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Audi A8



  • anderson7anderson7 Posts: 2
    Hey guys, first post. The ventilated seats and message are OK. I live in Miami and I was wearing gym shorts and I felt the air come right through them, felt great. The bluetooth is great, I can go through my phone book (be sure your numbers on your phone are stored in your SIM card so you can browse through it with the MMI). Haven't had any problems with the car so far. As mentioned earlier theres no coin holder and the rear headrests are a bit too big, but thats about the only problems we've had. Tomorrow I'm driving the car up to Boston, so I'll let you guys know of any problems.
  • anderson7anderson7 Posts: 2
    Oh yeah also, the reason why the MMI isnt recognizing the name of the CD's is because its not supposed to. Your supposed to label the name of the CD's yourself so you know what order the CD's are in when you check the CD list.
  • brendybrendy Posts: 6
    Check the owners manual. It states that you can name the CDs but you can't name the individual tracks. There is a photo of the MMI screen for a Dire Straits CD (which I own and tried) where it lists the songs. If the owner can't name the songs, how did they get labeled in the manual photo? According to the dealer it is misprint in vehicles sent to the US and that various versions of the model are produce for different parts of the world.

    This answer sounded fishy, that's why I posted the questions.
  • sellissellis Posts: 1
    Stephen Ellis again.

    I also have the warning light on in the dash telling me that the HID headliught auto adjustment is not functioning. Any ideas?

    Stephen Ellis
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Follow-Up Test: 2005 Audi A8 L W12 was posted last week - whaddya think?
  • jmckeownjmckeown Posts: 1
    Can you tell me what model of phone and provider works so well for you? I have the 05 model and the dealer does not not seem to have a lot of experience with anything other than Audi phones. Also I heard that there is a new accessory that displays and plays ipods on your MMI. Any information is appreciated.
  • brendybrendy Posts: 6
    I live in South FL and my service is with Cingular. You can use any phone that has bluetooth. My wife and I have different phones, one Sony Ericson, the other Siemens, both work well. Setup on both phones was very easy, the vehicle's manual is pretty good. Within the bluetooth menu of the phone, have the phone search for the cars bluetooth system (vehicle must be on), then you must enter a PIN number "1234". When connected a bluetooth icon will appear on the MMI next to the clock.

    Regarding battery life, I have had different experience with each phone. On the Sony Ericson the bluetooth can be left on with little impact on battery performance. On the Siemens, I find that I have to turn the bluetooth off when not in the vehicle because it drains the battery too much if the bluetooth is left on all of the time.

    Don't have an ipod, so I can't comment on that feature.
  • stang22stang22 Posts: 36
    I NEED SOME ADVICE FROM ALL YOU AUDI A8 AWD QUATTRO EXPERTS!! I have the opportunity to purchase a high mileage 1997 audi awd A8 quattro with 152,000 on it,in seemingly excellent shape considering the mileage. I personally need a very reliable all-season car for the winters and all,and don't have alot of money to spend. DOES ANYONE KNOW IF I SHOULD KEEP AWAY FROM A CAR LIKE THIS, AND HOW MUCH WOULD A CAR LIKE THIS BE WORTH,AND IS A CAR LIKE THIS GOOD IN THE WINTER MONTHS FOR TRACTION?? I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT A 1997 AUDI A8 AWD QUATTRO 4DR. SEDAN,AND I WOULD SURELY BE DEEPLY THANKFUL FOR ANY ADVICE ON THE QUESTIONS I ASKED,OR ANY OTHER INFO OR ADVICE WOULD SURE HELP ME!! THANK YOU SOO MUCH!! stang22 aka Jennifer Thanks guys!!! :)
  • rjlaerorjlaero Posts: 659
    I guess your CAPS blinks on and off...but seriously.

    I would be very cautious about buying a 97 A8 with 157k miles on it. Even if the car has been well maintained, that's a heck of a lot of miles on any German car.

    Parts and repairs for the the A8 are extremely expensive, and if you're on a tight budget, looking at a 9 year old A8 w/ 157k miles is not the way to save money.

    I wouldn't buy any Audi with over 100k on it unless it was a 1 owner car, or you at least had acesss to the service history on the car from the previous owner.
  • liferulesliferules Posts: 531
    "I personally need a very reliable all-season car for the winters and all,and don't have alot of money to spend."

