Audi's flagship isn't a top performer in the super-luxury sedan segment, but its advanced space frame design and all-wheel drive make it an interesting alternative. Consider waiting for the 2004 redesign.
by Do not like my Audi on Jan 16, 2008 Vehicle: 2003 Audi A8 L quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 5A)
I bought the Audi A8L about 14-15 months ago. It STINKS. I am actually going to sell it. One thing after another breaks. Two Audi places cannot figure out what's wrong with the sensors that monitor the tire pressure. The window regulator broke, the adjustable headrests broke on 2 seats, the adjustable lumbar support broke on 2 seats, and MORE. The car is not reliable. The driver controls are NOT well thought out. The NAV STINKS, none of the controls are self explanatory, you cannot see the display with polarized glasses on if you are in the driver's seat. The speakers are not that good, the responsiveness is not good, and gas mileage is BAD. I could go on!
by Fanning on Sep 8, 2006 Vehicle: 2003 Audi A8 L quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 5A)
This is my fourth Audi, my second A8, this time an A8L with most of the options. Best automobile I have ever owned and operated. Quiet, sure-footed, solid vehicle that pampers the occupants in sumptuous surroundings. Contrary to some reviews, I find this car to be quite economical regarding gas consumption as I am getting between 34 and 37 mpg cruising at 60 mph (100 kmh). City mileage around 20 mpg. At 44000 km (27000 mi) changed tires for Michelin Pilot A/S. Any complaints about rough ride and road noise evaporated with the new rubber.
by Gerald Krassner on Sep 22, 2004 Vehicle: 2003 Audi A8 L quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 5A)
To be in the big league price category
you need a reliable well riding
automobile. My A8L had brakes replaced
4 times in 50,000 miles. Navigation had
to be replaced. Tire pressuer monitor
never worked properly. I disconnected
it. The timing chain had to be replaced
at 51,000 miles. Noise level high, I
used to think a window was open. Still
do. Forget about the suspension, My
sons Civic takes the bumps better as
well as the curves.
A redesigned A8 is coming for the 2004 model year, so 2003 changes are minimal. Premium packages for both the A8 and A8 L now include the navigation system, parking assist system, tire pressure monitoring system and 17-inch wheels with 225/55R17 all-season tires. In addition, this year only the A8 L will be eligible for the optional 18-inch wheels and 245/45R18 performance tires.