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Finally a competitor to big Germans
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By nick
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2005 Audi A8 Sedan L quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)


Review

Gorgeous body, fit and finish. Impressive looks, great engine, agile, stately, big but easy to drive like a midsize sedan. Few flaws however: CD changer in the glove compartment must go, bad location for cup holders, short lived original equipment tires (Continental CH95), problems with automated trunk, immediately after purchase navigation upgrade was issued for $299 (should be covered at least for a year or upgraded with a discount).


Favorite Features

Looks, engine, air suspension, performance, comfort.


Suggested Improvements

Use better tires (18" 255/45 Continentals CH95, too soft, gone by 12000 miles without agressive driving), problems with trunk, bad location for cup holders (next to shifter, if water bottle in place, can not easily reach for the shifter), CD changer in the glove compartment is very impractical.


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A luxury sedan wannabe
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By ggill
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2005 Audi A8 Sedan L quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)


Review

I've had problems with this car ever since it was delivered. Immediately had a problem with the instrument cluster. Outside temp read below zero, so a/c would not work. Transmission noise required 10 days in shop to fix. Had several recalls. Now electronic controls (MMI) don't work. Although still under warranty, Audi wants me to pay, so they can pull and inspect unit before covering. If you call their customer service center in Michigan, be prepared for a long wait before you can speak with an "advocate", and expect a poor result. I'm buying a Lexus 460, and pity whoever buys my used Audi.


Favorite Features

Great road car. Excellent handling and ride. Good road mileage, but absolutely terrible stop and go mileage (under 10 mpg). Because of back head rests and pillar placement, visibility is not good.


Suggested Improvements

Electronics need a drastic overhaul. Initial quality has to be improved in numerous areas. Visibility issues cannot be completely resolved, but drop down rear headrests would be a start. A minor thing, but the chrome strip on the dash reflects into the side view mirrors, which is annoying.


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Best sedan yet
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By The2thmover
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2005 Audi A8 Sedan L quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)


Review

After 2 Mercedes, and 1 BMW I can easily say this is my favorite sedan I have owned. After one year of ownership I can say that reliability has easily exceeded that of Mercedes with no issues to report. It plays up to the "driver's car" side of me without being as unforgiving as the BMW. Fit, finish, and quality of interior matierials are remarkable. Every car has quirks, but the quirks with this one are either petty or livable. An outstanding automotive value.


Favorite Features

Stlye/elegance and relative rarity on the road.


Suggested Improvements

CD changer placement, MP3 player input.


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A8 L Perfection
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Tony C
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2005 Audi A8 Sedan L quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)


Review

Owned other luxury cars and there is NOTHING like my Audi. I DEFINITELY will trade for another. My gas mileage exceeds 24 MPG on highway and 18 city. The highlight is Tiptronic transmission and all wheel drive. An absolute pleasure in the winter. Believe me the car doesn't know the difference between summer driving and winter roads. Try one you will fall in love.


Favorite Features

All wheel drive, gas mileage, Tiptronic trans, ride


Suggested Improvements

GPS could be more detailed and a touch screen addition would be great. Analog telephone service is a low spot. Oh yes the mirror control switch feels like weak plastic. Actually feels out of place with all of the fine interior appointments.


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audia8
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By audia8
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2005 Audi A8 Sedan quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)


Review

An all round excellent vehicle. All the safety & comfort features you could want built into a performance vehicle. Quality craftsmanship & outstanding audi services. If you're looking for the safety & comfort of an S-class, but want the performance of a 700 series, then your only choice is an A8.


Favorite Features

All wheel drive, adjustable suspension, the drive, interior design


Suggested Improvements

Simplify navigation


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