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#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.
#1471 of 1483 What to do
Jan 09, 2010 (8:23 am)
have a 2006 Audi 8L....maybe 9000 KM......like new.....do not use much...is in garage heated under cover.......anybody have experiance trying to trade in for Audi SUV?
#1472 of 1483 Re: What to do [crudgy]
Jan 09, 2010 (2:17 pm)
Only 9,000 KM makes your car practically new. Pretty amazing. Unfortunately, that may only matter in the case of a private sale and then only to a certain kind of buyer. If I was in the market for such a car, I would pay a premium for it, and there are others out there like me. If you are willing to deal with people coming to your home, test driving with a total stranger, and finally exchanging money with a certain amount of risk, you should be able to get the best price possible. I have done it several times, but it can be exasperating. I will be doing it again soon with my wife's 2003 Audi allroad, now that she has a new Q5. I can put up with the hassles of private sales, but not everyone can or will. After buying a one year old S8 recently, I also learned just how much luxury cars fall in value. It's great if one is a buyer, not so for the seller. If you are not in a hurry to sell, try putting out the word privately among your acquaintances. Let it be known up front that you are firm on your price, that it is not a desperation sale. If that fails and you are still willing to sell privately, I have had good experiences with Autotrader.com. That is how I will sell my wife's old Audi.
#1473 of 1483 Re: Considering Audi A8 2004 [dssxxxx]
Jan 09, 2010 (2:33 pm)
I will generally agree, with an additional comment that I have made on this forum before:
Do not ever drive a luxury car of any make without a warranty, whether factory or an extended warranty that you purchase. The cost of repair to these new systems can be real budget busters. An Audi transmission can easily be $5 - $7K. And don't assume that a local garage or even AAMCO can repair one. When the warranty is about a year or less from expiration, it's time to sell when you can still offer the buyer some warranty.
A 2004 luxury car may just be too old to consider. Same answer for a MBZ, BMW, Audi, Porsche, you name it. It seems like I am picking on the Germans here, I guess. Not my intent.
#1474 of 1483 Re: What to do [ayyate]
Jan 09, 2010 (3:06 pm)
Warranty is good till 2013. We live in Canada.....800 yards from US., Is Canadian registered, never driven in winter. Wife wants SUV cause we live in the country. How does one determine price differance. What Audi SUV differances r there on current models.
#1475 of 1483 Re: What to do [crudgy]
Jan 09, 2010 (5:37 pm)
I am not sure if you are responding to my post #1472 or #1473. The last one was a reply to another person where I commented about warranties. The earlier one was to your question about selling your A8.
As to the difference in Audi SUV models, there are currently two here in the States. The Q7 has been out a couple of years, much larger and is available with a V6, V8 or a diesel engine. It is much too large for my tastes, especially here in Los Angeles. My wife has the new Q5, which is based on the new A4/A5 chassis, available only with the 3.2 V6 engine, but very adequate power - 270 HP. The Q5 would be considered a mid-sized vehicle. Enough space in the rear for a dog or golf clubs I suppose, but not much more. My wife's car only has about 250 miles on it, but so far she is very happy. Hers came with every electronic gadget Audi offers, so there is a steep learning curve for her right now.
I don't understand your question about price difference. Do you mean between US and Canadian models, between the two SUV's, or?
#1476 of 1483 Re: What to do [ayyate]
Jan 09, 2010 (7:10 pm)
guess I am wondering two things.....
one is do not want to buy another vehicle that wife will not use. She bought this one...we lived in the north and was good to travel the 350 miles to the south for shopping...we lived in Fort McMurray Alberta, oil sands country, and now live outside Thunder Bay on Lake Superior, got 10 Km gravel once off highway, hence she is looking at the SUV. So now which one...we r a full days drive from a dealer. Duluth MN. may have Audi....it is closer then Winnepeg Manitoba.
Second thing is what is the 2006 worth or what would the differance between trade in and private sale....private sale would be tuff out here. So trade in is more likely. Just have no idea on worth.
Hope I am not being a pain.