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buying a A8 and price

will_S3 Jan 3, 2004

  1. will_S3

    will_S3 Member

    Hi Guys

    Im after your advise im after a A8 and im going to go look at one shortly, but im not sure if the price is to high can you guys give me some idea on what you think its worth and what problems to look out for thanks

    its a 2000 3.7 sport quattro with tiptronic, ABS,Electric Seats, Adjustable Seat Height, Adjustable Seat Lumbar Support, Adjustable Electric Adjustable Steering Wheel, Leather, Air Bag, Climate Control, Alarm, Alloy Wheels, BOSE, CD MULTIPLAY, Computer, Cruise Control, Electric Adjustable Mirror, Electric Slide/Tilt Steel Sunroof, Electric Windows, Headlamp Washers, Remote central locking, Sports Seats, Sports Steering Wheel, Sports Suspension, Parking Sensors, Full service history 62k just serviced and Warranty.

    they are after nearly 18k and i think its should be down near 16k more

  2. Matthewbaldry

    Matthewbaldry Member

    Hi Will,

    I have a 1996 4.2 Sport and have to say the car is awesome. In general there is very little to look out for in terms of common faults, be aware of the gearbox leaking onto the cats, this is a problem on all the V8 quattros (A6+A8) whilst it isnt a major problem its just a bit inconvienient and not cheap to fix.

    Its good that the service has been done but be aware that an 80,000 service will set you back a bit when it comes round. I had mine done at an Audi Specialist (who is a good mate) and it cost over £1000.

    There is a comprehensive buying guide here

    I would certainly recommend the sport over the standard A8, I think the benefits that you get make the car, the seats are fantastic.

    As far as the engine goes, I have never driven a 3.7 but the 4.2 is spot on, plenty of power whenever you need it and it always surprises me just how quick it is (not far off your S3!)

    I agree with you that the price does seem a little too high, I think £16,500 is about right, autotrader tends to be the best way of judging prices, IMO parkers and the like always seem a bit out of touch.

    It may be worth having a thorough check over of the bodywork, I have just gone through a big dispute with Audi about corrosion, which I didnt expect with an aluminium car, and whilst mine seems to be particularly bad it seems that my car is not the only one.

    Good luck

  3. scoTTy

    scoTTy Active Member

    There's also a three page bugers guide in this months Top Gear mag.

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