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Old 11-25-2013, 07:59 AM   #1
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Salutations Audiphiles:

Just sold the family truckster - my BMW 750iL - and after a nationwide search, purchased a much sexier 2009 Audi S8 in white/black.

The S8 D3 has long been on my mind, what with the fantastic V10 Gallardo-based engine planted in a luxury four-door. My decision to go with the 2009 was predicated on it being the last year the S8 boasted having the V10. And my short-term experience has validated my expectations: It's a wonderfully handling, über-comfortable, very German sports sedan with no economy of grunt. My car arrived in pristine condition with 30,000 miles and a platinum four-year warranty.

Photos will be provided shortly after a few obligatory new-owner mods have been completed, e.g., RS8 grille, titanium powder-coated wheels, etc. Looking forward to engaging with fellow members on this forum.

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Salutations Audiphiles:

Just sold the family truckster - my BMW 750iL - and after a nationwide search, purchased a much sexier 2009 Audi S8 in white/black.

The S8 D3 has long been on my mind, what with the fantastic V10 Gallardo-based engine planted in a luxury four-door. My decision to go with the 2009 was predicated on it being the last year the S8 boasted having the V10. And my short-term experience has validated my expectations: It's a wonderfully handling, über-comfortable, very German sports sedan with no economy of grunt. My car arrived in pristine condition with 30,000 miles and a platinum four-year warranty.

Photos will be provided shortly after a few obligatory new-owner mods have been completed, e.g., RS8 grille, titanium powder-coated wheels, etc. Looking forward to engaging with fellow members on this forum.

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Welcome to the darkside of german motoring! My purchse hinged on a 5 Series,S class, E class, very briefly considered 7 series and if funds could cover the right one maybe a CLS.

End of the day D3 A8 won! It's just too much car for what you get, closest runner would have been the CLS. All V8's for me, never had anything less! S8 would be nice but to give you an idea, 60 a8's for sale in Australia and only 2 S8's at time of my purchase. Paid 30k for my A8 cheapest of the TWO s8s was 75k other 95k.

We are screwed here in Oz bro! Would love one but it's not happening down under. BTW no w12s seen anywhere :-(

Got a project going myself atm so have a peek at my posts, its different but nearing completion.

Looking forward to seeeing your wagon.
Youll find heaps here bro, lowered my suspension through posts here and am working on MMI,DTV,AMI atm as well!

congrats and see ya round
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Congratulations and welcome aboard. There are plenty of quick mods you are able to do to your S8. Check around the forum for tips/ideas.
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Old 11-25-2013, 08:24 AM   #4
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Ziggy:

Thanks for the kind welcome. What with all it offers, it's sad to hear that Oz deprives you the S8 (along with other exotics). By the way, your avatar looks vaguely familiar ... Shah-I-Kot or Khost? SASR by any chance?

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Congratulations and welcome aboard. There are plenty of quick mods you are able to do to your S8. Check around the forum for tips/ideas.
Chris:

Thanks for the welcome.

I've taken a spin around the forum and found that most of the mod threads appear to focus on cosmetic changes like wheels and calipers. Am I missing some discussions on performance S8 D3 enhancements? What do you suspect to be the most popular S8 owner mods?

Thanks in advance!
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Welcome KEP,

which side of south florida are you on?
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which side of south florida are you on?
The right side ... southeast.
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Welcome to the Audi family!

AW is a great resource, which I'm sure you have already discovered.

Looking forward to seeing some before & after pics!
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Chris:

Thanks for the welcome.

I've taken a spin around the forum and found that most of the mod threads appear to focus on cosmetic changes like wheels and calipers. Am I missing some discussions on performance S8 D3 enhancements? What do you suspect to be the most popular S8 owner mods?

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First of all, highly recommend you obtain the VCDS cable to properly read error codes and modify settings. For example, with your air ride suspension, you can go into the system and tweak the ride height lower or higher based on your preference.
Calipers or brakes in general I would not change, if you are mechanically inclined as am I, there are specific procedures to changing pads.
Wheels are a nice upgrade, make sure to read up on the jacking mode that should be activated in the mmi if you have to jack the car.

So far I have performed my own oil change (12qts. synthetic). Lowered the car 20mm via VCDS settings, enabled the hidden menu and activated the battery level meter. I still have to upgrade the puddle lights, trunk lights etc. with led lights. I picked my S8 up this past June.
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Old 11-25-2013, 03:57 PM   #10
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The right side ... southeast.
good one....looking at the forecasts up north this week i will take any side of florida i can get!

if you are on the right side i must be on the left side....
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Ziggy:

Thanks for the kind welcome. What with all it offers, it's sad to hear that Oz deprives you the S8 (along with other exotics). By the way, your avatar looks vaguely familiar ... Shah-I-Kot or Khost? SASR by any chance?

