1998 Audi A8 Quattro 2.5 TDI from Norway
Transmission MAJOR breakdown at 120000.
Transmission slipping and jerking 6 months later. Repaired twice.
Air condition not cooling.
All 4 brake discs renewed.
Air bag sensor faulty.
ABS control sensors replaced.
Battery renewed twice.
Cell phone not working.
Xenon light voltage regulator replaced.
Remote central locking will not always work.
Very comfortable car and a pleasure to drive when it is working OK.
Unfortunately repair costs are sky high.
Unreliable car, never know what will stop functioning next time. Will never buy a car like this again. Ever.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 23rd August, 2005
This author sounds unprepared and ill-suited for dealing with typical maintenance and repair costs for high-mileage high-end European or Japanese luxury cars. His experience sounds very much like my past experience dealing with my 1994 Mazda 929 and my 1994 BMW 740iL. I also own a 2002 Audi S8, but it has been virtually problem free thus far. If you want a used luxury car that will be virtually problem free for all of eternity, buy a Lexus, but do so knowing that those cars are expensive used car buys and are considered by many to lack the personality of European luxury performance cars. If you want something more exotic, such as the groundbreaking aluminum space frame and Quattro systems, then buy an A8, but be prepared to spend a considerable amount of money in upkeep for an older, high-mileage model.