1998 Audi A6 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland
Lovely car, too unreliable
Three of the suspension arms were gone when I got the car (at 36,000 miles), were replaced when I complained about the knocking.
CD player skipped continuously, CD changer brackets were incorrectly mounted.
Oil level is showing incorrect level, when the engine is filled with amount of oil that is spec'd in the user manual (and by Audi) the dipstick shows oil level 1" above maximum.
Car has now started to cut out when the engine is hot.
When broken down at the side of the road due to the heat problem the hazard warning lights stopped working after about 10 minutes!!!, flasher unit has gone faulty too...
Lovely handling car.
Very comfortable, good handling.
Good performance from 1.8 engine for such a big car.
Very expensive to maintain.
Main dealers in Dublin are terrible to deal with, getting spare parts is a painful ordeal, the service is not carried out according to the service manual (greasing hinges etc).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 20th May, 2002
4th Sep 2002, 10:34
I have not owned my 1999 Audi A6 Avant long (bought it used w 33K miles) but I am very experienced with vehicle maintenance. Thus I would like to comment about the oil level concern/complaint. It is nearly impossible to drain all oil out of a engine as there is no way of "tilting" the engine in all directions to evacuate all of the oil. With that said one should never look in a manual as to the required capacity and then add that stated amount oil into the engine and then check the level. One would almost always be adding too much. The capacities are there to guide you in how much oil you should have available for the "change". If it says the capacity is 6.9 liters for example one should have about 7 liters available and add say 4 liters to the crankcase, then check the level. After that add until it is topped up to the proper level. Just a helpful hint in proper procedures, no mean or insults intended.