hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
102,397 miles

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2006 Audi A6 steering problems

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2006 Audi A6 Owner Comments

problem #4

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

problem #3

Dec 012015


  • 105,000 miles
I researched similar complaints and found that NHTSA id's 10555091 and 10444769 describe the exact same issue I recently experienced. I put the key in the car to start it and the it would not even turn over. The dash lights come on, the radio works, however the car is stuck in park and all wheels are locked. Car had to have dollies put under each wheel in order to roll it up onto a tow truck. Mechanic diagnosed the issue to be a failed computer module on the steering column, which cannot be removed and replaced by itself. The whole steering column had to be replaced. There are so many forums out there describing this same exact issue. This must be investigated and taken care of. I don't mind paying for car repairs, however, when there is a pattern of unusual and extremely costly repairs, the manufacturer needs to be held responsible.

- Missouri City, TX, USA

problem #2

Nov 132013


  • 130,000 miles
Audi would not start, car does not recognize keys, car stuck in park, all wheels locked, steering wheel locked, mmi radio works, light works, everything else on the car works.

- Endwell, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 112012


  • 63,450 miles
Car won't start, or turn over, vehicle transmission stuck in park. Have to tow on dollies account wheels locked up to dealership. Dealership says steering lock stuck in open position and have to replace entire steering column account part is integrated with steering column.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

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