sanity check in aisle 9.. 2005 a6 v8 sline

Tony Hoffman auditony at
Wed Oct 26 03:13:32 PDT 2011

My experience is that the C6 is definately a better car than the C5 it
replaced, but they are newer as well, so not as much time for things to
break (like the window regulator clips). I'm pretty sure the V8's are timing
chain as well, switched from belts in the previous model. MAKE SURE you do
oil changes every 5k max. ALL of these late model VAG engines have sludge
issues, and if those timing chain tensioners got gummed up, you are looking
at $$$$! Chains at teh back of the engine, does it look easy to pull? Nope,
and it will cost some good amount of money to fix.

Other than that, they appear to be good cars, and certainly very solidly
built, even stronger than the previous A6, which was no wet noodle. Check
out vids on teh side impact crash on youtube, you will be sold!! The car
hardly deforms at all, mostly bends in the sheetmetal.


On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 7:46 PM, Grant Lenahan <glenahan at> wrote:

> The 4.2 V8 is bulletproof for the most part. Hope your gas-buying wallet is
> too.
> They are complicated. need a VAG tool to do rear brakes (electric parking
> brake), etc.
> I believe the stats on audi basically say "newer is better"
> Grant
>  On Oct 25, 2011, at 8:26 PM, thejimrose wrote:
> > hey kids - just totaled the 08 a4 last week. need to replace it STAT.
> found
> > the above local with 47k, 1 owner, looks to be well maintained for $18k.
> > seems like a score. beautiful car. bit of a grandpa mobile but i need
> that -
> > slow it down a bit. little bigger, quieter, comfier, etc.
> >
> > am i walking into a nightmare here? i know there's LOTS of doodads to
> break,
> > and the v8's can be expensive to maintain but what a nice car.
> >
> > TIA
> > jim

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