2000, Audi A6 4 Doors 4.2 V-8 AWD.auto

2000, Audi A6 4 Doors 4.2 V-8 AWD, auto Has anyone got any major points of interest regarding this car ? Does it have any major mechanical faults/ or short comings?
Would it be a car to avoid because of mechanical faults or problems. What are the major points to check for in this model?
I am looking at a used model with 115,000 km . The current owner is unable to provide a service history. He says all he has done is change the oil, as the car has not required any service.
Thanks for any help and input.
John from Canada
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wrote:

I've driven one a fair distance, and while it isn't an S4 ;-) it was a pretty good ride.
Guy that owns it hasn't been complaining about it, either, and he's trading up to an RS6 (which should be in soon, I believe) so he's not too upset with the marque yet, either...
/daytripper '00 s4 6spd, wondering if Dave is reading a.a.a these days ;-)
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dt writes:

Hmmmmm. The RS6 is out. Couldn't justify it, but I am in the market for something. Been looking at a Merc AG55. We'll see. As far as the A6 4.2 is concerned: great car, very comfy, especially on long trips, and can haul ass if necessary. I'm getting too old (66) for some of these toys, so I bought the A6 4.2 instead of the S4.
Troubles with it. Nada! Have it serviced at their sked and change the oil/filters inbetween.
Caveat emptor: if the guy has no service history, I would be very cautious. Doesn't sound right. Dave
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On 13 Oct 2003 13:15:26 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@aol.comPirate (Dave LaCourse) wrote:

Aw, rats! Now how am I gonna get those "I know a guy with an RS6" stories?
;-)
/daytripper '00 s4 6spd
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dt writes:

I was at P & W yesterday for some routine work. Just as I was leaving the salesman that sold me my S4 and A6 4.2 came into the showroom. We spoke of cars for a few moments and then he gave me the key to a silver/grey RS6. I took it out for about a half hour - very little traffic on 128. I kept on pulling over and accelerating up to 80 or 90. What a blast! Very little (I can live with it) turbo lag. The shift paddles are something else. Unlike others where you must move your thumb to engage them, the RS6's are operated with your index and/or you middle finger pushing up. Right hand up a gear, left hand to shift down. Very intuitive. Very smooth. With all that horsepower you expect to go fast, but you also need brakes to pull you in; the RS6 has them Very impressive. It was going for *only* $82k out the door. Two more at $88. <sigh>
When I reluctantly handed the keys over, I asked about the A8L. Took it for a drive -- same route, same routine. At my age, if I had to decide between the two, I'd pick the A8L. I know, I know..... bite me! <G>
Both are wonderful cars for very different reasons. And then there's the AMG55. <sigh>
Dave
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snipped-for-privacy@aol.comPirate (Dave LaCourse) wrote
(re: RS6 and A8L):

Have you heard of the guy who had an RS6, got tempted by an AMG55, and lost big bucks on the trade? Well after a couple of weeks he's traded the AMG for another RS6!!!
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Has anyone seen the comparison between the AMG E55 and the RS6 last week-end on the Motor Trend show on SpeedTV. The RS6 seems to be an amazing car, but we don't have it in Canada...
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Peter Bell writes:

Was he old and senile like me?
d;o)
Dave
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Chances are it needs a timing belt change if that hasn't already been done - thats about CDN$900 with the other parts that are changed at the same time. May be brakes would need replacing but suprised if they hadn't already been done before 115000kms.
Tony Ottawa

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Not familiar with this particular model, but I wouldn't instantly disregard one just because it's only had oil changes and nothing else. Be aware of other things that should be done regularly in this model (well, any car really), which would include changing the gearbox/transfer box/diff oil (some people debate whether this is actually neccessary, but I'd personally do it), changing the auto fluid (if the auto box is still good with no major noises and changes gear smoothly, then thank your lucky stars that it hasn't gone wrong and get it changed ASAP), ignition related components (plugs/leads), coolant (make sure the level is right, and get that drained and refilled ASAP - not a major issue as modern antifreeze is often theoretically designed to last 10 years, but personally I'd rather change it sooner).
If you're not sure, take a mechanically minded friend with you, ask the guy how often he's changed the oil and filter, and hear the engine running and your friend (or yourself, if you're knowledgable on these things) should be able to tell by listening to the engine whether or not it's running right and the owner's claim of regular oil changes is true or not.
Also, I'd get the PAS fluid changed, and also get the air-con re-gassed (if it's got AC).
Take the plugs out, check if they're in ok condition, and if they look alright, put them back in (worth just taking them out and putting them back just in case they might have partially seized in the block a bit).
Also, make sure you don't pay too much for the model, and check out prices of similar models with history, and don't pay as much as one with a good history, as it will be harder to sell on. However, if the condition's right, and it's the spec and model / colour you're after, then go for it.
Peter
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