A couple years back the US Consumer Reports magazine called the A6 2.7T the
least reliable car of any.
I'm glad to hear reports that Audi is trying to increase their reliability,
especially since most of the competition is coming out
with AWD versions of their sedans.
Well, I have had my 2001 A6 2.7T for over 4 years now, and the only problem I
even had was a faulty tranny at 15,000
miles, which was fixed immediately. Never had a problem with the turbos. I guess
it is how you drive the car that would
affect the reliability. You would do well with either the 2.7 or 4.2, but I
didn't get the 4.2 because of the price
dsiparity <$5,000> between the two, and if you check online, you will find that
the 0-60 for the both are quite close.
Bought a 2001 A6 2.7T as a certified pre-owned. 2 year warranty.
I've had it about 6 mos. and the only things wrong were that the
auto-leveling headlights suck (point to the ground half the time, so I
disconnected 'em) and the radio reception is terrible if you live very
far away from the transmitters. Tested a 4.2 and a 2.7T and the turbo
seems to do better at the high altitude where I live. Had a 1988 5
cyl. that went 300K and was still running fine.
I don't know what was the exact diagnosis but when my left headlight was
pointing at the ground they replaced the whole headlight unit. If I recall
correctly the parts alone were $500-$600 and I paid the first $50. I also
asked them to re-code the computer to lock and unlock the doors
automatically which they did at n/c.
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