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Tarin Kot, Im **** with names so not sure on the other kots! lol
Close on the SF, 2 CDO REGT, noticed your "wings"?? not US jump wings? Got a "token" set from seals when when we did some jumps with them out of a MC130 and know what they look like, Canadian wings per chance? Sound like you've done some stompin?

Yeah cars are super **** in Oz. Am a car nut and when I watch top gear, fifth gear and they mention some second hand cheap options I break down and cry!!! Clarkson drove a SL600 in a challenge and bought for about 5-6000 GBP. Here they're still going for $50-60,000AU. I've seen S8/W12's go for 15,00GBP+

Did an ex with Royal Marine Commandos in '02 and dude had a 5 y.o. Jag XK8! They're still around $40k second hand here(good one obviously)!

I want to move!! lol

Plus you guys have cheap houses, I live in Sydney and we are one of the most expensive cities in the world. Killing me.

I'm out now and chasing up med pension, compensation etc, so in that regard we are lucky. I know other countries arent so generous to vets or population in general.

**** pension nice car or **** car nice pension? Once it all goes through not ruling out an overseas move just yet?? So long as pension is safe??

Nice house in florida with an S8 instead of Sydney and an A8? lol
possible??!!
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P.S. they dont deprive us, just price stuff out of the market to protect locally made, and earn a ****load of revenue for the government though taxes etc.

My next car???? XJ supersport or at min XJ V8,

US - $100,000 approx last time i looked
AU - $280,000+ SS-over $300K Good thing is they drop like a rock!
Some 2010's are just over $100k now, few more years!

This was when our dollar was worth $1.10 too!

That should have comparatively made an XJ in Oz $95k or less.

We have plenty of exotics but if you use the XJ prices as a guide, forget it! lol

We have massive restrictions on foreign import of second hand cars so even if i could get cheap XJ RHD overseas, can't import privately anyway! Law to protect local dealers and they're second hand market!
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Welcome to the forum. Sounds like you have some plans for your baby. I think there are plenty of mods but engine tuning is a little lacking on our cars. I think they have engineered these motors so much that there is not a lot of gain per $. Remember in the internet world, it hasn't happened unless there are pictures.
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5.2 V10 busts 580 HP in RS6 (previous model). But it is twin turbo engine.
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So far I have performed my own oil change (12qts. synthetic). Lowered the car 20mm via VCDS settings, enabled the hidden menu and activated the battery level meter. I still have to upgrade the puddle lights, trunk lights etc. with led lights. I picked my S8 up this past June.
Owner's manual says 10L or 10.7Qt. for the 5.2
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Owner's manual says 10L or 10.7Qt. for the 5.2
Maybe it was 11. All I know is that it was alot of oil. Checks ok on the dipstick....
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Tarin Kot, Im **** with names so not sure on the other kots! lol
Close on the SF, 2 CDO REGT, noticed your "wings"?? not US jump wings? Got a "token" set from seals when when we did some jumps with them out of a MC130 and know what they look like, Canadian wings per chance? Sound like you've done some stompin?
Ah, that explains the camo pattern – figured you had to be SASR or the 2nd. Careful dealing with SEALs; they're a nefarious lot and easily discombobulated when separated from water for too long. The wings are US HALO/MFF from my SF days on an ODA. Seems long ago but the memories are still vivid and much valued. I'm in the same boat trying to scare up overdue med pension. It was well worth it all the same.

I hear you about Sydney; expensive to be sure, but loads of offsetting benefits living down under. Super place for diving, sailing, surfing, and so much more. Cars, not so much.
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First of all, highly recommend you obtain the VCDS cable to properly read error codes and modify settings. For example, with your air ride suspension, you can go into the system and tweak the ride height lower or higher based on your preference.
Chris:

Very interesting about the VCDS cable. I'll be doing an internet search to buy one and learn more about it. To be honest, I'm still sorting through the 400+ manual pages trying to master the many technical elements and systems instructions associated with the S8. I'm guessing in that regard its on par with the space shuttle.

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if you are on the right side i must be on the left side....
Wouldn't that make you on the wrong side?
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Wouldn't that make you on the wrong side?
i didn't realize it was right/wrong. thought it was right/left. my answer to your question is no; and from my viewpoint, neither are you.
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