2012 Audi A8 Long Term Road Test


2012 Audi A8L: Service Due!

January 16, 2012

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We knew this was going to happen. We knew when the A8 hit 5,000 miles it would be due for its first oil change. We knew it would happen and we had a plan.

Turns out we had a bad plan.

"When we get to Kansas City," we thought. "We'll just call the local Audi dealer and zip in for a quick oil change."

Yeah well. When we got to KC we called. But the service advisor on the phone said the procedure on the A8 would take two and half hours. We were shocked.

"Really?" we said to him. "What would take so long? It's just an oil change."

The man told us there was an abundance of undercar shielding that needed to be removed and other general complications. We cried bull, but he insisted that was the deal.

We didn't have that kind of time. We needed to be in Detroit early the next day for auto show business. More importantly we had an appointment with some quality bbq in St. Louis that night.

We passed. Don't tell Audi, but we didn't have much choice. We would just have to get the oil changed back in Santa Monica the following week. Yes, after 3,500 more miles of driving.

And it will finally happen tomorrow morning. We have an appointment at Santa Monica Audi at 9:30.

We'll let you know how it goes.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 8,538 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2012 Audi A8 in VA is:

$165 per month*
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