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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,767 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Audi A6 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Audi A6 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 072013


  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Audi A6. The contact stated that when the vehicle was turned on, there was a clicking noise emerging from the center of the dashboard. All the warning indicators illuminated and smoke started to emerge from the vents. The vehicle was turned off and evacuated. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The diagnosis was that an electrical fire occurred that originated at the wiring harness. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The contact also stated that the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 04V133000 (electrical system). The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Whippany, NJ, USA

problem #2

Nov 192002

A6 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 22,300 miles
Failing instrument cluster display.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 032004

A6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated via E-mail I fumani shisana while driving on June 3 2004 hit a patch of water in the road. Vehicle started sliding from side to side uncontrollably. Tried to regain control of the vehicle and it slid off the road onto the grass on driver's side. Consumer removed safety belt and jumped out of the front passenger's door. Upon impact, none of the air bags deployed. While reaching into the vehicle to retrieve cellular phone consumer noticed flames emerging from the front passenger side indicator light. Then, vehicle was engulfed in flames. Consumer narrowly escaped with his life. Reported incident to the police and Volkswagen Audi. Volkswagen Audi seemed to act quit slowly on taking action to rectify the situation.

- South Africa, 00, USA

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