2000 Audi S6 Avant


Monster estate car


Crankshaft position sensor failed, resulting in the car not starting when hot. Cured at a dealer for £230.

Slight coolant leak.

General Comments:

After owning a few 'slugger' estate cars (essential with family and a large dog - and I don't live in the country, so why would I want a Chelsea Tractor?) I was getting bored with driving, and my Skyline and Saab turbo owning days seemed like a distant fading memory - my partner and I decided on a compromise. We sadly couldn't afford a general use car and a sports car - so we would combine the two and buy a performance estate car. The Audi S6.

Let me firstly say that the fuel consumption is atrocious. Apart from that it's fantastic. Easy to drive, easy to park, loads of room for everyone including our Newfoundland dog, classy, comfy... what more could you want. Oh, more? How about enough power to leave Imprezas, Evos and Porsches in your rear view mirror!

Permanent Quattro 4wd and traction control mean it just sticks to the road as well.

All in all, a great car, and if things keep on going the way they are with me personally - I'll be trading this one in mid next year for the newer model S6 Avant with the V10 engine out of a Lamborghini Gallardo in it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th November, 2013

1996 Audi S6 Avant 2.2 turbo


Supercar performance for all the family


Nothing.. YET.

General Comments:

Quite simply this is the most amazing car I have ever owned.

It's so well built, and really quick and powerful.

The Quattro ride is wonderful and the colour (Nogaro Blue) stands apart from all the silver, navy and black cars on the road.

I got lucky as this one was owned by two AUDI fanatics before me, who looked after it really well.

I love this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th September, 2009

1996 Audi S6 2.2L turbo


Proper German sports saloon


Slow oil leak - still to be fixed.

Ignition (barrel) beginning to give some problems - a known issue - key sticking in barrel, for instance.

Coolant leak - broken seal, cured.

General Comments:

Great car - best I've owned so far. Quick, secure, safe, properly built. Interior very comfortable, clear dials, quite spacious. Boot is shallow, but deep.

MPG is tough - best I've ever got is 35mpg on an extended run. Around town it's looking like mid teens, week in, week out it's 21mpg. Also lots of stuff going on under the hood - hoses, seals, fluid lines everywhere. These things can and do go wrong having an Audi specialist nearby (I guess) would help.

I think this is a real eye-catcher of a car, in platinum silver with 17inch AVUS alloys it still holds its' head up with current BMW's, Audi's, etc. Very good value in the UK at the moment (2006).

With a good mechanic and being able to live with the mpg the S6 is a wonderful car to own.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th September, 2006

5th Feb 2007, 08:47

Revisiting this review - oil leak as mentioned has been fixed. Leaking oil pressure switch. Cheap fix and all is well now!

1st Jan 2008, 22:30

Spray WD-40 into the ignition and insert the key repeatedly, followed by inserting it repeatedly while turning it through its contact stops. The ignition functions like butter if you really work it in there. I've even heard this is a common german mechanic's trick after mentioning this procedure to one.

6th Jan 2009, 12:34

A very fine car. The best I owned. I have an avant one, full options.

I bought it at 100K miles, now it has 150K without any trouble. Uses some refrigerant water, probably due to some leaking tubes, but nothing to be worried about, just fill a bit every month and uses about 1Kg oil every 10K miles, really nice.

I can't say anything else. The car is perfect and I bought another one for my wife. A "definitive" car.