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2001 Audi A6 2.7T Quattro

2001 Audi A6 2.7T Quattro

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Price: $4,000

Mileage: 206,000 Miles

Engine: 2.7-Liter Bi-Turbo V6 Engine w/ 156k Miles (APB)

Transmission: 6-Speed Manual Transmission (EUU)

Exterior color: Pearl White Exterior (L0B9)

Interior: Black Leather Interior (N5A)

Additional features:

Wood Interior Trim

Audi Symphony Sound System

Audi Navigation System

CD Changer

Dual Climate Control

Power / Memory Seats

Center Armrest

Fold Down Rear Seats

Ski-Pass Through

Front and Rear Fog Lights

On-Board Computer

Rear Sun Shades

Factory Carpet Floor Mats

XS Power Coil-Over Suspension

A8 Wheels (Original Wheels Included)

Yokohama YK520 Tires All-Season Tires

Complete Mx Refresh

3-Owner Colorado Car

Clean Carfax

Background

2001 Audi A6 2.7T Quattro exterior photo

The C5-generation A6 was introduced in 1997 as the second iteration of Audi’s full size executive sedan and the newly re-named A6. By the second generation of the A6 Audi had gone up-market and was making considerable headway against the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class. The A6 offered considerable options over its competitors, including a more refined interior than BMW and a sporting alternative to Grandpa’s Mercedes. The Quattro all-wheel system drive edged out Mercedes’ 4Matic system, too. For engines you could have your virtual pick of Audi’s power plants, the best of which was the 2.7-liter bi-turbo from the B5 S4 good for 250 horsepower in stock form. Mated to an optional 6-speed manual transmission, the 2.7T transformed the big Audi into a proper sports sedan—think S4 you could take your girlfriend’s parents to dinner in! The C5 was a sweet spot in the A6 evolution; it was a considerable leap forward from the C4 A6, yet suffered none of the reliability issues successive generations have.

Summary

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This Pearl White over Black leather 6-speed 2001 Audi A6 is a fantastic example that stands out against a population of C5 A6s that have fallen into disrepair, neglect, and entry level buyers. With just over 206,000 miles, it is proof that with proper care and maintenance C5s can last forever. It was originally leased in December of 2001 to the first owner, who then purchased it and moved to Colorado in January of 2003 when it had 16k miles. It has stayed in Colorado ever since, going to the second owner in 2004 and remaining with them for nearly fourteen years. Last summer they sold it to their adult son, the owner of a specialist repair shop, whom we purchased it from. When we got it, we replaced the original motor with a 2.7-liter Bi-Turbo V6 APB engine from another 2001 A6 with approximately 156,000 miles on the odometer. In the process we replaced the timing belt, valve cover gaskets, rear main seal, oil pan gasket, positive crank case ventilation lines, expansion tank and hose, starter motor, and a fresh clutch. We also replaced the front brake lines, right front window regulator, mirror switch, headlight level sensor, engine-side aux fan, and flushed the coolant and brake fluid. The only modifications are XS Power coilovers and A8 wheels (the original A6 wheels are included). Prior to our ownership the records and Carfax show regular and frequent services. In 2010 the rear bumper cover was repainted due to damage (as reported on the Carfax) and I suspect that the front bumper cover has also repainted at some point. The driver’s side has been repainted at some point as well. As it sits, this a well cared for example of a C5 A6 with the desirable manual transmission and a lower mileage 2.7T engine than the chassis. It isn’t perfect, which is detailed in the paragraphs below, but it is very nice example in a population of C5 A6s that has fallen into neglect and disrepair. We would like to find a new owner who will enjoy and care for it in the next chapter of its story.

Exterior

2001 Audi A6 2.7T Quattro exterior photo

Overall the Pearl White paint is in excellent condition. It does have some mileage related imperfections, but much less than you would expect of a 206k mile car. The worst are rock chips on the front bumper cover and fenders, and some minor dents and dings commiserate with age. The hood, front and rear bumpers covers and driver’s side have been repainted at some point. There was a minor rear impact that left the rear bumper cover in need of a re-spray, which was performed very well. There is no rust anywhere; this A6 has lived in Colorado since 2003. The windshield has one small crack behind the rear view mirror and some minor pitting. The side and rear window glass is in excellent shape. The headlight, indicator, marker, and brake light lenses are clear and crack-free. The A8 wheels have no bends, but do have a bit of curb rash on all four. They are wrapped in Yokohama YK520 tires with adequate tread remaining.

