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Audi A8

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  • 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
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    Thanks for the update....Did you order the car or were you fortunate enough to find one already there?? I unfortunately have to order one, and wonder how long it would take to actually get it?? For the few minutes I was exposed to the mmi, it seemed friendly, but that is maybe because I have been practicing with my wife`s car, a bmw with idrive...I also like the regular a8 vs the L as I rarely use the back seat....It also would seem to me to be a better handling car.....Tony
  • emaussemauss Posts: 151
    ">Was the garnet available at the time you placed your order?

    Eric from Beijing
  • Eric,

    Hope you are enjoying Beijing. It is great at this time of the year.

    I have no clue what you are referring to. 'garnet'.

    A_K_15
  • emaussemauss Posts: 151
    The color garnet is (maybe) available as an option. There seems to be a little discussion as to whether it is really available now.

    1st time in China and loving it so far!

    (e)
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    Hope the trip over went easily....I am in western north carolina now and it is in the mid fifties at night and high seventies in the day...Almost perfect....I do not see a Garnet color in the brocure...I ordered platinum beige as I felt the color would hide dirt better than the dark colors....Still don`t know when the car may be delivered, and have no idea what to expect......Gas has come down a little Tony
  • All of these posts have turned me off to an A8. Spending over 80k out the door (T&L) these cars better be bullet-proof. Having to return a car with 52 miles on it and needing new fuel pumps and basically a new MMI is unacceptable, along with the numerous other posts of similar problems and bad service. May have to consider the 750i, but even they are having problems. Mercedes has been replacing transmissions like they're going out of style. Doesn't sound like any high-end cars are worth the money.........or aggravation. Lexus here I come?? :mad: Any thoughts or recommendations???? :confuse:
  • I found one with the options I wanted and did not have to wait at all. My dealer called around and was able to find several that had just arrived and were sitting at some port awaiting delivery to dealerships in the Northeastern United States. All I then had to do was pick the one I wanted and they had it for me within 48 hours. The MMI system is actually now very easy to use and I have had no problems with it. The only thing that took any getting used to was the fact that clockwise rotation of the center knob typically makes things go down numerically whereas counter clockwise rotation makes things go up (i.e. for the Sirius satellite radio control clockwise rotation makes the channel number go down). However, this was and is a very minor concern and now that I am used to it it is not even a problem. I also chose the standard length wheel base. The back seat is still very roomy and the shorter car fits better in many of the parking spots at the stores I frequent. Also when my daughters are back there in their car seats it makes it easier to recover the toys they drop while I am driving.
  • No problems so far with my 2006 A8 and I already have over a thousand miles on it. I love it. I did not even consider BMW or Mercedes but did look at a Lexus LS and the Lexus RX Hybrid. Once I drove the Audi I knew I wanted it and there really was no comparison between Lexus and Audi from my perspective.
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    I have had Lexus last twelve years or so...Each car has had at least one major fault that has been repaired very well...The problem would not necessarily come right off the bat but a little later.....I am trying audi for a change ,and I would think the dealership woud be important to you or anyone....The lexus is a bit on the soft side, but all in all a wonderful thoughtless drive...Very dependable....Tony
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    That is a good point for me about the mmi knob...For the few minutes I was in the car I to was a little confused when I turned the knob....That makes sense to me now....My only real risk is I am getting the sports suspension....I really am tired of the lexus soft suspension and look forward to occasionally being able to toss the car a little....The sports suspension I now have really doesn`t tighten things up much, so i rarely use it...I was also thinking of having the windows slightly tinted..What do you think of that idea? Tony
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