RS06

Trials and Tribulations of owning a 2003 Audi RS6

Prep work

Things change.  One of them being selling the RS6.  I don’t want to since I’ve already sunk so much money and time into it but, for reasons that I wont go into, I think it’s time that it goes.  The RS6, has been running great for months now with no issues to write about.  Funny that the only time that I’ve actually been happy with it is the time I decide to sell it.

First Step, getting it clean.  Timeless Car Cleaning did a great job with getting the RS6 ready for sale.

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The RS6 always scrubs up great.  Next step, carsales.com.au.

Auf Wiedersehen

It’s gone.  Today marks the end of an era, or should I say saga.  And with that, this blog ends.

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Thanks to everyone who has followed, thanked and helped this blog over the past couple of years.  To everyone who ridiculed and sent me hate mail, this was never about showing off what I have, this was always about telling a cautionary tale about what to expect when you buy a car like this.

Either way, it’s done now.  We can move on.

Bloodline

It appears I’m not the only person having RS6 woes.  A friend who bought a brand new 2013 C7 RS6 is experiencing severe throttle or gear change lag at low speed.

His email to Audi:

Dear Sir
I am writing to register my dissatisfaction on a recent answer to a complaint about the severe throttle or gear change lag at low speed after deceleration, particularly after coming into a roundabout then trying to accelerate, it becomes dangerous, as at first nothing happens then depending on your timing or increase in throttle all hell can break loose.
Being told this is a high performance car this is the nature of the beast.
I was also  told that there was nothing could be done,  I don’t think so.
 
I don’t need to explain that this is not a acceptable answer for the value of the car.
The 4.0 TFSI engine twin-turbocharged V8 that was co-developed with Bentley, does the Bentley have the same problem?
If you can’t give me a satisfactory fix to this problem please escalate this to someone who can.

Audi’s response is that it’s a known software problem and they won’t fix it unless enough people complain about it.  When he  asked how many were sold and who bought them the reply was ‘some’ and only one other person in Brisbane is complaining.  When asked how the aftermarket tuners know about the problem and how they have fixed it they responded with “no warranty” if he pays to get it done.

This is looking like the Australian C5 RS6 DRC fiasco all over again.  For vehicles that cost around $250,000AU you would expect better support.

If you or someone you know is also having these problems hit the contact button up the top and drop me an email with your contact information.  Hopefully with enough people Audi might listen.

Wheels of fortune

Another week away.  This time getting the front passenger rim fixed and the two buckled rims fixed.  Dropped the RS6 down at Keith 4 Wheels on the Monday.  I’m not sure who they got to do the work but everything looks ok at the moment.  Total cost of the buckle repair was $272.70.  The scratch and dent repair was on the house.

Looking Back

The RS6 has been quite a disappointing and expensive experience for my first euro car.  There are however sometimes, like now, where everything just seems to be working and when you take a moment to step back and just look at it you realise that it is quite a nice car.

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Quality Assurance

I swear this car is cursed.  I have had nothing but issue after issue as soon as I let anyone touch it.  This time it was the front passenger wheel which was fastened to the car by hand tightened wheel bolts.  Needless to say that isn’t the sort of oversight I want while I’m driving down the motorway at high speeds.

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 After taking a sharp right hand corner the front passenger side started to emit a thumping sound.  Upon closer inspection I found that all the wheel bolts on the front passenger side were loose.  I also then discovered that they had damaged the wheel in a couple of places.

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They were very apologetic and offered to repair the rim for me.  I will get it booked in again early next year to get all 3 rims fixed.  Lets hope this doesn’t turn into another Audi fiasco.

Soar like a Falken

It was finally time to say goodbye to the Nankangs that I bought with the RS6.  I went down to Keith 4 Wheels and picked up a set of Falken 245/35R19 93Y FK453’s.

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A little bit narrower than the 255’s I had on beforehand but the grip level is phenomenal compared to the Nankangs. I also found out, as I suspected for a while, that I have buckled rims.  I will try and get it booked in next week to get these looked at.  The high quality Brisbane roads strike again.

Total for the Falkens were $340 a corner totalling $1360.

Communication breakdown

Took the RS6 back down to Harding Performance on the 11th to have a look at the ECU/TCU communication issues.

Plugging their VCDS into the car revealed codes which it’s never had before –

01119 – Gear Recognition Signal
     35-10 – Intermittent

01315 – Transmission Control Module
     49-10 – No Communications – Intermittent

Report back from HP was that they “removed the trans ECU and inspected the loom and connector and all was fine.  They also double checked the solder connections and there we no visible signs of a bridge or a dry joint.  Ran over the connections again with the soldering iron and ensured they were all ok.  Reinstalled into the car and test drove without any problems.”

It’s been back on the road for a week or so now and it has not kicked any of the fault codes. Here’s hoping that it’s fixed.

The future is cold and bleak

Since getting the RS6 chipped I have been having problems with the transmission slipping / not fully engaging properly while under half to full acceleration.

I scanned the car this morning and found this – 18034.P1626 Data-bus powertrain: missing message from transmission control.

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Theory at the moment is that the ECU and TCU aren’t communicating properly and when accelerating the torque converter isn’t locking.