[A8] Thinking about buying an A8 quattro. Should I?

Barry Lenoble lenoble at optonline.net
Sat Mar 26 20:32:22 EST 2005

Hi Britt,

I have a 99 w/99K miles.

No way can you do the timing belt. You need special holders
to hold the cams when you time it. Not something you want
to do unless you really know what you are doing.

Since you know Audi's, I don't need to tell you how good
quattro is. The good things about the A8 are power (300 hp
is very nice), ride, handling, comfort, and size. The bad
things are typical Audi (I think): electrical things break,
like cruise control, seat heaters, heated steering wheel,
etc. The real bad thing about the A8 is the transmission.
You can get lots and lots of information on AudiWorld:


Good luck,

Britt Crowell wrote:
> So as a joke I bid on an A8 on eBay. 
> I got out bid by $100 but the winner didn't pay so the seller sent me a second chance offer.
> So now I seriously considering it.
> I've had lots of 5000tqs and 200s , but I don't know shit about these things.
> What do you guys think about this car?
> Its a 1997 you can check out the links and specs here
> http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1,1&item=4537380626
> And If any has access to Carfax and can run this that would be cool too
> WAUBG84D0VN009739
> So what do you guys think about this car? Is it a great deal that I shouldn't turn down or am I flirting with a possible money pit.
> I never had an Audi with less than 100K miles or newer than an '89.  I wonder if its broke in good yet???
> I know the timing chain is due at 100K. Is this something I can do myself or should I leave it to the professional?

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