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Audi A8



  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    For the first comparison of the A8 vs the S500 and 745i, see the Nov issue of CAR Magazine. The A8 won, and surprise the 745i was ranked last, with of course the S500 in the middle.

  • Anyone have any advice on brakes for my 1999 A8? It has about 35,000, and the squeal is incredible. Any good aftermarket pads? They tell me my pads and rotors are like new. I am willing to put new pads on, but shutter at the price of rotors. One shop is suggesting Raybestos. Any help??
  • regfootballregfootball Posts: 2,166
    no buzz about the new a8?
  • I'm waiting for it to arrive in the US. Hope that all the good options make it (lighting , etc) but not sure. I'm putting a deposit down on an S8 once i get a delivery time frame.
  • regfootballregfootball Posts: 2,166
    hmmmmmm, anyone see the S-class redo? Basically a new front end, and an interior redesign that is not much different. I saw pics of those in Top Gear mag....

    New BMW 7 series is an egg. Boy did they lay a big turd with the idrive, heinous styling and all......

    So the BMW challenger is down, the S class update is not significantly different....(the new E class will steal sales from the S class anyways).

    Time for a big increase in sales of the new a8???

    Wait! New Jag XJ is out, aluminum body which they claim is superior construction methods to the A8 aluminum body.....the new Jag is about as light as a typical mid size sedan (not sure if it will ger AWD eventually) but it looks luxurious and stylish and promises performance.....Are the Jag and new a8 the cars to watch in the upper luxury segment?
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    I would have predicted huge sales gains for the new A8 in the U.S. this time around if it weren't for that big VW competing in the same space. The Jaguar XJ8 will never be a "volume" player in the segment because not everyone wants a car that wears it's styling so outwardly. The Jaguar still can't match tech with the Germans either.

    The funny thing about the BMW 7-Series is that for all the complaining about it's styling and Idrive, it just wrapped up it's best sales year ever in the U.S.

  • regfootballregfootball Posts: 2,166
    That new Jag is sooooo purty though and so many hundreds of pounds lighter.......

    S class is sooooooo dull........
  • I thought the A8 and Phaeton would compete more closely price-wise. But the press keeps quoting the Phaeton at $62K and the A8, depending on who you are reading is significantly more (in the car magazine quotes, that is).

    The reality may be that they are very close -- but the press is doing a job of confusing the issue somewhat, making the VW "cheaper" than the early early press reports had stated.

    Time will tell.

    The A8 keeps looking better and better though.

    But, I love my 03 allroad -- and although the A8, in 1997 was the best Audi I had ever had (and I have had over two dozen), the allroad is NOW the best one.

    They just keep makin' em better!
  • To anyone looking for a used A8 or plans to keep it for more than 100,000 miles, please be aware that maintenance is outrageous. My 1997 A8 just turned 90,000 miles and I am told the transmission is starting to go. I WAS QUOTED $9,000 to replace it by the dealer. A local transmission shop told me the dealer is only going to rebuild the unit!!!!!! Buyer Beware!
  • fredvhfredvh Posts: 853
    Volkswagen/Audi in Massive Recall

    More than 850,000 Volkswagen and Audi vehicles --
    about 530,000 sedans and hatchbacks sold in the
    U.S. alone -- are being recalled for a faulty
    ignition coil. Volkswagen announced the recall last
    week, noting that the problem could cause spark
    plug failure and rough running, which is usually
    indicated by the vehicle's "Check Engine" light.
    Most of the cars affected carry the VW corporate
    1.8-liter turbo four (which includes the Audi A4
    and TT coupe; the VW Golf, GTI, Jetta, New Beetle
    and Passat), the 2.8-liter VR6 and the 3.0-liter
    V6 engines, as well as the VW Passat's W8.
  • If what I've seen concerning the price of the new A8 is correct, it will be priced at around 75K. That's about 12k more than the base car is this year. The A8 has been known as value leader at this price point, now it plays in the same price league as the Mercedes or BMW and the lexus is about 18-20K cheaper. It's absolutely stunning but at 75K, I may be forced to pass on it.
  • My quote for a new transmission is $10,000 for my 1998 A8 with 60k miles.
  • I saw the new A-8 at the auto show and was impressed. As with everything from luxury cars to widgets, I suspect the price will be set based on relative supply and demand, so that list price will only hold up if people are willing to pay it. From what I saw and have read, the new model is quite a bit improved and so an increase seems justified, but I agree that they will have to price at a discount to Mercedes and BMW until people accept them in that league. I would be surprised if the normal A-8 lists at $75k (maybe that was for an L model), which I believe would be 10% more than a normal 745; although come to think of it I believe a 745L starts at "only" $73k.
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Well the price difference between the 2003 A8 and 2004 A8 can be explained very easily. Audi is no longer importing the short-wheelbase model, they're starting out for 2004 with the A8L and only going up from there. If they price the new A8L at 75K thats about 8K more than the current A8L. Sales of the A8L were much better than the short wheelbase model in the latter years of the current car's production run, so this time they aren't going to bother with a "base" A8.

    The next short wheelbase A8 will the be the 2005 S8.

  • sanders8sanders8 Posts: 1
    I have owned a great 2000A8 for 3 years and will probably purchase the 2004 model. I do not own the L - I just like the shorter base. Do you know if I can order a 'non-L' version soon? Also, at 50,000 miles it seems to me that a subtle change is taking place with the transmission - could I possiblly be feeling a difference? The AWD has been amazing...
  • 1violinist1violinist Posts: 338
    Does anyone know exactly the time the 2004 A8 will be available at Audi dealers? Does Audi have a European Delivery program like MB and BMW?

  • regfootballregfootball Posts: 2,166
    saw the interior of the A8 at the autoshow (but couldn't sit in it). Was skeptical about it in photos but seemed impressive in the flesh.

    Why anyone would look at a 7 series boggles my mind. The Sclass, new Jag XJ, and A8 are more attractive and aren't saddled with the lame joystick.
  • jpvwaudijpvwaudi Posts: 139
    I just attended the launch of the new A8L; awesome car; Audi has really hit a homerun this time.
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