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Fun To Drive but Unreliable
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By EricSF
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1998 Audi A8 4dr Sedan


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I've owned two A8s. One I bought new when the L version first came out in 2000 or 2001. It was a lemon so I sued Audi and got all my money back. I loved driving the car and thought this was an exception so I bought a precertified 1998 A8. Since then I have replaced millions of things. From the transmission (died at 86K) all the engine seals, all the suspension parts, oil cooler twice, fan, heater core (expensive!) etc. I still drive the car since I like it and it is cheaper than buying a new one since I don't like the current body style. I don't have a high opinion of build quality, but it is a great car and gas mileage is pretty good. Use the tiptronic for freeway driving 20% better economy.


Favorite Features

look, interior, handling, power


Suggested Improvements

Build it so something doesn't break every 2000 miles.


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Love my quattro A8
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By gail
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1998 Audi A8 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD


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Love my A8. It now has 180,000 miles and going strong, great on highway. Have kept up with maintenance schedule and it still runs and looks like new but my kids said to sell it for a new one as I have had the same car for 10 yrs. I will be buying another Audi.


Favorite Features

style, comfort


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Stef's A8
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By STEFAN SMIT
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1998 Audi A8 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD


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After owning numerous BMW's and driving a lot more other cars in the past twelve years, this car is a revelation. I never thought that an Audi will give me so much driving pleasure plus doing it in utmost comfort and style. It is certainly a very beautiful car.


Favorite Features

The styling. Also the Quattro drive system. Driver comfort is also a plus point, with that the rear seat comfort must also be mentioned. The excellent Bose sound system must also be mentioned.


Suggested Improvements

The car is ten years old so things like xenon lights and heated/ventilated seats wasn't standard features. Park distance control would have been nice to have.


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Quattro
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By Lambillotte
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1998 Audi A8 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD


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Well built and high roadability particularly in northern climates where the quattro really helps. Hardly any minor defects. Excellent fit and finish. Only drawback was that at 150,000 miles had several expensive repairs that were not routine maintenance including failure of the power windows, pulley bearing failures and computer controls failure.


Favorite Features

Traction and performance of the quattro AWD system is exceptional. A quiet, quiet ride (you can whisper in one on the highway and be heard by a passenger).


Suggested Improvements

More durability in some of the small features like the heated mirrors, power windows, retract motor for the sunroof.


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A8 for life
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By Steve
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1998 Audi A8 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD


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Yes I did buy a used A8 with 85k miles and started with tires, checkup, belts- waterpump-timing chains with my Audi machanic of 15 years. I started to drive 100+ miles daily and never stopped. This car needs to drive to stay fit and clean. If you do a lot of short trips and cannot open this beauty up on the highway then this is not the car for you. I now have 122k on my second year and other than a few pesky oil or water drips from the water pump side of the engine, the car is a 10. I drive fast (80-90+) when on the highway but city driving is also just fine. Good mileage in the 20-23 mpg depending on speed but the all around average is 21.


Favorite Features

The interior is perfect, seats firm and comfortable, controls are good and driver view is excellent. You feel very safe in all areas. The size feels smaller than it is large footprint. You could rent space in the trunk, enjoy the space and ski door.


Suggested Improvements

This year has a weak arm rest that is very expensive to repair. Engine compartment light would be nice and the trunk light is weak. The trans filter and oils needs to be changed every year. The 5 speed auto searches for a torquier gear while coasting. It needs attention but does not affect car.


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Poor visability and Arrogant Audi
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By norwind
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1998 Audi A8 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD


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Safety issues are my main complaints. An accident when I was run off the road into a 4'deep drainage ditch. $30,000s worth of damage and the passengers airbag fired with no passenger in the vehicle or anything on the passengers seat. Audi claims this is "normal" I do not think so a smart interlocked air bag is not a maybe situation. The external vision has far too many blind spots from tiny mirrors, large A and C pillers. In addition the rear seat head bolsters occupy about 30% of the usable visability when looking to the rear while backing up. The most important part of the rear window is the mid point down.


Suggested Improvements

Better exterior visability. Better brakes almost 150' 60-0 is outrageous for a car this expensive. Since MY2000 there have been improvements in both front and rear brakes. 1998 has single piston calipers and a solid 245 mm disc that's 10 mm thick.


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The Perfect Sleeper
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By svxit
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1998 Audi A8 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD


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This car is fast, comfortable, low-key and generally a joy to drive. For a car with a 300 hp v-8 and all-wheel drive, it has an unbelievable range on the highway. And because of the car's rarity, it's not nearly as likely to "walk off" (get stolen) as a Camry or Accord. Also, because these cars depreciated so heavily, they are a fantastic buy.


Favorite Features

Love the classy yet low-key looks that do not draw much attention. And the handling in bad weather is fantastic. A very comfortable car in which to doan 18-hour road trip. The car is a real continent crusher.


Suggested Improvements

The car leaks oil quite a bit, and it can be dear to maintain. Some of the maintenance bills have been almost eye watering.


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Audi Won My Heart with My 1st A6
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By Ric D
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1998 Audi A8 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD


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If you like nice, you'll love your Audi, whether you purchase the A4, A6 or A8. I have moved up the chain as my family and resources have grown. The Aluminum frame is what sold me. Only three other cars have done this.Ferrari, Lambroghini and The Acura NSX. The appointments leave nothing to be desired. If I had anything to say, the first would be the exterior design. I feel that have not made enough updates o change the lines with the times, but many people feel it is classic.


Favorite Features

The "Real" wood trim. even Mercedes uses fake wood in most of their cars. The Quattro makes you feel safe and secure on the road in less than desirable conditions.


Suggested Improvements

It needs larger wheels to improve its stance.


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Should be illegal in US
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By pjbrady
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1998 Audi A8 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD


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I've had this car since 2002 and it's amazing. FUN, FUN, FUN to drive for such a large car. The engine is so powerful, it should be illegal in the United States (I'm glad it's not). For a car of this size, the space frame makes it feel incredible light and nimble, but solid as a rock. I live in the mountains of Utah and the Quattro is a must have. I forsee myself buying A8's for many years to come.


Favorite Features

The power, fun-to-drive factor, responsiveness, interior, understated elegance.


Suggested Improvements

Audi service is THE WORST. They need to take some lessons from Lexus Dealers... and fast. It can't take 20 days to get a factory part from Germany in 2003!!!!!!!!! Try using Fed-Ex.


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Used A8 is great value
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By PaulP
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1998 Audi A8 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD


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I bought a Quattro A8 that had just come off a lease, and find that it is a great car. Two years later, I now have 96K miles on it with only a few minor electrical glitches (outside mirror motor). The quality and performance is superb.


Favorite Features

Ride and luxurious interior. The drivetrain is smooooooth. Quattro is like riding rails in bad weather.


Suggested Improvements

Parts can be expensive (limited production car), but shop the web for OEM parts at good prices.


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