Buying Advice Audi A6 (C6) 2004 – 2011 Common Issues Engines Inspection

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You are watching another car buyers review, today we will take a look at the Audi A6. For this particular review we take a look at the third generation A6, the C6. This car was produced between 2004 and 2011. The car was designed in 2001 by Sathoshi Wade.

One of the key design elements was the big single frame grill from Audi, this was a Audi family tradition at the time. The Audi is positioned between the BMW 5 series and the Mercedes E-class.

Strong points of the A6

Strong points of the Audi are its beautiful interior, its quattro 4 wheel driving system that creates optimal grip in all weather conditions, and for some people its design. Technically it is quite an advanced car, this also makes it a costly car to maintain. If you want a sportive sedan you should go for a 5 series, if you want great comfort you should go to an E-class. The Audi is more middle of the road in this aspect, you can adjust the driving capabilities with MMI.

Is this a reliable car ?

The Audi A6 C6 is one of those cars that appreciates being pushed to the limit, and will reward you as a result of doing so. Overall, the A6 C6 corners well and has autobahn levels of performance, while still proving a luxury car ride. When properly equipped for cold weather driving with superior winter tires, it can really plow through heavy packs of snow and ice with ease.

Generally speaking, online A6 owners report they expect to reach (and surpass) the 150,000-mile mark.
Keep in mind, though, you might need to have a few repairs made to you car in order to go beyond this mileage. Some of the major issues with previous generations, like the common torque converter failure, have been eliminated on the C6 version, but the complex Audi chassis, with its eight individual control arms, bushings and ball joints is still what holds the front wheels.

The formerly trouble prone computer issues, including the multi-media interface (MMI) and transmission control module (TCM) have been mostly relegated to the previous generations. One of the most trouble prone areas on these cars still, and one that can cost as much as a used A6 to fix, is the failure of the timing chain tensioners on the back of the V6 and V8 motors.

General maintenance

Compared to other cars similar in size and power, the A6 C6 can be considered “costly” to maintain, and part of that can be the added complexity of the all wheel drive Quattro system. This, obviously, includes the general maintenance, which can run you approximately $800 to $1,200 per year at the dealer or a reputable German car mechanic, but you should find and use a specialist because they will be able to find and fix problems that Jiffy Lube and the like would miss. Oil changes might cost around $130 to $150, but if the wrong power steering fluid, transmission fluid, or antifreeze is used in your A6, it could cost you thousands to fix.

Replacing just your rear brake rotors and pads could cost you an estimated $700, and Audi recommends you always replace rotors any time you need new pads.
Need a new set of summer tires? Then, expect to pay around $1,600 for a proper set of performance oriented low profile tires. A set of winter tires, on dedicated rims, could cost you even more, but they are essential to get the most out of the Quattro system in winter weather,
and just think of how jealous BMW and Mercedes drivers will be when they see you driving your A6 when they are forced to garage their cars when the weather turns bad.

Common Issues

Carbon Buildup on Intake Valve
Carbon buildup on the intake valves is common with direct injection engines, and can lead to misfires, rough idle, loss of performance, and surging at stops.

The best way to avoid this problem is to change your oil more frequently than is recommended (5,000 miles). However, many drivers may never notice this issue until the check engine light (CEL) goes on, which means at least an $800 repair bill to clean all the valves and reassemble the top of the motor.

Multitronic CVT Failure

On front wheel drive, non-Quattro A6 models, the transmission is a continuously variable (CVT) unit, which has been known to fail.

Again, the best way to avoid this is to have the fluid flushed with the proper Audi fluid at 35,000 miles, and every 50,000 miles afterwards.

Timing Chain Tensioners

Part of the way the V6 and V8 motors in the A6 make all that smooth power is with their dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder, which require a complex system of chains to keep in time.

These chains have plastic guides and hydraulic pistons to keep them tight, and these have been known to fail. If you don’t catch this problem in time, when it first starts making noise, you could need a whole new motor in just a few hundred miles.

Bad Coil Packs

Bad coil packs are typically just the result of time (i.e., they age out at five years or 50,000 miles).
The common symptom of a bad coil pack is misfiring or rough running. Replacing one, even at the dealer, is about $200 with parts and service.

Though technical service bulletins have been issued, no recalls have been announced at this point.

Faulty Intake Manifold Flap Motor

The best indication of a faulty intake manifold flap motor is a rough idle, especially when the car is cold.
To fix it, you’ll need a replacement motor, which is not hard to do on your own.

At your local Audi dealership, however, you could expect to pay approximately $500 for parts and labor.
According to many A6 C6 owners, the intake manifold flap motor can last for anywhere from 30,000 miles to 55,000 miles.

Bad Window Regulator

The window regulators in the A6 C6 are known to break. Your only option is a replacement.

If you are comfortable taking the inner door panel off, these are not all that expensive or hard to replace yourself. Thanks for watching this buyers review of the Audi A6. If you want to be updated with new buyers reviews, hit subscribe.

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