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Old 10-20-2013, 05:05 PM   #1
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First post. Not many of either of these in the Seattle area. I have a 01 S8 with 112k and all major issues recently dealt with including timing belt and water pump along with other belts and fluids. I also have a 08 S6 with only 48k which of course will need all the major things done in 30 to 40k. It looks like the mpg are close even though the 01 S* is a V8 and the 08 S6 is a V10. I expect them both to handle very well. The S6 looks better due to the year, but is there anything else I should consider? Is there a real winner here? S6 is going for 29700 and the S8 is 9995. If they are close in your minds, performance wise, then I'll just the money and go with the S8. If everyone thinks the S6 is a ton better, then I will seriously consider it. Won't be able to test drive the S8 until the very last minute so I am hoping to get an opinion from you guys to either wait for the S8 or just go for the S6. Thanks in advance!

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The ad says it (S8) shifts smoothly with no issues. Here's the link to it: http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/cto/4123121777.html

Now there's another pick just down the street from me, a 2004 A8. I think I would prefer the sportier S8, but having never driven an Audi before, I don't know how much better the S8 would be vs S6 with V10, and now the A8. The ad above for the S8 sounds good with clean title and all, and when I contacted him regarding proof for all work completed, he says he has the receipts and did the work himself. This is fine with me as I do all work myself too and a skipped tooth on the timing belt shouldn't sound or perform well.

My wife is now leaning towards the A8 down the street, from a stealership that wants 14900, with 105k miles. I still have to call them to find out about the status of the title and if the timing belt was done. Assuming the latter was done based on miles, but you never know. Thanks for the quick reply.

So in summary the current choices are:
1. 2001 S8 with 110k miles and recent timing belt and water pump
2. 2006 S6 with 42k miles and V10 engine
3. 2004 A8 with 105k and unknown title and timing belt status for now.
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So in summary the current choices are:
1. 2001 S8 with 110k miles and recent timing belt and water pump
2. 2006 S6 with 42k miles and V10 engine
3. 2004 A8 with 105k and unknown title and timing belt status for now.
1. Solid platform and most fixes are DIY; rock solid motor if maintained. I'm biased, but I think the D2 looks are timeless (still looks current unlike the BMWs and MBs of the same period) and the best bang for the buck out of the three choices.

2. Definitely the fastest of the bunch but not the best looking in my opinion; the FSI motors are prone to carbon buildup and thus performance related problems; however I haven't heard of too many problems with the V10, more the V8 FSI engines like in the RS4. I've considered the V10, but I'd have to have the S8.

3. 2004 A8 had many electrical problems (big $) but some have been lucky with that particular model year; I wouldn't touch a 2004 but would search for 2005 and newer. Make sure the air suspension is in order. The D3 is quite a good looking car as well; every time I see one (especially the L) my head turns.
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Many thanks for the guidance, particularly avoiding the 2004. I'll try and push for the S8. With that I would be able to walk away without a finance loan and hopefully no work. I did just find a very nice 2006 A8 with around 55k miles so maybe that one is better overall? Something tells me the S8 is still going to feel better even though it has some more miles on it. Thanks again!
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Just looking at the numbers (cost: S8 and $20,000 in the bank or S6 with $0 in the bank); the S8 is the choice.

If you were initially looking at an S8 or S6, it seems you wanted something exclusive and rare. I can only speak to the numbers around the D2 S8, but according to Audi Customer Care, only 1200 D2 S8s were imported to the US of A. Im guessing the limited import number is the same for the S6. Its common to see a D3 A8, a great looking by the way, it just seems like the A8 was a last minute addition to your pool of choices.

As S8ilver stated, the maintenance on the S8 will be more home mechanic friendly than on the S6 or A8. Plus the S8 doesn't have the complex air suspension, pop-up nav screen, complex mechanics, etc which all equal higher bills and bigger headaches to fix.

