2004 Audi A8 Consumer Review: A pleasure to drive, nightmare

2004 Audi A8 - Consumer Review

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L quattro Sedan (4.2L V8 AWD 6-speed Automatic)

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7 of 10 people found this review helpful
A pleasure to drive, nightmare to own
By Gary Lee on


2004 Audi A8 L quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)


This is a beautiful car and a sheer joy to drive and ride in -- but you don't want to own one! (unless you REALLY like visiting your dealer) This is my 8th Audi -- and my last. It spent over three months in the shop in the first year. Alarm system, MMI, running down the battery, trunk closer bent the trunk lid (Audi said it couldn't happen and wouldn't replace), starter module, air bags failed (twice), transmission. Audi wouldn't own up to any problems...until it died on the dealership floor. They had a fix for a problem that doesn't exist, but it didn't work. Won't take the car back (it's "cheaper for them to keep fixing it.") Three trips to dealer this month. Sound like fun????

Best Features

Fantastic room, quiet, great looks, everything is where it should be and beautifully designed, quattro.

Worst Features

Reliability, quality, and stand behind the car.
Recommend (7) (3)

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