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Audi A8

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  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    What year is it?? I heard of the trunk hinge problem on 05 cars.....I thought it was a quick fix ....Tony ps no problems for me so far...
  • bdkinnhbdkinnh Posts: 292
    What year is it?

    My Dad's A8L is a 2004.
  • reality2reality2 Posts: 303
    I have heard of this problem in the 05' A8s. I guess the motor from the supplier was not strong enough to handle the trunk. Audi quickly changed that. My A8 never had this problem, however, my Audi dealer General Manager and also someone that has become like family with some of the other guys and girls at my dealership automatically replaced it for me when I was having my routine oil change. He was proactive to make sure I did not incur a future problem. So, yes it was a peculiar problem on the 05' A8s.
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    Maybe you both should try another dealer, if one is nearby..Sometimes that works.....It is a shame to have something like a poor mechanic or service advisor not care enough to get a problem dealt with properly...This is why I really check the dealer out before I purchase a car...If they are not profesional I don`t buy no matter what type of car it is , or how good the deal is....Tony
  • bdkinnhbdkinnh Posts: 292
    My Dad's problem wasn't with the motor - it was with the hinges. I guess they would bind up when closing just enough to trigger the pinch protection, and re-open the trunk. He had them swapped, and hasn't had the problem since.
  • emaussemauss Posts: 151
    Ya' know, I've heard a lot of people with a lot of problems (both big and small), but so far , I haven't had a bit of problems with my car.

    (e)
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    Nor have I.....I have been pondering blkhemi`s choosing of the S Mercedes....No question it is premium....I just wonder about the tremendous hp..Personally I think our car`s design is not cumbersom and minimilistic, but Audi seems to be behind in hp, maybe in front for a year then behind for several years...Just like the Lexus, if they price the new one near the Audi, it would be a no brainer for me, similarly if the big mercedes is nearing the Bentley it would be a no brainer...A/C in house finally got fixed, but now it is cooling off outside....Tony
  • blkhemiblkhemi Posts: 1,717
    Thankfully, I haven't had the hinge/motor problem of the power trunk. I saw some early '04's that experienced the problems, but I thought Audi had the problem resolved via recall.

    Well, it looks like we're leaning over for the S600. After much debate and tiresome research, the car just offers everything that we're looking for. From the ultra-posh interior(altho clearly one-step behind the A8), to the elegant exterior and gadgets galore, this car is much improved over the W220 I owned. The wife has stated once again that as long as "her" S8 is not "disturbed", then I could have the car of my choice, just as long as it's not an A8-based car.

    My daughter, who is a recent Doctorate grad from M.I.T., was actually intimidated by the immense amount of electronics and gadgetry. She has rode in it several times, but never thought about the electronics that control the car. This car is a definete huge step foward from the S4 Cab aspect. My son-in-law is happily enjoying his Q7. He had the roof rack and Audi ski-rack installed for this winter's family trip to New Hampshire in the snow season. I'm very impressed with the work that Audi has done on this SUV to differentiate it more from the VW and Porsche.

    Until the S8 gets here in Oct, I'll be Audiless. Or not. I'll have the my daughter's S4 until I get it sold, which of course, won't take long in here in New York because of the car's rarity on L.I.

    BTW: Great news on your A/C Tony.
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    BLK - hi- I am curious about the S seats..Do you have the ones that are active? What about the comfort in comparison to the A ? And are they really firm as the last ones were? Personally I have gotten to really appreciate the A seats, except for the fan as I don`t feel any air going through the perferations....I certainly like the S and am sure you are happy, as I would be....I do think your wife will be pleased with the Audi 8, and I would have gotten that if it were available...Remembering that she was the Mercedes fan, I bet you`l be plotting to swap cars as she has a weak spot----Bet she doesn`t go for it this time...Tony
  • reality2reality2 Posts: 303
    I haven't heard of any more problems than other HELMs, and way less than any 7-Series and S-Class. I am very wary of the 7-Series as I had one that basically imploded. I see Audi light years ahead of BMW and MB in quality and reliability especially on the new models. The surveys won't reflect this until the 2007 and 2008 years. And there is no way the new Lexus compares to the A8 in style or quality.
  • blkhemiblkhemi Posts: 1,717
    The S seats are very supportive. While more confining than the A seats, they do hold you in place better.

