1997 Audi A6 1.8T Plus 1.8 turbo petrol from France
Great as long as you have the money
Cat, failed and was replaced.
CV joint, gaiter split, then joint failed.
Rust in small parts of most panels, none accepted under warranty.
Brake disks all replaced.
Loss of water due to plastic flask splitting due to heat.
Severe alloy wheel corrosion.
Overall the car is comfy and reliable.
Turbo lag is a problem that takes some getting used to, and once speed is lost on a hill, it is very difficult to recover. Underpowered I expect for such a large car.
With 131K on the clock, the wear is expected on parts, although some parts are very expensive.
The car is still very comfy and gobbles up the miles. It remains a reliable car and lovely to drive, but the garage bills for repairs found at MOT time and service intervals are considerable.
The tiny rust areas on all panels have been very annoying as the car is maintained to a high standard. Audi's rust guarantee like so many is not worth the paper it is written on, as they can always find an excuse for charging. In the main as the car spent the first part of its life in the UK, road salt is the obvious and usual excuse. Luckily for me the labour costs in France are much cheaper than they are UK, otherwise perhaps the Audi would have gone by now as much as I love driving it.
My next car? Audi A6, so can't be that bad.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th November, 2009