hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,333 miles

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1997 Audi A6 electrical problems

electrical problem

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1997 Audi A6 Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 102013


  • 90,000 miles


Ignition switch stopped working causing the headlights, turn signals, and wipers to stop working. Car still operates and is a danger if driving without turn signals or wipers without knowing. I have noticed this issue has occurred several times with this model and understand the A4 had a recall for this problem the same year. In which the ignition switch has the same part number as the failed switch in the A6 however Audi did not issue a recall for the A6.

- Manheim, PA, USA

problem #2

Jun 282013

A6 6-cyl

  • miles
The rear seat was shifted by the occupant to attach a child's car seat to the passenger side rear seatbelt mounting brackets. The spring wires under the rear seat contacted both posts of the battery under the seat, igniting a fire, which spread through the entire rear seat of the car. The suspension wires of the rear seat were burned away by the arc. Based upon the position of the rear seat reported by the witness, the seat wires lined up right on top of the battery terminals. There did not appear to be any insulating means between the terminals of the battery and the bottom of the seat suspension.

- Boulder, CO, USA

problem #1

Jan 022009


  • 100,000 miles
I'm having a problem with the ignition switch on my car - a 97/Audi/Audi A6 white rco129. The key turns too far and you have to shift it back to get the gauges/electrical accessories (wipers, air conditioner, headlights, etc.) to function properly again. Could this be related to the 1994-1996 A6 recall?

- San Ramon, CA, USA

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