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Audi A8



  • cec1cec1 Posts: 2
    anyone out there replace the conti extremes on a 2004 A8L?

    mine has 27k miles, tires are shot...naturally. Anyone try a new tire vs OEM? I live in high desert with occasional snow and like to drive spiritedly....any suggestions out there on tires people have liked to increase performance without giving up on road noise / stiffness?

  • blkhemiblkhemi Posts: 1,717
    cec1, the best tire that I found to replace my worn-out rubber on my previous S65 AMG were the Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires. This tire splits the difference between comfort and sport. And they actually made the car quieter than the originals while still retaining a great amount of road adhesion. Depending on your wheel size, they range from $160-$240 a pop, so a little on the pricey side, but you definetely get what you pay for with these tires.

    I can't wait to wear down the Conti's on my W-12 with the 20's on it because I've recently learned that Michelin has the sizes all the way up to a 22" rim now.
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Long time no hear from!!! :D

  • denaliinpadenaliinpa Posts: 169
    hey marcus,'s it going!? i've been doing more lurking than
    posting the past few months. i'm surprised that the
    "high end luxury thread" isn't exploding with "Lexus
    are perfect" posts since the latest Consumer Reports.
    is "oac" no more?? so what do you think of the new S. it has been getting some rave reviews. i have yet to see one in person. it seems MB pulled out all of the stops to put the S back on top.

    after reading "blkhemi" posts i find
    myself jealous of some of the outstanding machinery that has been placed in his garage. makes me want to go buy
    a ski mask and visit my local banker with a big paper bag and a note!

    one thing i feel most people would be able to agree on is the attention to detail that Audi puts into their interiors. it may not hit a person when they first sit in the vehicle but given a little seat time they will notice that their is true commitment to quality and intelligent design.

    on last thought.... i'm hoping that Audi ups the HP in the 07 A8 to try and keep pace with the competition. 360 would be just the ticket.
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    Things have been pretty good, but kinda boring around here I guess. Yes OAC left us, but I'd bet he still reads the boards from time to time. I think we've debated the reliabilty vs desireability enough to have it not come up again. Well at least for now. Look for the HELM board to light up again when the comparos between the LS460/S550/750 come this fall.

    I've become a big fan of the new S-Class, having seen it up close and personal more than a few times now. The car is a winner and reeks of quality like a Mercedes should, unlike the first years of the previous W220 S-Class.

    Yes blkhemi has (or has had) an impressive collection of vehicles. A8 W12, G55, S65 etc, yikes!

    Yes the VW empire is the ruler in interiors IMO. Well you know that new Q7 has a newer version of the Auid V8 with FSI so I'm sure it will find its way into the A8 for 2007. I would also bet on the A8 getting a facelift for 2007 or 2008.

  • cec1cec1 Posts: 2
    alright, thanks for the read, much appreciated. just cant stand the contis...ny 540 had them, hated them there too...
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    After a two week hiatus, the return to my car was excitedly anticipated...Unfortunately the cover seems to blow off easily---it needs some more gromets to hold it down firmly, but the neighbors helped out keeping it on...It started up instantly, and I got that good feeling ....My what a nic car....Tony
  • blkhemiblkhemi Posts: 1,717
    I finally talked the wife into selling the CLS and going for the S8. We are off to the dealer tomorrow to put a deposit down on the car, which will be ready in the fall. I never thought that I'd be able to get her out of an M-B, but persistance is everything.

    We got word from Audi of NA that they're now accepting deposits for the Q7 and S8. Here's where it gets tricky: M-B is set to release it's Hi-Po S63 AMG, so it may take a little more persistance to get her to stay the course. If push comes to shove, I just may have to sell my beloved W to keep the S8. What a pity!(lol)
  • blkhemiblkhemi Posts: 1,717
    Went this morning to put a $50k($119k total, with about 20k in options) deposit down on the S8. We got comfirmation today that the car won't be ready until Nov. '06, which is quite a long time to wait, but will be wholly worth it.

    As to CLS, we stopped in at the Merc dealer, and found out the car is still worth about $83.5k, despite 7500 miles on it and minimal wear and tear. We'll be selling it and just rely on the G55 or the Commander to get her around, because the W-12 is considered an "old man's car", she wouldn't be caught dead driving it.

    BTW, the W-12 is still running as new, and I finally got the trip computer to read one mpg instead of fluctuating between 17.9 and 19.2 in the city, it reads 18.5 now and has been doing so for a couple of weeks.
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    Went by the dealer to ask about the slight play in the drivetrain when the car is in park....They said it was normal, although I`m not sure anyone really knows...I`l further check when they get a new 8 in someday...As I understand from you all you have the same slight play?? The dealer was quite anxious to get me a new s8, but I`l have to wait as I like the present car and don`t want to take such a hit in the value....I`v had no problem with the car at all, but did forget how to use the phone after I was away for a while...I`m still not intuitive with the mmi, but it does come back quickly to me...As it is now beginning to warm up, the fan that works off the solar panel does keep the car fresh and cool with the sun baking down...When it really gets hot I doubt it will be all that cool but way better than I`m use to Tony
  • 3carjack3carjack Posts: 1
    Just purchased a 2004 A8. I live in Culpeper and work in Northern Virginia. Which dealer do you recommend for service?