Interior

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The interior is also in very good shape for its age. The black leather in this condition is hard to come by. There are no odors other than that of fine leather, and it has never been smoked in. The carpets are clean and free of rips or tears. Factory floor mats are included, there is one large wear spot in the driver’s side floor mat. The black leather holds up far better over time than the more common silver interiors. There are no rips, failed stitching, or broken piping. The dashboard is has none of the warping that is common with Audis of this period. There is some minor cracking of the center console wood trim. The armrest functions properly. The instrument cluster LCD has no failed pixels (a common issue) and all gauges and lights work correctly. There is wear on some of the steering wheel buttons. The steering wheel leather is in excellent shape with only minor wear. All buttons and functions work correctly; the power windows, door locks, sunroof, radio, and power seat adjustments work correctly (we replaced the power mirror switch). The heat blows warm and the air conditioning blows cold. The trunk carpet is clean. The driver’s door latch micro-switch that turns on the interior lights is faulty, so the interior lights don’t turn on with the door latch. The factory jack, warning triangle, and spare tire are present. Two keys are included, as are all factory owners’ manuals and the original window sticker.

Mechanical

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All owners of this A6 have been meticulous stewards. We took it to Audi specialists Autosport Werks after the work to get a pre-purchase inspection done. The replacement 2.7T engine pulls hard to redline and the turbos are quiet. There are no significant leaks and the timing belt and accessory belts are all freshly replaced. The driver’s side turbo has minor oil seepage from the boost hose, but in Autosport Werks’ opinion it was better than most 2.7T turbos they see. There were past pre-cat oxygen sensor faults due to the wires being too close to the exhaust, which we re-routed to prevent this in future. We also replaced the engine-side aux fan and headlight level sensor. The clutch is also fresh, and take-up is correct. The transmission shifts smoothly and the all-wheel drive functions correctly. There are no driveline vibrations. The XS Power coilover suspension is firm, yet tolerable for street driving. The front tires have slight camber wear from being lowered, which we rotated to the rears to help even out the tire wear. The brakes are strong with plenty of life left. It passes emission in Colorado, which we have done prior to sale. This is a primarily stock example that can be enjoyed as-is, or taken to the next level. Make no mistake, any C5 A6 will need continued care and maintenance, but this is a well cared for example. You can opt for a lower mileage example, however this one proves that proper stewardship matters much more than strictly mileage. We would like to find a buyer who appreciates this and who will enjoy this A6 for years and miles to come.

VIN Decoder

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VIN Decoder

  • Market: USA
  • VIN: WAUED54B11N030161
  • Type: A6 Quattro 2.7
  • Engine: APB
  • Transmission Code: EUU
  • Paint Color: L0B9 Pearl White
  • Interior: N5A Black Leather

Options

  • E0A No Special Edition
  • 4UB Airbag for NAR
  • 6XM Exterior Mirrors with Memory Feature, Auto-Dimming, Power-Adjustable / Heated
  • 1KD Disk Brakes in Rear
  • J1R Battery 420 A (82 Ah)
  • 1LX Disc Brakes in Front
  • 1AT Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • 1BH Suspension / Shock Absorption, Standard 2
  • 3P2 Bracket for Fire Extinguisher
  • 5MZ Decorative Inserts, Stainless Steel - Fabric
  • 7X1 Park Distance Control
  • F0A No Special Purpose Vehicle, Standard Equipment
  • QL2 Heat-Insulating Glass (green)
  • 8GL Alternator 120 A
  • 0G1 Gearshift Lever
  • 0YT Weight Range 18 Installation Control only, No Requirement Forecast
  • 0JM Weight Category Front Axle Weight Range 12
  • T7Z 6-cylinder SI Engine 2.7 l Unit 078.8
  • 3NZ Split Folding Rear Seat Bench
  • 8JD Headlamps with Gas Discharge Lamp for Driving on the Right (US design)
  • U1D Instrument Cluster w/ mph Speedometer, Clock, Tachometer, Trip Odometer, add. Instruments (Voltage, Oil Temperature)
  • X9A Equipment Options Subset for USA
  • 1N3 Speed-Related Variable Steering Assist (Servotronic)
  • 2ZQ Leather-Wrapped Multifunction Steering Wheel for Airbag System
  • 3HA Without Leather Parts Scope
  • 8Q2 Automatic Headlight Range Adjustment Static
  • 9Q2 Multi-Function Display / On-Board Computer with Check Control
  • 8Z6 Hot Country
  • MH0 6-cylinder SI Engine 2.7 l/187 kW (30V) Base Engine is T7Z
  • 7Q9 Navigation System
  • CC5 Alloy Wheels 7.5J x 18
  • 7K0 Without Direct Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • 4X4 Side Airbag in Front and Rear with Curtain Airbag
  • 2K5 Reinforced Bumpers
  • 6R2 Leather Gearshift Boot
  • 3PN Power Seat Adjustment for Both Front Seats with Memory Feature
  • J1R Battery 420 A (82 Ah)
  • CC5 Alloy Wheels 7.5J x 18
  • 4KC Side and Rear Windows in Heat-Insulating Glass
  • 3Y5 Power-Operated Roll-Up Sunshade for Rear Window and Mechanically Operated for Side Windows
  • 4K2 Radio Remote Controlled Central Locking “SZV”
  • 5D2 Carrier Frequency 315 MHz
  • 1SA Without Additional Front Underbody Guard
  • Q1A Standard Seats in Front
  • 4QP 3-Point Airbag Seat Belts in Front