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
I've driven one a fair distance, and while it isn't an S4 ;-) it was a pretty
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...
'00 s4 6spd, wondering if Dave is reading a.a.a these days ;-)
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
Caveat emptor: if the guy has no service history, I would be very cautious.
Doesn't sound right.
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
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.
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
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.
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