Used car buying guide: Audi S6 (C6, 2006-2011) Car News

No owner of S6 is without it. The standard kit includes 19-inch alloy rims, bi-xenon headlights that follow the bends, leather seats and tinted windows. Among the plethora of options available were carbon fiber interior trim, larger 20-inch wheels, a rear awning and an upgraded audio system. Today, however, the best option is a full service history. Many S6 sellers claim their car has one, but reserve judgment until you’ve checked every last stamp and invoice.

How to get one in your garage

An expert’s point of view

Martin Adams, Founder and Director, Unit 20

“The S6 is a very good car that suffered in the shadow of the RS6. Its 5.2-liter V10 is mistakenly linked to the dry-sump V10s of the RS6 and Lamborghini Gallardo, but it shares little with them. It’s reliable but parts are expensive, which means the “cheap” S6 you find might not be that cheap to own. There are 10 spark plugs, 10 coil packs and 10 injectors, and the spark plugs alone cost £ 240. Each front brake disc costs roughly the same. Rust is not a problem, but severe dents and dings can be costly to sort out. Interiors are sturdy and reliable, but these cars are now up to 15 years old, so the technology is outdated.

Buyer beware

Motor: Oil services are every 10,000 miles or 12 months. Valves are prone to carbon fouling which can only be completely eradicated with costly disassembly. All four timing chains are located at the rear of the engine, making removal and replacement very expensive. Chains are reliable, but plastic guides and tensioners can fail. Injector issues are common on older cars, and replacing the 10 doesn’t come cheap. When you test drive, feel the high speed running issues – variable length manifolds tend to break inside.

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This notice was published: 2021-08-16 05:01:23

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