Review: Audi A6 (1997 – 2004)


Good looks, classy cabin and comparatively inexpensive to run.

Handling safe but lacklustre. Modest crash test rating.

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Audi A6 (1997 – 2004): At A Glance

The Audi A6 of 1997 marked a significant improvement over its predecessor.

Like fellas, some cars have a mid-life crisis, some have a mid-life facelift, and some have both.

It started life as a big softy. Squishy, absorbent suspension soaked up the potholes on the Northhamptonshire roads where I first drove it. But that wasn't altogether a bad thing and it could be hustled along quite quickly without coming over all dramatic. At least, the 2.4 litre Tiptronic I drove could.

But now, Audi suspension wizard Jos van As has been allowed to tinker with the underpinnings; stylists and plastic surgeons have been at work on the nose and tail; boffins have been at work in the engine room and we have a newish A6

What does a Audi A6 (1997 – 2004) cost?

List Price from £39,375
Buy new from £27,994
Contract hire from £276.13 per month
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Why won't my mechanic change my car's transmission fluid?

I have a 2003 Audi A6 4.2 V8, with almost 150,000 miles on the clock. It has always been regularly serviced by an independent Audi specialist, and runs like a dream. However, my mechanic insists that they can't change the gearbox oil, as it is "sealed for life". From reading your column, I have my doubts about the wisdom of this. What is your advice?
Who is your mechanic? Get the car to a member of who use a special dialysis type of machine to simultaneously drain and refill the transmission at precisely the right temperature and pressure. Some bloke with a box of spanners simply can't do that.
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