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#380 of 1483 please let me win the lottery very soon
Aug 10, 2003 (12:45 pm)
That is my wish so that I can buy the new A8L. I finally sat in and test drove the new A8L yesterday. Very nice is all I can say when I finished the test drive. It's not as quiet as the Lexus LS430 or as sporty as the BMW 745Li, but it did everything well. I drove it in the city, on the highway, and a little in the country. It did not absorb the bumps like I thought it would, but it wasn't bad either. The seats were form fitting. The ergonomic interior was top notch. The exterior was pleasing to look at (I don't know if the 2005 A8 regular car length will look better?). Everything was very nice for the price (stickered at $73k). That is still less than the Mercedes or BMW. May be in a couple of years I can afford this baby. This is all dependent on what the new S500 and LS430 will look like in a couple of years.
I also test drove the new VW Toureg. It was also nice but not at pleasing ergonomically as the Range Rover or LX470. I saw a lot of Audi parts in the Toureg. I drove the V6--kind of weak. If I get one, it would have to be a V8. The ride was reasonably good for a suv. It absorb the bumps alright. It was not as quiet as other luxury suv's I've driven. The only thing I thought was disappointing was the lack of a cd changer or dvd system for the back seats.
I also saw the RS6. It looks incredibly sporty and beastly. It looked like it can it up the competition. I wasn't able to drive it, because it was in the showroom. It looks wonderful, but I'm not sure it is worth $85k. I currently drive an 2003 A6. I love it, but I think I would love it more if I can put the body kit of the RS6 on my regular A6. I don't need all that power--don't think I will ever use it.
As always drive safely out there.
Aug 10, 2003 (6:35 pm)
Aug 17, 2003 (5:57 pm)
Huh? body kits? IMHO, buying a real enthusiast driver's car like the RS6 is the real deal.
An A6 with a body kit is just an A6
#384 of 1483 Waiting on delivery
Aug 18, 2003 (12:55 pm)
Has anyone else ordered the 04 A8L and if so how much lead time did your dealer project before delivery. I ordered on June 12th and still can not get a straight answer on when to expect delivery. I keep hearing late Sept. or maybe early Oct. This feels like entirely too long. Let me know.
#385 of 1483 even if it's just an A6
Aug 19, 2003 (6:59 pm)
I still would love it. I don't drive fast anymore (usually five miles over the speed limit). I just like the way the RS6 looks. I know that I will never use most of the potent, raw power that the RS6 has, so why would I even buy one. I don't care if people know that it is not a RS6. All I care is that it looks appealing to me. Some people buy those very high-priced, very high-powered cars and never get to use all the power. The only place I can see anyone using that much power is on the racetrack. So would or could you you take it to the track? If you can, then good for you. Me, I would just rather drive my regular good-looking A6 with the RS6 body kit to the store, work, vacation or mall. I don't buy cars to show off to people (Hey look at what I got!!). I buy them to drive everyday--that is my enjoyment.
#386 of 1483 dwongswong
Aug 19, 2003 (9:27 pm)
#387 of 1483 A8 Transmission issues??
Aug 20, 2003 (7:30 am)
I own a 1998 A8, 4.2 Quattro with approx. 73,000 miles on it and just had to have the transmission replaced. It would have been a very expensive undertaking had it not been an "assured" car. A colleague in my office also had an A8 that was a year or two newer than mine and he had to have its transmission replaced a few months ago as well. Has anyone else out there had transmission issues/replacements?? I guess I am just wondering if there is a theme here and should I expect this new transmission to fail. Any thoughts/feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Aug 20, 2003 (5:12 pm)
On Audiworld.com there has been a lot of discussion about A8 transimission failures. The belief system is that the trans fluid is not lifetime as advertised and requires changing by 50K miles. The belief is that if the fluid is changed the transmission will last.