    As to my wife, it's only a matter of time before she wants to swap cars. She is the one telling me to go with the S600, which I'm fine with anyway. I'll have that S8 in no time, especially when she goes back to Holland this fall.
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    I figured that was the plan...Again just an overall analysis--- How does the Mercedes feel overall, such as does it appear larger inside --an objective observation on your part please....Thanks Tony
  • blkhemiblkhemi Posts: 1,717
    The S does not appear overly larger than the A8L. As a matter of fact, the rear seat area doesn't even compare. Really, no car in this class compares to the A8L's rear seating area.

    The car is just as comfortable as the A8, but the interior craftsmanship is a notch below Audi, again, what car measures up to the A8's interior in this class? Not a one.

    Mercedes has infused much technology in the S, for instance the radar-cruise that can stop completely and resume speed with the flow traffic, without the drivers intervention. The car is also one of the safest cars on the road today. Still, no car in it's class has the accident-sensing system MB has installed on this car. The car senses a minor or major accident, then prepares the car accordingly. This is how this car continues to earn great marks on all government and independent crash testing, but again, so does Audi.

    MB has brought this car out of the grave with the W220 platform to the W221 platform that actually makes this car like it's worth it dough. For me, even with the inpending release of the LS 460, only the MB and Audi will do. No car offers the complete blend of luxury, performance, and ease of use(in this class, this counts more than ever with the ever-present increases in electronics and rotating knobs to control EVERYTHING).
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    You are very gracious to give such a fine report...I do think Mercedes is leading the way with the fine radar-cruse, and I would imagine the night vision would be handy particularly if it were able to see trough a heavy rain...I could have used that down in Florida on 95..Sometimes it is just a torrent of rain and it would be easy to run into the back of someone. We`l be here to welcome you back in a month or so when the S8 gets in....I really think that will be an exciting ride for you....Tony
  • I continue to follow with interest your various postings about the A8L, especially in comparison with other HELM's. I have become a convert, giving up my MB S430 at the end of next month and ordering the '07 A8L - a special order, since the car with the colors and options I want isn't to be found in this country; and doing so with a buyer's agent at CarQ, who was wonderful to work with when I leased the MB and saved me considerable expense. I am just praying that we have no inclement weather here in Baltimore before the Audi makes its appearance, probably not until Dec. - since my "fallback" car is a MB SL500. (Well, I guess life could be worse!).

    I'll keep you posted re progress! shrinkrap
  • reality2reality2 Posts: 303
    Congratulations on your A8L. Tell us about what you ordered, colors, etc. Inquiring minds want to know. Thanks.
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    Your car may come in earlier...It took around ten weeks or so last year....It`s interesting how they almost make you order the car as the things you do want have to be special ordered...Your car will be special......Tony
  • blkhemiblkhemi Posts: 1,717
    Congrats on your choice for the A8L. As with Reality, Tony, Eric, and myself, I'm sure you'll find much to be happy with.

    Look at me. Instead of just having a S600, I have to have another A8(S8 in this case) because the car is just that great. Not many cars in this class, maybe not in the industry, can say that.
  • Here's to those inquiring minds! I feel that the car has been designed by committee, since I have incorporated some of your various ideas. Actually, I've been a bit over-inclusive re options, thinking that I can always delete one or 2 of them should one or the other greatly slow down the assembly process. BTW, the comment that it might take 10 weeks as opposed to 4-5 months was welcome news!

    In any event: the A8L will be in Quartz gray w/ platinum interior. [Parenthetical remark: I find the Audi color spread to be too austere...example: if I were ordering a Quattroporte, I'd opt for the luscious maroon w/ beige interior!] Options=Premium pkg, full leather (which includes the Alcantara headliner), 19" alloy wheels, wood/leather steering wheel, dual-paned glass, ventilated/massaging front seats, and dual-rear climate control. And, yes, you're right that I don't very frequently carry around a full complement of passengers, but those who will have the benefit of being in back will be quite comfortable! Even the one sitting behind me as driver, since I always need full legroom (being 6'5"). So, I'm getting excited!

