[s-cars] Handholding for an S8 purchase
lee at wheelman.com
Thu Mar 29 17:26:39 EDT 2007
Too bad about the radio, tho. Now you don't have an excuse to rip
it out and install an RNS-E Nav system...(which I'm doing this
weekend on my '99...)
Which for the '99 is not trivial, btw. No CANBus, no double DIN
dash opening, etc. I've got a CANBus emulator for the former and a
sawzall for the latter...
I think I need to get off this computer and get on my bike and go
home! Bike commuting started early this year...my '99 is in the
shop for a TB and a doubleDINectomy. And it was *cold* this
'99 A6 quattro avant (lost...)
'97 A6 quattro avant (maps in map pocket)
'96 A6 quattro avant (StreetPilot on dash, still lost, doh.)
On Thu Mar 29 13:02:42 PDT 2007,
=?ISO-8859-1?Q?G=EDsli_=D3ttarsson?= <gislio at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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
> 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,
> 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
> indicates neglect.
> Fingers crossed.
> 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
>> 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
>> 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
>> for about 30 seconds). What might this be about? Could it have
>> 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
>> 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
>> rubbed off.
>> Its transmission was recently rebuilt by a reputable mechanic
>> bill for this was $10000!). But what is the story with these S8
>> transmissions? All the 4 S8s I have driven had suspicious
>> transmissions (mileage range from 60k to 120k). Are S8
>> transmissions very
>> fragile or very high maintenance? Is the transmission flaw an
>> 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
>> 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
>> 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
>> 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
>> causing need for entire teardown. $10k??? <<<shudder>>> Hello
>> warranty. Great piece of mind IMO! Otherwise I've not heard of
>> 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
>> 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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