definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,060 miles

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2002 Audi A6 brakes problems

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2002 Audi A6 Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 102011

A6 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles


I have 3 major concerns regarding my 2002 Audi A6 3.0 quattro. I will start with the most dangerous problem first...1) the anti-lock brakes that kick in unexpectedly. The ABS/esp problem started in may, 2007, with the ABS/esp light coming on intermittently, resulting in us replacing the brake light switch. The problem didn't happen again until the anti-lock brakes kicked in, in Aug., 2009. With no definite, inexpensive fix from the dealer, we decided to see if the problem persisted. It did, bringing the car back in Sept., 2009 & again in June, 2010. At this time, I had a private import garage replace the rotation rate sensor, which was what the dealer said the problem could be. The problem persisted further, with the light coming on every few months, until the brakes kicked in while going 60 mph, making the car skid & jerk to a stop, pulling me off the road in late Sept, 2010. It was absolutely terrifying! I had the car back to the dealer immediately, where they were unable to verify the concern. Since then, I have not had problems with it again until April, 2011, when the light starting coming back on at random moments & now yesterday, the anti-lock brakes kicked in while the cruise was set on 60 mph. I am terrified to continue to drive this vehicle. I contacted Audi of America in October 2010 with no help available! now on to problem #2)the flooding in the interior floorboard causing the transmission module to have to be replaced. I spent thousands in Oct, 2010 to fix problems caused by a water leak in the car. The dealer replaced the right rear window & door channels & seals, saying this was the problem. I found the floorboard wet again in March, 2011 & had to pay for the cracked pollen filter housing to be fixed. A little help from Audi on that, but these well-documented problems with my car continue to be un-fixable. I've found complaints of these problems from others, am contacting a lawyer about my state's lemon law, & am so disappointed in Audi!

- Welches, OR, USA

problem #4

Jul 202010


  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Audi A6. While driving approximately 40 mph, the ABS engaged suddenly and then the vehicle went back to normal function. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 78,000 and the current mileage was 83,787.

- Easley, SC, USA

problem #3

Jul 152005

A6 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Owned this car for nearly 3 years and have had to replace pads/rotors 5-6X. Audi no longer covers the replacements of the rotors after originally covering them under the warranty. This is an expensive problem that continues to reoccur. Dealer in portland, or is of no help.

- West Linn, OR, USA

problem #2

Jan 012005

A6 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
2002 Audi A6 brake equipment fails in cold weather. This would occur when the temperatures below 10 degrees.

- Eastchester, NY, USA

problem #1

Aug 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,300 miles
There is a sound of metal rattling towards the front end of the car. Sounds as if something is going to fall off the car. Audi could not identify the problem for 10 days and then said they identified the problem as front break pads coming loose. They repaired what they thought to be the problem. We returned to car to their service center 5 weeks later with the same problem. They can not identify what is wrong with the car and will not give us a guarantee in writing that the vehicle is safe to drive. My wife is 4 months pregnant and we are not comfortable having her drive a car with a front brake problem. Audi is refusing to buy the car back.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

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