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Audi A8

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  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    What I mean is the car comes standard with the air suspension, and that has a number of settings that you can choose through the mmi....If you get the additional `sport setting` it costs 2200 ..You then get the ninteen in wheels with all season tires and you can further choose a sportier suspension setting...As the ninteen inch wheels cost nineteen hundred dollars, the sport addition then costs an additional nine hundred dollars....I just hoped that when you take the test drive you could further inquire about this feature....When I test drove the a8l it felt a little squishy in the normal setting( which I also would normally use) but the dynamic drive is apparently a bit tighter, and then the sport is tightest of all....Sometimes it is fun to tighten things up for certain moods Thanks Tony
  • emaussemauss Posts: 151
    I will make an endeavor to test drive one with that option. One of my concerns is the 40-series tires that come with the package. Low profile tire will always cause a problem in snow, and yes, the all wheel drive will counter some of that negative effect, but I still see no reason to even enter that domain.

    BTW, my last two cars had 35s on the rear (the Porsche might even have been lower profile) and I have pretty much had my fill of sports mode in 4-wheeled vehicles used for every day travel in NYC.

    (e)
  • I just took delivery of a fully loaded 2006 standard wheel base A8. I test drove both the sports and standard suspension versions. I ended up buying the standard version and have been driving using the automatic setting for the adaptive air suspension. The automatic setting is perfect and is not at all squishy. The lift mode is awesome if you have to drive on any dirt roads. I did not think that the sports suspension version handled any better than the standard one and the found the ride of the sports suspension model to be rather rigid and uncomfortable even on relatively smooth roads. The dealer actually told me that they were not planning on ordering any more of the sports suspension versions since he did not think it was worth the extra money. Apparently, the 2005 A8s with the sports suspension version had to be more deeply discounted here in New England in order to get them off the dealers' lots. In any event, the car is amazing and I have already driven the length of Vermont in it with no problem whatsoever. The MMI system is a bit frustrating at first but after an hour or so of trial and error I now love it even though I have not even read the manual. I am so glad I switched to this Audi from my Volvo Cross Country :)
  • emaussemauss Posts: 151
    Thanks. I was pretty sure I was on the right track, and a little affirmation never hurts!
    Eric
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    Good news on the audi....I am also getting car, but have to order it...Did you order yours, and if so how long to get it? Thanks Tony
  • emaussemauss Posts: 151
    I just decided (almost) on the A8. I am leaving for China for 3 weeks in a few days, and will sign the deal when I return. I will probably have to order the car, but that is not a problem. I own my present car and will purchase the Audi outright, too. I want the car around the first of the year, but a month one way or the other is not a big deal to me. The dealers always want the deal earlier, but I am just as happy with a February car or a December car.

    Eric
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    Apparently, I have been led to believe ,that if I order it now it would come in early November....That would be o.k , but suppose something happens like with a previous poster when the car takes six months.....I`l not be treated like that....Well here`s to your trip Tony
  • emaussemauss Posts: 151
    Tony - I was told 60 to 90 days by two different dealers.

    Eric
  • I have had the exact same problem with my MMI. First they told me they replaced it. Then they said I needed a software upgrade. Both times the MMI worked for a short time and then started to "fritz-out". Currently the MMI does not boot-up at all. Just the other day an Audi owner pulled up next to me at a traffic light and asked me if I was having MMI problems like him.
    Now I have to give up my car for another day or two again so that they can try to maybe fix it. At least the service guys at the dealership have been nice and apologetic about it.
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    I have a feeling that may be a come on..But then again I am thinking two months give or take....I`l find out shortly..and report....Whenis the trip to China?

    Tonylups What year your car? I read in previous other post that you need not to spill any liquid (other than Vodka) in the mmi, so there is no drinking i my hopefully new car...I also found the dealership in Charleston S.C. to be friendly..

    Man oh Man what a shame the storm did so much damage , and bring such pain to the Gulf Coast.....We went through Hugo and I surely can feel for them...Tony
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  • emaussemauss Posts: 151
    I'll be leaving in a few days for almost a month. When I come back I will test drive the Phaeton and the A8 and sign for one of them on that day.

