2006 Audi A8 L 4.2L gas from North America
The Audi A8L is a 5 person luxury private jet
Headlight DRL bulbs. Prior owner installed 1156 28W in a 21W rated holder, which required new wiring due to insulation becoming brittle. Probably would have been okay, but I tried to install LED 1156 with resistors, only to find the resistors heat up to 335F, so I removed everything to find cracking wire insulation. Don't mess with perfection, and don't be tempted to upgrade your lights to LED - this year doesn't jive with it. Be happy with Xenon.
I refer to the car as my private jet. It has a Beechcraft private business jet quality interior, and it really doesn't matter what is going on with the weather, the AWD has you covered. A/C is chilly (I'm writing in south Florida for August), the stereo is great, braking is supreme, and most of the maintenance is pretty easy - you can put fingers directly on 7 of the 8 plugs, and the airbox is 6-7 phillips screws to remove and 3 minutes later you are on #8. Coils are standard and like $25 each. Plugs are $6-13 each for premium, and air filters are readily available.
The timing belt is extensive for the 40 interference valves, but judging from another Passat with a timing chain that failed at 70K from a collapsed hydraulic chain tensioner, I'd rather have a belt for timing. Plus, a belt is easier on the head parts. Oonce the front bumper/radiator/condensor/grill are removed, then the belt and spring tensioner are owner replaceable with tools you can rent if you are a reasonable mechanic.
The prior owner was $110K deep in this car and it shows. I love it. It still looks like new, because someone with the rub keeps this level of investment in the shade and babies it. They protect your investment.
Driving - the dynamic mode rules the highway, because it lowers another 1-2" over 75mph and it really grips then. With the L the car looks more like an executive presence than most anything else on the road. Air cooled seats, with massage, and/or heat and like 10 ways to adjust; you don't want to get out. I find myself driving under the speed limit to enjoy more time being in the car and radio, LOL. Two friends that are current Merc owners (S55 and SUV) tell me they want out of the Merc and into an Audi. Audi has thought everything through on this model.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th September, 2015
24th Sep 2015, 14:40
How did the prior owner get "$110K deep" on a car whose sticker price when new was only about $70K??
24th Sep 2015, 20:28
I pulled that off by simply checking the word Calloway on my Corvette. There's a great place in Willow Grove Pa to drop off your Audi for very nice performance upgrades. Upgrades are only limited by your wallet!
18th Dec 2016, 16:49
I'm surprised about the belt comment. Does the Audi 4.2 have a timing chain? Also a monster to service, with engine removal required and a $10000 service bill, so I've heard.
19th Dec 2016, 09:00
Can't be right - a Ferrari costs $3K to service.