I am sorry that I have to agree. I once had a 1996 A8Q 2.8 for a brief
period, but sold it mainly because it proved to be extremely expensive to
own, in almost every way. I bought a 1999 A6Q 2.4 instead, and even though
this car also is rather expensive to own, it seems a big bargain compared to
the A8, I must say.
I have a 1999 A8 4.2
Not sure what the major differences are..I'm aluminum, your probably
Things I've looked at, and those that I know are coming are as
I have the winter package: heated seats, and steering wheel...I
believe the locks are also heated..fortunetly, I haven't had to use
Heating went out in the steering wheel...not sure what the replacement
cost is....have to look on the web.
Tie rod ends, both sides front...drilled, greased, and plugged.
These have also been under recall. Get proof that they were done.
Also get the bearing checked.
Expect the timing belt to be changed, somewhere between 75,000 and
90,000 miles. Expect to pay a good $1000.00 for that...If I were you,
I'd make sure it's done before you buy the car, or get a certificate
for future work.
I'm hoping to get free labor from the college here, so paying parts
only may be an option. I don't know how many people have looked into
college automotive programs for free labor, but it's something to
If you talk to the instructors within the first month or so of the
start of school, they'll know if they have a student that is capable
of doing the job.
From what little I've read...the transmission fluid is also an area
that needs thorough attention. Do a search on the net for it... One
of the forums has talked at length about this.
Run a search for Audi Forum..there are a number of sites listed.
Also...under the hood..I believe they are the Cabin Air Filters, one
on each side...mine are square...found em on the net for 35.00 or
there abouts..garage wanted 50.
I have the triptronic setup. No problems to note, but more of a
reason to check the transmission fluid.
Drives great! Highway mileage is 27-28. I can't really guage city,
as I drive up a 3 mile hill to work. I'm getting between 19 and 20.
Triptronic is fun....and useful! It's a shame it doesn't have the
"real control" that a standard engine normallyt has. That's my only
Hope this helps.
The A4 and A8 have virtually nothing in common other than the name
plate. So someone's experiences with the A8 are about as relevant as
someone with a Ford Pickup giving someone else advice on buying a Focus.
The B5/A4/Passat platform seems relatively sturdy. I'm not aware of any
major gotchas. However, unless you're really married to that particular
car, you might want to consider getting a 1.8 turbo instead. There's a
wider variety of aftermarket performance parts for that engine and it's
relatively cheap/easy to make the 1.8T put out more horsepower than the
normally aspirated 2.8. Other 1.8T pluses include better weight
distribution, lower overall weight, better fuel economy, and lower
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