1999 Audi A6 2.6 from North America


Fix the bumper!


I have had the same problem others have listed here. The front bumper cover pulls off when parking with any type of curb. I take responsibility when I do some thing wrong, but this happens far too easily. It would also be very easy for Audi to fix. The body shop just chuckled the third time I brought it in (OK - I was guilty twice, my daughter once). They were seeing a lot of the same problem and a lot had been in multiple times. This is just simply a design flaw. Finally Audi admits it as I just got my recall notice today. Now, about that $1500 in deductibles...

General Comments:

Other than the bumper, this is the best car I have ever owned. Some say it needs a little horsepower boost, I do not agree. Buy a pony car if you want 0-60 in 5 seconds. This car is refined, ultra comfortable to drive, quiet, and has more than enough power.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th February, 2003

4th Mar 2004, 23:30

Is there a recall on the front bumper of the Audi A6 1999? I have had the same problem and would love for Audi to take care of it.

1999 Audi A6 Avant 2.6L from North America


A beautifully-handling and luxurious car with high ownership costs


The fuel gauge failed shortly after we bought the car; it would register at full for a few hundred miles and suddenly drop down to nearly empty. We had this fixed, and the 2nd gauge also died. We're on our 3rd gas gauge, and this one finally works.

One of the automatic windows broke; it wouldn't close completely and remained stuck partially open.

General Comments:

The A6's engine is fantastic for highway driving, but the 5-gear transmission does a lot of down-shifting on slower roads with hills.

The fuel efficiency is decent on highways but it is a true gas-guzzler in the city; I've averaged 9 miles per gallon in city driving! On the whole it averages 17 miles per gallon, pretty bad for a wagon.

The interior is very comfortable.

The Bose sound system is spectacular.

The car's handling is amazing; it has an incredible turning radius.

The all-wheel drive makes a big difference in winter.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 26th November, 2001

1st Oct 2002, 17:02

I also own an 99' Audi A6 Wagon. Great car, but costs an arm and a leg to have fixed. Also the bottom of the front air dam has little wing-lets that get caught on parking stops and rub on everything. Performance is acceptable, but not spectacular, could use an additional 20 horsepower. Other than that the car seems to like to be driven hard and tossed about in turns, except for the rain. It's fishtailed a few times on me.

Nick Tucker.

15th Dec 2002, 16:12

I bought a used '99 A6 Avant 2.8 35K miles in Oct 2002. So far, very impressed. Fuel economy is an issue. For city driving, keep it below 2000prm and you will average 17-18mpg. But of course with the pedal down it will suffer, but the fun factor is worth the trade-off.


23rd Feb 2003, 11:53

I purchased a 1999 Audi A6 Avant used with 36K on it. Fuel efficiency and overall power is poor making it feel like a under powered boat that can't get out of it's own way. The (many) repairs are expensive and with the car being so low to the ground, the transmission takes hits breaking the transmission oil pan for (2) $500 repairs. Cruise control failed and digital panel characters are fading. I will not mention the other repairs at this point. This dog has not been out of the my garage in 3 months and fortunately doesn't make strange noises while parked. The one good thing that happened with my Audi experience is that the dealer refused to take my 95 Subaru wagon in trade. The Subaru with 200K miles has more power and is much more fun to drive, believe it or not. Before you purchase an Audi wagon, at least try a BMW wagon. Test drove one. Wow!