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BMW X5 vs. Audi A6 / S6 Reliability

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Results are for year ending September 30, 2016. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2016 Audi A6 / S6 26
46.1038961039% 46.1038961039% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  43 A6 / S6s, 8.7 months of data per A6 / S6, average 7300 miles

 

2015 Audi A6 / S6   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  17 A6 / S6s, 10.2 months of data per A6 / S6, average 15000 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2014 Audi A6 / S6 23
29.1208791209% 29.1208791209% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  40 A6 / S6s, 9.3 months of data per A6 / S6, average 26800 miles

 

2013 Audi A6 / S6 43
63.3004926108% 63.3004926108% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  39 A6 / S6s, 10.1 months of data per A6 / S6, average 34300 miles

Includes A7 / S7.
2013 BMW X5 41
59.3596059113% 59.3596059113% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  37 X5s, 7.9 months of data per X5, average 38100 miles

 

2012 Audi A6 55
86.9458128079% 86.9458128079% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  60 A6s, 9.8 months of data per A6, average 45700 miles

First year of the C7 A6. Includes A7. Has required more repairs recently.
2012 BMW X5 60
96.7980295567% 96.7980295567% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  33 X5s, 9.1 months of data per X5, average 46800 miles

Most of the reported engine repairs involve the diesel.

 

2011 BMW X5 53
56.2271062271% 56.2271062271% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  29 X5s, 8.6 months of data per X5, average 67800 miles

Refreshed for this model year. Most of the reported engine repairs involve the diesel, which has a higher repair frequency.

 

2010 Audi A6 / S6   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 A6 / S6s, 8.2 months of data per A6 / S6, average 66100 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2010 BMW X5   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 X5s, 8.1 months of data per X5, average 101500 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2008 Audi A6 / S6   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 A6 / S6s, 9.2 months of data per A6 / S6, average 88600 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2008 BMW X5   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 X5s, 7.5 months of data per X5, average 91400 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2007 Audi A6 / S6   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 A6 / S6s, 7.8 months of data per A6 / S6, average 100500 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2006 Audi A6 65
48.6522911051% 48.6522911051% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  28 A6s, 10.5 months of data per A6, average 116000 miles
2006 BMW X5   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 X5s, 9.6 months of data per X5, average 91600 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2005 Audi A6   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 A6s, 7.6 months of data per A6, average 120900 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2005 BMW X5   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 X5s, 7.1 months of data per X5, average 127900 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2004 Audi A6   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 A6s, 8.7 months of data per A6, average 111800 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2003 Audi A6 / S6 / RS6   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 A6 / S6 / RS6s, 9.1 months of data per A6 / S6 / RS6, average 130600 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2002 Audi A6 / S6   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 A6 / S6s, 10.4 months of data per A6 / S6, average 125100 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

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TrueDelta Reviews the Reliability And Durability of the 2015 Audi A6 / S6

2015 Audi A6 / S6 Reliability And Durability: Neutral
YearComment
2016 I wavered on whether to include reliability among the reasons not to buy an Audi A6, and ultimately did not because the issues here are largely potential ones. As it ages, the 2016 A6 could prove troublesome. The 2012s, after a good first few years, have been requiring more than the average number of repairs lately. But over the past year the 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 all have been good. Will this change as they near the end of the 4/50 factory warranty? Perhaps, but this remains to be seen. Or not. In general, recent German cars tend to be good for the first four to six years--the latter the point at which CPO (certified pre-owed) warranties end. I often suggest that there are two smart ways to own a German car: under warranty, or if you're willing and able to perform most repairs yourself. And the Cadillac CTS? We have a limited amount of data on the current car. What we do have suggests that it is more troublesome than the Audi. full 2016 Audi A6 / S6 review