    I agree with rjlaero, the A8 is a great car, but I don't think even the greatest Audi enthusiast would consider a '97 A8 with 152k miles as a safe buy for reliability, especially if you need something that is cheap. It would be a fun weekend car, or something that you could drive if you had a backup should something happen...

    For reliability, get a car under warranty... perhaps a 1 or 2 yo A4 or A6? The A4's built after 2003 have had great reliability and the latest A6 (2005+) are doing well so far...
  • greenie7greenie7 Posts: 12
    IMO, stay away from it. The maintenance on this car will eat you alive!
  • osbornosborn Posts: 1
    I'd like to hire an Audi A8 or S8 mark 1 for my wedding in the UK. Does anyone know where I can hire one for a 24 year old to drive?
  • a8drivera8driver Posts: 1
    That's really a lot of miles, especially without warranty coverage. Repairs can be extraordinarily expensive. On the other hand there are much lower mileage cars around that are terrific buys. They are fantastic in the snow, great drives and very safe. I know of a 2000 A8 with 75K, in great shape with an extended warranty good until 100K miles, for instance. That care with the warranty is $18,500.
  • jdjjdj Posts: 1
    I just took delivery on a new 06 A8L this week. I have owned several bmw's and mercedes, but was looking forward to giving the new Audi a try. I drove the car for 40 miles before I noticed a humming sound coming from the drivers side rear of the car. I continued to drive for another 5 miles before the center driver information screen turned completely white. I then called the dealership and was told to bring the car back and a technician would look at the car. So the day after taking delivery I returned to the dealership with 52 miles on the car. They have determined that I need a new fuel filter, fuel pump, and also a new center driver information screen which will require the entire dash to be removed in order for this to be replaced. The dealership tells me that I must give Audi a chance to fix the car, but are these problems that are inexuseable for a 50 mile car? I do not want to be ridiculous, but could this be a lemon? Has anyone heard of Audi taking a car back with such few miles and just replacing the car? Any advice would be appreciated. thanks
  • jay27jay27 Posts: 1
    I am in the process of purchaising an 97' Audi A8 4.2 from an auction. The car currently has 104k and is selling the car for a $8500 grand. This is my first Audi and do not know much about the maintenance, reliability, etc. I carfaxed this vehicle and gave me a listing of all the times it has been serviced by the dealership but I still dont know whether the mandatory maintenance such as water pump and timing belt has occured. I was wondering if you guys can give me some input about the car and whether or not it is a good purchase and at what mileage this mandatory maintenace is due. Thanks.

    *On an another note, I only planning on having the car for the next 2-3 years.
  • I am in the process of negotiating a lease for a 2005 Audi A8 L...what do you think about these terms?

    $76,570 :MSRP
    $70,570 ($1,000 Below invoice) : Agreed SALES PRICE
    $2,000 :Down payment
    Dealer is paying for Taxes
    Dealer is paying $574 Destination

    .0009 : Money Factor
    56% : RSV
    36 Months
    12,000 Miles

    MONTHLY PAYMENTS: $864.50 (I am trying to get them down to $850)

    Do you think this is an ok Deal? Do you think if I wait till the end of the month I might get a better deal? The 2006 A8 has not hit the dealership yet.

    I live in Texas for what it's worth

    tHANKS :)
  • rjlaerorjlaero Posts: 659
    I'd go ahead a pull the trigger on that A8 deal. With a money factor that low, you're a hair over 2% interest, and your're $1000 below invoice @ 6k off sticker.

    The A8's leases out pretty well, and that's not much more than you would pay to lease a 4.2 A6.
  • len3len3 Posts: 4
    My 2005 A8l has about 7300miles and is 7 months old . My MMI has lit up like aXmas tree 3 times. Called the dealer and he says dust or something got into the buttons suggested I use a piece of thin paper or plastic.and run around the 4 buttons around the big MMI knob.The 1st and 2nd time it cleared up, Then the radio button stuck in the On position and and entire MMI system lit up and shut down. I pried Radio button up and covered the entire area with Plastic(SARAN) Wrap As an engineer myself THIERE IS A DESIGN FLAW THAT AUDI SHOULD CORRECT AND STOP TRYING TO MAKE CUSTOMERS PAY FOR THEIR ERRORS>
  • cnnfncnnfn Posts: 1
    My 2004 A8l has similar problems with the MMI, starting about 4 months ago, it would just reset itself every 6-8 hrs of continuous usage. Took it to dealer and they said nothing's wrong. And just these past few days, it occurs more often, every 1 minute or so. Took it back to dealer and they said because water got through to the computer inside and they want me to pay $880+tax to fix and replace it. They said it's not covered under warranty. I honestly can't remember of ever spilling any water around the control knobs.

