[A8] *New Lister* -- Upgrading ??

Rich, Jack JRich at Kronos.com
Fri Feb 17 13:50:46 EST 2006


I think A8 list subscription is quite small.  It is pretty dead, nothing like the A8 or main list.  I think a lot of people who like more action use the AudiWorld forums.  There are occasional posts, and usually a response or two or three.

In general, my A8's have been more reliable (*choke* I can't believe I put that in writing) than my V8, and it is way more powerful and with better brakes and nicer in almost every way.  It is the case that my first A8 I sold because the tranny was in limp mode and I gave up trying to figure it out.  (The transmission itself was supposedly OK.  It was electrical.)  However, my V8 was also in limp mode with no charging circuit when I got rid of it.

Resale value on A8s is so bad that you can't begin to get as nice a car for the money.  However, if my current A8 blows its tranny or isn't reliable, then I think I'll give up on them.  But they are more than or as reliable as any other used Audi, in my experience.  As you probably know, it isn't the best brand if you want a car that goes forever without expenses.

By the way, my A8's steering wheel suddenly fixed itself.  It is heated again and the controls work.  My V8 always required intervention to become well again.


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Subject: [A8] *New Lister* -- Upgrading ??

 Hi Jack & All ..
 Have recently subscribed to this list ..
 Looks very quiet here compared to the very helpful [V8] List.
 Have been a long time [V8 Owner] subscriber there ..
 And am wanting to up-grade my Audi stable to an A8.
 So far at least - the A8 is at the top of my list - But
 with fuel and other running costs high on this model - 

 Maybe it would be the wiser to look strongly at the smaller 
 end of the Audi spectrum - Though I must admit growing 
 quite comfy in the large car.

 I've read through the posts - AudiWorld's Forums and
 Paul W's great site .. It seems, there is quite a list of
 issues to contend with on these cars (Like the V8's and
 other Audi models too of course!) 

 Things like; weak/poor transmissions - (lots of) front-end 
 parts - Sealing/Hoses - Firmware & Electrical maladies too!

 The quietness (and the long list of potential needs) is giving
 me some pause .. Is everyone too busy fixing their A8's or
 are they dependable and everyone - is not needing to post?

 Anyone have any early year recommendations? - suggestions? 
 BTDT's? - Stay clear stories? - Boston area service-techs?

 Thanks in advance if you can reply,
 Best to all,

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