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Audi A8, Sedan
#1419 of 1483 Re: Can anyone help? [paisan]
Aug 03, 2008 (11:50 am)
Audi gives you a limited warranty for 2 yrs and up to 100k miles from original in-service date. Example: 2007 A8, 23k miles, originally sold 12/30/06, resold as CPO vehicle. New owner has full factory warranty until 12/30/10 or 50k miles. Whenever either milestone is reached (4 yrs/50k miles), the CPO warranty kicks in. Realistically, you have a limited warranty until 12/30/12 or 100k miles.
MB has a similar limited warranty, but it's only 1 yr and up to 100k miles. Same E500 CPO, purchased in 12/06 would have its warranty expire in 12/11 or 100k miles.
Interestingly, have owned the E500 and traded it in recently for my A8L. It was a very nice car, but the A8L is in a different league, as it should be.
#1420 of 1483 Re: Can anyone help? [pmichaelmd]
Aug 03, 2008 (12:30 pm)
"Different League" What do you mean, can you elaborate?
#1422 of 1483 Audi A8L
Aug 03, 2008 (6:56 pm)
ck auto week, my bible, for the A8 compared to the BMW 7 and MB 550.
That's the different league. Harbo aka slvrfxcox.net
#1423 of 1483 Re: Audi A8L [harbo]
Aug 03, 2008 (7:28 pm)
Oh so no real life info, just bench racing stuff? Give us the goods, I'm sure I'm not the only person reading here that is cross-shopping these 2 cars.
#1424 of 1483 Re: Can anyone help? [paisan]
Aug 04, 2008 (2:02 pm)
Just as the other guy stated I went from an E500 to an A8 and it was a signifcant upgrade. I will not say anything bad about the E500, I actually really liked it but it didn't really offer inspired driving. It was a very good car that did everything pretty well but left no feeling of passion.
The A8 (mine was not an "L") did a few things very well. First I had the Sport option with the paddle shifters and air suspension. It made the car a lot of fun as you could use the shifters to play with the power band. The car also handled very well, not just in messy weather but overall it was really fun to drive. It also has the nicest interior of any car in its class. The quality of the materials and their finish as well as the design was great. I had the Amaretto interior which was stunning with a black exterior. The final thing is that you don't see an A8 coming and going all day, it is a unique car that rewards the owner throughout the entire experience. I'll continue to drive audi's after the A8 expeience.
#1425 of 1483 Re: Can anyone help? [clembo]
Aug 04, 2008 (4:26 pm)
My last experience with an E500 was enough years ago that a valid comparison would not be possible. But, when I left the last E500 for an A8 (previous generation), the difference was dramatic in terms of driving fun and comfort. The E500 was almost trucklike compared to my previous A8. And my current A8 was another step up in performance and luxury.
For anyone shopping for an A8, I say seriously consider the standard wheel base model. Unless you are operating a limo service, why have an unnecessary 5" in the back seat and 200+ pounds of dead weight to carry around. My back seat passengers think they are in great luxury without it. The performance difference is noticeable.
#1426 of 1483 Re: Can anyone help? [ayyate]
Aug 04, 2008 (5:42 pm)
THanks for the input guys. I'm still a year or so out so I'll keep my eyes posted for more impressions as time goes on.
I really like the Audis, but have read/heard/seen the reliability be pretty poor on em That's really the only thing that would stop me from diving in.
Aug 06, 2008 (6:13 am)
Has any Audi owner with new car warranty up 50,000 miles been sold extended Audi warranty for up to 100,000 miles, and was not told that the term of the extended warranty does not run from purchase of the extended warranty but from January of the year when you first got the car, eg 2002. The Audi brochure was deceptive and the dealer told me I had six years from July 2005 purchase but in fact expired 12/31/07. I paid almost $3,000 for extended warranty that lasted one year past my original five years and less than 20,000 miles after my original 50,000 miles.
Aug 10, 2008 (4:22 am)
for all infos. I actually prefer the 06 A8, since the big grille actually looks cool on it (unlike the A4's). but I was a bit shocked by the price difference, $44k for 06 vs $35k for 05.
I'm thinking beige interior, but err... what's amaretto? I prefer dark blue exterior though, black 2nd.
I'm aware of Audi's horrific reliability record, so do you recommend an extended warranty? I mean an 05 will have no original warranty left, logically.
I'm about 3 months away from purchasing. Thanks