View Full Version : hello C6 A6 owners, questions for ya...

09-14-2010, 07:49 AM
Hey I know the C6 owners are few and far between here on audizine..but I wanted to know of I might ask some questions.

One how is the electronic parking brake working out?? any failures of the units on the rear wheels?? and how much does one cost?

Also if you had the chance would you buy your A6 all over again??

And finally, why I am asking. I am currently looking for a new car and I wanted something a little larger then my old A4. I have been looking at B7 A4's and B6 S4's but I think I want something larger so I can have passengers.

Thanks for the assistance

09-16-2010, 04:19 PM
no one is gonna help? wow

09-16-2010, 10:22 PM
Never have had a problem with my E-e-brake, "knocks on wood"
I love my C6 Avant, plenty of room for a grocery getter. I would buy another no problem.

09-17-2010, 05:36 AM
I love my A6 Avant. Coming from a 2.0 B6, this is such a huge step forward in quality, driving pleasure, and power. The 3.2 engine just pulls and pulls! And Quattro is amazing. And the car looks fantastic, its such a great shape.

Haven't had any problems with my e-brake, hopefully never will.

09-17-2010, 06:53 AM
yeah, like i said i am looking at getting one in the spring next year. i just wanted to hear from current owners of the problems and isues before i take that plunge

09-17-2010, 06:59 AM
yeah, like i said i am looking at getting one in the spring next year. i just wanted to hear from current owners of the problems and isues before i take that plunge

What engine are you looking to get? The 3.2, like all FSI engines, can suffer from carbon buildup. Worth Googling to find out more.

As for other problems, have a search around the other Audi forums as well, and have a look at this very useful Technical Service Bulletin library...

Might give you some things to check on the car before you buy it.

09-17-2010, 09:34 AM
We have had issues with the ebrake system (we have an '08 avant). It has malfunctioned a few times. We just don't set it but plan to have the issue looked at when we take it in for the next service. I echo the comments above: great looking car, beautiful interior (I just got an '10 E63 and the Audi interior is still nicer), comfortable, very safe, and other than the ebrake issue, she's been reliable. The 3.2 is also pretty good on gas. The navigation system is counter-intuitive, but the newer models may be easier. At the end of the day, I would have no qualms about buying a new one, except the enthusiast side of me would insist on the 3.0"T".

As a former B7 S4 owner, I can tell you it is a different experience in that the A6 is much more plush and comfortable carrying people/cruising. The rear seats in the B7 S4 did not allow for a whole lot of room. Have you checked out a B8 A4? They look larger than the B7 models...the B8 avants in particular I think resemble the A6 avants in size at first glance.

09-17-2010, 09:43 AM
I've owned a 2006 A6 Avant for the past 4 moths and have had no issues with the parking brake.

I can definitely hear it engaging, but I'm assuming that is normal.

I think it's one of the best, if not the best looking station wagon you can get. I knew I wanted a station wagon (have a small kid not) and I wold never be caught dead in a mini van. Now that I own it I think it actually looks even better than the sedan :)

09-17-2010, 11:02 AM
I am torn between the 4.2 and the 3.2 doesn't make a difference to me which engine I get. I know all about the carbon build up and whatnot. I will look at the TSB site. I feel that it is the next logical progression for me. I had a B5 a4. i am not going to modify the car besides wheels possibably and tint. I want to get some thing sporty but can take myself and the gf to the country club (if I belonged to one) if you get what I am saying.

I just want something that i can get 2 maybe 3 passengers in and not have to feel like I am eating the steering wheel when I am trying to drive with someone sitting behind me like I did in my B5.

thanks guys.

yo Milo, when yo have that ebrake looked at can you ask them how much it would cost to replace that out of warranty?

09-17-2010, 11:13 AM
I just want something that i can get 2 maybe 3 passengers in and not have to feel like I am eating the steering wheel when I am trying to drive with someone sitting behind me like I did in my B5

I feel the same way in my B7... I hate driving that thing w/ anymore than 1 passenger!

09-17-2010, 08:08 PM
I feel the same way in my B7... I hate driving that thing w/ anymore than 1 passenger!

yeah, that would be one reason why I am looking at the A6. I want something bigger. although, I am going to have a SUV to drive so I might just get a A4 again.

09-18-2010, 12:28 AM
yo Milo, when yo have that ebrake looked at can you ask them how much it would cost to replace that out of warranty?

Sure thing[up]

By the way, strong avant presence here.

09-18-2010, 07:27 PM
Sure thing[up]

By the way, strong avant presence here.

I noticed the Avant presence...not sure if I want to go with an avant given I am going to have a SUV

10-09-2010, 01:03 AM
I have an 06 a6 3.2 quattro and i loveeeeeeeee it. I have had a couple problems with the mmi going out but other than that its perfect. Its a great car and if i could go back id buy it all over again!!

10-09-2010, 05:04 AM
I have pasted in two of my earlier posts, which I have slightly revised and updated.

I have an 05 4.2 that I purchased new about 5 and a years ago. She currently has 75k on the odometer. As far as reliability, she is ok, but she is no Lexus. But she is alot of fun to drive. Most of the problems have been nuisances.

1. The airbag light came on two weeks after I purchased the car. It took them 10 days to figure out the problem. Audi then came out with a TSB on updating the computer software for the airbags.

