My car experience pt. 4 - Audi A6 C6 (4f) 2004 4.2 V8 Quattro

Posted by Klāvs Reinfelds on February 24, 2017 · 3 mins read


It was beginning of 2014 and I got salary raise. Again I wanted to get a newer, more powerful car. Maybe I was just bored with my old car.


Spring came, I was just like usually checking used car market and found this blue Audi A6. And in that moment I decided that I want this car. It looked good in pictures with black rims and tinted back windows.

I started to do research about this A6 C6 generation. Did not found any big problems with this 4.2 V8 engine and performance data looked very cool (in some sites 5,9 s 0-100 km/h). I was still thinking - some days I thought that this is not a good idea, some days was like 'YOLO' let's go buy it.

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So I decided to do a test drive and try to feel how it is to drive a V8. I liked and after some days decided to take it to Audi official dealership for pre-purchase inspection.

Inspection results were not the best. Mostly those problems were about oil leaks, coolant leak, old rubbers, and sealings. Dealer made repair cost estimation to about 1/3 of car price. Seller did not want to repair it and not drop a lot from the price.

So again I was thinking some days and decided to go 'YOLO' mode. I applied for a car financing in the bank and after some days cars was mine.


I was driving it for week or two, and felt that something is not right. Went to auto repair shop, they did some diagnostic and tell that I should go to specialized gearbox repair shop. Went there and find out there is problems with the transmission. Repaired it and it was expensive.

After that car was constantly in repairs shops average once in a month. It had problems like broken G28 sensor, broken engine supports, coolant leak and broken radiator, broken fuel injectors, problems in the exhaust system, parking sensors failed, etc.


The car was amazing when it was working. But when it broke down, it was not cheap. And it broke down a lot. I really felt in love with V8 power and sound.

But after a lot of repair bills, I decided to make it end. Total repair cost was almost 50 % of car buying price. Which was not really expected. Maybe it was normal for a car this age and class, but I was not ready for it.

Definitely, in future will buy some Audi with V8 again.

I bought it on 28 May 2014 and sold it on 21 September 2015.

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