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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
130,570 miles

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2006 Audi A6 miscellaneous problems

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2006 Audi A6 Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 022018


  • 150,000 miles


At 150K miles, experienced no crank, no start. Tow to dealer, and I had already done some triage. They did 2 hrs of troubleshooting problems that were not even related, so I took the car back. Found a trust worthy mechanic and his diag suggested the scm burned out taking the PCM and ECM along with it. The cost would have been in the $6000 range as he stated a %40 failure rate after 150K in alldata. He also said, if I repair it, I need to replace the steering column as well because I will just have issues down the road if I dont. The car also had a slow oil leak. The place where I bought the car said the repair is not worth the cost, so that factored into my decision not to invest in repairs. The oil leak was slow and I never had to top off the oil, but it was significant enough to know it was an issue. That leak was present after 80K miles. So I had to make the unfortunate decision not to invest any money into an attempted fix. I was at the gas station, had just filled up the gas tank, had new struts, new battery and prior to it not starting, the car was running so really good. It looked great and people often thought it was way newer than it was. There was way to much value in the car to trash it, but various parties only offered $200 to scrap it. This is a high end car for Audi and I cant believe they are allowed to implement a kill switch after 150K miles. I was planning on keeping that car for a long time. Now unemployed, I have to buy a car I cant afford.

- Westborough, MA, USA

problem #1

Jun 152016


  • 111,139 miles
I have a used 2006 Audi A6 quattro 3.2 [when purchased in 2013 it only had 89,000 miles - currently at 111,139 miles]. last Wednesday 06/15/2016, the car refused to turn over, however, the radio, mmi, exterior/interior lights were all operable. After investigating the issue more, I realized that the electrical windows refused to raise, the dash didn't illuminate, and I was unable to place the car in neutral. Later that evening, my insurance provider sent a tow truck with a flatbed - the vehicle had to be chained to the tow truck and pulled out of my parking spot because the wheels were locked. In the interim, I researched my issue on the internet and found several complaints related to my exact issue, which was later discovered as a transponder failure that would require an entire new steering column because the company (Audi) did not sell the part separately. These entries were from drivers of Audi A4, A6, and tt models from years 2004-2007. The following morning [Thursday, 6/16/2016] I spoke with john and kevin from the service center in the maple hill auto group in kalamazoo, mi which is a VW/Audi dealership. They diagnosed the issue as a transponder failure and advised that the entire steering column would need to be replaced because the parts aren't sold separately. They quoted a price of nearly $2200 for repair and labor - I advised that I researched this problem and found one solution on the internet that advised that an Audi service center (didn't have the location) used autel maxisys pro to remove the codes in the auth/access module and was able to get the car to turn over. Kevin advised that they were unable to use this process. Spoke with sean from Audi's customer relations department on 6/16/16 who had the concern reviewed and advised on Monday 6/21/16 that Audi was unable to offer any resolution due to the age and mileage of the vehicle.

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

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