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AUDI A6 - 2005 AUDI A6 Problems & Complaints

 
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by Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

There are 45 complaints filed for the 2005 AUDI A6

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2005 AUDI A6. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2005 AUDI A6, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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ENGINE

5/10/2016 - NORTH CHICAGO, IL
TIMING CHAIN BROKE WHILE DRIVING HOME PARKED CAR IMMEDIATELY.

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EXTERIOR LIGHTING

1/3/2016 - UPPER MARLBORO, MD
I CURRENTLY OWN A 2005 AUDI A6 WHICH HAS A FAILURE OF THE REAR TAIL LIGHTS. BOTH THE DRIVER'S AND PASSENGER'S SIDE REAR TAIL LIGHTS FAIL TO ILLUMINATE WHEN THE VEHICLE WAS TURNED ON. THERE IS NO BRAKE LIGHT, TURN LIGHT INDICATOR, OR HAZARD LIGHTS THAT IS OPERABLE. AT FIRST IT WAS THOUGHT THAT THE BULBS NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. HOWEVER, WHILE REPLACING THE BULB I NOTICED THAT THE CIRCUIT BOARD SHOWED SIGNS OF A BURNOUT. IT IS WELL KNOWN THAT AUDI HAS HAD A PROBLEM WITH VOLTAGE PROBLEMS WITH THE TAIL LIGHTS. WITHOUT TAIL LIGHTS, INDICATOR LIGHTS OR HAZARD LIGHTS THERE IS A SERIOUS CHANCE THAT AN ACCIDENT COULD OCCUR. CURRENTLY THERE IS NO RECALL FOR THIS FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS APPROXIMATELY 112,000. AH

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

11/24/2015 - MADISON HEIGHTS, MI
START ACCESS CONTROL UNIT (J518) MALFUNCTION. CAR WILL NOT START. AUDI DEALER CLAIMS THAT WHOLE STEERING COLUMN MUST BE REPLACED. QUOTE $2,400.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

10/15/2015 - STERLING, VA
VERY COMMON PROBLEM - "IGNITION MODULE DEFECTIVE" CODE AT 190,000 MILES. TEMPORARY REPAIR OF THE ISSUE WITH DTC RESET. FULL LOGGING OF CAR DATA VIA OBD-II PORT REVEALS ZERO FAULTS WHILE CAR IS RUNNING, AND DIAGNOSTIC TRAFFIC ON THE CAN BUS AT STARTUP SHOW ZERO FAULTS. ONCE KEY IS INSERTED IN DASH AND TURNED TO "ACCESSORY", MODULE FAULTS OUT WITHOUT ANY TRAFFIC SENT/RECEIVED. HAPPENS INTERMITTENTLY AND DEALERSHIP STATES THIS IS A KNOWN PROBLEM. DEALERSHIP-ONLY REPAIR, PER MULTIPLE AUDI SERVICE TECHNICIANS, AUDI OF AMERICA REFUSES TO COMPLY WITH MASSACHUSETTS RIGHT TO REPAIR LAW BY MAKING AVAILABLE TO INDEPENDENT REPAIR SHOPS, THE NECESSARY TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT TO ACCESS THE IMMOBILIZER HARDWARE. DEALER ESTIMATES/QUOTES RANGE FROM $2100-$3700 TO REPLACE ENTIRE STEERING COLUMN WITH THE ATTACHED AND SEPARABLE IGNITION MODULE (ACCESSIBLE VIA 2 SCREWS AND 1 RIVET). DEALERSHIPS REFUSE TO REPLACE/RE-CODE ONLY THE IGNITION MODULE, STATING THE ENTIRE STEERING COLUMN NEEDS REPLACED. MULTIPLE REPORTS OF THE SAME ISSUE WITH OTHER C6 BODY AUDI A6 OWNERS CONFIRM THE SAME DETAILS. NOTHING IS PHYSICALLY WRONG WITH THE IGNITION SWITCH OR MODULE, AND CLEARING DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODES ALLOW THE VEHICLE TO START IMMEDIATELY. SUSPECT PLANNED OBSOLESCENCE OF THE PART IN QUESTION.

