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Audi A8, Sedan
#1381 of 1483 Re: Used Audi A8L's [robin23]
Jan 06, 2008 (12:47 pm)
I have nothing but praise for my 2005 A8. I felt the same about my former A8 (a 1999). My next car will be an Audi, as well. As for the high speed comfort and the ability to use the phone while driving, I am extremely pleased, with one minor exception. When I am on the open road between LA and points east, such as Albuquerque, I go briskly. With the assistance of my trusty Escort, I am often approaching the century mark and occasionally see ten to twenty mph above that. The Bluetooth phone system can be used at all speeds that I have attained.
The minor exception is the occasional inability to end the call. If I end it quickly enough, ON THE PHONE ITSELF, no problem. If I do not end it quickly enough, it sometimes will not disconnect and the phone needs to be turned off and turned back on later. An annoyance. Audi blames Motorola, Motorola says it is not the fault of the phone. A standoff that has not been resolved.
The car itself is marvelous for high speed long distance trips in comfort. I am approaching 70 years old and can drive this thing for 12 hours at a clip and still want to go.
Jan 06, 2008 (3:55 pm)
You go ..... approaching 70 man ! I'm 71 and gaining.
Just made the N Sctsdle to Palm Desert 311 Mi. in 3 hr 20 min. Don't tell.
2004 A8L. Over 20 mpg cruising. Amazing.
Getting some tire "cylical" vibration from the 19" Michelin Pilot 255 ZR's. Michelin is covering under warranty. Good people.
Drive on ......... and try "geronimo's" restaurant in Santa Fe.
Which is the best hands free tele' to use with the audi system?
#1383 of 1483 Re: A8's [harbo]
Jan 06, 2008 (4:52 pm)
I am familiar with Geronimo's. While in ABQ, you might try Zinc, Savoy, and Seasons restaurants - all under common ownership, but each with different ambience and menus.
Yes, the A8 is incredibly efficient at highway speeds, especially for a heavy V8. I have actually seen 28 mpg while at "normal" highway speeds and 24 - 25 overall on a high speed run of 800 - 1,000 miles.
I did the math on that 311 mile trip you described and am very impressed. However, do be cautious out there. If one of Arizona's or California's finest stop you, you'll have a tough time explaining such speeds. "Gee, officer - there must be some mistake." I don't think that one will work.
As for your last question about the best hands free phone for an Audi, I don't have an answer. I have only tried the Motorola Razr (a very early model). This might be a good question to put out there for general comment.
My best to you
#1384 of 1483 Re: A8's [ayyate]
Jan 08, 2008 (12:33 pm)
Season's is pretty good in abq. You need to try the firehouse, los quattes, and maybe even frontier to get a feel for central avenue.
Jan 08, 2008 (1:00 pm)
Thx for the tips.
How about the Artichoke Cafe in abq? I have not been there is years. Quaint quiet old house.
#1386 of 1483 Extended Warranty - 2004 A8L
Jan 15, 2008 (8:30 am)
This forum was helpful in my recent purchase of an Audi A8L.
The car currently has 45,500 miles on it. I purchased it for $32,000.
The dealer wants to sell me an extended warranty for $4988\ 4 yrs or 50K additional miles.
does it make any sense to buy the warranty or should I just invest the money and pay for the repairs myself. If you have a horor story regarding repairs needed on the Audi A8L it might help influence me. Thanks for any comments.
#1387 of 1483 Re: Extended Warranty - 2004 A8L [michmport]
Jan 15, 2008 (8:46 am)
That seems high. Those prices are negotiable, by the way, since the dealer makes such a high profit on each sale. I was quoted a 3 year warranty on my 2005 A8, one year shorter than yours, for almost exactly half your price. Only you can say what peace of mind is worth. On my previous A8, my extended warranty paid for a transmission that cost nearly the price of your extended warranty. When I sold that car to an individual buyer, he was pleased to receive some warranty with the car. You might try shopping around and don't forget to ask the shop forman what warranty companies they like best. In the end, it is a real tossup. Good luck.
Jan 15, 2008 (1:13 pm)
what car show you think has information on the audis i see no show wit info, but there was this one called , rpmfreaks.com. It was pretty informational and as a A8 driver
Jan 24, 2008 (8:30 pm)
I have owned 1999 A8 for past 6 years. Routine services had been with a local reliable mechanic as I lived 150 miles from the nearest dealer. I made the mistake of scheduling an oil change only with
Dwight Jepsons Sunflower Audi in Topeka, Ks. I unfortunately didn't ask ahead of time what the price would be. It took 90 minutes for an oil change only (no other fluids, no wash or vacuum) and I got a bill for $180.77(including 75 minutes of labor charge at $94 per hour). What a rip. The service manager said it is a hard car to service with an oil change and they only used "certified mechanics". If these guys were Audi certified, it wouldn't have taken 90 minutes. He then discounted to $156.33. The last time oil was changed at another Audi dealer, they charged me $79. The real kicker, I just bought my wife a new Audi from the same dealership in Nov 07. Fortunately, there is a service contract on that vehicle. Just wanted anyone who might be interested to avoid this dealership and their service at all costs. Also appreciate any thoughts about other experiences. Has anyone had any luck contacting Audiusa or other regional Audi representative.Thanks.
#1390 of 1483 Re: Dealer Service [hearthawk]
Jan 24, 2008 (9:43 pm)
That charge is high, although the 1999 A8 is a bit more difficult to do an oil change, in part due to the canister type filter and the lower engine cover that must be removed and replaced. Here in LA, the hourly rate at my dealer is $120. Even so, an oil change would be less money and you would go home with a newly washed car and would have been served freshly baked cookies. Come to think of it, maybe the car wash and cookies are one reason for the high hourly rate. Humm.