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Audi A8, Sedan
#1204 of 1483 Re: Trunk hinge problem [emauss]
Aug 18, 2006 (8:22 pm)
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.
#1205 of 1483 Re: Trunk hinge problem [anthonyp]
Aug 19, 2006 (12:55 pm)
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.
#1206 of 1483 Re: Trunk hinge problem [blkhemi]
Aug 19, 2006 (1:20 pm)
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
#1207 of 1483 Re: Trunk hinge problem [anthonyp]
Aug 20, 2006 (8:26 am)
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).
#1208 of 1483 Re: Trunk hinge problem [blkhemi]
Aug 20, 2006 (12:39 pm)
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
#1209 of 1483 Follow-up on the upcoming A8L purchase
Aug 21, 2006 (5:15 pm)
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
#1210 of 1483 Re: Follow-up on the upcoming A8L purchase [shrinkrap]
Aug 21, 2006 (7:45 pm)
Congratulations on your A8L. Tell us about what you ordered, colors, etc. Inquiring minds want to know. Thanks.
#1211 of 1483 Re: Follow-up on the upcoming A8L purchase [shrinkrap]
Aug 22, 2006 (12:24 pm)
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
#1212 of 1483 Re: Follow-up on the upcoming A8L purchase [shrinkrap]
Aug 22, 2006 (12:53 pm)
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.
#1213 of 1483 Re: Follow-up on the upcoming A8L purchase [reality2]
Aug 22, 2006 (7:49 pm)
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.