really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1998 Audi A6 engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Audi A6 Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 162006


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Lower and upper gaskets are leaking. These leaks drop on hot parts of the engine and create smoke fume. I had the lower gasket replaced for about $500. I know that similar services are done 2 more times in the history of this car for the exact problem. I doubt that there is a design issue on this area.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 302000

A6 4WD

  • miles
This automobile has performed poorly since its purchase. Within 2 weeks of purchase the engine failed and the car would not start and needed to be towed to the dealership. 6 months later the fuel sending gauge failed when the auto ran out of gas. The fuel sending unit was replaced 2 times and I was told the new ones were not better than the original. The 3rd time this occured the dealership filed down the contact points. Finally a year later an official recall came out from Audi corporation to replace the fuel sending unit.the car has not performed well since its purchase and gets very poor gas milage. The computer systems are not sending proper signals to other parts of the car and it hesitates on start up and has difficulty in shifting from first to second to third gear, resulting in extrememy poor gas mileage. The dealership indicated that Audi made some software changes at some point but did not know when nor if there were anything that could be done to correct this car's problems. I have driven a 1999 A6 and there is no comparison between the cars. Neither the 22K nor 30K maintenance service has made any change to this car's poor performance. I have no choice but to dispose of the auto in order to feel the safety and security I desired from Audi. I am hoping Audi will make proper amends to take this car back and replace it with a properly working model.

- York Beach, ME, USA

problem #1

May 051999

A6 4WD

  • miles
Audi could not fix multiple problems. Told me to sell it. No safety defect listed within summary.

- Newtown, PA, USA

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