really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,808 miles

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2000 Audi A6 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2000 Audi A6 Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 092007

A6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles


Model year 2000, Audi A6 quattro wagon 4 instances of sub-standard equipment: 1) ABS warning lights due to defective ABS controller a very common problem which the manufacturer should be forced to recall. 2) sub-standard materials used in the vent tubing in the engine compartment (cheap plastic that breaks causing increased emissions output harming the environment). 3) dashboard warning display led faulty, a very common problem which the manufacturer should be forced to recall. 4)plastic components in interior of the auto break easily poor plastic strength (ie cupholder, buttons etc).

- Norwalk, CT, USA

problem #4

Mar 182006

A6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving the vehicle became very smoky inside. The power steering and all the dash lights went out. The vehicle was pulled off the side of the road. Upon inspection it could not be determined where the smoke was coming from. The vehicle was driven for a short distance and the cab filled with smoke again. The vehicle was parked and then towed to an independent repair shop. After inspecting the vehicle the battery was engaged; flames were detected from under the dash board. The fire department was contacted to extinguish the fire but no inspection was made to determine the cause of the fire. The inside of the vehicle was destroyed due to fire and smoke. The vehicle had recall repairs performed in July 2005 for the electrical system. The NHTSA campaign # 04V133000 concerning the electrical system. The manufacturer has been alerted.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #3

Jun 012005

A6 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 77,040 miles
Fuse number 14 blew, disabling the electric windows and moonroof. I consider it dangerous to drive with inoperative windows. Four visits to the Audi dealer were required before the problem was successfully fixed. The problem turned out to be the lumbar support mechanism in the passenger front seat chafing and eventually short-circuiting the wiring to the rear footwell lights, which runs through the front seats.

- Santa Clara, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 012001

A6 4WD

  • miles
Original instrument cluster which was backlit under all running conditions night and day was replaced w/ non-backlit cluster due to a separate failure in the cluster. Unlike other cars, this cluster has no luminescent material on the instrument face to make instruments readable under difficult lighting conditions; with backlighting it is no problem. Without it is difficult to see and dangerous when under trees, in shade, with sun at certain angles, etc. The backlit cluster was replaced due to a separate failure and manufacturer and repairing dealer state backlit version is no longer available due to a running change in manufacturing. I have heard it rumored variously this was done because people didn't know their lights weren't on at night, forgot to turn them off if they had them on in the daytime, or because the expensive led lighting used was failing prematurely requiring replacement of the whole $650 cluster, often at the manufacturer's warranty expense. Regardless, the change has made the instrument panel unsafe in everyday conditions due to its design peculiarities with no luminescence and prior dependence on backlighting. I understand others who have driven the car with the backlit feature have the same complaint about the newer non-backlit version.

- Menlo Park, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 222001

(reported on)


  • miles
The date I purchase the car I realize the intrument cluster locate in the center of the intrument did not light up all the information under the sun light, the dealer replace the part and the same problem happen again, I request the dealer to replace it, they say they only get the part from Audi, they do not know when the parts come will work or not, they said they will replace until I think it look right, I got very upset the attitude of the dealer, so I called the Audi client relation office, the same kind of attitude and non responsible answer, the client relation said what my problem, they will replace till it fix, but they cant tell how long, so I have to keep driving my car with a almost unreadable instrument that tell me all the vitale information of my car. After I have the car for more than one month later, I realize that the window on the front right have problem getting up and down, so I went into the dealer in the morning without making a appointment, told them the problem they replace the window regulator in 2 hours, a few month gone by, my driver side window have problem, I went in in the morning without appointment and they replace the window regulator. So I ask them is something that happen to all the Audi or just the my car, they say just my car. Then I talk to a VW dealer where I live, he said they been replacing the window regulator in VW passat too. My concern is ifn there is a problem with the regulator in my Audi, why dont they inform us, because my car equip with a automatic down and up window switch, if this switch did not work properly it might hurt somebody.

- Auburn, AL, USA

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