• Jun 17, 2006
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a recall this week on the 1998-2000 Audi A6. This recall is interesting, though, because it's on the fix of another recall.
The first one (recall 0413000) was issued on a faulty headlight switch. However, Audi technicians could, while trying to repair the switch, improperly install a plastic cover on the driver side crossmember. This could then cause a short if the exposed member touches the headlight switch wiring harness. Audi has not issued a fix at the time of this posting or indicated when it will notify A6 owners of the problem. Contact information can be found at the link if you own one of the cars in question.

[Source: Consumer Affairs]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      to #9, Chris, I have cna control arms and ball joints cause a problem with a shimmying/vibrating steering wheel, a vibration in the floor, and in the seat of the vehicle, mostly the seat bottom. The Audi dealer says nothing wrong with car since road force balance machine show balanced, they keep balancing, rotating, aligning, toe off, camber off, tires out of round, new rims, but haven't checked anything in drive train, steering, suspension.Marie
      • 8 Years Ago
      WOW, TOYOTA HAS SECOND HIGHEST RECALL RATE!!!!!!!!
      Guess were not so damn good after all......

      http://www.leftlanenews.com/2006/06/16/recalls-what-makes-toyota-different/
      • 8 Years Ago
      Your right Ltron, my friend's dad bought a brand new A4 and it was at the dealership almost every month due to some electrical problem. Other people who owned VW/Audi vehicles told me the same thing. They said electrical problems are very common.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The above post should have been "can" ball joints......
      also,I have had 3 electrical problems in a matter of 5 months, air conditioning, power window switch burned out, mil (engine light) staying lit, and an annoying rattling/creaking sound in the whole front dash which I brought in 4 times for already. They thought it was the fresh air vents.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well, they're only human, and at least they recalled the damn bogus thing. I'd hate to be on the end of that screaming manager's desk!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I "had" a 2001 A6 2.8 and I loved the thing since the day i bought it. I vowed that i would never divert from Audi again. Then to my suprise, while driving through town, my car started smoking out the dash and not 2 minutes after i parked it...poof, there she went.

      Going through this made me realize something about Audi. Not only do they never blame themselves every time a major issue goes around, they're never willing to help the customer but instead just simply say sorry. They sure can gloat on how refined and special they are, but once someting bad happens, they never seem to be around.

      I will never buy an Audi/VW product again. My car burned and my livelyhood has taken a turn for the worst. And all Audi can say is "sorry" give me a break. Sorry Audi, but all i can say is "class action lawsuit" might as well bend over now and wait for it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Brian,

        To expound expound upon your mishap. This is what happened to my Audi A6 2000, which was related to recent safety recall JN and older recalls ID # 06V198000 and 04V13300 - headlight switch and crash element in Left dashboard can cause fire.

        I was on my way work early one morning and had only been on the road about 10 minutes before something went horribly wrong with my car. Unexpectedly, as I was stopped at a traffic light where the road begins to first meet a major intersection, I smelled smoke in the air. Instantly I realized it was not from outside my car but from inside. Smoke billowed from the vent on the dashboard to the left of the steering wheel and without exaggeration flames started to flicker through the vent slats simultaneously.

        At this point I was in the middle lane of a major highway and thought if I could try to find a safer spot to pull over and get to safety from this fire that would be better. This brief delay in exiting the burning vehicle might have been against better judgment as the smoke got worse even with the driver’s side window down and as the flames licked and flickered near my hands which were on the steering wheel. I drove another three to four hundred yards on the road I was on and very quickly pulled over to the right side of the road and exited promptly.

        Emergency services were contacted immediately by 911 . At this point 1-2 minutes had passed since the car started to smoke and flame. Very shortly thereafter, the firemen came and were able to put out the fire approximately 8 minutes after it had begun. The damage that had been done was impressive in such a short time - the left dashboard completely melted with significant damage to steering wheel, windshield, visor, and the driver’s seat. The car was a total loss.

        Amazingly I was not injured but I could not believe how this could have transpired when my Audi A6 had been so very recently serviced and given the clean bill of health 10 days prior. The car had been serviced at a local dealership in Jackson, 4 times within a 5 week period.

        Two prior recalls identified described almost perfectly the situation that occurred: presumptively an electrical fire arising from the left dashboard. Just recently, I was sent a recall form from Audi (safety recall JN) detailing a problem that mirrored what happened to my car even though prior recalls had aptly described the possibility of dashboard electrical fire arising from a headlight switch connector or the jarring of the knee bolster (crash element).

        For a car that had always been kept in good shape, this type of thing should not happen. I wish that the upcoming recall was recognized internally so that this problem could have been averted, especially since it had been serviced multiple times so recently

        My insurance company subrogated the matter and Audi has accepted liability completely. Now I am waiting to see what they will do to compensate me for the loss and restore my faith in their company. What did they do for you, Brian? And, have you had to take any action?

      • 8 Years Ago
      "Show me one '96 to '02 A4 or A6 that hasn't had most of its 8 front control arms replaced due to bad ball joints."

      Mine. A 2001 Audi A4 I owned for three years that was entirely problem-free throughout my entire ownership. I put about 35,000 miles on top of the 40,000 that were on it when I bought it.

      Do you still think I'm a moron?
      gkz
      • 8 Years Ago
      have any of you morons acutally owned this car? i have and this issue never affected my car. Ltron and manny, you have no idea what is going on other that the hearsay crap you reference. The a6 was/is a terrific car. as the owner of a 98 and a 05, the first year of each iteration, i can say that both have been absolutely amazing. yes, there have been a few minor issues that have been repaired under warranty, but those fixes took a few minutes and the car has otherwise been dynamically amazing. you idiots should stop speculating and pay attention to reality
      • 8 Years Ago
      All right, kids, RTFA!! Before this thread degenerates into a contest to see who can make the most bizzare correlation between personal anecdotes and an entire manufacturer's quality performance, try reading the article.

      This is not a run-of-the-mill recall due to some randomly defective part, this is a recall of a prior recall! Were I an Audi owner, I wouldn't have been too upset at the first recall, but I would be super pissed if I had to bring my car in twice because the first recall repair potentially made things worse!

      This shows Audi was too hasty in throwing together a quick fix the first time, and now they have to bring all the cars back again. At least now it seems they're taking their time to design a robust fix before round 2 of the recall.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm sorry, but every make has recalls. I'd rather it be for a little switch than an exploding gas tank or something. The type of recall is really what to look out for.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Another example of that awesome VW/Audi quality! You'd think they'd want to get this kind of stuff under control...they've only had quality issues for the last 15 years or so (at least VW's, although I don't think Audis are exactly known for their flawless reliability either).
      • 8 Years Ago
      Man, if you read some of the things said about VW/Audi you would think that they would be a sure bet to leave you stranded on the road every time you drove them. For the record, I've owned an '04 Jetta 1.8T for almost 3 years now without a single problem. Great little car in my opinion, but maybe I'm just lucky. I personally think the VW/Audi reliability thing is blown way out of proportion.
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