3rd Generation (2005—2011) A6 Problems

This generations ranks 41st out of 54 Audi generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the electrical (22%), interior (16%), and the body (11%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Shifting Roughly 1 complaints at an average of 73,000 miles in the 2005 Audi A6.
  2. Thermostat Failed 1 complaints at an average of 70,218 miles in the 2011 Audi A6.
  3. Thermostat 1 complaints at an average of 12,953 miles in the 2011 Audi A6.

What A6 Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Audi model years.

Watch out for the 2005 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2011 6 3 418 3.68
2010 0 3 334 0.0
2009 0 4 320 0.0
2008 0 4 242 0.0
2007 1 4 215 0.34
2006 6 4 238 2.01
2005 5 3 230 3.79

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