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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,400 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1996 Audi A6 electrical problems

electrical problem

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1996 Audi A6 Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 112008


  • 125,000 miles


Ignition switch gets stuck in on position causing lights, radio, wipers not to function. Starter also remains on causing burn out.

- Danvers, MA, USA

problem #4

Apr 152003


  • 50,000 miles
After driving and when vehicle was turned off key stuck in the ignition. When this happened, the signal lights/ head lights and air conditioner didn't work.

- Rochester Hills, MI, USA

problem #3

Nov 122003

(reported on)


  • 97,000 miles
The electrical ignition switch goes past the accessories and causes some accessories to malfunction when vehicle is started. Provide further details.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #2

Jul 022003

(reported on)


  • 60,000 miles
Vehicle experienced the same defect with ignition switch as stated in recall 96 V 017 000. But this vehicle not included in recall due to VIN.

- Princeton, NJ, USA

problem #1

Feb 122000

A6 4WD

  • miles
Complete power rack & pinion steering required replacement, approximately $1,000. Car had recieved all required checkups since new by various authorized Audi dealerships and was not covered under warranty. If system not replaced may have led to more serious problem. No loss of life or damage sustained. System fluid leakage resulted in abnormaal noise and then brought to dealership for repair/ replacement. Ignition switch stuck on engine start position

- South Hu, NY, USA

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