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Steering Column Problems of Audi A6

Audi A6 owners have reported 8 problems related to steering column (under the steering category).

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2006 Audi A6 1
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.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2006 Audi A6 2
Failure Date: 12/01/2015

I researched similar complaints and found that NHTSA id's 10555091 and 10444769 describe the exact same issue I recently experienced. I put the key in the car to start it and the it would not even turn over. The dash lights come on, the radio works, however the car is stuck in park and all wheels are locked. Car had to have dollies put under each wheel in order to roll it up onto a tow truck. Mechanic diagnosed the issue to be a failed computer module on the steering column, which cannot be removed and replaced by itself. The whole steering column had to be replaced. There are so many forums out there describing this same exact issue. This must be investigated and taken care of. I don't mind paying for car repairs, however, when there is a pattern of unusual and extremely costly repairs, the manufacturer needs to be held responsible.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2005 Audi A6 3
Failure Date: 08/29/2015

Engineering flaw lead to extraordinary expense replacing the entire steering column instead of just the module that failed. . Read more...

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2005 Audi A6 4
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   Steering Column problem of the 2000 Audi A6 5
Failure Date: 02/22/2013

When moving the steering column up or down smoke comes out of the steering column and get a burning smell on the passenger side.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2006 Audi A6 6
Failure Date: 01/11/2012

Car won't start, or turn over, vehicle transmission stuck in park. Have to tow on dollies account wheels locked up to dealership. Dealership says steering lock stuck in open position and have to replace entire steering column account part is integrated with steering column.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2004 Audi A6 7
Failure Date: 09/01/2009

I have a 2004 Audi A6 2. 7t s-line sedan with 56,000 miles on it. For the past several months it has had a severe shuddering in the steering column as I accelerate mid-throttle, as when I accelerate onto an on-ramp. I have tried to have my local Audi dealer address this (it is a certified vehicle) but they so far have not come across with resolution. I have also contacted the Audi of America customer support folks several times and they say that there is not a problem like this with this car, but they also say that if I use a specific make of michelin tire, it might alleviate the problem! I'm concerned about the safety of this car-it doesn't always do this, but when it does the steering wheel "shudders", like it vibrates/wobbles and the whole car vibrates. It started at about 40,000 miles and seems to have worsened over time. Is there a common problem with this vehicle? please help if you can!.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 1999 Audi A6 8
Failure Date: 03/22/2004

The heated steering wheel became too hot while being used and began to smoke. When the consumer turned the system off the heat subsided. The dealer wanted to replace the entire steering column instead of disconnecting the heating device.

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