2002 Audi A6 Reviews - Page 2 of 4

2002 Audi A6 Quattro 2.7T from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.7T
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired62000 miles
Most recent distance73000 miles

Faults:

Minimal interior paint chipped off due to previous owners long finger nails...

Coilpack 1x.

Vacuum pressure leak error code, yet to attempt to figure it out.

General Comments:

Alright here we go, love the features and the luxury aspect of the car.

Definitely has performance, but that is not what you buy a 4000lb car for. Absolutely love the look and feel of the car. I ride it to the ground sometimes, hard runs and everything, and the car really holds up, never overheats and all that jazz. Power band is crazy unique.

Not planning to rebuild the engine/swap turbo's because the engine bay is a complete labyrinth of tubes, hoses, wires, etc.

Just go test one out. Watch the miles, the Turbo's take care and if the previous owners were abusive, they might seize or the seals might wear out quick and whatnot I have heard.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th September, 2010

2002 Audi A6 Avant (wagon) 3.2 V6 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.2 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired22000 miles
Most recent distance49500 miles
Previous carLincoln Mark III

Summary:

An expensive GTI for adults

Faults:

1. Both catalytic converters failed around 42,000 miles. I was absolutely blown away when this happened, especially for 2 reasons:

A. The Audi service writer knew all about this issue, and was very good about explaining what would happen next, and how this would be taken care of under warranty.

B. But why did they fail? This made no sense. I am one of the oil change at 3000 miles crowd, the car is always garaged and washed, non-smoker, easy on cars, and so on.

2. Audi did not offer a corporate-backed extended warranty, so after the inexplicable catalytic converter failure, I did not feel comfortable with Audi over the longer haul.

3. The dealer always did a good job with routine maintenance, but $50+ for an oil and filter change, plus checking the fluid levels, was too much. My Lincoln Mark VIII (prior car) and Acura MDX (successor car) were far more reasonable ($25-35), all done at the dealer.

General Comments:

1. 9 out of 10 for the excellent, supportive seats, although just a little more padding would have made them perfect.

2. Controls were very clear and easy to use. They were nice to look out, without them being unnecessarily over-styled.

3. Lots of space inside, without being a huge car on the outside. Very easy to park. Small footprint.

4. Definitely a case of understated elegance inside and out, especially in silver with a light gray interior.

5. The styling was simple and timeless.

6. This car did very well in snow, ice, and rain. It was also very easy to do 80-90 miles an hour on the highway, without feeling the speed or hearing any real noise.

7. Transmission gearing for a 5-speed automatic in the US was all wrong, especially at highway speeds. It definitely should have had a deeper (numerically lower) 5th gear. This would have improved highway economy, without really hurting city driving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd September, 2010

2nd Sep 2010, 14:22

The clue here about the failed catalytic converters is the distance when the car was acquired at 22000 miles. The previous owner likely drove the car for some significant amount of time, ignoring that the check engine light was on. A failed coil pack was letting unburned fuel get to the catalytic converter, causing it to eventually fail, although years later. Failed coil packs were common for model year 2002 and 2003 Audi.

2002 Audi A6 Avant 3.0 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles
Previous carVolvo 850

Summary:

Will run for as long as you put $$ into it

Faults:

Normal wear and tear: tires, brakes, hoses.

Normal maintenance: religious about this.

Electronics on the dash failing.

Erratic availability of windows.

Rear cover won't retract.

Temp gauge is erratic.

General Comments:

The A6 Avant has been a steady car and a pleasant drive. Gas mileage at 80k is 23 highway, 18-20 city.

The car has not been costly to maintain -- probably $10,000 over ten years (first three were under warranty), but when you get a bill for $1500, it still hurts, and maintenance is not cheap.

There are two types of German luxury car owners. One group buys and maintains for the long haul, and enjoys a relatively low TCO -- especially considering the quality of the ride.

Another group sells their vehicles every few years, because they prefer a new car, even if it costs them more than maintaining the old one. Some, but not all of these owners see no reason to invest in high quality maintenance.

There is nothing wrong with consuming your auto quickly -- it is after all a machine, not a spouse. But don't blame the car for your decision to neglect it or to upgrade because you want to.

An earlier post gets this quite tangled. In considering whether to maintain an Audi vs buy a new car, the writer asserts that it is irrational to spend more maintaining a car than the car itself is worth. This is not always true: it may make perfect economic sense to spend $5,000 fixing up a car with a resale value of $3,000 if the total cost and risk of operating the car justifies it. With German cars, it often does.

Any owner of anything should care about total ownership costs and the risk of unexpected breakdowns or expenses. Add depreciation, maintenance, financing, fuel, and insurance.

Financing and depreciation costs are naturally higher on a new car just as maintenance and fuel costs are higher on an old one. Some owners prefer the certainty of higher payments for a car covered by a warranty, even though their TCO is much, much higher. Others simply prefer shiny cars. Nothing wrong with either one -- but this is a feature of the owner, not the car.

Some old cars carry a lot of breakdown risk -- but many old German cars do not. It is easy to feel like you are pouring good money after bad in keeping an old car fixed up, but do the math, because maintaining an Audi to 200,000 miles or more can make excellent economic sense. This is especially true if the car has been well maintained early in life, and is less likely to suffer catastrophic failure.

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

Review Date: 18th August, 2010

7th Jul 2011, 16:27

Makes sense to me. I am at that exact decision point. I know I have spent 12,000 over the past 18 months on repairs to my 2002 A6 T. It runs great, looks good, and I don't pay a car payment for an obligation of 60 -72 months. It's tough when you have to shell out 1500 a pop for repairs on average. But it stops for a while before kicking in again. Overall, it's worth for the piece of mind. Long live my 2002 A6 bi-turbo... PLEASE :)

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 13 reviews