2001 Audi A6 Consumer Reviews

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2001 Audi A 6
4.5
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Fantastic car, but...

by from Olympia, WA on January 27, 2012

I own a 2001 A6 2.7T. Bought it new, so I've seen it all. I still love this car, but I do all work myself. These are beautiful comfortable cars, plus 4WD, with great engine performance (dual turbos)....
I own a 2001 A6 2.7T. Bought it new, so I've seen it all. I still love this car, but I do all work myself. These are beautiful comfortable cars, plus 4WD, with great engine performance (dual turbos). If this car were still under warrantee then there are no hesitations recommending buying one. However at 11 years old, you'll probably be on your own for maintenance. This is a very complicated machine. If you pay someone else for your car repairs: -Make sure the timing belt has been replaced sometime during the past 50K miles. Otherwise you'll have to get that done at about $1000 from an independent shop (way more at Audi). -Ask if the torque converter (in the auto transmission) has been replaced. All of these cars had trouble with torque converters up to 2004. If not replaced, expect that to fail. ~$1500-$3000 depending on how badly it affects the transmission. -Have someone look into the air turbo outlets and assess their condition (no metal filings, not much oil). Turbo replacement can cost over $3000 as the engine must be removed to fix. Turbos can be OK if cared for. -Check for engine computer codes. Lots of sensors on this car. Many are expensive. -Expect "normal" older car stuff needing repair: CV boots, brakes, tie rods ends, suspension bushings, OX sensors, etc. The more of this someone else already fixed, the better. If you get past all of these issues with confidence, then buy and enjoy. Otherwise, the repair cost of a torque converter and/or turbos can easily exceed the book value of this car. If you are a competent do-it-yourself kinda person, and you pick up one of these at a great price, enjoy. Also, with a few $hundred in engine software modifications you can easily double the torque and HP of this engine. Bottom line: These (pre 2004) cars have transmission issues and are expensive to repair. Run away if you can't prove the items above are replaced or dealt with and you'd have to pay someone to fix them. This can be emotionally difficult as a clean A6 (even an '01) is deceptively gorgeous. If you're above average mechanically and want to take one of these on, do so with your eyes open. I still love mine.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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Pure Driving Joy

by from on November 27, 2010

When I get in the driver's seat of the 2.7T I am transformed into a luxurious race car driver. I just love to drive this car, and I drive it to it's potential. The 2.7T engine is a twin turbocharged 2...
When I get in the driver's seat of the 2.7T I am transformed into a luxurious race car driver. I just love to drive this car, and I drive it to it's potential. The 2.7T engine is a twin turbocharged 250 HP engine that has awsome response to ecceleration, the steering and suspension is as good as it gets. The 2.7T features and the way it drives and feels has nothing to do with the 2.8. The 2.7T is the top of the line luxury and sports car and it comes with all of the luxury bells and whistles. One thing to note though, while this car is very reliable, it is very costly to repair when something goes wrong, beside, after 100K miles get ready to spend money; this is the time to replace the timing belt/water pump/serpuntine belt/spark plugs ($1,600), front struts ($900), all 8 front end control arms and both tie rod ends ($1,500), and fix the leaking drive shaft seal ($400), now it's ready to go for another 100K miles. Sorry about your wallet! and this is not at the dealership, if you take it to the dealership you'd have to multiply the costs by 1.5. Anyhow, I still love this car and I really enjoy driving it.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car

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It just keeps going...

by from Cleveland, OH on December 16, 2009

As a traveling sales person, I put a lot of miles on my vehicle, nearly 40k per year. I picked up the A6 used in 2004 with about 20,000 miles on it, it now has over 200,000 and is still going strong. ...
As a traveling sales person, I put a lot of miles on my vehicle, nearly 40k per year. I picked up the A6 used in 2004 with about 20,000 miles on it, it now has over 200,000 and is still going strong. The car is certainly expensive to maintain, but even with that, it's still much cheaper than buying a new car every 100,000 miles. If you want a car that is built to last, then the A6 is a superb choice!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

