Is this C5 Audi A6 2.7 Biturbo worth the risk?

There are a few Audis that are popular among enthusiasts that can be had for quite cheap right now. One of them is the C5-generation Audi A6 2.7 Biturbo, thanks to the fact that it essentially had the same engine as the B5-generation Audi S4. It was also available with a six-speed manual with Quattro all-wheel drive. All of that in a good looking, luxurious sedan package. Sounds perfect, right? Well, there was one problem — pretty horrid reliability.

Despite all of its allure, the C5 Audi A6 2.7 Biturbo was a bit of a handful, in terms of ownership. Which makes this specific one a bit interesting. Currently up for sale is a 2000 Audi A6 2.7 Biturbo with 170k miles and it’s asking $3,500. That’s not a lot of money but it also comes with a couple of headaches.

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The airbag light is on, an intermittent Check Engine Light, a bad O2 sensor and the digital screen in its instrument cluster is on its way out. And those are just the problems right now. There’s potential for plenty more to pop up in the future.

However, it’s still hard to resist. That 2.7 liter Biturbo engine makes 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque and is a fantastic engine to drive. It’s boosty, like an old-school turbocharged engine should be, and it makes a great noise. It’s also paired with a slick-shifting six-speed manual and Quattro all-wheel drive. What’s not to love? Its body and interior also both look decent, surprisingly. It’s a comfortable and fun car to drive and one that’s sort of special among Audi enthusiasts.

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So while it might be a handful and it might cause its next owner a bit of trouble, it’s probably worth it. Life’s too short to drive uninteresting cars and the Audi A6 2.7 Biturbo is a very interesting car.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.