Electrical System Problems of Audi A6 - part 1

Audi A6 owners have reported 81 problems related to electrical system (under the electrical system category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Audi A6 based on all problems reported for the A6.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Audi A6 1
Failure Date: 07/10/2018

For cuple days when ever I turn on the ac I can smell like somwthing is burning n took it dealer they coudnt find out what is going on n recent I found out its recall and I have 6 month baby I dont feel safe taking him in that car and I try taking back to Audi dealer in fremont to sell thy wont take it saying it has recal n all.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2006 Audi A6 2
Failure Date: 02/02/2018

At 150k miles, experienced no crank, no start. Tow to dealer, and I had already done some triage. They did 2 hrs of troubleshooting problems that were not even related, so I took the car back. Found a trust worthy mechanic and his diag suggested the scm burned out taking the pcm and ecm along with it. The cost would have been in the $6000 range as he stated a %40 failure rate after 150k in alldata. He also said, if I repair it, I need to replace the steering column as well because I will just have issues down the road if I dont. The car also had a slow oil leak. The place where I bought the car said the repair is not worth the cost, so that factored into my decision not to invest in repairs. The oil leak was slow and I never had to top off the oil, but it was significant enough to know it was an issue. That leak was present after 80k miles. So I had to make the unfortunate decision not to invest any money into an attempted fix. I was at the gas station, had just filled up the gas tank, had new struts, new battery and prior to it not starting, the car was running so really good. It looked great and people often thought it was way newer than it was. There was way to much value in the car to trash it, but various parties only offered $200 to scrap it. This is a high end car for Audi and I cant believe they are allowed to implement a kill switch after 150k miles. I was planning on keeping that car for a long time. Now unemployed, I have to buy a car I cant afford.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Audi A6 3
Failure Date: 01/29/2018

~tl the contact owns a 2012 Audi A6. Whenever an occupant was seated in the passenger seat, the air bag warning indicator illuminated and the air bag off indicator below the radio flashed. The failure occurred for approximately three months. The vehicle was taken to the dealer (Audi of grapevine in texas) where it was diagnosed that the pod system needed replacement. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and opened case number: 180078683. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 82,000.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2002 Audi A6 4
Failure Date: 11/24/2017

~tl the contact owned a 2002 Audi A6. While driving approximately 55 mph, there was an odor of smoke. The contact observed smoke coming through the vents on the front driver's side. In addition, the vehicle caught fire under the hood. There were no injuries sustained. A fire report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a towing facility. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance. The VIN was not available. The vehicle was destroyed.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Audi A6 5
Failure Date: 10/07/2017

When I was driving, we smelled burning of rubber but thought that it must be from outside. However after driving of another 3-4 miles, suddenly smoke started to come out from air vent mainly on driver and windshield side inside of cabin. I stopped car and turned off. I took it to nearby garage and they checked any leakage of fluid that can cause burning but can�t find it which indicates that problem of short circuit and may need to research more. In the night, when I tried to turn cabin lights on, it didn�t work which now clearly shows that it�s incident of short circuit that cause inside lights dome, reading and other lights off. I was lucky that it didn�t caught fire and burned down my car. However this needs to be investigated. I will appointment with dealer and see if I can get pictures or documentation on the details.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2007 Audi A6 6
Failure Date: 08/10/2017

Oil separator intake leek. No heat. Coolant purges in an out of resavoir.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Audi A6 7
Failure Date: 02/01/2017

Takata recall. The contact owns a 2010 Audi A6. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16v382000 (air bags) for the passenger frontal air bag inflator; however, the parts to do the repair were unavailable. In addition, the contact stated that the air bag warning indicator was illuminated. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The local dealer (Audi north orlando located at 139 n oregon st, stanford, florida 32771) continued to inform the contact that they would have parts available the next month and that they were on a wait list; however, the air bags received were for newer vehicles. The failure mileage was unknown. Parts distribution disconnect.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2006 Audi A6 8
Failure Date: 06/15/2016

