1999 Audi A8 Consumer Review: Deep pockets required

1999 Audi A8 Sedan - Consumer Review

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By nomoreaudi on


1999 Audi A8 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD


A beautiful car; smooth and quiet ride. Was looking forward to several years of ownership and driving pleasure. However, transmission trouble, numerous MIL error codes and gasket leaks generated enormous shop bills, (primarily the labor to diagnose problem & access components for servicing). There are few options for service outside of the dealer network. Yet, dealers and independent shops that specialize in German automobile service alike seemed puzzled by some of the issues this car presented. At purchase time, it looked like a bargain in comparison to the Lexus LS400. However, long term cost of ownership is outrageous. 1 year repair/maint. costs exceeded $7K with no end in sight.

Best Features

Timeless exterior styling; roomy, comfortable interior. Smoothest, quietest ride I've ever experienced. 300hp delivers awesome performance on highway. Fuel economy not bad for a car of this size/strength. AWD great in snow, though little clearance. A pleasure to drive, when it felt like running

Worst Features

Absolutely must improve on long term mechanical reliability. Can't hold a candle to Lexus in that regard. In fact, most American cars fare better mechanically at 80K miles. Parts hard to come by; too few service options. Don't need/want a car that spends ~20% of its time on a lift in the shop.
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