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Can It Really Get Any Better Than This?
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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By tinyelvis
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2009 Audi A8 L quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.2L 8cyl 6A)


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Purchased with 65k 3-12 and sprung 3k for extended warr that takes me to 115k or 2017. So far I have only been able to use warr for a water pump ($1300). Yes, it is expensive to maintain.
Every time I slide behind the wheel a sly grin creeps across my face. I've put 30+k on the odo, everything from Walmart trips to 600 mile East Coast jaunts through the mountains of PA and NY.
This car does everything superbly. Accelerating, steering and braking exude confidence at every moment. Interior gauges, controls and ergonomics are perfect. Headlamps and cornering lamps are absolutely outstanding.
My son just got his license, and I sat in back for essentially the first time. What a lot of room!

**Final Update**

Repair trips to the dealer became onerous....it was always $1500 for this and $1500 for that. Finally traded it in for a 2014 Cadillac CTS4 Performance, The Caddy is a bit smaller but carries itself with 90% of the Big Audi's capability. Unless I hit the lottery, I'm sure the Audi will be the finest car I've owned since I started driving in 1973 and have owned well over 30 vehicles.


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Best of the lot
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Charlie
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2009 Audi A8 L quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.2L 8cyl 6A)


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Drives exceptionally well for a big car. More stable and faster than my Infiniti M35X. Beautifully crafted and actually gets better mpg than the 6 cyl Infiniti. Comfort features are better than Infiniti and Acura. This car is meant to be driven long and hard (fast). After my Lexus, Acura and Infiniti, I was a bit scared to go to Audi, but now I look forward to my next excuse to drive. A true luxury car that responds to sporty driving with ease. Best road handling I've had, including some smaller sportier cars.


Best Features

Heated/Air conditioned seats far superior to Infiniti. Adaptive cruise control is smoother than Infiniti. Power and handling make this a superior pleasure to drive. Adaptive suspension is wonderful!


Worst Features

Typical European non-intuitive functions on electronics, turning counterclockwise for up. Voice command must be learned and/or taught to the car and are not common terms. Really big mid-car pillar makes looking over your left shoulder a real trial.


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Quiet and solid
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By jrh332
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2009 Audi A8 L quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.2L 8cyl 6A)


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Traded in a 2007 A8 with sport package for 2009 A8L. Miss the looks of the 20" wheels on 07 but passengers like the back seat better and the 09 19" wheels are easier to clean. Solid 24 mpg highway at 75 mph cruise. 15-16 mpg around town. Great cars and get a lot of positive comments from strangers about what a beautiful car. Quiet and solid. Can't imagine it getting much better than this.


Best Features

Side assist works the blind spots well. Front seats with heat, air and massage are truly wonderful. Front/rear park assist and rear camera make parking a breeze. Air suspension and the way the car squats at highway speed for better aerodynamics/handling is fantastic. Great brakes too.


Worst Features

None.


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Engine management
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By joe
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2009 Audi A8 L quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.2L 8cyl 6A)


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Replaced an identical 06 with this vehicle. I am having problems with the engine management of the new car. Idles rough hesitant upon acceleration and downshifts with surges unexpectedly.


Best Features

Vibrating and ventilated seats are extremely comfortable.


Worst Features

Need improvements in the drivetrain.


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A8L Great Car
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By cwkcpa
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2009 Audi A8 L quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.2L 8cyl 6A)


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This is my third A8 after coming out of a 2007 Q7 4.2. The Q was great also, but this new A8L is terrific. Audi has continued to refine the car and it handles and drives like a much smaller car. I have also had several Mercedes large sedans and the A8 is just as good or maybe better without being so obvious on the road. Great car.


Best Features

Comfort and conveniences are everywhere


Worst Features

Separate switch for driving lights like the A5 has.


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