2000 Audi A6 2.7 quattro 2.7 Bi-turbo from North America


A great performance car if you don't mind a heavy, less-than-reliable vehicle


Water leaks into rear tail light. Dealer replaced it once, but it still occurs.

Brakes squeal incessantly, creating much embarrassment when stopping. Dealer says it's normal and will not fix.

Fuse for interior lights was blowing constantly, crippling the alarm, windows, sunroof (which was stuck open!), etc. Took dealer 3 days to locate a short under the seats.

One of the Xenon headlights will not light at random. Dealer replaced assembly; it still happens.

Cup holder broke after 1 week.

CD player will randomly stop, or go to another song. (I'm assuming it's not commentary on what I'm playing...)

Brakes totally and inexplicably failed while I was approaching a stop light. Problem never resurfaced; no indication why it happened.

Air conditioning is not adequate to cool the car.

How many Audi/VW owners also take exception to Audi's Incredible Hulk door stops, which often send the door flying back into you as you're trying to get out??

General Comments:

Regarding performance, the car is amazing. It's heavy, so it takes turns hard unless you remember to keep the wheels driving -- the quattro then takes over and keeps the car planted.

I have no complains about the engineering or the performance, however a luxury car should have better reliability, and the dealership should be more responsive. Because of my experiences with this car, I'm living for lease-end when I'll choose another manufacturer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th May, 2002

5th Jun 2003, 14:29

This is a follow-up from the author of the original review. Last month I gladly turned in the Audi A6 at lease-end. I could have understood a failure here and there, but my 39-month experience with this car was full of annoying and repetitive faults, and repeated trips to the dealer to fix the same problems. As I said in the original review, I did appreciate the car's engineering; it was the lack of reliability and the sheer weight of the car that disappointed me. My new car is a 2003 Honda Accord Coupe and, believe it or not, it equals the performance of the A6 for about $20k less. The Honda's weight advantage, 240HP V6 performance, and re-engineered suspension in this all-new 2003 model please me more than the Audi ever did. It's toss-able, looks great, and I got out the dealer's door for less than $24k. I'm smiling more now. Sadly, for me the Audi name tag simply wasn't worth the price.

2000 Audi A6 Avant 4.2i from UK and Ireland


Quicker than a BMW M5, with ultimate luxury


Exhaust needed repairing after excessive speed over a road hump.

Rear off side brake light needed repairing as an intermittent fault was detected.

CD changer kept skipping. Needed a new anti-shock mechanism installed.

General Comments:

I have never not beaten a car off the lights with this beast. Only last week a BMW 530i pulled up and as the lights hit green, I kicked the 4.2 into action and left him for dust.

Looks can be deceiving, but then you notice the small 4.2 badge on the back and as I'm disappearing into the distance you realize why.

Tinted windows, and a great quiet leather interior give you a great ride. While wide Pireli tyres give this A6 Avant great road holding too. Took a tight corner at over 35mph and didn't even hear the wheels losing grip.

I couldn't have asked for a better car. And if you are going to get an estate and want to keep your credibility, then this is definitely the one for you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th July, 2001

14th Jul 2001, 11:26

Sorry pal, I don't know what M5 you know, but I know a 5.0 V8 with 400bhp... 0-60 in 5.5 seconds and 155mph (limited)... Do your sums again or buy an S6... but guess what? You will still be looking at the back of an M5.

19th Jul 2001, 11:10

Yeah, please let me know where exactly I stated that it was an M5 I beat off the lights? If you look you'll see that it was a 530i OK?

And trust me a 4.2 really can beat a 530i off the lights.