2002 Audi A6 SE TDI Avant 1.9 turbo diesel


Moon miles and still going strong - pricey maintenance, BUT massively impressed!


Air con compressor at 60k and again at 170k. Appears to have failed again, but can stay broken!

Turbo dismantled and cleaned at 180k miles - not a problem since - cheaper than a new turbo!

Central locking failed at 210k - £300 repair.

Numerous suspension components (I see these as consumables, but it does consume them!).

Maintenance costs (including tyres, MOT etc) has run at approx £1k per year...

General Comments:

Remember this car has done 210,000 miles... Burns little to no oil, and starts first time every time. Has never broken down on me.

Still on original clutch, CV joints, shocks, exhaust pipe, brake calipers. No rattles, loose trim - interior "looks new"... no signs of wear, and the seats are still firm and comfortable!

Yes, it's been expensive to maintain, but it's a relaxed and comfortable drive, very economical (still getting over 45 MPG on a mix of local A/B roads and motorway - a recent trip to Brighton got over 50 MPG at motorway speeds). It still has good power, and can easily take on steep hills in 4th.

It has been a magnificent estate car, and I would definitely have another - to my mind, it's the best looking estate around as well.

Fantastic build quality, great engine, comfortable and spacious... well done Audi.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th January, 2013

14th Jan 2013, 12:31

A great review... it's good when you get a great car. I feel exactly the same about my 2005 Volvo V70 - except that's done 294,000 miles and is still going very strong!!!

2002 Audi A6 Avant Sport 1.9 TDI 130 bhp turbo diesel


A good used car


The door contact sensor failed, resulting in the door being very difficult to shut: £250 to repair at a main dealer.

The indicator relay failed. The part was £25-ish, and easy enough to fit myself.

General Comments:

I really like the mechanicals of this car, the engine is utterly fantastic; far, far better than the subsequent 2.0 diesel.

I get 47 MPG when driving normally, and a big shove from the turbo when I put my foot down. Generally I drive quite sedately, and the engine will happily pull in any gear at just above idle speed. However, it'll zoom to the red-line too.

The brakes are great, and the handling is also fantastic, but ride is a bit harsh because of the sports suspension.

The car is very, very comfortable, I could drive it all day, the cabin is spacious, well laid out and a nice place to be. However, the trim rattles and squeaks from all over the car! The sun visors and boot cover especially, it is very annoying.

The dealers are very much hit and miss; there are some very bad ones, and some tolerable ones. Any work on this car will be expensive, so if you go to the dealer, get clued up on your vehicle, and understand what they tell you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 25th February, 2012

2002 Audi A6 SE 1.9 TDI


Executive luxury, great performance and money well spent!


Nothing as of yet.

General Comments:

This is my second Audi now & this car is absolutely amazing, the turbo really makes a huge difference to the diesel engine and I can outperform many petrol cars now.

The SE trim & interior have turned this into an executive car with full natural leather seats that are extremely comfortable.

The engine itself is a joy to listen to and I feel there is a big difference compared to the older diesel engines.

There is very little noise inside the cabin and the ride quality is extremely smooth.

The dealer salesman I dealt with was extremely helpful and customer focused - never at one moment did he try and push me into buying, top marks for my local dealership!

Audi have created a superb car, I really feel my money has been wisely spent!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th July, 2005

16th Aug 2005, 01:52

Just an update on this car, still going now done just over 50,000 miles. Rear electric windows have had faults, but the dealership promptly fixed these under warranty. This did mean they needed the car for a day, but they quickly sorted my out with a 2005 Audi A4 2.0 TDI 6 speed transmission courtesy car - maybe I should write a review on that also - all I could say was wow at the performance, but no where near as comfortable as the A6.

The car is still running very smoothly, awesome to to commute in as it is so comfortable - I do at least 100 miles per day commuting to and from work.

Fuel economy - the car is averaging at least 55 - 60 miles per gallon, which in my opinion is fantastic.

Any thinking of purchasing a 2002+ Audi A6 1.9/2.0 TDI - my advice is go for it, it is indeed a fantastic car to drive.