[s-cars] Handholding for an S8 purchase
gislio at gmail.com
Thu Mar 29 16:02:42 EDT 2007
Hi Paul, et al.:
Yes, this one dropped in my lap:
I made a ruthless offer which involved trading in the UrS4 Avant (valued at
the same amount that I had paid for it 3 years ago) and they accepted my
offer. The counterparty is a bank which had repossessed the S8. Isn't this
the color of the S6 Avant I contemplated --- Ming Blau?
Radio issue is solved. The radio has a TP button, which I believe is
somehow related to traffic reports in Germany. Its light was lit and I
didn't think it should be but pushing it caused a prompt for a preset
channel. On a lark I tried pressing and holding it and that did the trick.
The engine service light I referred to is a yellow light inside the speedo
in the shape of an engine. I didn't get the codes, but the diagnosis which
the mechanic read back to me mentioned a misfire. I spoke with him today
and he guessed that it had something to do with the air-injection into the
exhaust system. Anyway, I asked the bank if it would go halves with me on
any amount north of $1000, which will soften any major blows if they agree.
Whatever ailed the automatic was bad enough that the bank deemed the car
unsellable and ordered a full rebuild. Allegedly, it was the reason that
the owner, who had recently imported the car from das Vaterland, defaulted
on the loan. Unfortunately I don't know the details about the failures or
its cause, but now the transmission sounds and feels right. I get a 1 year
warranty on the work. Rest of the car seems very solid and nothing
On 3/29/07, pkrasusky at ups.com <pkrasusky at ups.com> wrote:
> Gisli Iceland'ed:
> <<<Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2007 09:16:24 +0000
> From: " G?sli ?ttarsson " <gislio at gmail.com>
> Subject: [s-cars] Handholding for an S8 purchase
> I've made a tentative offer for a European spec 2001 S8. The car has a
> couple of problems which I thought I?d run by the list:
> The engine service-light is illuminated (as it has been on all 4 S8 of
> vintage which I have test-driven in the past year). A friendly mechanic
> hooked it up to a computer and the codes indicated that there had been an
> engine misfire. As the car had sat on the used-car lot for a while, I
> didn't think too much of it and the mechanic reset the light. Exactly 24
> hours later, the light returned. Any experience on the list about what
> might mean? Any suggestions about the *worst* thing it could mean.
> The radio has a funny problem. When first turned on, it will play for
> seconds (good fidelity, strong signal) but then go into a channel scan
> followed a perpetual periodic beep (approx. once per second). It also
> switches to this beep mode when playing a CD, except the CD will play
> for about 30 seconds). What might this be about? Could it have something
> to do with it having recently arrived in this country (Iceland) and the
> radio somehow needing to be localized?
> Apart from these quirks it is a nice car with 60k miles on the clock.
> is no record of a timing belt replacement, but the aforementioned mechanic
> and I looked at the belt and it looked very fresh with none of the
> rubbed off.
> Its transmission was recently rebuilt by a reputable mechanic (allegedly
> bill for this was $10000!). But what is the story with these S8
> transmissions? All the 4 S8s I have driven had suspicious sounding
> transmissions (mileage range from 60k to 120k). Are S8 transmissions very
> fragile or very high maintenance? Is the transmission flaw an indication
> of very poor maintenance (there are no records) or is it just the luck of
> the draw.
> Any general suggestions or warnings?
> Hey Gisli-
> Finally found one out your way huh? Good for you, hope it pans out.
> By service light you mean the CEL or the service indicator? Big
> difference. If CEL, report back with what codes it's throwing. Mine's on
> due to some stupid EVAP issue, I ignore it, it comes and goes at will.
> Someday I'll make Bob trace through the ETKA Evap screens I have printed and
> fix it for me, sure.
> Radio, never heard of any issue. Sounds like maybe the "scan" button is
> "stuck" or defective?
> Tbelt, no concern, interval is like 105k. However, these are known to
> mulch tstats and WP's within 50-60k, some do some don't. Mine was addressed
> by PO and tbelt done then, assuming due to tstat failure. WP, the impeller
> sheers off. Nice. Something to think about.
> Trans, hmmmm. These are NOT like the pre-facelift A8's where trans
> hunting / thumping is GUARANTEED. I've heard of ONE case on an '00 (Euro)
> where the last seal in the box let go and car would not grab reverse,
> causing need for entire teardown. $10k??? <<<shudder>>> Hello extended
> warranty. Great piece of mind IMO! Otherwise I've not heard of any
> reported issues on these boxes. Yet. Knock woodrow. I'd be leary of "why"
> it was done, personally. I don't think the trans' are suspicious sounding
> or fragile, personally. Dunno what you might be experiencing.
> Best bet on the radio Q is to query the AW D2 folk, they're extremely
> knowledgable. Worst case is I hear Rossato always wanted to / plans on
> visiting Iceland. Have Rossato / will travel.
> HTH, and again good luck. Find a buyer for your C4 4.2 Avant?
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