1997 Audi A6 Consumer Review: Take care of it & it'll take c

1997 Audi A6 - Consumer Review

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2.8 quattro Sedan (2.8L V6 AWD 4-speed Automatic)

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Take care of it & it'll take care of U
By Bavariandream on


1997 Audi A6 2.8 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD


The A6 (C4 platform) is a great value, when purchased used. Mine is a high mileage car (127K) and it still runs and looks like (almost) new. Keep in mind that it needs some preventative care (not just the regular oil change) in order to keep it running flawlessly. Timing belt (yes belt, not a chain like most Beemers) need to be replaced every 60-75k. While doing this you should also replace the water pump, because it'll break down at some point, and this will save you a lot of $$$$. Check and top off the differential/tansaxle fluids twice a year. Wear and tear repairs done: Front wheel bearing, front CV boot, timing belt and water pump, differential seal.

Best Features

The A6 has a smooth and quiet ride. It looks great and the interior quality is outstanding. It doesn't have the low end torque like most American cars, but it's good enough. The high end torque (especially at Autobahn speeds 60-140 mph) is incredible. Good brakes. Quattro system.

Worst Features

Design engine with a maintenance free timing chain, instead of a timing belt. This may add a little bit of weight to the car, but it'll save the owner thousands of dollars in maintenance costs during the life time of the car (250k +). No armrest when (small) cup holders are in use.
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