All-wheel-drive security, sophisticated engine and structural design, highly detailed interior, spacious trunk, costs less than its German competitors.
Overly soft suspension, small LCD screen paired with outdated CD-based nav system, plain styling.
A redesigned A8 is coming for the 2004 model year, so 2003 changes are minimal. Premium packages for both the A8 and A8 L now include the navigation system, parking assist system, tire pressure monitoring system and 17-inch wheels with 225/55R17 all-season tires. In addition, this year only the A8 L will be eligible for the optional 18-inch wheels and 245/45R18 performance tires.
Audi's flagship isn't a top performer in the super-luxury sedan segment, but its advanced space frame design and all-wheel drive make it an interesting alternative. Consider waiting for the 2004 redesign.
Cost to DriveCost to drive estimates for the 2003 Audi A8 L quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 5A) and comparison vehicles are based on 15,000 miles per year (with a mix of 55% city and 45% highway driving) and energy estimates of $4.53 per gallon for premium unleaded in Virginia.
Monthly estimates based on costs in Virginia
A8 L quattro
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Read what other owners think about the Used 2003 Audi A8 Sedan.
This is my fourth Audi, my second A8, this time an A8L with most of the options. Best automobile I have ever owned and operated. Quiet, sure-footed, solid vehicle that pampers the occupants in sumptuous surroundings. Contrary to some reviews, I find this car to be quite economical regarding gas consumption as I am getting between 34 and 37 mpg cruising at 60 mph (100 kmh). City mileage … around 20 mpg. At 44000 km (27000 mi) changed tires for Michelin Pilot A/S. Any complaints about rough ride and road noise evaporated with the new rubber.
4.38 out of 5 stars
The 740i's & S430's serious alternative
quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 5A)
The A8 has provided me thus far with
remarkable agility and comfort for a
high class sedan. It has given me a
unique alternative to its brethren at
Mercedes Benz and BMW, a package
that offers indivudual styling, the
confidence of quattro, and a very
stylish and yet conservative-minded
atmosphere in the cabin.
2.5 out of 5 stars
Please do not buy this Audi!
Do not like my Audi,01/16/2008
L quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 5A)
I bought the Audi A8L about 14-15 months ago. It STINKS. I am actually going to sell it. One thing after another breaks. Two Audi places cannot figure out what's wrong with the sensors that monitor the tire pressure. The window regulator broke, the adjustable headrests broke on 2 seats, the adjustable lumbar support broke on 2 seats, and MORE. The car is not reliable. The driver … controls are NOT well thought out. The NAV STINKS, none of the controls are self explanatory, you cannot see the display with polarized glasses on if you are in the driver's seat. The speakers are not that good, the responsiveness is not good, and gas mileage is BAD. I could go on!
3.25 out of 5 stars
Unhappy A8L Owner
L quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 5A)
This vehicle has been in the shop 3
times since I leased it on 2/1/03 for
various problems. The tire pressure
warning light came on the very first
day I had the car (tire pressure
sensors were ultimately replaced). The
fuel gage was faulty and I ran out of
gas while the gage read 1/3 tank full
("fuel gage sender" was ultimately
replaced). The check engine light came …
on the very next day after having
picked up the car from the shop the
second time. It would not hold an idle
and died unless I kept my foot on the
gas ("instrument cluster" was
replaced). The navigation system
shorted ("navigation cd assembly" was
The Used 2003 Audi A8 Sedan is offered in the following styles: L quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 5A), and quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 5A).
The Used 2003 Audi A8 Sedan comes with all wheel drive.
Available transmissions include: 5-speed shiftable automatic.
The Used 2003 Audi A8 Sedan comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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