  • good condition overall.

    anyone familiar with the 2000 model? would you recommend it? what sort of maintenance issues and costs do you think i would be in for at this point?

    pricing on vehicle - Edmunds says about 17,000, KBB says about 25,000. big difference - more than usual. dealer wants about 25k, but says will come down to 23k. any advice would be appreciated!

    many thanks - matthew
  • blkhemiblkhemi Posts: 1,717
    The pre-'04 A8 is a great looking and driving automobile, however, BEWARE: These cars have some of the most expensive repair costs in the business.

    First, depending on the mileage, the car may be a great investment. If it's a low mile/one owner car, it would be worth the investment on the approval of the service records. I would definetely have to see a steady history of preventive and basic maintenance.

    Secondly, the price. If this car is really catching your eye, then offer 20k, straight up. I'm willing to bet that he'll be more than willing to give a great deal on it.

    Finally, if it's a higher mileage car, then I'd definetely have to make sure that both the quattro and suspension has been serviced throughly. You do not want a suspension or AWD problem out of these cars. And last but certainly not least, always, always, always run the CARFAX on ANY potential pre-owned car. This will save you the pain down the line.
  • thuinkerthuinker Posts: 14
    I'm loving my newly purchased 2005 A8W12 but have run into problem with bluetooth. I have a Motorola RAZR phone which is not compatible with 05 model year. I use Verizon Wireless service and wonder if anyone is having success with a bluetooth capable phone NOT on the Audi compatibility list. I went to Verizon Wireless store yesterday and none of the phones on that list are available or sold there any longer so I'm wondering if there are any other Verizon Bluetooth capable phones which might be working in the A8. :confuse:
  • denaliinpadenaliinpa Posts: 169
    hi guys,

    it seems some changes are in order for 07. first the A8's horsepower will go up. it will now receive the FSI engine. my guess is it will rise to about 360HP. secondly the B & O sound system will be an option for all A8's not just the S8.

    on a side note i am hoping that the A8 will receive the integrated spoiler that the S8 will have. i think it adds
    a nice touch to the rear of the car. 07's should be showing up at dealers in a couple of months. it's still not known if the A8 will have an S line package. if i here anything else i will post it.
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    All has been fine with the car...I on the other hand have trouble using the phone....Today while waiting for the bridge to close, I punched in Name, then scrolled down to the name...It then says options and i pushed that button only to be re directed to names again..I scrollled down names again and punched the number..It then asked to call and I punched again...It then called....After the conversation I hung up and the radio didn`t play....I thought I had my first problem---but no--I was parked under an overpass and the signal was blocked...Nice relief...Just to show it takes me a long time to get familiar with the phone part...The voice doesn`t work for me as it can`t understand what I say...I`l keep working on that part, and bet Audi will throw in voice pretty soon so Mark will be happy Tony
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    Has everyone lost interest in the cars? I haven`t and today found out the auto recirculation when in auto will only recirculate for fifteen seconds if it senses it needs to..Otherwise I guess we have to push the button manualy..Tony
  • blkhemiblkhemi Posts: 1,717
    Haven't lost interest in my A8, in fact far from it. I'm still finding things and saying "that's what the button is for?" I just returned last night from the North's Sin City, Atlantic City. Got a few complements on the car, as usual. Every person always tells me it's good not to see the usual LS/S/7. And that's why I purchased the car.

    I'm putting my "summer tires" back on this week as the snow tires are becoming noisy, which is the case when no snow is around. The car has really loosened up and the throttle jerkiness is gone. The brakes are less touchy, and the engine is only a muted burble now. My wife just discovered that we had a fridge in the back seat of the car. SO now it's a booze hide-a-way(lol).

    P.S.- We sold the CLS on our on and got $90k for it. We only lost $11k on it, so I'm satisfied. How's the front bumper holding up?
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,857
    You have been a wizzard both buying and selling your cars..I hope it continues as maybe we both will come out if that happens....As for the ice box, it would be a fine spot to ditch a drink, and in this time and place one would have to be very quick...Thank goodness when I was young, they didn`t have the strict rules that are in effect now...I do believe just one beer would get you in trouble

    For the firt time in many years I also got complemented on the car..I was so surprised, that it turned out be be a `conversation`. I didn`t want the gentleman to think I was rude and just drive off. Further I have had no more injuries to the car, and the shop who fixed the bumper did a really fine job, so now it`s just a fading memory...The reason i found out about the air recirculation only lasting 15 secods as I was searching to find out how to keep the interior warm while I went in the grocery store...Just punch the on/off switch after turning the car off...Sort of hold the button down for a second or two...Tony ps where is emass?
  • emaussemauss Posts: 151
    I'm still here...just lurking! So far I have about 2200 miles on my car, and it only gets better each day.

    The wife of my friend with the CLS55 and the Phaeton has a 2004 A8L and I was in it the other day. There were not too many noticeable diferences, although I understand there were a lot of problems with that year.

    I think Audi will lose her when the new Lexus comes out.

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