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ENGINE

10/15/2015 - STERLING, VA
VERY COMMON PROBLEM - "IGNITION MODULE DEFECTIVE" CODE AT 190,000 MILES. TEMPORARY REPAIR OF THE ISSUE WITH DTC RESET. FULL LOGGING OF CAR DATA VIA OBD-II PORT REVEALS ZERO FAULTS WHILE CAR IS RUNNING, AND DIAGNOSTIC TRAFFIC ON THE CAN BUS AT STARTUP SHOW ZERO FAULTS. ONCE KEY IS INSERTED IN DASH AND TURNED TO "ACCESSORY", MODULE FAULTS OUT WITHOUT ANY TRAFFIC SENT/RECEIVED. HAPPENS INTERMITTENTLY AND DEALERSHIP STATES THIS IS A KNOWN PROBLEM. DEALERSHIP-ONLY REPAIR, PER MULTIPLE AUDI SERVICE TECHNICIANS, AUDI OF AMERICA REFUSES TO COMPLY WITH MASSACHUSETTS RIGHT TO REPAIR LAW BY MAKING AVAILABLE TO INDEPENDENT REPAIR SHOPS, THE NECESSARY TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT TO ACCESS THE IMMOBILIZER HARDWARE. DEALER ESTIMATES/QUOTES RANGE FROM $2100-$3700 TO REPLACE ENTIRE STEERING COLUMN WITH THE ATTACHED AND SEPARABLE IGNITION MODULE (ACCESSIBLE VIA 2 SCREWS AND 1 RIVET). DEALERSHIPS REFUSE TO REPLACE/RE-CODE ONLY THE IGNITION MODULE, STATING THE ENTIRE STEERING COLUMN NEEDS REPLACED. MULTIPLE REPORTS OF THE SAME ISSUE WITH OTHER C6 BODY AUDI A6 OWNERS CONFIRM THE SAME DETAILS. NOTHING IS PHYSICALLY WRONG WITH THE IGNITION SWITCH OR MODULE, AND CLEARING DIAGNOSTIC TROUBLE CODES ALLOW THE VEHICLE TO START IMMEDIATELY. SUSPECT PLANNED OBSOLESCENCE OF THE PART IN QUESTION.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

9/25/2015 - PAW PAW , MI
MY CAR WAS RUNNING PERFECTLY, NEXT TIME I WENT TO DRIVE IT, IT WOULDN'T START. THE WHEELS AND SHIFTER ARE LOCKED UP .THE LIGHTS AND BELLS WORK, BUT IT TURNS OUT THAT THE MODULE THAT RECOGNIZES THE KEY HAS FAILED. I HAVE BEEN ON JUST ABOUT EVERY AUDI FORUM TO INVESTIGATE THIS, AND THIS IS AN INCREDIBLY COMMON COMPLAINT. THE PART THAT IS BROKE CANNOT BE FIXED, RATHER THE ENTIRE STEERING COLUMN HAS TO BE REPLACED AT A COST OF AT LEAST $2000, IN SOME CASES OVER $3000. THIS IS AN OBVIOUS DESIGN DEFECT AND AUDI NEEDS TO BE HELD RESPONSIBLE. PAYING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR A MODULE THAT FAILS TO RECOGNIZE A KEY IS BEYOND RIDICULOUS. THERE WERE NO WARNING LIGHTS WHATSOEVER TO INDICATE THAT THIS PART WAS FAILING. LUCKILY IT IS CURRENTLY STUCK IN MY DRIVEWAY. IT COULD HAVE LEFT ME STRANDED ANYWHERE.

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ENGINE

8/31/2015 - HIGHLAND PARK, IL
ENGINEERING FLAW LEAD TO EXTRAORDINARY EXPENSE REPLACING THE ENTIRE STEERING COLUMN INSTEAD OF JUST THE MODULE THAT FAILED. DOING SOME REVIEWS ON-LINE - SEEMS TO BE A WELL KNOWN AND COMMON PROBLEM BUT AUDI DOES NOT WANT TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT - HTTP://WWW.AUDIWORLD.COM/FORUMS/A6-S6-C6-PLATFORM-DISCUSSION-58/TRANSPONDER-STEERING-COLUMN-2834070/ MILLAGE LISTED AS APPROX SINCE CAR IS IN THE SHOP NOW.

