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3.4

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,172 miles

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1996 Audi A6 electrical problems

electrical problem

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1996 Audi A6 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #25

Jun 052016

A6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 1996 Audi A6. The contact stated that the ignition switch became inoperable in various positions. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 96V017000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 125,000. Updated 10/18/16

- St. Charles, IL, USA

problem #24

Dec 172008

A6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 155,000 miles
The contact owns a 1996 Audi A6. The contact discovered recalls for his vehicle and the manufacturer stated that the repairs had already been performed. He asked for the repair records, but they were unavailable. The vehicle is experiencing the same symptoms as noted in NHTSA campaign id number 96V017000 (electrical system:ignition:switch). The instrument panel indicators do not illuminate, and there is a loud cracking noise. The vehicle has not yet been repaired. The failure and current mileages were 155,000. Updated 02/10/09 when the key was turned in the ignition, the ignition didn't spring back. The starter made a cracking noise when the consumer turned the key. The instrument panel indicators illuminated, but the climate control and air conditioner malfunctioned. Updated 02/11/09.

- Indiapolis, IN, USA

problem #23

Feb 272007

A6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles
1996 Audi A6 ignition gets stuck and starter stays on. Lights, air, wipers, etc, will not work. This problem was a major recall on other Audi of the same year but my VIN # does not show up for some reason.

- Danvers, MA, USA

problem #22

Dec 202006

(reported on)

A6 6-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

1996 A4 headlamps and windshield wipers failed to operate. ***** recall 06V403 regarding the ignition switch seems to be the cause of the headlamp and wiper failures. The 1996 A4 has been recall but not the A6.

- Issaquah, WA, USA

problem #21

Dec 112006

A6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 142,000 miles
: the contact stated intermittently the turn signal, headlight, and windshield wiper fail to operate. When vehicle was maneuvered off the road and restarted, the components were functional again. A NHTSA recall, #96V017000 was performed on the vehicle years ago concerning, the ignition switch however; the problem has recurred. The dealer has not inspected the vehicle.

- Issaquah, WA, USA

problem #20

Oct 262006

A6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,445 miles
: the contact stated while attempting to start the vehicle, the ignition switch did not return automatically to the run position. The contact had to manually twist the ignition cylinder back into the correct position. The vehicle was taken to a service dealer, who determined that the remedy for NHTSA recall # 96V017000, which pertains to the ignition switch, had previously been performed on the vehicle in a different state. The manufacturer was notified.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #19

Dec 202004

A6

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My 1996 Audi A6 has a faulty ignition switch as descirbed in NHTSA campain id number : 96V017000, which applies to my car's model year. However my vehicle's VIN number seems to fall right outside the range described by Audi as the affected range, Audi usa refuses to take care of the problem under their recall program. The problem is clearly the one targeted by this recall campaign and so I suspect that Audi usa delibirately understated the range of cars that are affected by the problem so as to save themselves the cost of addressing it properly and honestly. I would appreciate your investigation of this issue.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #18

Nov 162004

A6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Ignition switch is causing the headlights/interior lights/heat, and windshield wipers to become inoperative. This only occurs when the key is inserted into the ignition. Dealer will repair at consumer's expense.

- Evergreen, CO, USA

problem #17

Sep 012004

A6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,758 miles
Climate control and turn signals do not always work upon start-up unless the ignition key is "jiggled" into the correct position. Appears to be a recurring problem with these models and unfortunately, my VIN # is just out of the origianl recall range of recall #96V0117000.

- Moon Twp, PA, USA

problem #16

Aug 232004

A6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving headlights came on and off on their own. Then, vehicle stalled. Consumer restarted vehicle, and drove it to the dealer for inspection. Mechanic stated that this problem had been determined, but this vehicle was not covered under recall 96V017000 for ignition switch. Consumer informed mechanic that this problem happened more than once, and had not been resolved.

- Bellevue, WA, USA

problem #15

Feb 192004

(reported on)

A6

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Consumer had experienced unsafe driving conditions due to improperly manufactured ignition switch. (nar) lights, head lamps, heater & ac functions, wipers and turn signals would fail unpredictably.

- Golf, IL, USA

problem #14

Jun 292004

A6 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer's vehicle experienced the same problem as stated in NHTSA recall 96V017000. Defective ignition switches were improperly manufactured, and could cause some electrical accessories to malfunction. Starter stayed engaged when vehicle was already running.

- East Northport, NY, USA

problem #13

Jun 292004

A6 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer vehicle's experienced the same problem as stated in NHTSA recall 96V017000. Defective ignition switches were improperly manufactured, and could cause some electrical accessories to malfunction. The starter remained engaged when the vehicle was running.

- East Northport, NY, USA

problem #12

May 102004

A6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles
Ignition switch is experiencing the problem and consequence described in ignition switch recall 96V01700.

- Ogden, UT, USA

problem #11

Jan 202004

A6 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,600 miles
Ignition switch stopped working. Water pump stopped working. (was replaced 40,000 miles ago).

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #10

Jan 152004

(reported on)

A6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,500 miles
Vehicle stalls due to a faulty ignition switch. Sometimes vehicle will not start. Also, stalled when jiggling the keys. There was a recall regarding the issue, however the consumers vehicle identification number was outside the range, therefore the consumer pay for the repairs. Recall#96V017000.

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #9

Jun 172003

A6

  • miles
NHTSA#96-V-017-000: Defective ignition switches were improperly manufactured and can cause some electrical accessories to malfunction. Consumer has the same problem. However this vehicle was not recalled due to the VIN.

- Litchfield, CT, USA

problem #8

Nov 102002

A6

  • miles
Consumer stated having the same problems as recall#96V01700 ignition switch. Dealer will not repair because VIN number is not included.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #7

Mar 102002

A6

  • miles
Consumer states that his ignition switch is faulty causing turn signals and windshield wipers not to work.

- Studio, CA, USA

problem #6

Sep 192002

(reported on)

A6

  • miles
Ignition switch would fail to go into original position. All the accesories would become inoperative. Starter was also affected by this failure making a grinding noise.

- Shelton, CT, USA

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