    Do you think that's true about it not being covered under warranty? And I'm stuck on paying that to get it fixed?

    Thank you in advance for any advice or input.
  • rjlaerorjlaero Posts: 659
    The MMI systems had quite a few problems for the 2004 model year, and I've heard a lot fo that has to do with software issues that can be remidied with updates.

    Yout nav system should be under warranty. Were the cupholders up top by the nav on the 2004 models? The only thing they could say is that you spilled something on it and it seeped through.
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,860
    What does the 06 a8 have that the 05 not have other than the radio? Is the body work going to change? Tony
  • emaussemauss Posts: 151
    I will be purchasing a SWB 2006 A8 in about 4 weeks. My last two cars were a Porsche Boxster and a BMW 330 Convertible.

    Then came the Granddaughter (I highly recommend this to all!!!)

    I guess a *slightly* bigger car is now a necessity :-)

    I am seeing about 2K off MSRP as the current price for the vehicle. Any comments?

  • paul175paul175 Posts: 1
    I also have a early 2005 A8L and a Motorola V60s phone. Did you get this to work? If you did would you mind telling me how?

    I got the V60s/p/x cradle, my phone fits, the phone finds the cars cell antenna, but no charging power, and apparently it is not seen by the car. If I press the [Tel] or [Name] buttons the MMI displays:

    The telephone is not installed.
    Please visit your
    Audi dealer to activate
    your telephone.

  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,860
    Two thousand is all I could get.....Do you know about what the changes to the car for 06 would be ? Thanks Tony
  • emaussemauss Posts: 151
    That seems to be the going rate here in NYC area. Three differenet dealers quoted similar prices. I will squeeze harder when I am ready to sign.
    As far as the changes, I am told the only real change is the nose update...and some color changes.
  • rjlaerorjlaero Posts: 659
    If you can get 2 g's off a new 06, that isn't a bad deal. There's only about 5k or so dealer mark-up in the A8, and that's not a lot for a 75k car.
  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,860
    I had to order the car, and that then makes it sort of harder. There are some options I would think a person would want, that then has to be ordered as a dealer is not able to order the car for inventory....At least that is what I am told....The dealer experience was pleasant, and that is a plus Tony ps I was wondering when the will offer a larger engine
  • emaussemauss Posts: 151
    I, too will be ordering the car. There seems to be a pretty "standard" discount of 1K negotiable to 2K for all the A8s (This is from my very limited experience).

    I have one dealer who will offer close to 3K off, but price is not the entire bottom line. The service reputation of one dealer over the other is well worth about 1K over the lifetime of the vehicle!

    Anyway, I will roadtest the A8 and Phaeton on the same day when I return from abroad and make a decision then. So far the Audi is a bit ahead. Especially when I look at the resale value. Almost a 10K difference in the 2004's! (Guess which is more!)

  • anthonypanthonyp Posts: 1,860
    When you test drive the Audi please check out the sport suspension if possible...As you will find out the adaptive ride can be changed, but for two housand more you can get the sport setting...I wonder if this is too firm....I ordered it but have a couple of weeks to change my mind about it.....As you mention ,the dealer is very important, so much so I wouldn`t get a car at a cheaper price and then have to worry about a poor dealer....Life is too short at this stage....Tony
  • emaussemauss Posts: 151
    I put on about 6K miles/year and the vast majority of those miles are in the greater NYC area. I have owned mostly sports-type vehicles in the past and it is now time for me to get a car without "the sports package". I am planning on getting the (now) standard 18" wheels, and will be very happy *not* to have 40-series (or lower profile) tires!

    As I mentioned earlier, I have a motorcycle for my "zoom-zoom".

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