I have a used 2006 Audi A6 quattro 3. 2 [when purchased in 2013 it only had 89,000 miles - currently at 111,139 miles]. Last Wednesday 06/15/2016, the car refused to turn over, however, the radio, mmi, exterior/interior lights were all operable. After investigating the issue more, I realized that the electrical windows refused to raise, the dash didn't illuminate, and I was unable to place the car in neutral. Later that evening, my insurance provider sent a tow truck with a flatbed - the vehicle had to be chained to the tow truck and pulled out of my parking spot because the wheels were locked. In the interim, I researched my issue on the internet and found several complaints related to my exact issue, which was later discovered as a transponder failure that would require an entire new steering column because the company (Audi) did not sell the part separately. These entries were from drivers of Audi a4, A6, and tt models from years 2004-2007. The following morning [Thursday, 6/16/2016] I spoke with john and kevin from the service center in the maple hill auto group in kalamazoo, mi which is a vw/Audi dealership. They diagnosed the issue as a transponder failure and advised that the entire steering column would need to be replaced because the parts aren't sold separately. They quoted a price of nearly $2200. 00 for repair and labor - I advised that I researched this problem and found one solution on the internet that advised that an Audi service center (didn't have the location) used autel maxisys pro to remove the codes in the auth/access module and was able to get the car to turn over. Kevin advised that they were unable to use this process. Spoke with sean from Audi's customer relations department on 6/16/16 who had the concern reviewed and advised on Monday 6/21/16 that Audi was unable to offer any resolution due to the age and mileage of the vehicle.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2000 Audi A6 9
Failure Date: 06/10/2016

The contact owns a 2000 Audi A6. The contact noticed strong fumes entering the vents, which affected the contact's breathing. The contact was not able to use the heater or air conditioner. A week later, while driving, a fire erupted near the dashboard and smoke consumed the inside of the vehicle. The contact was able to pull the vehicle over to the side of the road and a fire inspector extinguished the flames. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 06v198000 (electrical system), but the contact did not receive a notification. The manufacturer was not notified. The vehicle was towed and parked. The failure mileage was not available. Parts distribution disconnect.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 Audi A6 10
Failure Date: 06/01/2016

I reached out to Audi when I received an email stating recalls for my car. I spoke to 2 Audi reps at there call center whom both stated to me that I was wrong about the email I received and to check this site. Once I have it showed and stated the same recall that I received an email about. But once I stated that the dealer may not be aware of the scheduling of this but both reps state that the site backed by auto trader and kbb was incorrect. It bothers me to see that this company is not aware of there own defects which makes me wonder what else is extremely wrong with the car--------- also after seeing the recall my passenger light for the airbags started to flicker when no one was in the car, which lead to some other electrical problem with my car. My whole mmi interface malfunctioned to where its only a black screen.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2016 Audi A6 11
Failure Date: 04/11/2016

Got a warning light that adaptive cruise and braking were not available. According to the service dept. There was a seam in the body that was not welded properly in the manufacturing process. I have 6500 miles on my car. They said that water was leaking in on electrical modules. This problem happens while driving.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2016 Audi A6 12
Failure Date: 03/09/2016

Vehicle stumbles and cuts off at a few moments of idling. It has also lost power and the gained it back moments later at rapid pace.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Audi A6 13
Failure Date: 02/25/2016

While driving on a Sunday, the car reported transmission issues but it stated we could continue driving. The following day, there were multiple systems failure warnings. This occurred at 54,000 miles and 49 months since purchase. The car began to lose power but was driven back to the dealership. After a lengthy period of time, the service manager reported that "coolant leak in valve n82, coolant migrated into harness and contaminated transmission control unit, causing no comm in pwrtrain can; tsb2033806/7. " this repair required replacement of major components and extensive labor costs. The total cost was $9606 and the dealer/Audi voluntarily paid $5391 of the costs.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2007 Audi A6 14
Failure Date: 10/13/2015

Takata recall - the nearest Audi dealer is 125 miles away. I have a recall notice but have spent approximately $6,000 on electrical problems in vain and cannot trust the car to make it to the dealer to repair the airbag. . Then there is the problem of trusting the airbag in the time I drive to the nearest dealer not with standing the air bag problem alone. In regard to the electrical failures, I was nearly run over by a semi at freeway speed when the engine suddenly stopped. The problem comes and goes like a ghost is involved and nobody has been able to properly repair it. At one mechanical shop I lost a windshield and at another I lost a taillight with replace cost over $392. 00. What can I do with all of the above considered? I cannot sell the car due to safety concerns for the next owner and have suffered a large depreciation. This problem can occur anytime but most often when going across a speed bump or upon a rough street. It has happened many times over the past three years. The date I give below is best guess.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 Audi A6 15
Failure Date: 09/24/2015