    Eric
  • bwiabwia Boston Posts: 1,183
    James Bond has not come close to pulling off some of the stunts executed in The Transporter 2. The movie, essentially an 88 minute commercial for the Audi A8L W-12 Quattro flaunts many of the car’s exceptional and avant-guard features.

    The big black oversized-grille Audi, with the best paint job I have ever seen, is put through a grueling choreography of disbelieving stunts all without a scratch. Four-wheel drive, bullet-proof glass, blue-tooth technology, and other electronic gizmos are stretched to the limit.

    Wow! What a car. Unfortunately, the target market for the A8L W-12 Quattro probably will never see this movie in a theatre where they can gasp, hear the melodic exhaust notes and appreciate the car’s potential. I suspect Audi might put a short clip of it on their website though, a la BMW.
  • emaussemauss Posts: 151
    The following was taken from:
    http://www.audiworld.com/news/05/my2006changes/
    ...and I quote "
    Audi A8

    MY 2006
    New single-frame grille for all A8s
    Audi Parking System with graphic display
    Adaptive front light for all A8s
    Heated steering wheel controlled by a separate switch available
    Wood-segment steering wheel available (standard W12)
    18" 5-spoke wheel standard
    New 18" Y-spoke wheel
    19" performance tire now only avail w/ sport package
    Rainsensor standard (added to existing light sensor)
    New design color Driver Information Center
    Daytime Running Light added to Xenon

    Audi Exclusive packages available on all A8 models in Red and Anis Yellow

    Valcona leather seats with contrasting piping
    Leather on door armrests and center console
    Wood/leather steering wheel and matching wood shift knob
    Unique wood trim (with Intarsia on the Anis Yellow)
    Floor mats with matching piping
    New color Quartz Gray Metallic (replaces atlas gray)
    New color Garnet Red Pearl Effect
    Glove box lock
    Interior leather variant upgrade now standard on A8L
    W12 side badge changes from molding to front fender
    W12 specific rocker panel

    "
    nb: MY is not the prossessive pronoun but an abreviation for Model Year.
  • emaussemauss Posts: 151
    I can' t wait to see the Red and Anis Yellow package(s) is(are) like!!

    (e)
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    That was great to find out....I`m in the process of ordering, so this gives me an idea..I just got the brocure, and didn`t see the yellow in it...I`m not interested in yellow, but it may be an interesting color if it is not lemmon yellow,,,Tony
  • emaussemauss Posts: 151
    Tony - I sent email to my dealer that when I get back from China I want full detail on all available colors and accessories that are available with those color choices.

    I'll keep you posted, tho you may purchase before I return.

    Eric
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    The brocure just came in and has all the a 8 shown and then the colors etc in the back...Of particular interest are two color combinations that both look attractive....classic red and majove sand....they have what I would think to be attractive colors......The one I may be getting is possibly platinum beige.....I want a car that is not too hard to keep clean, and the dark colors are....Right now I ahve a maroon(eggplant) color and when it is clean is quite attractive for the day or so it stays clean....My problem so far is to find out when the car is to be delivered....As I said I am not going to wait four months ...I`l have to cancel out as I was lead to believe nine to twelve weeks....Tony
  • emaussemauss Posts: 151
    I, too have had a problem with dark colors. I had a triple black porsche that was BEAUTIFUL for a day or two after I had it cleaned. Then for the next week or two it looked progressively more filthy.... at least to me! I now have a dark blue BMW and that is a lot better, but a lighter color is probably the way to go.

    ... Does this mean you are not going to ge3t an A8???

    Eric
  • Folks,

    Placed an order yesterday for A8L - Northern blue with Platinum, Premium Pkg, 19" wheels, wood/leather steering @ 2000 below MSRP. No other dealer in Chicagoland area offered a better discount. Do you think I could have got a better deal on the price ?

