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#366 of 1483 Problems with a 1998 A8 4.2
Jun 28, 2003 (3:14 pm)
Just wanting to share some of the problems i'm having with my 98 A8. Perhaps some of you have had similar problems and could confirm them and tell me how the dealership handled them. Luckily the car is still under Audi Assured.
First there is the transmission which has jerk when decelerating in the 55-66 mph range. The dealership claims that they cant find a problem, although last time I took it in they were able to find it, and said it may need a new transmission(before they knew it was under warranty).
Second, some of the steering oil is apparently leaking into the car, and has soaked the drivers floor mat. Dealership does not think that's the only source of the oil.
Third, antenna broke off, rather fragile i guess. Anyone else have to replace the antenna, can i install a generic one?
Anyways thanks, hopefully some of you can relate your experiences to mine.
Jun 29, 2003 (6:46 am)
With regards to the transmission jerk, I experienced this same type of thing when accelerating and decelerating at high speeds. When I took it to the dealership, they told me the problem may have been the adaptive learning that the transmission uses, and all they did was just turn that option off in the computer. Since then it has been a real pocket rocket (though the gas mileage dropped a little).
The antenna cannot be replaced with a generic one because it is a dual type antenna. What this means is that this antenna is not only wired to run the radio, but also is used as the cellular phone antenna when installed. Therefore, I don't think you can install a generic one...I think it needs to be the OEM antenna.
Hope this helps a little...
Jul 13, 2003 (12:54 pm)
There is no plan for a redsigned A8 for the US. The A8L will be the only one that we have in this country with exception to the S8 which will be SUPERCHARGED! Think of the possiblities.
Jul 17, 2003 (1:32 am)
Has anyone here taken delivery of one of these fabulous machines yet?
#370 of 1483 I bought one!
Jul 17, 2003 (4:35 pm)
What an awesome machine. I saw one in France on a short business trip and came back headed over to my Audi dealer and ordered one of my own for September delivery. I got a good deal because I am trading in a 2003 E500 that I've had for several months. The interior sold me (quality is fantastic!) Bigger than the Merc but I will get used to it. The dealer didn't have one on the lot but will call and let me drive the next one in. Can't wait. The only thing I've heard negative is a little more road noise than the S-class but my dealer told me to order the dual pane glass and that would yield a quieter noise level.
Jul 18, 2003 (3:51 am)
Congrats on the new audi, how do your like the E500 in terms of high speed cruising quality?
Jul 18, 2003 (3:09 pm)
The ride of my E500 was nice. The air suspension has a lot to do with it. One reason I like the Audi A8 setup as well. Much better than the E320's conventional system. On thing I was disappointed with was the steering feel. I don't know perhaps just a disconnected feel. Other than that I would recommend it to most people looking for the Merc brand. I'd even go so far to say unless you need the size of an S-Class buy the E500 until the next S comes out. Build quality of the S is poor in my opinion. Now the A8 is in a league of it's own in terms of quality. Perhaps because Audi is a small player in auto sales unlike the ever expanding MB.
#374 of 1483 Test drive
Jul 22, 2003 (5:52 am)
After a call from my dealer I got the chance to drive the A8 and there was one negative in my experience. The ride quality is rather poor. It is not the smooth quiet ride I was expecting (I had high expectations). Not that it was like a Honda Accord but it was not nearly as smooth as the E500 I am trading in. I was a little disappointed. I thought perhaps it was the settings in the MMI system but it was set to "Auto" which would probably be the setting one drives in all the time. Other than that I love the car and was very pleased with it.
#375 of 1483 4.2 liter engine experiences
Jul 27, 2003 (9:49 am)
I am considering purchase a VW Touareg. The V8 engine has been "borrowed" from the Audi A8. Any opinions or experiences with this engine would be appreciated. Thanks