2001 Audi A6 2.7T 2.7 V6 Twin turbo from North America




After a few months, the car would begin to run on only 5 cylinders. Dealer could see this in the computer log, but could not find the problem. Began mass replacement of parts, such as injectors, coils, etc. Only after almost 4 years, was it tracked to a wiring harness.

The dealer also had to replace 3 catalytic converters and the power window mechanism in the driver's door.

Battery died from lack of water (regular service schedule at dealer).

Rear window leaked and ruined headliner.

Car spent 3.5 months at the dealer shop out of my 4 year ownership period. Only wonderful part was the Audi lease; I paid the lease off and turned it in early before the warranty expired.

General Comments:

Very fast car, great interior, very good in snowy weather.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th December, 2007

2001 Audi A6 2.7T from North America


A maintenance nightmare


Leaking cam gaskets (repeating problem). The car smells like burnt oil all the time.

From the first day I picked the car up, I've had problems. Left and right CV boots wore out. Went to replace the brakes, and only the dealer had the pads for the front at a cost of $112.00!

At 80,350 mile my cat converter goes bad and the dealer wants me to pay $3000.00 to change! And did I mention that the warranty for the cat is 8 years, 80K miles...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th November, 2007

2001 Audi A6 Quattro Sport Avant 3.0 petrol from UK and Ireland


Some good points, some not so good, but none bad!


Brake caliper on rear sticking at 60k miles; cleaning would not sort this, so had to be replaced. Rear brake pads done at the same time.

Nearside lower wishbone replaced as bushes were worn and causing a knocking noise; apparently common on this car.

General Comments:

Grip is fantastic with the car being a Quattro, traction is rarely an issue. Pulling away quickly from junctions, roundabouts etc can be done as quickly in the wet as it can in the dry.

Handling is OK, the car always reminds you it weighs the best part of 1700kg, even though the Sport spec it does pitch under braking and cornering; it's not meant to be a hot hatch though so this is to be expected.

Initial turn in tends to remind you this is a large car; once on the open road though, and the car is setup for a bend with the power applied, the car grips very well, the weight shifts back and it feels much more neutral.

Over winding A and B roads, the slightly softer suspension allows bumps to be soaked up with little detriment to the attitude of the car mid corner. This is a very safe capable car at crossing ground quickly in all weathers, but don't buy it if you're looking for something which can be grabbed by the scruff of the neck, like a Clio 182.

Performance for a big car is OK at low speeds, and adequate once up and running. The first 3 gears are hideously short, and the car never really feels like it's getting going till 4th. After this point the 3.0 shows its worth and it'll happily take you to license losing territory. Overtakes are dispatched safely with a real world benchmark of 60-80 covered quickly and effortlessly. Being a large capacity engine allows any gear to offer decent shove; 40mph in 6th will give meaningful pull, and to overtake from 60 you never need to change out of 6th unless the gap is small.

The engine is responsive, but likes a drink. Motorway touring gives about 27 at best, but drive it hard and it'll get 20. Normal use returns about 24. It's poor, but worth it; the car needs the V6 to make it feel like the executive car it is; it's creamy smooth, never intrusive and always feels powerful. The 2.4 is underpowered, the 4.2 fantastic, but even thirstier.

Ergonomics are typically Audi, as is the fit and finish. It's comfortable car to be in, and the equipment is good. The sports seats offer good support, and with rake and reach adjustment, a good position can be found. The gearbox is a bit clunky, and the pedal spacing isn't the best, but otherwise it's very good.

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

Review Date: 4th September, 2007