hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
100,990 miles

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2005 Audi A6 steering problems

steering problem

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2005 Audi A6 Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 022016


  • 130,000 miles


Transponder in steering column failed disabling the ignition and locks steering wheel. My car was stationary each time this happened. My fear is that this could possibly happen on the highway.

- Orangeburg, SC, USA

problem #4

Aug 292015


  • 68,000 miles
Engineering flaw lead to extraordinary expense replacing the entire steering column instead of just the module that failed. Doing some reviews on-line - seems to be a well known and common problem but Audi does not want to do anything about it - www.audiworld.com/forums/A6-S6-C6-platform-discussion-58/transponder-steering-column-2834070/ millage listed as approx since car is in the shop now.

- Highland Park, IL, USA

problem #3

May 212014


  • 105,000 miles
I have a 2005 Audi A6 I drove the car for 2 weeks went out to start the car and it would not start the wheel was locked gear shifter locked. I had the car towed to Audi of South burlington. I told them I believed it was a issue with the access start control unit as I had read it many times over from others who had experienced the same issue. They told me it was the ignition switch replaced it to the tune of $881 and sent me on my way. Luckily enough I was not stuck with a no starting car in an emergency or unsafe situation. 3 weeks to the day same issue. Back at the dealer guess what it's the access start control unit. When is someone going to hold Audi accountable for this common problem" this could pose a serious safety issue for the consumer stuck with a completely non functioning car because it happens just like a light switch with no warning!! let me illustrate this for you... you're out in a snow storm, you have your children with you, you have no cell service.... ok you pull over or shut your car off for any reason, although it has been starting back up this time it doesn't. this isn't a safety issue when they find your frost bitten dead bodies the next day" crazy it could all be fixed if Audi would stop concealing problems to their consumers and just make a recall. Updated 09/08/15

- Lebanon, NH, USA

problem #2

Apr 292015

A6 6-cyl

  • 126,948 miles
Having all the same issues with the steering column listed below, why has this issue not been made a recall issue"??? there is an entire page of this problem at the following Audi forums.com link www.audiforums.com/forum/Audi-A6-9/2005-Audi-A6-wont-start-but-mmi-lights-seat-memory-etc-works-finefacebook-twitter-163846/ note: The issues listed in service bulletin no: Tsb-48-14-62 NHTSA id number: 10056441 complaint filed 10/29/2014 NHTSA id number: 10651089 and complaint filed 04/27/2012 NHTSA id number: 10456711. Why hasn't this problem with the steering column become a recall item? when is this problem with the steering column going to become a recall item"

- Dumfries, VA, USA

problem #1

Apr 182012

A6 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Car stopped in parking lot and would not move, turn on, shift gears or anything.

- Cos Cob, CT, USA

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