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    Thread: need honest A8 owner info

    1. Member mainecorrado's Avatar
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      04-07-2012 09:22 PM #1
      i've been a vortex member for a long time but have been out of the game for a few years. i'm looking at buying an A8 and i'm looking for some honest insight and advice. i have read reviews on edmunds and most of them are scary with people complaining of massive electrical issues. i've owned a 4000 quattro, a 5000 turbo and 2 corrados so i'm familiar with maintenance and typical things that come up with VAG cars. i just don't want to get myself into a nightmare. my budget allows me 2004-2005 with decent mileage. aside from timing belt replacement, what other questions should i be asking. are the electrical issues that bad and that common on a $75,000 car or are those comments from the select few that are having bad luck or don't follow maintenance schedules.

      sorry for the long winded post, hopefully you understand where i'm at and can provide some honest info.

      i'm at the point in my life where i'd like to drive an A8 on a daily basis!! it won't be my only transportation but will take over my F250 diesel daily driver position.

      thanks again

    2. Member Jan PL S6's Avatar
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      04-10-2012 01:10 AM #2
      Seeing as not a lot of people look at the D3 A8 forum I'll PM you this info as well. A lot of the people that post the bad reviews are usually people who get one big problem and they just want to have their voice heard about the P.O.S. they're driving. My father owns one and I loved it so much I bought one as well. Both of them are 2005. Only difference between ours is he has door close assist (I don't), I have dual zone climate control in the back (he doesn't), and mine is black, his is silver.

      They are amazing cars. Drive one and you will see for yourself. Most people I have talked to who have any interest in them are so scared to get involved with them because of the stories they hear but once they drive one they start to see just how magnificent the car truly is. IMO the ride is second to none. It is a very comfy ride and it has power when you need it. There are enough gadgets to keep you entertained for years to come.

      The problems. Frankly we have had no major problems. I have had mine from 44,000 miles to currently around 88,000 miles and my fathers was purchased with 54,000 miles (not sure what he has now but he commutes a decent amount). The only problem I have had was I had to replace the radiator because it started to leak slightly. It happens occasionally to some D3's but it isn't a major big deal. My father had some problems with his door locks. He had to replace all four of them because the door would stop locking (I'm positive it has something to do the door closing assist so if you're looking to have absolutely no problems I would avoid cars with that option). We both replaced our brake light sensor (~$20 piece) because the ESP light would come on sometimes and it would annoy us not a big deal. Also his MMI screen broke a gear in it and it wouldn't open. There is a full metal gear kit that can be replaced for ~$60 and it can be easily repaired no problem. We have also had some problems with our trunks which seems to be the same with just about all D3's. They start to get a little bent out of shape or whatever and will sometimes fail to close/open by themselves and will need a little help opening/closing. Not too many ways to fix this but its more of a burden than a huge problem. It still doesn't leak or anything like that. Other than those tiny problems and general maintenance the cars have been a dream to own.

      I have never heard of anyone having any other electrical problems. But then again there could be rare scenarios where anything can happen. Just look for a well maintained one and you should be fine.

      Maintenance isn't too bad. Oil changes every 10k miles with fully synthetic oil. We started using Ams oil and have noticed a big difference in engine noise and smoothness. Tires can be slightly pricey and if you have the 19" premium wheels like we do, please avoid pot holes at all costs. You may get the occasional bubble and possible bent rim but its all about how you drive at that point My father just did the timing belt maintenance and it wasn't too bad. We got the kit from blauparts and they took care of us with instructions and special tools. I'm due to do mine as well.

      Drive one and find a nice one. You honestly will not regret it.

      If you have any more questions feel free to ask.
      Last edited by Jan PL S6; 04-10-2012 at 01:15 AM.

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