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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.


Best 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.


Best 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.


Worst Features

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.


Best 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).


Worst Features

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.


Best 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.


Worst Features

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.


Worst Features

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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