[V8] $500 V8 For Sale
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diemarthadie at aol.com
Wed Feb 25 08:44:50 PST 2009
I wonder if we are not looking at a future bounce, however. I'm not
saying these are Shelby GTs of the future, but that they will indeed
age well from a design standpoint, represent the beginning of a special
line of cars by a prestige company, are limited production (and getting
more limited in quantity), and (when right) are fairly fantastic cars
to buy cheaply. I see what's happened with some older Mercedes that
seem to now move into the upper turn of their value curve. They are no
less expensive to maintain, are a no less recognizable marque, and are
often in much greater supply. MB 300 series wagons, for example, seem
to have turned a corner where they are starting to command what I would
consider a premium cost for 'an old car'. They will, no dooubt, have
old car needs, and MB parts pricing.
Let's take a guess from the list. How many V8Qs are actually still
complete and viable as road cars? I'd be shocked if more than 1/2 of
the original +/- 4000 US ones were still in good, driving, usable
condition. I'm thinking based on my having participated in the
vivisection of 3 of them, the volume of them at Bruce and Chris'
locations, and the general number of listers that have mentioned their
parts car(s) over the years.
Perhaps the V8Q is headed there in a few more years. It might take a
campaign of people like us throwing it into the reader-voting mix at
various car magazines, or websites... perhaps we could drive up our own
values that way?
I dunno. I'm musing along with Roger, who it appears did not lose
power like so many up there, but is probably snowed in and musing by
the fire with a nice scotch and his laptop ;) Or should be.
From: Roger Woodbury <rmwoodbury at roadrunner.com>
To: v8 at audifans.com
Sent: Wed, 25 Feb 2009 7:01 am
Subject: [V8] $500 V8 For Sale
Well, folks, I am thinking more and more that we are at the end of this
trail. The newest V8 is 15 years old. The cost of general maintenance
these cars is beginning to be "legendary", and even the person who sees
that is perfect, and cheap, will likely ask someone about the car, and
be told that they are terribly expensive, unreliable, prone to sudden
accidental acceleration, and all sorts of other ignorant opinions.
the person speaks with one of us poor fools, of course.
The truth is that maintenance is not much of an issue, if the car is
maintained. Most people don't want to do that. Most people don't want
take it to an independent mechanic, don't know an independent mechanic
will work on these cars or who knows anything about these cars, or will
the time to try to find one. The Audi dealers generally know about as
about these cars as they do about a Horsch, so franchised dealers are
good places to hear them ask, "you have a what?".
Indeed, some parts seem to be getting a bit difficult to source, but not
impossible. Unlike some of the hoses on the 200 20V Turbo that are no
longer available, as far as I know everything on the V8 is still
by Audi. At a price: UFO calipers are more than $550 each! Ouch!
market calipers do not exist. I have been almost everywhere on line to
and NO ONE advertising them HAS them.).
The best of the cars available aren't selling for more than three
I would have to say that the value of these cars has ended in the
So what we have here is a now, very old, very powerful vehicle that
except for a few really want. While this can be a true, enthusiast's
as a daily driver I wonder how much longer critical parts will be
by Audi. Maybe there is some sort of regulation that mandates this?
Whatever it is, I suspect that by the time that the newest of these cars
passes its twentieth anniversary, there will be only us left who know
(About to start to accumulate parts cars....)
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