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Audi A8, Sedan
#211 of 1483 #216/217 Warranty
Oct 20, 2000 (9:16 pm)
I think you may have a hard time finding a used 1-3 year old A8 from a private seller, with only around 2000 a year produced, and most being leased. I looked for two months, and found a 2 1/2 year old '97 A8 with 15K miles, from a dealer. The car was privately owned (verified through car fax). A salesman told me that Audi charges the dealership $500 for the Audi Assured plan. If that's the actual cost, it seems like a deal to me.
Bill is right. You will pay more for service, but it goes with the territory.
I used the internet to locate cars and all the dealers, shopped within a three hour radius, and played one against the other on the phone until I got the car I wanted at a fair price.
Have fun shopping. It's a great car and doesn't attract unwanted attention.
Oct 21, 2000 (3:03 am)
I am suggesting you buy an Audi Assured car because you are concerned about cost of maintaining the car. The A8 is a fine car but if something big breaks out of warranty, it's going to be costly to fix. The Audi Assured program covers road side assistance and the cars major systems for an additional two years and up to 75,000 miles at a cost of $50 per visit, not per repair. So if you go in with a few things to fix you still pay $50. And you can probably get the dealership to pay for the Assured Program as part of the deal. If you can find a car from a private owner that is still under the original warranty, I would urge you to use some of that money you are saving to buy a warranty plan, they cost pennies on the dollar when something goes wrong and they are usually very comprehensive.
Oct 23, 2000 (7:10 pm)
Has anyone seen or driven the new S8 (the juiced up A8 with 360hp)? Any impressions? Thanks.
#214 of 1483 Never Mind
Oct 25, 2000 (9:05 pm)
Looks like someone has started a separate S8 topic. I'll look there for your comments. Thanks.
Oct 26, 2000 (1:13 am)
I have never owned an Audi (Volvo and BMW) but am considering a 1998 A8 4.2 w/ 18,500 miles for $40,000. I have liked this car for some time, but I do not know much about them. Could someone give me insight as to dependability, is it fun to drive, what you like best about the car, what you like least, and anticipated cost of major tune, etc. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks
Nov 04, 2000 (2:37 pm)
Well to help with an idea of cost of ownership, I just had my 30K service performed. I am no longer under the original warranty so I took the car to a shop that specializes in European cars and is a sponsor of our local chapter of the quattro club. The service ran $368 dollars which included plugs, change of oil & filter (I provided the oil), change of air filter, change of cabin dust and pollen filter and a list of about 20 "check this" items. The shop that did the work installed bosch platinum spark plug which they indicated would save me from having to change them at the next 30K service. Considering the plugs run $50 for the set and R & R is probably $35 (1/2 hr labor) the next 30K service (60K)should be under $300 provided nothing major needs to be done. The 90K service on the other hand, requires a timing belt change. Some how I don't think that's going to be cheap.
#217 of 1483 Front bumper pull off
Nov 07, 2000 (2:35 am)
I too am a new owner and lover of my 97 A8. But three days after picking up the car I caught the front bumper on a curb and had to have it completely replaced. I believe there is a true design flaw here and I am attempting to find out how commom this is. I intend to look for the article listed in audiworld.com that was mentioned in an earlier post. If anyone knows how to gather additional statistics, please let me know as I do not believe this should be reason for the insurance industry to place additional surcharges.
#218 of 1483 front bumper pull off
Nov 07, 2000 (7:31 pm)
Make sure to check the A6 forum on www.audiworld.com. People have reported this problem on plenty of cars other than Audi's. It's just a fact of life nowadays with cars with noses that hang over like that.
#219 of 1483 thanks for the info. more questions..
Nov 10, 2000 (2:09 am)
OK, understood; get the Audi assured plan - but is this on top of the standard warranty? Is there any reason to buy this before the standard warranty runs out?
Also, can you change the oil in the A8 at places like Jiffy Lube? It's not cost I really care about with maintenence, it's convienence. I would rather get it done in a half hour than drop it off at some out of the way place that require an appointment. I'm the type that wouldn't want to pull into the Audi service site unless something major breaks or I hit 90k miles.
#220 of 1483 there is no Audi extended warranty in the US
Nov 12, 2000 (4:57 am)
Assured program is when buying a car used, I don't know that you can add it to a car that you bought new.