi S6 2.5 turbo 5 cylinder

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.5 turbo 5 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired54000 miles
Most recent distance91000 miles
Previous carAudi 200

Summary:

Awesome car

Faults:

Sunroof drain clogged. 70,000 miles.

General Comments:

Very reliable. Especially compared to other Audis, included my previous 1990 200. Just routine maintenance, which is ridiculously expensive at the dealership. $800 per visit was normal, and the employees were indifferent. I think they only hired the angry.

Then I found a local Audi mechanic. He lovingly restored my car to better than new.

Amazing car. Fast and comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th July, 2012

2002 Audi S6 Avant 4.2 340HP

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4.2 340HP Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired46000 miles
Most recent distance84500 miles
Previous carMazda MPV

Summary:

Modern equivalent to a Chevy Nomad

Faults:

Check engine light at 79,800 miles, dealer replaced N80 valve. $330 repair.

Dealer said upper control arms were worn, replaced all 4 upper control arms on same service visit as above. With parts, labor and alignment, $1200 repair.

Replaced serpentine belt at 60K per service recommendation.

Recently transmission intermittently hangs in 2nd, 3rd, 4th too long after a lot of stop and go traffic. Driving a few minutes in manual mode seems to clear it up. (root cause not yet diagnosed)

All other maintenance was routine, (oil changes, tires)

General Comments:

Must be able to drive at higher than US speed limits to really appreciate this car. I've had it to 130mph and it wanted to go more. Very aerodynamic for a wagon.

Seats are a little firm for my 50 year old frame for longer than 2 hour drives.

I get consistent 20 mpg highway.

Heavy front end has under-steer, but it will go where you want it and hugs the road good on curves.

Very little service required, but what has been done is expensive. (no real surprise)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th June, 2008

29th Nov 2008, 00:15

Just wanted to post an update:

Car is still running well. This June I bought a 2000 Volvo Cross Country to help take some of the mileage load off if the Audi, and 2 months later it got totaled from someone rear-ending me... so the Audi lives on. Currently at 91,500 miles. Always hand washed, always garaged. The last time I took it in the dealers' technician commented to the Service Manager how it was one clean, 90,000 mile wagon. One thing about high mileage cars-you can really tell if the owner took care of them or not. Thinking of replacing the timing belt before the 105K recommendation, as there seem to be plenty of posts documenting early failures.

31st Oct 2009, 16:54

Annual update:

Around 96K I decided to investigate the trouble with the trans intermittently hanging in lower gears until 3000 RPM after it was hot. Complete fluid change at the Audi dealer fixed this issue.

The car now has 101.5K miles,

I got the timing belt, water pump, and tensioners replaced at 100K miles, 7 years.

The old timing belt still looked in good shape, but may have been stretched because now the engine seems extra tight at higher RPM's.

The mechanic also found a vacuum-modulated venturi adjuster that had a broken link, so that was replaced too.

It runs better than ever now.

30th Dec 2009, 07:15

I have a custom ordered white S6, cream leather, here in Australia. I have had it for two years, and love cars, and as result did go through a period of changing them all the time, with the S6 there is no car in anywhere near the same price range that could get close to it, with the exception of an M5, but in the second hand market here they tend to have been used hard and are looking older.

I strongly recommend the S6, I have had a few small niggles, but nothing scary, parts are certainly not cheap, but for a true luxury ride with every option known to man, who cares.

I have fitted a UK Miltek exhaust, which I strongly recommend, and put on lovely genuine (they are the only ones that fit) Audi RS4 rims which really make the car look very current despite being a 2001 model, and it has done just 40,000 miles or 70,000kms as it is in Australia, I just wish I could test the 4.2l Quattro in Europe on a high speed road.

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 5 reviews