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Audi A6 Transmission Problems

by Andy Joseph

Introduced in 1994, the Audi A6 is a midsize luxury car from German automaker Audi AG. Some of Audi A6 models from year to year have common transmission problems. That might be something to consider when purchasing a used A6. The more you know about each model's issues, the better your purchase decision can be.

Transmission Failure

The failure of the four-speed automatic transmission is the most significant transmission problem of the Audi A6. It particularly affects the 1995 and 1996 year model A6s, two of the car's earliest model years.

Transmission Rear Output Shaft Seal

Less common than transmission failure is a problem with the transmission rear output shaft seal. This usually occurs in the four-wheel-drive (Quattro) versions of the 2003 Audi A6.


As of September 2010, it cost about $80 for parts and $520 for labor to repair the 1995 to 1996 Audi A6 automatic transmission. The cost to repair the transmission rear output shaft seal was about $30 for parts and $195 for labor.

About the Author

Based in the D.C. area, Andy Joseph works full-time as a data analyst and technical writer. He has been writing articles about technology, health, politics, music, culture and automobiles since 2007. His work has appeared in The Express, Congressional Report and Road & Track. He has a master's degree in journalism and technology management.

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