SOTW: Audi A6 Avant

Provided you haven't been sitting around with your head in a bucket of sand for the past couple of months, it's likely that you'll be at least vaguely aware that a certain moderately famous endurance race is taking place this weekend.

You will also be aware, no doubt, that Audi has dominated the race for the past decade, winning every event but two since the turn of the millennium. So it makes sense that we should honour such a roll of victories with an Audi Shed of the Week for Le Mans weekend.

As it happens, Shed's been keeping its metaphorical eyes peeled for an appropriate C5-generation Audi A6 for quite a while now, largely because I have a bit of a soft spot for them. I know they consistently lost out in contemporary magazine tests to BMW and Mercedes, but to me they represent the zenith of Audi cool.

This A6 comes from a time when the cars from Ingolstadt were not over-designed inside and out, the interior layout was still relatively simple, and choosing one was still a cool and left-field alternative to a mainstream exec. A bit like buying a Saab used to be, but without the overtones of sandals and architecture. It was also before Audi drivers developed their reputations as c*cks...

This particular model is spot-on as an example of the A6, too. It's an Avant for starters, which makes it automatically slightly cooler than a saloon version. It's also the 2.7-litre 30-valve bi-turbo V6, which means it gets a healthy 230hp.

As PHer BigTom85 put it when he dropped me a note having spotted today's SOTW: "A detuned RS4 engine, massive lugging capability, proper build quality...I like."

Quite so, BigTom. We like, too.

This particular car certainly looks as if it's covered every one of its 147,410 miles, and it only has a few months tax and MoT left, but it has a full service history, and a list of equipment as long as a long man's arm. For £999 it's surely quite a lot of car for the money...

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£999 2000 Audi A6 2.7 T Quattro 5dr Avant

NO OFFERS! !!! 5 Doors, Manual, Estate, Petrol, 147,410 miles, Silver, MOT till 09/2012, TAXED till 09/2012, Rear Parking Sensors, Xennon Headlamps, Remote Central Locking, Front Foglamps, Multifunction Trip Computer, Black Sporty Leather Interior, Leather Sports Steering Wheel, ABS, Adjustable steering column/wheel, Air conditioning, Climate Contol, Anti theft system, Central locking, Electric adjustable front seats, Cruise control, Driver airbag, Electric mirrors, Electric windows, Front armrest, Head restraints, Headlight washers, Leather seats, Lumbar support, Metallic paintwork, Passenger airbag, Power assisted steering, Side airbags, Sports seats, Traction control, Roof rails, Radio Cas with CD Changer, BOSE Sound System, 147,000 Miles with full servicing, Spare Keys, LOW PRICE AS I NEED FAST MONEY. £999


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  • Ren Esis 18 Jan 2013


  • rtz62 18 Jan 2013

    Yeah, same price as a 3-year old Coxster.
    But the Coxster is a clitoris car; every s got one...

  • rtz62 10 Jul 2012

    Now there's a surprise.....

  • Andy JB 20 Jun 2012

    j_s14a said:
    Are these shape A6s expensive to run? (not just this model smile ) .
    I have run an Avant C5 for past 4 years with a V6 2.4. I never skimp on servicing but it is reasonable to service if using a decent independent and some of your own nouse for simple bits. It can do 34 mpg on a run or late 20's around town but its a big heavy car so consumption is never going to be great but better than the larger V6's.

    Not much has gone wrong in that time & its an 11 yesar old now but certainly no shed at 70k. Strangely although well built, its not as good an ex A4 B5 which at 14 years old when traded was completely trouble free if a lot simpler than the A6. Body work was better too!

    The 2.4 is a lovely & smooth & largely bullet proof & although torquey & has just enough power it does demand a different driving style to frenetic turbo'd 4 cyl engined versions - quite often all the better for it.

    Its a shame certainly with my newer A4 that Audi have gained this in your face reputation of late replacing the old 3 series driver. I completely concur with the article saying the older Audi's had a lot of style & left field thinking lacking of late. Lets hope the company car c0!cks migrate to something else once the Audi tick box has been removed from their list - as i think this is largely the trouble expressed on this forum.

  • grizlyadams 19 Jun 2012

    Gridl0k said:
    To be fair, a 51K Alfa for under a bag of sand, someone out there is going to have his arm off (/brewer)
    I don't think they will to be honest. Yeah its "only" 51k but its and R reg.... and it has that HATEFUL, HATEFUL, asthmatic, weedy 155 bhp twinspark motor in it, who's cambelt WILL break at some point (not might break, it will - irrespective of change intervals) At 51k it probably not been done yet should have been done at 30k, then there's the variator, the collapsing idler pulley's. Ugh. Alfa USED to make nice engines, the twinspark is not one of them.

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