The Worst A6 Problems

Busted Timing Chains

Audi's EA888 2.0-liter engine has a history of tensioner problems in its timing chain. The loose chain is to blame for multiple occurances of catastrophic engine failure. Audi was forced to offer settlement offers, including an extended war

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Cheating Diesel Emissions

Audi was caught cheating on its diesel emissions with defeat devices. Twice. It started with the widespread dieselgate story for 2.0L 4-cylinder engines and was followed with a lesser known cheat for vehicles with the ZF 8-speed transmiss

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What A6 Owners Complain About

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

Comparing 5 Generations

Generations are groups of model years where few, if any, changes were made to the vehicle which means their model years tend to break in similar ways. The A6 has 5 generations with the latest starting in the 2019 model year.

By the Numbers

  1. 69 complaints

    Running tally of owner grievances filed to CarComplaints.com.

  2. 2,182 service bulletins

    Documenting the process of troubleshooting common problems.

  3. 38 recall campaigns

    Time-sensitive, free repairs for widespread safety problems.

A6 in the News

New Year, New Takata Recalls

Takata is a nightmare we just can’t wake up from. It’s been almost five years since the first recall, yet here we are staring down the barrel of another recall expansion for exploding inflators.
This latest round of recalls affects over 10, … continue reading

A6 and A7 Fuel Hoses Degrade

The hoses that carry fuel throughout your car are degrading, falling apart, and started to dump fuel instead of carry it.

"Audi saw an increase in warranty claims related to leaking fuel hoses and the automaker opened an investigatio … continue reading

Audi Passenger Airbags Recalled

Do you sit in your car's seats? Yeah, of course you do. But it turns out if you own certain Audi cars, that could be a problem.

"Audi is recalling about 21,000 A6 and A7 cars equipped with heated/cooled seats ... with passenger occup … continue reading

VW and Audi Busted by EPA. Again.

More VW and Audi emissions recalls will be needed now that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has hit the company with a second notice of Clean Air violations. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, no seriously --- what the heck … continue reading

Gas Leaks Prompt Recall

Manufacturers can sometimes drag their feet when it comes to issuing recalls. But whenever there's reports of fuel leaking out of cars they start to move like someone lit a fire under their butt. That's because, well ... there might actuall … continue reading

Leaking Fuel Injectors Recalled

You know the old saying "what you don't know can't hurt you"? It's one of my Uncle's favorites, along with "don't look a gift horse in the mouth." I still don't know what a gift horse is or why I'd look it in the mouth, … continue reading