2. The MMI "crashed" a year after I bought the car. After having the car for 8 days, Audi wiped the hardware clean and reinstalled the MMI computer software.

3. The MMI had a few bugs with not updating the satellite radio stations, losing surround settings and sometimes not automatically linking with my bluetooth phone. Audi had the car for a day and updated the MMI computer software. Audi has a TSB on this issue as well.

I have written those three problems off to having a very early computer software version. To give you an idea of the number of changes in the software, my car came with MMI version 10 and now has version 33. Since being updated to MMI version 33, about a year ago, I have not had any computer issues. I understand that there is now a version 41 that is available. Since my MMI has been stable with version 33 I have not upgraded to 41. From fellow Audi owners I understand that the differences between 33 and 41 are negligible.

As far as non-computer issues. I have had quite a few.

1. All 8 coil packs had to be replaced.

2. The lid for the gas cap would not open from inside the car. In order to open it I had to wedge my credit card inside the lid and open it from the outside.

3. The frame for the front passenger seat came loose and the entire seat had to be removed and the bolts tightened.

4. A rattle in the glove box area of the dashboard that required installation of additional insulation.

5. A bad tire pressure sensor had to be replaced.

6. A mildew smell from the air conditioner vents, which required the replacement of a ventilation duct.

7. A rattle from the rear fold down seats, which required a new clamp.

8. A rattle from the driver’s side of the dashboard, which required additional damping material.

9. The fuel-filter recall, which required a new fuel filter.

10. The fuel gauge started reading empty even though there is fuel in the tank, which required a computer software upgrade.

11. The transmission developed a chirping and the transmission software had to be upgraded.

12. The low coolant light would come on for no reason, which required an upgraded electrical circuit.

13. The power steering reservoir leaked and completely emptied itself, which required a revised clamp.

14. The front brakes developed a vibration at slow speeds and the brake caliper seals had to be replaced due to a re-design.

15. The motor for the power tilt/telescoping steering wheel had to be replaced because of a groaning noise.

16. The MMI knob fell off.

17. The motor for the rear power sunshade had to be replaced because that motor was groaning and clicking.

18. The coolant temperature gauge stopped working and the sensor had to be replaced.

19. The trunk latch ceased working and had to be replaced due to a redesign of the latch.

20. The adaptive headlight malfunction light came on and the dealer had to upgrade the software for the adaptive lights.

21. The air bag light came on and the rear air bag sensor had to be replaced for a second time.

22. The Parktronic broke and the speaker had to be replaced.

23. The coolant gauge broke again and the sensor had to be replaced.

24. The coolant gauge broke yet again and the thermostat had to be replaced.

25. The gas struts for the trunk were replaced.

26. The air bag light came on and rear air bag sensor had to be replaced for a third time.

27. The LED unit had to be replaced in the rear right because the brake and turn signal light would fail to fire.

28. The coil packs were replaced under recall.

Similar to the computer issues discussed above, Audi has TSBs on nearly all of these issues, seeming to indicate that the problems are not isolated to just my car. Audi has also issued dozens of other TSBs on issues that I have not experienced since I have the 4.2 engine instead of the 3.2 engine. In total, the 3.2 has over 200 TSBs. If you complain about these items while the car is under warranty, Audi will fix the problem for free, which sounds like a recall to me.

Despite the car being at the dealer for over 45 days for repairs during the last 67 months, not maintenance, I would certainly buy the car again because the 4.2 is alot of fun to drive, especially on the highway, and the dealer gives me a loaner. However, I would check which MMI software version is currently in the car. If it is below 33, I would take it to Audi and have it updated as soon as possible. In addition, I would check the car's VIN and compare it to the Audi TSBs and see what issues you need to keep an eye on. You can get copies of the Audi TSBs at eBahn's website. The dealer will probably give you the car's maintenance records. While the car is still under warranty, I would make sure you complain about any issues contained on the TSBs issued for your VIN. If you are buying an aftermarket warranty I would get an exclusionary warranty that your local Audi dealer accepts.

Despite the issues with the car, I think that it is a great driving car. However, keep in mind that I am an original owner who paid close to $60,000 for my daily driver and who according to my wife is the President of the "More Money than Brains" club. For example, changing the transmission fluid costs over a $1,000 just for the fluid (the fluid is $57 per liter), not including labor. Also keep in mind that the 55,000 mile service is the "major" service for the car. If money is an issue, you may want to look for a car that is cheaper to "maintain". Regardless of your decision, you will enjoy driving an Audi, but you may not enjoy the maintenance. Good luck.


Here is my post in response to a related topic:

I am afraid that Audi has TSBs on every one of the problems that I experienced indicating that I am not alone with these issues. As far as not hearing about these issues on the forum, I point out that I am one of the few original C6 owners on the forum with the corresponding 5 and a years of experience in owning one of these cars. I doubt that when these cars are purchased used that the original owners are so honest with the buyers. In contrast to my 5 and a years of experience, many of the C6 owners on this forum have less than a year’s experience with the "maintenance" on these cars. With that said, I think that the C6 is a great driving car and is alot of fun on the highway. I would also buy it all over again. You just need to make sure that you are carrying some type of warranty coverage.


10-26-2010, 06:54 PM
I just bought a 05 A6 3.2. Runs amazing. Just hit 65k. I use the ebrake a ton and it works well. I would suggest it highly, turns heads!