1996 Audi A6 V6 from North America
Great, but unreliable
A lot of things
CD changer stopped working
Dash light became very low
Struts need to be replaced
Steering rack replaced
Leak from engine
Eats a lot of oil; 1/3 of bottle for one change of gas
Other things too; don't remember everything
It is really nice to drive this car. It handles well and the interior is very luxurious.
Very solid car in general, but I expected it to be more reliable.
I know that ones built after 1997 are very unreliable, but 94-97 is said to be quite good. Maybe I am just unlucky with this one, but it looks like it is falling apart, no matter how much I fix it. It eats a lot of oil too.
I expected more from German cars.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 28th May, 2008
If it makes you feel any better about your Audi, VW (the maker of Audi) makes overrated crappy German cars too.
I am a little curious what you expect from a ten year old car? Struts usually go out around the 100K mark.
1/3 bottle of oil per oil change is not too bad at all, if you have a few miles on it. I had an Escort and Town Car that would go through at least one bottle per gas fill up.
I wouldn't call it unreliable if it still gets you everywhere you want to go in luxury, with a few minor quirks. It's an old car with typical old car problems. If taken care of, these cars will stay as solid as the day they rolled out of the factory.
If this was a Japanese brand, all the list of things he replaced would be categorized as "wear and tear". But since it's German, he categorized those things as "problems". Go check reviews of Japanese cars from the same era. They all had more or less the same things replaced as this Audi, but yet their owners don't give their cars bad reviews.