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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Audi A6 16
Failure Date: 07/13/2015

O-ring failure in 2012 A6 3. 0 caused the transmission to internally leak fluid causing the electonic system to go bad. All of the following lights came on when issue started. Check engine light, gearbox, mil trac control, mil epc, light airbag mil hi-speed cooling fan mil tire pressure warning light the transmission would not shift, major lack of power to engine. Parking brake would also activate by itself. Instrument panel light up like a x-mas, when I pulled over the car shut off and would not turn back on.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2000 Audi A6 17
Failure Date: 07/01/2015

First the car ran hot no temp have came on had to replace motor . . . . . The cooling fan broke made of plastic and cut my serpentine belt into . . . . . . Then the car flooded and ruined the comfort control module had to replace this now the front axel is broke and the boots fell apart and the ball joints are no good. . . . . .

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Audi A6 18
Failure Date: 06/01/2015

Blinking drivers side headlight. Audi has technical service bulletin and will not repair for free !! tere reasoning is is that I have over 100 k miles. I reported this to them when I had 62 k miles and they said it never blinked when they tested it (not true) this is a major safety hazard at night and they want to charge me over $1,000 dollars to fix. . . . This should be a recall as it is a safety issue!!!in fact Audi corporate is aware and are picking and choosing who gets the repair for free!.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Audi A6 19
Failure Date: 05/20/2015

O-ring failure in 2012 A6 3. 0 caused the transmission to internally leak fluid causing the electonic system to go bad. All of the following lights came on when issue started. Check engine light gearbox mil trac control mil epc light airbag mil hi-speed cooling fan mil tire pressure warning light the transmission would not shift, major lack of power to engine. Parking brake would also activate by itself.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 Audi A6 20
Failure Date: 04/29/2015

Having all the same issues with the steering column listed below, why has this issue not been made a recall issue???? there is an entire page of this problem at the following Audi forums. . Read more...

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2006 Audi A6 21
Failure Date: 04/13/2015

The contact owns a 2006 Audi A6. While attempting to start the ignition, the vehicle delayed to start and the inspection warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 163,000. Updated 7/14/cn.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 Audi A6 22
Failure Date: 10/23/2014

We have a 2005 Audi A6 purchased cpo in 06. We recently had issues with brake module issues that are still there but waiting on the recall for this issue. Now we have an issue with our mmi system which is the entertainment part of the car. It controls the music, navigation, and some convience features. I have seen a lot of Audi owners with this mmi problem as well. There seems to be a trend with Audi vehicles now. I would think when you make a luxury purchase such as this you would not have these kinds of issues. Certainly if you are not abusing the car in any way. This also needs to be a part of a recall. The first indication was I could not reset the battery after the replacement which was not done by Audi. Then I took it to them to reset the battery level and recode the mmi and Audi could not do it? there is an issue here. . . .

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2003 Audi A6 23
Failure Date: 10/09/2014

Failed CT emissions test. Check engine light illuminated. Confirmed code to be p0741. Informed by authorized technician that the torque converter requires replacement.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2014 Audi A6 24
Failure Date: 08/21/2014

This has been the third time my Audi A6 3. 0t has been to the dealer since purchasing it as a cpo vehicle for a steering wheel jerk and squeak problem at any speed. It wants to move the steering wheel (since it is electronic) slightly as well as squeak. I believe there has been a recall notice for this problem but my dealer has yet to recitify this problem and many many others have this same issue. A simple google search brings up tons of owners with this issue. Please help me to bring this to Audi and to resolution. I don't feel safe driving this car as it is currently.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2003 Audi A6 25
Failure Date: 08/01/2014

At times when driving the car the acceleration becomes slow and it stalls with a jerk like it's going to just stop also, when the car is put in reverse gear it will not move. I am stuck. The prnd flashing on the dashboard. I become afraid because this can cause serious accidents.


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