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A6 Avant 2.8Q

by from va on January 12, 2010

Excellent car, I had Mercedes before, power wise no comparison between the 2, Mercedes will out run this A6 in a heartbeat. Comfort, style, standard accessories, features & etc… Audi’ surely beats Mer...
Excellent car, I had Mercedes before, power wise no comparison between the 2, Mercedes will out run this A6 in a heartbeat. Comfort, style, standard accessories, features & etc… Audi’ surely beats Mercedes. They could have done better then 2.8 with 200hp. Way under power for size and weight, & very soft suspension.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

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Great car, Great design, comfort and handling

by from Irvine on March 27, 2009

I have been driving one for the last 2 years, it has been one great car to drive. Only thing that i dont like about the car is the maintenance cost, it costs much more than a Honda or a Toyota.. But i...
I have been driving one for the last 2 years, it has been one great car to drive. Only thing that i dont like about the car is the maintenance cost, it costs much more than a Honda or a Toyota.. But it is an Audi and it is not fair to compare the maintenance with a Honda car.. SO, this one is worth the money...
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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i just got this car for christmas and i love it!

by from Stilwell, KS on December 29, 2008

i got this car and the first thing that went though my mind was WOW it drives like an avalon and runs like a covett 200 hp but feels like 225 4x4 so i never get stuck and snow? what snow u would never...
i got this car and the first thing that went though my mind was WOW it drives like an avalon and runs like a covett 200 hp but feels like 225 4x4 so i never get stuck and snow? what snow u would never know u were driving though it!!!! LOVE IT
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car

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Luxury, sporty car, but big gas sipper

by from Troy, MI on November 10, 2010

Great engineering, a lot of fun to drive, expensive to maintain, lealy engine seals/gaskets (will mess up your driveway, unless you pay a lot for fixes), 15mpg city/22 hwy, 250HP, more then 300HP chip...
Great engineering, a lot of fun to drive, expensive to maintain, lealy engine seals/gaskets (will mess up your driveway, unless you pay a lot for fixes), 15mpg city/22 hwy, 250HP, more then 300HP chipped
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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awaken your senses

by from Amarillo, TX on August 19, 2006

This is one of the first Audi's that I have ever owned. I am amazed by the power that this car offers. When you stomp on the gas you find yourself exceeding legal limits without effort. I haven't hit ...
This is one of the first Audi's that I have ever owned. I am amazed by the power that this car offers. When you stomp on the gas you find yourself exceeding legal limits without effort. I haven't hit the top speed (135) but I have topped 110 mph several times and the power just doesn't stop. The car handles great. It is a real pleasure to drive. I find myself making excuses just to go to the grocery store because the car is so much fun to drive. Once you drive and experience an Audi you will be hooked.
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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Under powered with oil leaks

by from San Diego on June 10, 2007

The car was in for warranty work all the time. It has lots of problems with engine oil leaks, so much so, that Audi instructed it's mechanics to ignore oil leaks unless they see them dripping all the ...
The car was in for warranty work all the time. It has lots of problems with engine oil leaks, so much so, that Audi instructed it's mechanics to ignore oil leaks unless they see them dripping all the way to the ground. Well mine dripped all right, but onto the exhaust manifold where it burnt up and filled the inside of the car with smoke. So it took over a year to get them to admit it. Numerous electrical failed, alternator failed, CV boots need replaced early, timing belt needs replaced early.
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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If you like fixing it...

by from Des Moines on January 31, 2008

As one of the previous people mentioned: there is always something to fix. Valve cover gaskets and cam adjuster seals at 46000. Whole control arm set at 60000. Converter at 55000 (under warranty) and ...
As one of the previous people mentioned: there is always something to fix. Valve cover gaskets and cam adjuster seals at 46000. Whole control arm set at 60000. Converter at 55000 (under warranty) and now at 77000 it is leaking oil all over place again. Granted it looks good, handles OK, 2.8 engine little underpowered. Interior design good, sound system good (Bose). Feels luxurious. Quatro is great. But if you don't have extra car for when this one needs fixing don't buy it.
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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