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Total Disaster
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By Russell Bobo
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2005 Audi A8 L W12 quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (6.0L 12cyl 6A)


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We had 2 Audi A6s prior to this new A8L. The A6s were great, so we thought the new A8L would be fabulous. Boy were we wrong. The car has been in the shop 19 times in the last 22 months. It spent the whole month of December 2006 in the shop with the MMI system. It seems to have an electrical gremlin that appears every 2000 miles or 6 weeks, whichever comes first. It has been towed to the dealship twice because it would not crank at all. Audi A8 customer care has not been a big help either. Without a doubt the worst car experience we have ever had.


Best Features

Comfort.


Worst Features

Scrap the MMI and start all over. Car has too many computer enhanced features to be reliable.


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Outstanding A8L
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By William H. Malone II
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2005 Audi A8 L quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)


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This my second A8 experience. The first is a 2000 A8 that now has 122000 flawless miles. This is the reason that we purchased the 2005 A8L. Best vehicle that I have ever owned. Outstanding in ALL areas and a complete pleasure to drive. You can keep the BMWs and Mercs. No contest. Audi understands and understates their cars. The car speaks for itself. It shouts 'OUTSTANDING' as it passes everything on the road.


Best Features

The complete package. Especially the suspension adjustments.


Worst Features

The A8Ls should all have 19" wheel / tires packages as standard.


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Finally a competitor to big Germans
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By nick
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2005 Audi A8 L quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)


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Gorgeous body, fit and finish. Impressive looks, great engine, agile, stately, big but easy to drive like a midsize sedan. Few flaws however: CD changer in the glove compartment must go, bad location for cup holders, short lived original equipment tires (Continental CH95), problems with automated trunk, immediately after purchase navigation upgrade was issued for $299 (should be covered at least for a year or upgraded with a discount).


Best Features

Looks, engine, air suspension, performance, comfort.


Worst Features

Use better tires (18" 255/45 Continentals CH95, too soft, gone by 12000 miles without agressive driving), problems with trunk, bad location for cup holders (next to shifter, if water bottle in place, can not easily reach for the shifter), CD changer in the glove compartment is very impractical.


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A luxury sedan wannabe
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By ggill
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2005 Audi A8 L quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)


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I've had problems with this car ever since it was delivered. Immediately had a problem with the instrument cluster. Outside temp read below zero, so a/c would not work. Transmission noise required 10 days in shop to fix. Had several recalls. Now electronic controls (MMI) don't work. Although still under warranty, Audi wants me to pay, so they can pull and inspect unit before covering. If you call their customer service center in Michigan, be prepared for a long wait before you can speak with an "advocate", and expect a poor result. I'm buying a Lexus 460, and pity whoever buys my used Audi.


Best Features

Great road car. Excellent handling and ride. Good road mileage, but absolutely terrible stop and go mileage (under 10 mpg). Because of back head rests and pillar placement, visibility is not good.


Worst Features

Electronics need a drastic overhaul. Initial quality has to be improved in numerous areas. Visibility issues cannot be completely resolved, but drop down rear headrests would be a start. A minor thing, but the chrome strip on the dash reflects into the side view mirrors, which is annoying.


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Best sedan yet
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By The2thmover
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2005 Audi A8 L quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)


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After 2 Mercedes, and 1 BMW I can easily say this is my favorite sedan I have owned. After one year of ownership I can say that reliability has easily exceeded that of Mercedes with no issues to report. It plays up to the "driver's car" side of me without being as unforgiving as the BMW. Fit, finish, and quality of interior matierials are remarkable. Every car has quirks, but the quirks with this one are either petty or livable. An outstanding automotive value.


Best Features

Stlye/elegance and relative rarity on the road.


Worst Features

CD changer placement, MP3 player input.


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