by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2010 Vehicle: 1997 Audi A8 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD
Very well engineered car. Interior is awesome. Leather is still soft, no rattles, everything works, very solid car. Engine is teriffic. Smooth, quiet, with enough power to get you where you are going. Suspension is a little loose for my tastes, but very smooth over bumps. Steering is feather light and very nice. Transmission had failed at 170k. Not unexpectedly with the D2 A8. Tranny shifts are slow and tall gearing can make the car feel slow when not in the correct gear. Fuel mileage is great for a car this big at about 25 mpg average when using cruise most of the time. I've had to replace a couple of things here and there but nothing out of the ordinary.
by Geoff on Apr 10, 2010 Vehicle: 1997 Audi A8 4dr Sedan
I bought mine used in 2002, have driven it 80,000 miles since. Build quality, handling, performance are great. Many small things have failed though, and at 170K miles it's on its third transmission (!). No other mechanical issues though. The engine is fantastic, still tight and strong and using no oil. I've driven the 4.2 AWD models as well, and I have to say I prefer the handling of my FWD 3.7 model. Weight is only 3600 lbs, about the same as a Subaru WRX. The 3.7 seems to have virtually disappeared from the roads now, though. At current rock-bottom prices these are a stupendous bargain.
by jojo mojo on Dec 20, 2006 Vehicle: 1997 Audi A8 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD
I purchased a used '97 Quattro with all extras - winter, hot weather and convenience packages. On top of that the Nav system is upgraded to the Euro version with a big screen in the center console, as well as 3 10" subs in the trunk. All I need is a Phatnoise MP3 player in place of the CD changer, and a fridge, and I can live in this car. :)) Learn how to do small repairs and you'll avoid the dealer charges. I just replaced valve cover gasket myself - $60 for parts (not from the dealer - plenty websites sell original parts) and two hours because I took my time. I change my oil, brakes, sparkplugs, and other simple maintenance!
by KD on Aug 5, 2006 Vehicle: 1997 Audi A8 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD
I purchased this car new. I feel it is an AWESOME car, the experience to have this car will stay in my memory forever. I LOVE the way it drives, very powerful and solid, can move QUICKLY when needed and beautiful inside and out! I can't imagine driving another car!
by Rodney Hager on Jul 21, 2005 Vehicle: 1997 Audi A8 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD
We own an A8 after a long series of Audi's. This car is crap. Electronics are a total failure, Audi knows the transmissions are defective but won't do anything, both windshields cracked, coolant and fuel lines had to be replaced, the heater and AC are terrible; this is the 3rd week of AC repairs at large cost, the sun roof leaks, and the overall quality is terrible... not as good as a cheap Fiat. It is not surprising Audi can't be reached by email. Many dealers refuse to sell 1997 A8's. Keep your eyes open, you'll see lots of newer ones broken down. A8s are crap!
by 0977q345 on Jun 10, 2004 Vehicle: 1997 Audi A8 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD
This is really the finest of cars. I
love the performance, comfort, and
driving characteristics. The only issue
is the exorbinate price of repairs.
Driven entirely by Audi's excessive
prices. The screw in replacement
antenna cost over $150 (dealer is only
place to get part).
You will love the car, but expect to pay
($$$) for that love!
Audi revolutionizes luxury sedan construction with the Audi Space Frame, which employs seven new aircraft-grade aluminum alloys to lighten weight and provide a tighter, more crashworthy structure. The new A8 is also the first passenger car equipped with six airbags. The usual accoutrements associated with a premium German sedan are all in place.