1997 Audi A6 2.5TDi 130 bhp red eye 2.5 tubbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Best value for money


Mostly regular wear and tear stuff. disks last 60k. Drive boots last about 80k. Dash lights last about 80k then all small bulbs have to be replaced. I changed cam chain tensioner and water pump as a precaution at 140k when belts being changed. One big problem Main flywheel started terrible rattle, the rubber vibration buffer started to disintegrate, I had to take it to a main dealer, big labor bill cost me £1300.

General Comments:

Overall for the great torque 210lbs and 45mpg average I get, its the best value for money. BMW 530D a better car, but cost so much depreciates so much and the car will not do 180,000 without serious money being spent on it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st December, 2002

1997 Audi A6 1.8 turbo from UK and Ireland


Luxury (at a price)


When idling, the engine smokes quite badly.

Front suspension rubbers have worn out (you have to buy the complete arm because they are not available separate)

Front indicator cups need replacing as they burn the metal connectors away.

General Comments:

As you can see, I do some serious mileage, just thought I'd let you know what to look forward to.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th September, 2002

1997 Audi A6 SE 2.5TDI from UK and Ireland


Driver's console.

Door fit.

Many electrical problems.

Cambelt tensioner (twice involving two top end rebuilds).

And many more minor problems.

General Comments:

Poor response from dealership to problems. Took part in an invited Audi customer survey - 10 people invited at random, 8 of us had major problems!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st May, 1999

31st Dec 2002, 05:20

I have not found the problems you encountered. I have a 97 A6 2.5tdi old shape with 180,000 miles and still original gearbox, clutch, drives. The only things changed are cam belt fuel pump belt tensioner, water pump, disks, pads and drive boots. Apart from that regular oil and filter changes with semi synthetic oil.

The only breakdown was the flywheel started to become loose (it has a rubber shock absorbing middle) and this started rattling. I never use Audi main dealers as they are rip off prices.