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2004 Audi A8 Sedan

 
 

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Audi A8 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.2 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 330 hp @ 6500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/22 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation Yes
  • Heated Seats Yes
 

Review of the 2004 Audi A8

  • This fast and comfortable premium luxury sedan easily holds its own against more expensive competitors.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Performance, passenger space, exquisite interior, standard all-wheel drive.

  • Cons

    Shorter-wheelbase version not offered in the states, CD changer mounted in glovebox.

  • What's New for 2004

    Audi's flagship is completely revamped and sports a lighter chassis, more powerful V8 and a treasure trove of comfort, safety and…

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (91 total reviews)

35 of 44 people found this review helpful

Heartache/headache

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Vehicle: 2004 Audi A8 L quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)

This car is so comfortable we call it the sofa. It has,however, been a maintenance nightmare. It is constantly in the shop and dealers in northern California uniformly provide lousy but expensive service. When the heater failed while in Minnesota on a winter trip, the dealer groaned when he saw it was a 2004. Nothing but headaches, he told me. Tons of electrical problems to start with, then the list gets mechanical.



4 of 20 people found this review helpful

A lot of car for

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Vehicle: 2004 Audi A8 L quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)

About 3 months ago I bought a 2004 A8L with 70K miles (black on beige) for $16K. I gave my BMW 530i in trade. At the beginning I missed the sportiness of the Bimmer but after a while I got used to it. Considering the fact that the car is a lot bigger and heavier than the Bimmer it is understandable that it doesnÂ’t sprint. My A8L has lots of gadgets that my Bimmer did not have. A few days ago I put 19 inch OEM wheels + new summer tires on it, man, it rocks now. I used to be a Bimmer fanatic and was looking for a 750Li for a while but after driving this car I am reconsidering. So far knock on wood have not had any mechanical issues with it. It is a lot of car for the money and very much fun to



11 of 11 people found this review helpful

Expensive unreliability

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Vehicle: 2004 Audi A8 L quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)

We expected Audi quality and attn to customer service when we purchased this vehicle. Our experience has been terrible. Mechanical car repairs since 80,000KM have exceeded $7,500. Examples of necessary repairs are, replacing starter cost $992.16, dysfunctional remote which has had batteries replaced 5 times. Four upper control link bushings cost $1130.53, breather valve atop manifold cost $240.81. Decarbonization of air intake system cost $216.57. And the car stopped functioning on HWY 81 last night requiring towing, stranding us in Wilkes Barre, Penn and now requiring replacement of the mass air flow sensor cost unknown. It apparently was also misfiring on some cylinders.



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
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  • 22
  • highway
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Full 2004 Audi A8 Review

What's New for 2004

Audi's flagship is completely revamped and sports a lighter chassis, more powerful V8 and a treasure trove of comfort, safety and suspension upgrades.

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