1998 Audi A8 Consumer Review: Fun To Drive but Unreliable

1998 Audi A8 - Consumer Review

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Base Sedan (3.7L V8 5-speed Automatic)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Fun To Drive but Unreliable
By EricSF on


1998 Audi A8 4dr Sedan


I've owned two A8s. One I bought new when the L version first came out in 2000 or 2001. It was a lemon so I sued Audi and got all my money back. I loved driving the car and thought this was an exception so I bought a precertified 1998 A8. Since then I have replaced millions of things. From the transmission (died at 86K) all the engine seals, all the suspension parts, oil cooler twice, fan, heater core (expensive!) etc. I still drive the car since I like it and it is cheaper than buying a new one since I don't like the current body style. I don't have a high opinion of build quality, but it is a great car and gas mileage is pretty good. Use the tiptronic for freeway driving 20% better economy.

Best Features

look, interior, handling, power

Worst Features

Build it so something doesn't break every 2000 miles.
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