Either one (S8 or S6) would be a great car to own. However, I am bias : )
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Exclusive and rare is a plus in my mind, but don't really care too much. Just want something significantly better. However people quantify significantly is obviously subjective, so am just looking for opinions. It looks like from my reading and this forum it's the S model that I should stick to. I may end up splurging on the S6, but what do you mean the later models are not as diy friendly? Do I need special electronic readers specifically for audi or are we talking about the extensive teardown of the front end to get to the timing belt for example? Thanks again for the input!
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Exclusive and rare is a plus in my mind, but don't really care too much. Just want something significantly better. However people quantify significantly is obviously subjective, so am just looking for opinions. It looks like from my reading and this forum it's the S model that I should stick to. I may end up splurging on the S6, but what do you mean the later models are not as diy friendly? Do I need special electronic readers specifically for audi or are we talking about the extensive teardown of the front end to get to the timing belt for example? Thanks again for the input!
I would go for the S6. It is a much better car than the D2 S8.
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My wife is now leaning towards the A8 down the street, from a stealership that wants 14900, with 105k miles. I still have to call them to find out about the status of the title and if the timing belt was done. Assuming the latter was done based on miles, but you never know. Thanks for the quick reply.
I'd actually assume the exact opposite, that it was traded in before they had to foot that bill.
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I may end up splurging on the S6, but what do you mean the later models are not as diy friendly? Do I need special electronic readers specifically for audi or are we talking about the extensive teardown of the front end to get to the timing belt for example?
You'll need a computer to do just about any job on the S6, even a brake job. We did the rear brakes on a friend's B7 S4 recently; needed Vag-com to release the rear electronic e-brakes to change pads. It really just depends on what you want and what you're willing to pay for vs. learning yourself. Digital or analog? I'm sure the S6 is a great car; perhaps I just fear the multitude of electronics that have notoriously plagued the high end luxury models. I might trade that headache for the sound of that V10 though!
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Thank you very much for all the info S8silver and everyone else! Went in to the dealership down the streeet to look at the S6 and it was sold over the weekend. Never updated the website and even the guy I spoke to on the phone didn't tell me it was sold. Would have been pissed if it was out of the way. Anyways, my search is now narrowed to:
1. 2001 S8. The favorite so far.

2. 2006 A8L with 45k miles and around 25k$. Looks great to me and based on other post is not the electrical problem year of 2004 so should be good right? May be too luxurious for me with not enough handling, not sure.

3. 2007 S6 (another one!) with 70k miles, BUT this is located 145 miles away from me and i think my rental car that the insurance company has provided is not allowed to cross over into another state.

Thanks again guys. If you could chime in on these three I shall try to wrap it up soon. I am kind of leaning towards the A8L based on looks and if I really like it, I can always upgrade the suspension to handle better.
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Thanks again guys. If you could chime in on these three I shall try to wrap it up soon. I am kind of leaning towards the A8L based on looks and if I really like it, I can always upgrade the suspension to handle better.
The D3 stock air suspension is fantastic if no leaks. It's fully adjustable for ride height/comfort. There are aftermarket companies (Arnott rings a bell) that remanufacture the stock air shocks with upgraded internals and give a lifetime warranty. They're comparable to what you'd spend on a good set of coilovers. But, you may have years of use with no issues at all without ever touching what's on there. I'm sure there are a lot of factors (mileage, climate, driving style) that affect the life of the components.

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Wow that's a very neat feature. I had an adjustable suspension on my prior car, but every time you adjusted it you would have to get an alignment due to toe being affected by ride height. Is this the same or do they have some very cool self adjusting feature that takes care of this on the fly?
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Wow that's a very neat feature. I had an adjustable suspension on my prior car, but every time you adjusted it you would have to get an alignment due to toe being affected by ride height. Is this the same or do they have some very cool self adjusting feature that takes care of this on the fly?
You were mechanically adjusting...the A8 has an air suspension, all controlled through the MMI.

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