    Thanks for all your useful postings. I'll let you know how things progress.

    shrinkrap
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    Sounds wonderful....My last car was maroon, and I can tell you ``you dodged a bullet``...Man was it hard to keep clean, but when clean lookes quite striking...Although you`l be happy you got the ventilated front seats, you`l also feel a little taken advantage of as the air circulation really can`t be felt...The car is wonderful, along with the fit and finish...Amazing they could make it and get it over here so nicely.....Do visit more often, as I personally thought you had lost interest....Congradulations Tony ps as for the rest of `the band of brothers` Hi
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    O. K Blkhemi I made he five hundred seventy five mile drive to Miami, and the next day maybe a storm....Nice greeting...The car drove wonderfully and I kept it above eighty as much as I could which was alot...Took just five minutes less than eight hours....Blkhemi you said there was something you did that made a long trip go by more quickly and I sure would like to know??....Man that was a long drive...There are plenty of Audis here and SoBe, but I rarely seea Lexus...Tony
  • blkhemiblkhemi Posts: 1,717
    140mph+
    575 miles= A much shorter trip and jail time to follow(lol)

    You're a brave man. You drove right in the face of Ernesto.

    My buddy has an '05 A8 w/19" wheels and he came to pick me up for our golf workout today. I was surprised at how remarkably well the car took bumps in stride despite the low-pro's. Very nice ride with less body lean that my W12 had, but the shorter wheelbase does have answer bumps with more of a snap than does the L models.

    You won't see many Lexus' here in L.I. Mostly MBZ's and a few BMW's.
  • emaussemauss Posts: 151
    I came out of the office the other day and there was a "bulls eye" crack in my windshield. I do not have glass insurance, but I called my agent anyway. He suggested a repair service that really seems to work well. I called Audi and got the cost of $600 plus tax installed for a new windshield, but they, too suggested repair..at least to try it first. I will not use a third part to replace the whole unit...too many possibilities for complications.

    I have an appointment for repair and will keep you posted.

    (e)
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    Sorry about the accident...As you remember `the flying tread` and it was upsetting....I did think the six hundred dollar charge would be reasonable, as many people had to pay a thousand at Lexus....I have been told that the repair was the thing to do at first, and I have also seen them take a dent out without then any noticable marking..Which is amazing to me.....I saw my first Mercedes 550s parked a few spaces from me ...Man I thought it looked great, and the fender flares just fine..Strange how the photos were so exagerated....I had a good view all around and could barely see inside, but it looked first class to me ....The owner had unfortunately dented the left rear fender flare,and I sure could imagine the anguish...I told the conciere about Contice(sp) and what a fine job they did for me, so hope he gets the word....Still love our car....Tony ps I also observed the regular lot of RR Bentley, Porsche, CL, and on and on---I have the best parking space (ha)
  • emaussemauss Posts: 151
    I have a call in to Audi for a new windscreen....

    (e)
  • blkhemiblkhemi Posts: 1,717
    Yes, a star on particular windscreens can be costly. The so called star on my '01 S500 was about 200 bucks to get replaced because the MB's are supposed to have a triple laminate windscreen. I don't know if I was taken back or not, but I've heard it does vary model to model, make to make
  • emaussemauss Posts: 151
    Dunno if we are talking about the same type of "star". I am referring to a crack in the windshield that generated a star-type pattern.

    (e)
  • Was humored by the discussion of the 3-pointed "star" vs the wretched star-crack in the Audi windshield! BTW, my "agent" tells me that my '07 A8L is now formally in the "special order" roster. I am just hoping that Oktoberfest doesn't spell trouble! Another 3-4 months from now, I will inform all of you how satisfied I am with the new 4-interlocking circles which will grace my garage!

    Which leads to a question which I was recently asked: what is the significance of the 4-circle Audi trademark?

    shrinkrap
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    It could mean You Me(Tony) Blkhemi and Emass(Eric)arms interlocked face into the wind discussing how pleaded we are with the Audi, but I really always think of the Olympic symbol Tony
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    There are quite a number of them here in Miami, and today I saw three or four...Although a lovely car, to me I think it is a bit too chromed up..Maybe it`s the three hole circles , but a bit much...The Audi really is quite simple therefore the lines aren`t chopped up...I hope I have enough courage to get up to the Bentley dealer...I would like to find some fault so I can move on ....Tony
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