1995 Audi A6 Quattro 2.8 from North America


Great driving car with high maintenance


The engine sounds like it has a piston slap on cold startup.

It goes away after about a 1 minute warmup.

Our Audi mechanic does not know what the problem is, because it doesn't happen on every cold startup.

We are wondering if this is just the design of the engine for our year, or is there something very wrong here?

I am looking for a response from other Audi owners.

Last year I had the dash odometer light replaced and now the outside temperature light in the dash is burned out. The mechanic said this one is not a bulb and costs $165 for the part plus labor, and that I should replace the transmission position light the same time. That part is $175 plus labor.

General Comments:

Great touring car with comfort.

You feel safe at high speeds with how it holds the road.

On the low end the car is slow.

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

Review Date: 23rd January, 2002

11th Oct 2002, 20:29

The light bulbs required for the backlighting in the temp, trip computer and selector position displays ARE ordinary bulbs - 'grain of wheat' type 12V 50mA. They cost about 25p (USD 0.40) and are available in any electronic suppliers.

The procedure is well documented on the following website:



1995 Audi A6 SE 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland


Good reliable cruiser


Camshaft oil seal went at 120,000 (3 hours labour).

Door handle iced up causing mechanism to break (2 hours labour).

General Comments:

Still going strong at 151,000. Uses no oil or water.

Auto box has developed a slight lurch when engaging 4th.

Not exactly the most powerful car in the world and a great deal of patience is required while accelerating. This car is more of a motorway cruiser.

Handling has always been good, but starting to get a bit wobbly due to high mileage.

Auto box has a habit of changing into 4th at the earliest opportunity, stifling any acceleration. Averages an excellent 28.8.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th November, 2001

9th Apr 2004, 21:27

The A6 gearbox is an adaptive auto transmission that has a "sports" mode. Stomp the accelerator all the way and the transmission will hold off upshifting till the engine approaches redline, to maximize power and torque.

1995 Audi A6 Avant SE 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland


Automatic gearbox needs replacing at 49,000 miles, cost £2,700.

Ignition went just outside 1 yr warranty. Cost £80.

Temperature gauge, automatic gear selection indicators all went in less than 3 yrs.

Glove box won't close properly and no dealer has been able to fix it.

General Comments:

Prone to develop irritating defects. Otherwise it's a nice car to drive and own.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th December, 1999

1995 Audi A6 Estate 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland


Very little in 135,000 miles. Minor fault with water bottle when new and some recent problems with an oil warning light.

General Comments:

Very good car, but why buy a new one when you can have a VW Passat which is the same as the new A6 for much less or more spec for the same price !!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th March, 1998