really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,500 miles

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1997 Audi A6 electrical problems

electrical problem

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1997 Audi A6 Owner Comments

problem #8

Oct 212005

A6 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Associated with complaint id 345606/recall id#00V317000 Audi 1997 A6 wagon with the same symptoms. I replaced my ignition switch several times and it would stay engaged and the key would get stuck in the ignition. This particular time the car was being started and it burst in to flames. The fire dept put the fire out and I had the car towed to the dealer. Starter was burned up and so is the motormount is as much as I know for now, iam sure there's more. Car is still at dealer and Audi of America (hq) says that they cannot promise me anything. Made it known that I was afraid to have a car that would catch on fire with my two kids and I. was repeatedly told that my car didnt have a recall on it by the dealer and that the same part was not being used as in Audi A4, even after I mentioned the Audi 1997 earlier complaint. Audi is being very insensitive to the situation and things are not happening very fast. I receive several inquiries about the same info over and over as if the dealer and hq are not connecting. The insurance agent and myself are not receiving timely call backs for the last couple weeks. I am very afraid of this car, please help!!! I know that decisions are made at hq so I really need their help.

- Roswell, GA, USA

problem #7

Aug 162005


  • miles
Ignition switch has malfunctioned many times, causing headlamps to flicker or simply not function. The switch now has malfunctioned to the point of no longer allowing the headlamps to function.

- Hot Springs, AR, USA

problem #6

Jul 142004

A6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,000 miles
I have a "sticky" ignition switch, you have to manually turn it back to run or the starter stays engaged. I have not corrected the problem yet. It seems to be a common failure and was a recall item on other models.

- Freeland, MI, USA

problem #5

Aug 272002


  • miles


Ignition switch failed. It's a well-known problem. Go to www.audiworld.com/search/ and put 'ignition switch' in and see how many people have had this same problem and yet there's a recall on the A4, but not the A6.

- Ballwin, MO, USA

problem #4

Feb 152002

A6 4WD

  • miles
Audi of America replaced ignition switches on 1997 A4 model cars as part of a recall program. The 1997 Audi A6 uses the same ignition switch as the Audi A4, but the A6 was not included in the recall with the A4. The symptoms of the failing switch are the same with both A4 and A6 models. It would seem prudent by Audi to replace the ignition switches on the A6 model cars as part of the same recall program as they did with the A4 model, especially scince the ignition switches are the same part number.

- Hagerstown, MD, USA

problem #3

Mar 152001

A6 4WD

  • miles
Plastic ignition switch breaks and key will not return to normal position, resulting in loss of turn signals, lights, wipers. Attempted reset my turn car off while moving.

- Provo, UT, USA

problem #2

Aug 202001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Key did not return to neutral position after starting vehicle. Mechanic has replaced ignition switch.

- Minot, ND, USA

problem #1

Oct 231998

A6 4WD

  • miles
Numerous electrical failures and malfunctions including replacement of ignition switch, 2 batteries, 2 alternators, A/C fan relays and fans, numerous wiring "reroutes"; problems still exist. Car looses electrical power while driving without warning. Cannot be restarted.

- Venice, FL, USA

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