used A6? need advice

Kent McLean kentmclean at
Mon Aug 29 20:32:34 EDT 2005

Keith Lawyer wrote:
 > Anyone have input on the '96 A6 in question?

No, but I'll give you my 2 cents.  I bought a '94 100 S Avant
a year ago with 137K miles on it.  It needed a new ECU and
wiring due to a water leak (clogged drains in under hood plenum)
that corroded them.

I fixed that and put over 15K miles on it since then.  The *only*
thing I've had to replace (other than the ECU) was a left front
control arm, which didn't pass state safety inspection last month.
And now it needs a new ignition switch.

Compared to my Type 44, it has been very reliable.  My '94 is a
front wheel drive automatic, but my reading of the list makes
me believe the C4 bodied Audis (92-97 100/A6) are much more
reliable than the Type 44 in general.  The early V8s had
automatic transmission trouble, as did the early 1990's 100
(turbo, front wheel drive).  But I think the '92- automatics
are much better in that regard. I've had no trouble with

That said, the 1996 is a (almost) 10 year old used car.  Don't
expect it to be perfect.  But I also wouldn't expect it to be
Type 44 unreliable.

Kent McLean
'94 100 S Avant, "Moody"
'89 200 TQ, "Bad Puppy" up in smoke

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