2005 Audi A6 Avant (Station Wagon) 2.5 TDI Quattro from Luxembourg
Great for families. Reliable. Expensive in running costs
Brake pedal sensor / 20 EUR fix.
I had to replace brake discs due to rust, living in a snowy climate.
Fantastic family car. Excellent for holidays, never let us down. Ample power supply for fast highway and route driving. It obviously drives like a big car, with significant inertia.
Snow performance is excellent, used always with snow tires. I assume it's a mixture of quattro and the tires, but it does drive seamlessly over snowy or icy roads. Average consumption is circa 9L/100km on road trips (quattro and automatic add up).
Interior space is ample. Rear seat space fits tall adults (185cm) comfortably. Space in the trunk is big enough for a family of 4 or 5. Considering adding a Thule box for ski gear.
Leather seats are quite resistant to kids stains, and are comfortable.
Very comfortable for long rides with the automatic transmission.
Interior quality and looks are superior in every aspect to our previous Volvo 850. Except for the seats; those Volvo seats are incredible.
Maintenance at Audi dealership is quite expensive. But the car runs smoothly without any issues, so I'm happy to pay for that.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th August, 2013
14th Aug 2013, 10:54
Some rust on the brakes isn't really a big deal. Even new cars on dealers' lots have some rust on the discs. As a lot of static electricity builds up and water hits the brakes, rust is inevitable. It's pretty much like you're hooking up a power supply to the steel and flowing current in to aid the rusting process. Doesn't affect performance though.
2005 Audi A6 SE TDI 2.0 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
Terrible engine, awful car
This is without doubt, the worst car I have ever owned.
At 56k, the small bit of plastic that keeps the belt secured to the oil pump snapped. This caused the oil pump to stop pumping oil around the engine. It totally killed the car; the engine seized, the turbo blew, and one injector packed up. The total cost for repair was well over £4k.
Never ever buy a BLB VAG 2.0 TDI engine. Search Google for 2.0 TDI oil problems, and just look at the number of people who have suffered the same fate as me.
I am writing this in the hope that if you are considering buying any car that uses the 2.0 TDI engine from 2004 to 2005 (it was updated in 2006), and this includes Audi, VW and Seat - DO NOT.
This is a design fault with the engine; do not buy one and hope for the best as I did.
Apart from the engine falling out, the steering was too light. This wasn't a fault, and might be down to the fact I'm used to BMW.
I hated this car, and glad it is out of my life.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 18th January, 2012
21st Jan 2012, 05:55
That's too bad. I had the old '97 1.9L TDI, and for once VAG had a pretty good reliable product, other than the control electronics.
It will be interesting to see if these high sales numbers will translate into major sales losses, in the future. VAG doesn't appear to be interested in quality and reliability. Then they go and sell replacement parts at atrociously high prices and the dealers soak you for all you got, only to find out that it didn't even address the problems you were having. To be fair, the original dealer that I bought my VW from had integrity and they never mislead me. Unfortunately, they went out of business and I had to take my vehicle to a non-dealer shop for service. I then started doing it all myself.
"VAG doesn't appear to be interested in quality and reliability."
They aren't the only manufacturer.
9th Feb 2013, 10:44
I agree, a total rubbish car. Defies logic how a "premium" car manufacturer can produce a sloppy effort. The design of the ill fated oil pump chain tensioner is amateur enough, but the drive from the balancing shafts to the oil pump itself is disgraceful..... Having a six point drive (Allen key for want of a better description) driven by a TWELVE point female socket from the balancing shaft is beyond belief. Square peg... round hole jumps to mind.... The points of the Allen key wear and bang!!!
The BLB engine is the pits, I have struggled with one for long enough, with absolutely no help from Audi Ireland. The over priced, badly built, average performance electrical and mechanical nightmare will be moved on as soon as the final payment is made.
Be aware though, all 2.0 TDI lumps have the Allen key drive to the oil pump.
Power steering hoses exploded, window regulators failed, handbrake loom failed, turbo failed, throttle actuator failed... need I go on?
After driving Audi for 15 years - the 1.9 TDI was a cracking engine to be fair - I will never ever have anything to do with Audi again.
Proper German quality from now on. Merc or BMW from now on.
Can I clarify something, you state the A6 in general is awful and advise against buying one, but your problems are down to the 2.0 TDI, which is a known issue. So can you be clear, the car is fine, but the engine is the dodo?
2005 Audi A6 from North America
A great car!
Trunk latch needed to be replaced.
Minor electrical problems.
One of the best cars I have ever owned. Drives well, very reliable and just nice car to own. I have kept this car longer than any other that I have owned. Would buy another all day.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd March, 2009
Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 3 reviews