Last post on Jul 23, 2010 at 10:27 AM
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Audi A8, Sedan
#1461 of 1483 Re: How reliable is a used 2006/2007 A8? [djt21]
Jun 25, 2009 (5:29 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 (9:21 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?
#1463 of 1483 Re: A8 will not start [rrud]
Aug 17, 2009 (7:01 pm)
rrud, yes Audi of N Scottsdale AZ, did solve the problem. It took a couple attempts and parts in from Germany. Suggest contacting Walter Smith (technician supervisor) for the cure at 480-538-4000 and tell him it was the Sorenson 2004 A8L. If not directly you can reach him for a return call through Tyler or Jason (service writers). All the folks at this service department are simple outstanding. Good luck.
#1464 of 1483 engine management
Aug 19, 2009 (8:01 am)
I have a 2009 A8L. After a cold start-up as the idle goes to normal rpm the car starts to shake making it difficult to accelerate, Also in the 20-40 mph range if I lift off the accelerator, the car downshifts and surges forward. Anyone else experience this ? With any resolution ?
#1465 of 1483 Re: engine management [joemanz]
Aug 20, 2009 (1:56 am)
I have an '09 as well, 10k miles and no issues like yours. Make them fix it, push your dealer for help from Audi.
#1466 of 1483 transmission noise from my a8l
Nov 18, 2009 (6:51 pm)
I have a 2006 a8l and after the car has been driven a few miles i notice a faint noise (very hard to describe) between 3rd and 4th and also between 4th and 5th gear shifts. If i drive agressively the noise gets louder-kind of like a muted screech sound. Just turned 53k and have no idea of what this may be.
#1467 of 1483 Considering Audi A8 2004
Jan 03, 2010 (2:03 pm)
Good evening Folks and happy new year to you all.
I am a new comer. I am very close/about to buy an Audi A8L 2004 with 65K miles on it, very clean and nice! I Never owned an Audi before. Currently drive a BMW 530i 2001 and BMW 330ci 2001 Convertible. In order to buy this Audi I have to sell my BMW 530i. In one hand I have very hard times selling my Bimmer in the other hand I feel getting this Audi is an upgrade in many respects. The reviews online say lots of horrifying things about the reliability and repair costs of this car. Is this true? How bad is this problem? If you guys are so nice to give me your input and share your experience with the Audi A8 2004, I really appreciate that.
Thanks a lot,
#1468 of 1483 Re: Considering Audi A8 2004 [abarmard]
Jan 03, 2010 (4:52 pm)
I purchased a 2006 audi certified pre-owned A8L about four months ago with 47,000 miles on it. prior to the a8 I owned several s430's and s500's. I do feel the audi is a superior car to the prevoius generation mb s class, fit and finish is fantiastic and material quality is first rate. Before I purchased I visited consumer reports and jd power, they both gave the a8 a decent rating for quality and reliability. Even though this is an extremely complex car (electrically speaking) I decided to purchase it mainly because the car was certified.
In this 4 month period I've had the points in my ignition system fail, a power seat fail, power trunk fail, brake switch fail, heated steering wheel fail, a suspicious noise in my transmission which the dealer says needs "Blue Goo" to resolve and my connecting rods now need to be replaced.
Thankfully its all been covered under the CPO plan (of course with an $85.00 deductible for each visit) but in retrospect I wish I had'nt purchased the car. Its a fantastic driving car but I dont want to stick around for another 4 months to find out what goes wrong next. I'm putting it up for sale. Good luck with your decision.
#1469 of 1483 Re: Considering Audi A8 2004 [abarmard]
Jan 05, 2010 (5:16 pm)
I purchased a 2004 A8L with 26K miles in September of 2006 for $40,000 which was a great deal at the time. The car was pristine when I bought it. I have regretted the purchase ever since. The car has been nothing but trouble, and not just electrical, I've had a lot of mechanical problems too. At first it was under warranty, but once the warranty expired ( I didn't buy it Certified from Audi) it was all out of pocket. I look forward to the day I get rid of this car, which is worth about $14K (70k miles) today for a trade-in. Don't make the same mistake I did, stay away from the Audi A8!
#1470 of 1483 Re: Considering Audi A8 2004 [ptf1]
Jan 06, 2010 (4:59 am)
I listen to the whine........all I can say is "buy new" and treat the car with respect and you will love it.
Buy a lemon, squeeze it for a little, then throw it out.