2004 Audi A8 Quattro 4.3 petrol V8

Summary:

Subtle and individual luxury beast

Faults:

Only collected a couple of days ago, so nothing.

I messed about with the onboard suspension adjustment which caused a warning light to come on. After switching off and leaving overnight, everything was reset and working normally.

General Comments:

14 years old, two owners and looks and drives as new. 47k miles, full Audi service history.

Huge car, handsome and understated like a hand cut suit. Extraordinary build quality. Incredibly comfortable seats and interior. Huge engine that grunts or wafts as desired. Adjustable suspension covers all bases from too soft, through perfect, sporty, and too hard.

Only downside is that the sat nav and phone integration are showing their age more than the rest of the car.

I am looking forward to many miles in this.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 11th June, 2018

22nd Jun 2018, 19:47

Original poster here: A week of high mileage - 1200 miles. What a car this is!

Completely untiring, airy, light, comfortable, and most importantly INTERESTING!

The engine whirrs in silence at 1500 revs at 75 mph, returning 34 MPG. Thrash it and the same engine bellows and snarls, hurtling this old German beast forwards. In "Dynamic" mode the ride is perfect for fast driving.

Just loving this car. One fly in the ointment - I discovered that the suspension needs recalibrating to prevent an intermittent warning light. Into an Audi main dealer next month to get resolved.

2006 Audi A8 Quattro Sport turbo diesel

Summary:

Wonderful to drive, and the best way to get top luxury motoring at minimum cost

Faults:

Nothing - just routine brake discs and pads.

General Comments:

This is the best car I have ever driven, and I have driven a lot. I bought it for £7000, so depreciation is tiny now, which offsets higher fuel costs (my previous car was a Toyota Prius). However, fuel consumption is not bad. It does 40 miles per gallon on a long run and the Prius only did 50 (despite what Toyota say). If you buy the right car at this age, it can still be very reliable, and this car gives very cheap luxury motoring.

I chose to refurbish the wheels when I got it, as the alloys were tarnished and I spent a bit on a few minor body blemishes. I have a full service history, and the car has never needed anything serious over its life. It actually drives better than some newer cars.

I particularly like the power, 4 wheel drive, electric heated sports seats, and the easy of using the telephone, CDs and sat nav.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st January, 2015

2nd Jan 2015, 08:52

I agree with this approach to buying a car. I bought a luxury coupe for 10% of its original price, and now that fuel costs have come down, it's not costing a fortune for me to run.

2nd Jan 2015, 12:53

I followed this approach with on an old Honda Accord with top spec (OK I know, not a real luxury car). I followed these rules:

- Look for a full service history.

- Choose a good brand of car.

- Look for a car with good brand tyres. If the previous owner neglected tyres, then what else was neglected?

- Not too many owners.

- How long did the last owner keep the car? If the previous owner kept it for less than two years, then why did they get rid of it?

- Keep some cash spare for consumables (tires, brakes + unforeseen costs e.g. I needed a minor electrical repair).

- Buy with your head, not your heart. There is never one perfect car, but loads to choose from.

It worked OK, I got a good car at 10% of the original price for 25K+ miles. Only problem, a minor car crash meant the insurance company just wrote it off before they looked at it.

3rd Jan 2015, 12:30

Absolutely, I bought a £70k Mercedes 1 owner car for 10% of that figure and it's really indistinguishable from new.