Smart and economical... with room to swing a cat too
Window regulator failed - Driver electric window - resulting in overstraining the motor to wind the window up.
Rear passenger window motor became faulty - causing the motor to become erratic at winding the window up.
Shock absorber buffer worn on rear suspension - exposing shock absorber shaft.
Touch wood, the car has been reliable bar the above problems mostly covered by an independant warranty.
It's the basic specification model, with a CD changer and arm rest added. So no computer display fade problems for me.
Being the 1.9TDi 110BHP it's not the fastest car on the road by any means, but it has enough performance to keep me happy. I had a 150BHP Rover 200 previously and I'd say the Audi is overall much more flexible to drive.
Being diesel it's quite economical. The most economical car as far as fuel goes that I have owned. The worst I've had so far is 45 miles per gallon (with the air conditioning on almost constantly and furiously rushing to get to work on time). The best I've had is 50 miles per gallon (no air conditioning and taking my time).
Insurance quotes from some companies are a bit scary (I'm 24 years old which doesn't help). But I managed to reduce the cost by shopping around a lot. Now I am paying sensible money.
The problems I've had in the 3 months or so I have owned the car have all been sorted. The car is a high miler so you would expect some problems I guess. The "buffers" were worn exposing the shock absorber shaft, but £27 for new buffers and a mate with tools put that right quite easily. The window motors were replaced under warranty (cost to the warranty company of £300). The window regulator was partly funded by me and partly by the garage the car was purchased from (resulting in a bill of £85 for me to pay). Two new tyres at £37 each (budget brand), could have paid £49 for branded tyres, but didn't see the point.
I've had a few cars in the 7 years I have been driving. I am hoping the A6 Avant proves to be reliable and as useful as it's understated, but imposing presence suggests. That way it should last a good few years before needing big money.
In summary: Comfortable yet not sloppy. A bit sluggish off the mark, but a great cruiser. Stacks of space. Smart, elegant looks without being brash or "look at me". Put a private plate on it and it fools people into thinking you're a lot better off (foolish peasants!!!).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th October, 2003