really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,679 miles

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2000 Audi A6 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2000 Audi A6 Owner Comments

problem #18

Jun 102016


  • miles


The contact owns a 2000 Audi A6. The contact noticed strong fumes entering the vents, which affected the contact's breathing. The contact was not able to use the heater or air conditioner. A week later, while driving, a fire erupted near the dashboard and smoke consumed the inside of the vehicle. The contact was able to pull the vehicle over to the side of the road and a fire inspector extinguished the flames. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 06V198000 (electrical system), but the contact did not receive a notification. The manufacturer was not notified. The vehicle was towed and parked. The failure mileage was not available. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Vineland, NJ, USA

problem #17

Jul 012015


  • miles
First the car ran hot no temp have came on had to replace motor.....the cooling fan broke made of plastic and cut my serpentine belt into......then the car flooded and ruined the comfort control module had to replace this now the front axel is broke and the boots fell apart and the ball joints are no good......

- Arab, AL, USA

problem #16

Feb 222013

A6 8-cyl

  • 164,760 miles
When moving the steering column up or down smoke comes out of the steering column and get a burning smell on the passenger side.

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #15

Oct 012012

A6 6-cyl

  • miles


Drivers side vents of the vehicle started to smoke, it then ignited causing a vehicle fire. The drivers side completely engulfed in flames.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #14

Dec 202011

A6 6-cyl

  • 203,463 miles
Our Audi A6 was taken to Audi rector on 12/20/11 due to an electrical burning smell coming through the air vents. Audi rector repaired the rack and pinion steering and a transmission leak. They said the smell was due to the transmission leak and would dissipate. On the trip home from Audi rector on 12/23/11, the car caught fire starting inside the driver side air vent and burned. It was completely destroyed.

- Boulder Creek, CA, USA

problem #13

Jan 302011


  • 130,000 miles
On 1/30/11, this vehicle, a 2000 Audi A6, had an electrical fire. The vehicle was turned off while listening to the radio. A plastic/rubber burning smell emanated from within the vehicle, followed by black smoke, and flames coming out of the air vents, primarily in the driver's side. A fire had ignited within the electrical board beneath the dashboard/gauge cluster area in the driver's side. The windshield wipers and headlights turned on by themselves during the incident.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #12

Nov 242006


  • 77,000 miles


Odometer blacks out when it warms up. The display disappear.

- Watauga, TX, USA

problem #11

Oct 012008


  • 80,000 miles
The information on the digital readout is all screwed up. Sometimes the tops of the letters are missing, other times the bottoms are missing. Makes it impossible to read information on dashboard.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #10

Dec 252006


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Audi A6 avant. The contact stated that the instrument panel cluster failed. The coolant and oil temperature gauges were no longer operative. Half of the display was visible, which meant that critical information that needed to be displayed was no longer able to be seen. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and they confirmed that the instrument cluster failed, but did not offer any assistance or a free repair. The contact has not yet notified the manufacturer. The current mileage was 102,405 and failure mileage was approximately 75,000.

- Los Gatos, CA, USA

problem #9

Feb 112007


  • miles
Dash does not show important info to maintain the car properly. The digital letters have disappeared. I have no idea what's going on with my A-6.. the dealership told me that all Audi with that same feature has that same problem. Also there is a oil leak that is common in the same models as mine.

- Fairmont, WV, USA

problem #8

Jan 102005


  • 55,000 miles


This is about my 2000 Audi A6. The central display lcd on the instrument cluster failed to display any information including important warnings such as coolant level, engine temperature, engine oil pressure, brake/ turn lights out, gear position etc. All are important to driving safety. I once had leakage in my radiator but I could not see the warning of dropping water level and that caused damage to my engine and water pump and I was burned when checking engine. It almost caused a accident because it stopped my car in the middle of the high way. As far as I know, almost every Audi A4/A6 in between 1998-2004 model year had the same display problem.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #7

Dec 032007

A6 6-cyl

  • miles
2000 Audi A6 with a fuel leak. Consumer states that the vehicle has been repaired for the fuel leak and would like some financial assistance in paying for the repair. Consumer stated he never received a call from the dealer. The vehicle had puddles of fuel on top of the tank. The consumer believed recall # 01V157000 was related to fuel tank problem he experienced. The dealer informed the consumer the vehicle identification number was not included in the recall. The consumer stated the lights on the vehicle would dim.

- Stonington, CT, USA

problem #6

Dec 302005

A6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles
: the contact stated a recall notification was received in 2004 on NHTSA campaign id # 04V133000, concerning the electrical system. The recall work was performed by the dealership; however the vehicle caught fire and burned while driving. The fire started under the dash on the driver's side. The flames were first noticed coming from the vents. The fire department was contacted to extinguish the fire. The manufacturer was contacted and sent a representative to investigate the scene. The representative commented the recall was suppose to prevent a fire from occurring. The driver's side of the vehicle was severely damaged and the insurance company totaled the vehicle.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #5

Jun 162005

A6 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
Near total loss of power (intermittent) 17 error codes in obd. New triptonic transmission 1 month after expiration of warentee. Extended warentee never offered by Audi. Error codes include throttle housing and cam error. I have spent nearly $7,000 in 10 monthes on mechanical repairs and mechanic says that I need approximatly $6,300 more. Audi said that I can have the dealer run a dignostic at my own expense. Addition to the $6,300 need. Check engine light has constantly come on since purchase. Dealer siad that he advises customer many times to disconnect light. Constant repairs since ownership. Audi is not helpfull.

- La Mirada, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 012004

A6 6-cyl

  • miles
Install plastic cover on driver's side support on cross member and apply felt to left cross member end. Check front suspension lower control arms. The consumer requested reimbursement. There was an electrical short that disabled the vehicle and required extensive repairs for smoke and parts/wiring replacement. The electrical short on the driver's side behind the dash resulted in smoke and a strong burning plastic smell. Recall# 04V133000. The consumer had to pay to have the rubber boot and upper control arms replaced even though there was a recall for the control arms.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #3

Jan 142004

A6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
Turbo bypass and mass airflow replaced numerous times during the first 30K miles. Car in the shop every 2K...for one thing or another.

- Highland, UT, USA

problem #2

Jan 042004

A6 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
Vehicle fire: 2000 Audi A6 caught fire approximately 30 minutes after being parked in a garage. The local fire department determined that the fire originated from under the vehicle's dashboard...similar to reports mentioned in NHTSA action number EA03025. The Audi was completely destroyed, as were a 2000 Chevrolet corvette that was parked next to the Audi, the entire garage, and finished basement. The remainder of thehome was severly damaged by smoke and soot and the occupants have had to leave the home until repairs can be made. No one was injured in the incident, as no one was in the home at the time of the incident.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #1

Apr 172003

(reported on)

A6 6-cyl

  • 27,000 miles
There were oil leaks, the consumer had to replace the turbo(s) at 37000 miles and needed a new turbo(s) again, and the engine and brake lights appeared on different occasions. Dealer stated the oil wasn't changed regularly. The initial turbo(s) were replaced with the old oil because the new oil wasn't covered under warranty. The service dealer stated that 1 out of 15 vehicle's have the same problem. Mr scc

- Unknown, DC, USA

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