really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,667 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Audi A6 electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Audi A6 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 232004


  • 78,000 miles


While driving 40 mph smoke started to appear inside the vehicle that came out from the dashboard. A fire started. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #2

Feb 202004

(reported on)


  • 74,000 miles
While driving engine started missing. Smoke began to come out of the shifter and dashboard. The dashboard caught on fire. The vehicle was totaled.

- Berthoud, CO, USA

problem #1

Sep 281999

A6 4WD

  • miles
It is very difficult to read the instrument panel during the day when the headlights are on. The instrument panel light dim when the headlight are turn on. As you know it is a recommended safety practice to run during daylight with headlight on. I find it difficult to get the information I need under these circumstances. This is a distinct safety hazard in my opinion and may have already caused accidents. The correct is clear. Make the instrument panel light brighter. I have asked for help from Audi on several occasions. They have done nothing although one customer service person told me to see my eye doctor. This should be corrected. A quick glance at instruments should be possible at any time. If you have to study hard-to-see instruments instead of looking at the road, danger lurks.

- Kennett Square, PA, USA

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