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Re: V8 & A8
> As for V8 vs. 200, it's been too long since I drove a 200q to compare.
> Certainly the V8's sluggish performance from a standstill does not
> make it seem like a sporting car. The economy/sport modes of the
> automatic are stupid. If it's going to have an automatic, then a car
> should determine whether it should downshift by how far down you push
> the gas (how fast it thinks you're trying to speed up). Economy mode
> upshifts too early; sport mode will *never* use high gear at a speed
> I've seen.
It shifts up at 120mph....I think ;^)
> and competent. Stable? Fast as heck? Sounds sporty to me! OTOH, it's
> neither light nor tossable, which is why I kept my 4kq after aquiring
> the V8.
V8's are great highway gobblers. Give them a long stretch of interstate
and let em rip! Not at all the car that I would expect to burn up the
> Things to watch out for: If there are V8 owners on this list whose V8
> doesn't smoke because of mysterious oil leaks onto the hot exhaust
> components, then they haven't spoken up about it
My V8 only smoked for two reasons(long since repaired):
1. Failed O-rings on the back of the head allowed coolant to leak.
2. Leaking steering rack.
No smoking for over 30k
> One lister was going to
> fabricate an oil collection pan/diverter, but I don't remember a
> followup on how well it worked. (The A8 wasn't smoking yet.)
Randall C. Markarian
1990 V8 Quattro
1996 Merc E320
Saint Louis, Missouri
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