12th Dec 2018, 11:24
Original poster here - I've just completed 10k miles since I fixed the suspension. Not a single problem since. The car is used as a motorway train AND a mild off-roader looking after our horses.
Devastatingly comfortable even after a long day in the saddle. Surprisingly economical on a run too, where I get 600 miles to a motorway tankful, at 31 MPG.
Lovely engine whispers, thrums and bellows depending how hard you press the throttle.
Still handsome, and the styling hasn't aged a day.
I seem to be a lucky one, as some owners encounter lots of small problems. Perhaps the hard use mine gets is a reliability benefit?
Keeping this for a while now.
18th Jan 2019, 10:01
Original poster here - Just covered my 13,000th mile in my A8.
Just booked in to have a couple of repairs done: a rear wheel bearing, and a washer pump. It's been really reliable, and more important, a wonderful travelling companion.
It doesn't FEEL like one of the great limousines to be fair. More like a big, top of the range Passat. All the tricks and capabilities are there, but the ambiance is cheekier than a limo. An S Class is unsmiling and businesslike while the A8 feels like a giant coupe.
The engine is a delight, with power everywhere and a melodious 7k redline if gunned.
Economy is awful round town, but surprisingly great on long runs. The styling hasn't aged a day either. No rust or failures.
Pretty happy so far. Find a nice one, and enjoy.
18th Jan 2019, 20:30
I had a 2004 Honda Accord 2 litre petrol estate. Averaged 30 to 34 MPG, went through light bulbs, trashed disk pads (until a faulty brake hose pipe diagnosed). I think you've done really well and hope the car gives you many years of service. That V8 must be awesome.
31st Jan 2019, 13:26
Cheers pal! I appreciate it!
Yeah the V8's sweet. Just a woofle when commuting, but a bellow at 7000 RPM :)
18th Mar 2019, 09:17
Original poster here -
A8s been just wondrous. Up to 19k miles on my watch now and only service items have needed replacing.
Sadly I find myself with two dogs, somewhat unexpectedly, and I need an estate.
The old girl is in for a service and MOT tomorrow, then I'll put her up for sale.
Loved just about every minute of my year with this beauty.