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STEERING

8/31/2015 - HIGHLAND PARK, IL
ENGINEERING FLAW LEAD TO EXTRAORDINARY EXPENSE REPLACING THE ENTIRE STEERING COLUMN INSTEAD OF JUST THE MODULE THAT FAILED. DOING SOME REVIEWS ON-LINE - SEEMS TO BE A WELL KNOWN AND COMMON PROBLEM BUT AUDI DOES NOT WANT TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT - HTTP://WWW.AUDIWORLD.COM/FORUMS/A6-S6-C6-PLATFORM-DISCUSSION-58/TRANSPONDER-STEERING-COLUMN-2834070/ MILLAGE LISTED AS APPROX SINCE CAR IS IN THE SHOP NOW.

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WHEELS

8/31/2015 - HIGHLAND PARK, IL
ENGINEERING FLAW LEAD TO EXTRAORDINARY EXPENSE REPLACING THE ENTIRE STEERING COLUMN INSTEAD OF JUST THE MODULE THAT FAILED. DOING SOME REVIEWS ON-LINE - SEEMS TO BE A WELL KNOWN AND COMMON PROBLEM BUT AUDI DOES NOT WANT TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT - HTTP://WWW.AUDIWORLD.COM/FORUMS/A6-S6-C6-PLATFORM-DISCUSSION-58/TRANSPONDER-STEERING-COLUMN-2834070/ MILLAGE LISTED AS APPROX SINCE CAR IS IN THE SHOP NOW.

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STEERING

6/23/2015 - LEBANON, NH
I HAVE A 2005 AUDI A6 I DROVE THE CAR FOR 2 WEEKS WENT OUT TO START THE CAR AND IT WOULD NOT START THE WHEEL WAS LOCKED GEAR SHIFTER LOCKED. I HAD THE CAR TOWED TO AUDI OF SOUTH BURLINGTON. I TOLD THEM I BELIEVED IT WAS A ISSUE WITH THE ACCESS START CONTROL UNIT AS I HAD READ IT MANY TIMES OVER FROM OTHERS WHO HAD EXPERIENCED THE SAME ISSUE. THEY TOLD ME IT WAS THE IGNITION SWITCH REPLACED IT TO THE TUNE OF $881.00 AND SENT ME ON MY WAY. LUCKILY ENOUGH I WAS NOT STUCK WITH A NO STARTING CAR IN AN EMERGENCY OR UNSAFE SITUATION. 3 WEEKS TO THE DAY SAME ISSUE. BACK AT THE DEALER GUESS WHAT IT'S THE ACCESS START CONTROL UNIT. WHEN IS SOMEONE GOING TO HOLD AUDI ACCOUNTABLE FOR THIS COMMON PROBLEM? THIS COULD POSE A SERIOUS SAFETY ISSUE FOR THE CONSUMER STUCK WITH A COMPLETELY NON FUNCTIONING CAR BECAUSE IT HAPPENS JUST LIKE A LIGHT SWITCH WITH NO WARNING!! LET ME ILLUSTRATE THIS FOR YOU... YOU'RE OUT IN A SNOW STORM, YOU HAVE YOUR CHILDREN WITH YOU, YOU HAVE NO CELL SERVICE.... OK YOU PULL OVER OR SHUT YOUR CAR OFF FOR ANY REASON, ALTHOUGH IT HAS BEEN STARTING BACK UP THIS TIME IT DOESN'T. THIS ISN'T A SAFETY ISSUE WHEN THEY FIND YOUR FROST BITTEN DEAD BODIES THE NEXT DAY? CRAZY IT COULD ALL BE FIXED IF AUDI WOULD STOP CONCEALING PROBLEMS TO THEIR CONSUMERS AND JUST MAKE A RECALL. UPDATED 09/08/15

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