2017 AUDI A6 OWNERS: Have you received a Recall Notice indicating that your Passenger Occupant Detection System ("PODS") was defective and needed replacement?

The Notice was sent in or about July 2018. However, there were extensive delays on the part of Audi as a result of parts not being available for your vehicle, leaving Audi owners with an unusable or partially useable Audi A6. The firm Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman is currently investigating an action to compensate owners for the inability to use their vehicles during an extended delay in obtaining the recall parts for the PODS System. Services in connection with such action are provided at no cost to consumers.

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The 3 Most Common A6 Problems

We've pulled together a list of the problems A6 owners.

  1. 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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  2. Start-Stop Defects

    There are multiple problems with Audi's start-stop technology that outweigh the modest fuel efficiency gains. Owners complain that the system will shut off the power steering and brake systems at dangerous times and cause the accelerat The …

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  3. 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.

What Breaks

Years to Avoid

A6 Generations

The A6 has 5 generations, each with their own issues. Using the same PainRank™ system we've determined that you're better off avoiding the 4th generation (2012–2018).

  1. 5th Generation A6

    Years
    2019–2021
    Reliability
    14th of 39
    PainRank
    0.58
    Complaints
    2
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  2. 4th Generation A6

    Years
    2012–2018
    Reliability
    34th of 39
    PainRank
    2.54
    Complaints
    21
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  3. 3rd Generation A6

    Years
    2005–2011
    Reliability
    28th of 39
    PainRank
    1.69
    Complaints
    23
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  4. 2nd Generation A6

    Years
    1998–2004
    Reliability
    32nd of 39
    PainRank
    1.94
    Complaints
    23
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  5. 1st Generation A6

    Years
    1995–1997
    Reliability
    5th of 39
    PainRank
    0.09
    Complaints
    1
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A6 Key Numbers

  1. 70 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.

Recent Relevant Lawsuits

The A6 has been named as a class vehicle in the following lawsuits.

  • Dusanjh v. Audi AG, et al.

    The Audi Start-Stop system allegedly requires expensive repairs, car rentals, towing charges, time off work and other costs, while customers allegedly lose money as the vehicles lose their values.

    Status
    pending
    Problem
    Start-Stop Defects
    Class Vehicles
    • 2017-2020 A3
    • 2017-2020 A4
    • 2017-2020 A5
    • 2017-2020 A6
    • 2017-2020 A7
    • 2017-2020 A8
    • 2017-2020 S3
    • 2017-2020 S4
    • 2017-2020 S6
    • 2017-2020 S8
    • 2017-2020 Q5
    • 2017-2020 Q7
    • 2017-2020 Q8
    • 2017-2020 SQ5
    • 2017-2020 TT
    • 2017-2020 TTS
    Location
    British Columbia
  • Swinburne, et al., v. Audi of America, Inc., et al.

    Class action lawsuit alleges the systems cause the engines to hesitate, lag and fail to immediately activate when drivers try to accelerate from full or rolling stops.

    Status
    pending
    Problem
    Start-Stop Defects
    Class Vehicles
    • 2019-2020 A3
    • 2017-2020 A4
    • 2017-2020 A5
    • 2017-2020 A6
    • 2017-2020 A7
    • 2017-2020 Q3
    • 2017-2020 Q5
    • 2017-2020 Q7
    • 2017-2020 Q8
    Location
    Virginia
  • Dismissed

    Pitts, et al., v. Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., et al.

    The lawsuit wanted refunds for the purchase price of the vehicles for class members, plus compensation for overpaying and for loss of values. It was dismissed when a judge ruled Audi's owner's manuals clearly say the Start-Stop system "may turn off the engine before the car comes to a complete stop."

    Status
    dismissed read original case
    Problem
    Start-Stop Defects
    Class Vehicles
    • 2017-2020 A3
    • 2017-2020 A4
    • 2017-2020 A5
    • 2017-2020 A6
    • 2017-2020 A7
    • 2017-2020 A8
    • 2017-2020 S3
    • 2017-2020 S4
    • 2017-2020 S6
    • 2017-2020 S8
    • 2017-2020 TT
    • 2017-2020 TTS
    • 2017-2020 Q5
    • 2017-2020 Q7
    • 2017-2020 Q8
    • 2017-2020 SQ5
    Location
    Virginia
  • Dismissed

    Anzhelya Makaryan, et. al., v. Volkswagen Group of America, Inc

    The lawsuit alleged the start-stop feature causes vehicles to unintentionally roll away because of a defect in the Start-Stop systems. The case was voluntarily dismissed in November 2017 after a motion to dismiss by Audi was fiked earlier that same month.

    Status
    dismissed read original case
    Problem
    Start-Stop Defects
    Class Vehicles
    • 2013-2017 A3
    • 2013-2017 A4
    • 2013-2017 A5
    • 2013-2017 A6
    • 2013-2017 A7
    • 2013-2017 A8
    • 2013-2017 S3
    • 2013-2017 S4
    • 2013-2017 S5
    • 2013-2017 S6
    • 2013-2017 S7
    • 2013-2017 S8
    • 2013-2017 RS 5
    • 2013-2017 RS 7
    • 2013-2017 allroad
    • 2013-2017 Q3
    • 2013-2017 Q5
    • 2013-2017 Q7
    • 2013-2017 SQ5
    • 2013-2017 TT
    • 2013-2017 TTS
    • 2013-2017 TT RS
    • 2013-2017 R8
    Location
    California

Recent A6 News

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  1. Another Audi start-stop lawsuit has been dismissed

    after the judge ruled that the owner's manual clearly states the Start-Stop system may turn off the engine before the car comes to a complete stop. Is that all it takes to win in court? Be prepared for your next owner's manual to say "cars might catch on fire due to thermodynamics" just to cover all the bases.…

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  2. A Virginia based lawsuit says Audi's start-stop system suffers from defects that cause delayed acceleration or lurching that can put occupants in danger.

    The plaintiffs say that Audi HQ and dealerships will just tell owners to deactivate the start-stop system if they don't like it, but the system starts up automatically each time the ignition is pressed and must be manually deactivated by pressing a separate burden. Something the case refers to as a inconvenience and mandatory burden that is not disclosed to the Class Members ar the time of the sale.

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  3. When Volkswagen agreed to a multi-district settlement for selling polluting engines marketed as clean diesel,

    it did so knowing it’d have to pay billions of dollars to customers that owned or leased an affected vehicle when the news about the scandal broke.

    Some owners that had sold their affected vehicles before the news came out tried to file for compensation in court, but didn't get very far. That may be about to change due to an interesting court decision in California.…

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