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Audi A8, Sedan
#1453 of 1483 Re: NAV Discs [mclovin4]
Feb 27, 2009 (4:46 pm)
Normally when I do not know an answer, I stand aside and let someone more knowledgeable take it. But since you directed your question to me, I will just tell you that I am not sure. But, since the system is DVD-based, requiring no software upgrade like a PC might, it seems you can safely jump over versions. On the 2005 A8 I currently have for sale, I went from the 2005 version to the 2007 version without a hitch. Frankly, I could not tell any difference between the two. How about talking to your dealer? Or you could contact NavTeq, the manufacturer of the DVD. My guess, and it is just a guess, is that it is similar to buying a newer Rand McNally map book. The old book was fine, but the latest shows a few new streets. If you spend around $200 for a new DVD, don't expect it to have any new capabilities that were not programmed into the original system. You will need the new Gen 3 system for that: current traffic conditions, 3D images, etc. I believe the Audi Gen 3 navigation system was just introduced on the Q5.
#1454 of 1483 Re: NAV Discs [ayyate]
Feb 28, 2009 (10:15 pm)
thanks for the reply. Contacting the nearest dealer is probably the right answer, but they are closed on weekends. I will look into upgrading to GEN 3 and newest version of nav disc.Thanks again, keep in touch.
#1455 of 1483 Re: NAV Discs [mclovin4]
Mar 01, 2009 (8:34 pm)
I may have mislead you. The Audi Generation 3 navigation system is not available on older cars. Your A8 has the Gen 2 system and cannot be upgraded. You asked about buying an updated version of the Gen 2 DVD, which you can do. I believe that is your only option, short of buying a new car with the latest system.
#1456 of 1483 battery dies often
Apr 06, 2009 (5:10 pm)
can anyone tell me why when i let my A8 sit over night it starts just fine in the mornings.But when i wash the car or have the hood open(even with the doors locked and the key inside the house) the battery dies on me.Battery will hold charge when recharged until i touch the vehicle....any ideas?
#1457 of 1483 2001 A8 "Trunk Open" Light Warning
Apr 17, 2009 (4:49 am)
We've had various and sundry problems with our A8; most recently the thermostat failed at 72,000, showing overheating in the red after driving it for 15 minutes (usually with some minor hill climbing - living in Colorado). Just replaced the timing belt too.
Now, another problem - occasionally throughout the past year or so, the trunk refused to close. You could close it over and over, finding yourself frustrated and eventually slamming it closed - eventually it locked closed. When it finally locked closed, the light on the dash would turn off. We have made adjustments to allow for ease of closing but now the dash light refuses to turn off. The lid is closed! Now all the light bulbs in the trunk are burned out. We are going to replace them today in hope that the continual warning light is perhaps tripped to tell us that the bulbs are burned out - but we don't know if replacing those bulbs will trip the system to turn off the warning light.
Does anyone know where the sensor is located that trips the warning light? We've torn the trunk apart and cannot find it! Has anyone else had this problem - if so, how did you fix it?
Any help would be appreciated!
#1458 of 1483 Re: 2001 A8 "Trunk Open" Light Warning [strudel]
Apr 17, 2009 (7:36 am)
I am surprised you got as far as you did with the thermostat. My dealer tells me they have many A8 thermostats fail at 35 - 40K miles. Their advice: replace it at that mileage even if there are no symptoms.
I had a similar problem with the trunk on a 2005 A8 when almost new. On mine, all it required was a trunk adjustment. Perhaps the slamming did some sensor damage?
I probably haven't helped.
#1459 of 1483 How reliable is a used 2006/2007 A8?
Jun 15, 2009 (8:08 pm)
I have several friends with older 1998-2003 audi's of various models (with moderate mileage - about 60k), they often complain or electrical gremlins and various other component failures with their cars. I'm looking for feedback from 2006/2007 A8 owners and their reliability experiences.
#1460 of 1483 Re: How reliable is a used 2006/2007 A8? [djt21]
Jun 25, 2009 (5:55 pm)
cant speak for 06-07, however i can speak about my 2005 A8L...if you are interested?
#1461 of 1483 Re: How reliable is a used 2006/2007 A8? [djt21]
Jun 25, 2009 (6:29 pm)
As the past owner of a 1999 and a 2005 A8, and now an S8, I can say that my experiences have always been favorable. However, I have not had a high mileage car, generally parting with them at around 50k miles or so. In spite of the car being more technologically advanced than the smaller Audis, it seems like they have fewer problems. I should add that my wife and I have also owned an A6 and an Allroad, for comparison.
Having said that, I would not want to be without an extended warranty on any brand of luxury car. Major repairs can be higher than you might imagine.
#1462 of 1483 Re: A8 will not start [harbo]
Aug 17, 2009 (10:21 am)
I owned my 2004 A8 for almost 2 1/2 years and I've had the same ignition trouble you desribed since day one, but it has not gone completely dead (yet). The dealer claimed orginally that they have never heard of or seen the problem. Now after complaining about it for more than 2 years the dealer replaced the ignition switch (cars still under warranty), but the problem still persists. I only have 4K miles left on the car before it goes out of warranty and I'm concerned after seeing your post that the same thing might happen to my car. What happened after yours went completely dead? Were you able to finally identify the problem and resolve it?