by shogunfc on Mar 7, 2013 Vehicle: 2001 Audi S8 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.2L 8cyl 5A)
I had many German cars.4 Mercedes,3 BMW, 2 VW,1 Audi and 2 Lexus.I sold my 2006 Audi A8L, to buy a very low mileage 2001 Audi S8. I felt in love with this car, since the first day I saw it, many years ago.The newer A8L is bigger and more luxurious than the older S8, but the S8 gives me a lot of pleasure to drive. It is fast, fun and reliable. I use to get tired of my cars after 6 months. Not this one ! I will keep it for a very long time. The engine on this cars is bulletproof. The main problem they have is the transmission. Most likely it will need a new one, between 120k - 180k. By the way, most cars need a new tranny at that time. It is a timeless masterpiece. My favorite car ever. Icon
by ioannistx on Aug 17, 2012 Vehicle: 2001 Audi S8 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.2L 8cyl 5A)
The S8 was an over-engineered vehicle by Audi.
This has been, hands down, the most reliable, most value-for-the-buck Audi I've ever owned.
It's virtually impossible to make the decision to trade it in for a $10k-$12k downpayment for a...mid-size sedan of any type!
Amazing build quality, power (even 11 years since first rolled out), comfort, and passive/active safety.
My 2001 S8 has 75K miles, and I intent to keep it until it reaches into the 100Ks...
by Pigman on Oct 17, 2010 Vehicle: 2001 Audi S8 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.2L 8cyl 5A)
This German car is for drivers; people who love to drive. Of any car I have ever owned this is the one I would pick if I had to drive across the country. It reminds me of an NFL linebacker, big, swift, powerful and nimble all at the same time. I originally purchased it with 92000 miles. It now has 140000 and all I have replaced is tires, idler pulley and serpentine belt and fuel pump. I use 0W40 synthetic oil in it. My wife is now driving it and has fallen in love. She says that it spoils you as you start rating all cars against it, which is unfair. Only 531 imported into us in 2001-2003. It is a German muscle machine made for drivers. DOT governed at 155 mph. (too bad)
The S8 is Audi's new high-performance version of the flagship A8. It's armed with more horsepower, a stiffer suspension and more powerful brakes. As with other 2001 A8s, the 2001 S8 has the Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP) and the new multifunctional steering wheel as standard equipment.