1997 Audi A8 4.2 Liter
Do not buy this car if you are on a budget. The transmission on this car for the year indicated (and from what I read, years around it) is totally horrid. So much for vaunted German engineering.
The addition problem, in my opinion, is that Audi in general, and the dealers, turn a blind eye to a massive problem with their transmissions. These cars are expensive, and you don't expect a massive problem with quality, that seems to be totally ignored by the company. Shame on you.
Great car with poorly designed and or built transmissions, that will ruin you financially.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 26th November, 2010
If you're on a budget, you shouldn't buy an expensive luxury car to begin with.
If you work on your own car, I find most European cars about the same price to repair in the long run.
As far as the transmission goes, a good independent Audi shop knows all about the trans problems. They have come to the point now, a rebuilt transmission will last for a very long time. You will pay 2-4k, depending how bad things got.
Considering what you pay now days for a used A8, they can be a real bargain. So you drop 3k and another 2k-3k for a transmission. You will not find a nicer car for only $5,000, give or take.
I also feel they look better than the newer Audi's. I'm not digging the newer look of Audi.
So rich people should buy unreliable junk because they can afford to fix it? If the car is poorly engineered, then no one -- rich or poor -- should buy it. Nobody who got rich by their own hard work is going to accept a car that blows its transmission every 40k.
All I was saying, was some good Audi shops have improved the life of the trans. I think they use rebuild kits from the 2000+ A8's. A lot of shops from what I've heard will throw in a used trans.
I'm not rich or pretend to be. I'm just a Audi nut. You don't have to be rich to enjoy Audi's. Unless you don't like to get your hands dirty. BMW 740i's use almost the same ZF transmission, and they blow out just the same, but they don't seem to make such a big deal about it. A8's are cheap to buy, but I think the wrong people are buying them. Yes, you will have to put money into them and parts are a little over priced. It's a 16 year old, 75k when new Audi. Things are going to crap out. That's just life.
Sorry, I was responding to the 1st comment. Not yours.