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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 suspension upgrades.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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40 of 54 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 21 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



12 of 12 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.



5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Love hate relationship

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

Most of the reliability issues owners have experienced are electronic problems. Interestingly, I have had major mechanical issues - transmission, suspension, cooling system and more. All these problems started right around 51K miles, just out of warranty! So far I have spent over $6,000 in repairs. About $4,500 of that is parts, because you won't find aftermarket parts for this car. If you are reading this review you are probably considering purchasing a used 2004. My best advice would be to get the best extended warranty you can. Get a warranty that has "stated exclusions" only, so you know exactly what will not be covered. With all that said, I really do love driving the car!



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Great car but...

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

I traded a 2001 BMW 740iL for the A8L. The car seems great but less than 3 weeks after I bought it, it was in the shop for a system failure and the entire dashboard display has to be replaced plus several other items. Check the service history. I was told by the tech that the '04s are "just temperamental". If you can, hold out for a 2006/07 Get a CPO and still under Audi warranty or you will be in big trouble. Gas mileage seem very poor.




Just a great car

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

A dream car. Excellent pick up, great MMI, really simple to use, very few steps to do anything important (i.e. radio, heated seats etc.). Spacious like you wouldn't believe. Great handling, fun to drive. Highly recommended, but you do have to expect issues when you buy German.



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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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
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  • 22
  • highway
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