    Thx
    A_K_15
  • emaussemauss Posts: 151
    The info I am getting from the 2 dealers I have been working with is that 2K is about the max to expect off MSRP.
    I will be placing an order in about 3 weeks when I return from a trip and have not "beaten them up" yet for the best bottom line price, but I have gotten verbals of "1-2K..depending on your ability to negotiate". (interesting quote from a salesperson..Kinda lets you know that 2K can be expected).

    (e)
  • Yes, the movie is certainly entertaining, although not very realistic. And you're right...the A8 looks fantastic in the film.
    However, I think the A8 in the movie had the 4.2 L V8 (instead of the W12 engine), even though the car in the movie had the "W12" badge on the front grille. If you look closely, you'll see that the rear exhaust tips are round, which is what they use with the V8 engine. I believe the A8's with the W12 engine use rectangular shaped exhaust tips.
    Could it be that the movie studio didn't want to pay the extra $30K - $40K for a "real" A8 W12?
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    That is the number I got off, two thousand....Your car sounds to be nice....You might give some thought to the sports suspension, as it comes with the ninteen inch wheels, so therefore the sport part of the package costs nine hundred dollars..

    Emauss
    When I had a Porsche many year ago, I really enjoyed it...Everyone at one point in their live should have one.....They use to be very simple --no nothing-- not even a/c as they were for purists....Living in S.C it was very hot, but who cared...It was a Targa...

    Tony

    ps be careful on the bargaining front as it is not too hard to get in a corner and then have the un-enviable decision made based on pride....Two thousand was preety quickly established but from there on it may have gotten personal..
  • emaussemauss Posts: 151
    I usually don't have a problem with negotiations. I work in wholesale hardware and negotiate prices all day long. I am well aware that the dealer is entitled to make a living. After all, if I want him to be there next year, he has to make a profit this year. I just don't want him to retire on the profit from my purchase!

    As I stated before, price is a very important component of the bottom line, but really only one component.

    Well, I'll be leaving shortly for 3 weeks in China. Good luck to you and I'll type at ya when I get back (unless the hotels have high speed access...I will have my laptop with me...)

    (e)
  • Tony,

    I really want the wood and leather steering wheel (1XL) and sports suspension is not available with that option. Didnot opt for the wooden steering wheel (2005) initially but got a chance to see the new wood/leather 4 spoke steering wheel(2006 and std on W12). I had to compromise on the sports suspension.

    I think I could have pushed to $ 2500 but would have wasted another week or so in doing that.

    A_K_15
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    Hope the hotel has what you need, so stay in touch and also good luck to you!!
    Tony
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    I didn`t realize that about the wood wheel and the sport suspension.....The car I have now (lexus) has a mostly wood wheel ...It`s funny, when they first came out there was no wood steering wheel.....I pined away for one, and when they offered it a few years later, I waited for it.....I find they look fabulous, but they sort of stay greasy from palm sweat, and I now find I am not comfortable with it....I spefically decided against the wood long before I started the car search....In the process of getting my wife the bmw 530xi stationwagon, I test drove it , and really then decided how much more I liked her steering wheel.....I only mention this to give you a chance to benefit from my experience....I will keep the audi , if things work out, at least three years , so that is a long time....Don`t get me wrong, I had the wood steering wheel in the last two car for a total of eight years, so it is not that annoying.....I have never had a heated wheel, so I look forward to that option....Tony ps the last part of your note says it all
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    Surely there must be more than three of us...If so please speak to your experience with the a 8 , as I personally have had none hanks Tony
  • I have been driving my 2006 standard wheel base A8 for several days now and absolutely love it. I have no complaints whatsoever and everything is working flawlessly.
  • I encountered a similar stuck throttle problem with my 2005 A8L (purchased in December 2004). I pulled off from a traffic light quite briskly and the car immediately went to full throttle. After two blocks of fighting the engine with the brake, I resorted to turning the engine off (which of course resulted in loss of power steering and braking). The car was towed to a local Audi dealer, they kept it for two weeks, Audi flew in an engine management expert who pronounced that he couldn't find anything wrong and that I should retrieve the car. After some correspondence with Audi, I am now considering legal action to achieve one of the following outcomes:

    locate and fix the problem;
    replace the car; or
    give me a refund
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