2004 Audi A8 Quattro 4.3 petrol V8 from UK and Ireland

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.

23rd Jun 2018, 13:42

Thanks for the updates. These are good cars. Expensive though. I'd be wary of going to a dealer - an independent specialist might be cheaper for your suspension and other things. Let us know how you get on.

23rd Jun 2018, 22:37

Wish you many, many more enjoyable miles in your car.

Re: the suspension needing calibration - mechanically (engine, gearbox) that car should be fine if well-maintained and not abused. But the rest of the car, being the flagship, will have a lot of equipment that are complexities, like any air suspension systems, and these little things can fail. But it is on par with similar vehicles - any Mercedes S-class (post JR Ewing's), BMW 7-Series (from the Bangle era onwards), or a Range Rover. Many of these little things that fail are not likely to debilitate the car, but it may annoy you that it isn't working or not functioning correctly.

2004 Audi A8 4.2 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

A fantastic bit of kit

Faults:

Needed a new coolant temperature sensor.

General Comments:

Beautifully built luxury exec car that allows you to cross huge distances in total comfort. For me, it is practically a mobile office.

The keyless entry and finger print recognition are a particularly nice function.

The steering is solid and direct, but does not have the feel of a BMW. It is worth playing around with the tyre pressures, particularly on the fronts as that improves handling no end. The paddle-shift also make it good fun on an A road.

Petrol consumption is high. I'm averaging 21.4 at the moment. I can get about 26 on a motorway run, but that is the absolute best I've had. I'm thinking of LPGing it to make it more affordable.

The build quality is great, and the MMI system works well, as does the SATNAV.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th December, 2010