Go Back   AudiWorld Forums > Audi Models > Audi A8 / S8 > A8 / S8 (D3 Platform) Discussion
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?


A8 / S8 (D3 Platform) Discussion Discussion forum for the D3 Audi A8 produced from 2003-2010 and Audi S8 produced from 2006-2010

Test driving an 2007 Audi A8 4.2 Quattro

Reply
 
 
 
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 12-02-2013, 06:57 PM   #1
AudiWorld Member
Account #: 271730
 
Fez2013's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: South FL
Posts: 286
Default Test driving an 2007 Audi A8 4.2 Quattro

So tomorrow I am scheduled for a test drive, I would like to know what I should pay close attention to, things to check.
What are the common issues with the 4.2 vs the 3.X?
I look forward to some feedback. Thanks gents
Fez2013 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2013, 07:14 AM   #2
AudiWorld Member
Account #: 185087
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 208
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Fez2013 View Post
So tomorrow I am scheduled for a test drive, I would like to know what I should pay close attention to, things to check.
What are the common issues with the 4.2 vs the 3.X?
I look forward to some feedback. Thanks gents
I'll start:

Check the ride height and make sure all sides of the car sit evenly and all modes of the air suspension settings work in the MMI.

Go over a speed bump and make sure there are no squeeks. Also make sure there are no steering wheel vibration at speeds or sloppy steering going over bumps. (signs of worn front control arm bushings).

No error lights on the dash and TPMS sensors work?.

Press all possible buttons to make sure they function (Power Rear window sunshade, mmi screen raise, seat heaters, seat adjustments/lumbar support, door locks/windows etc.)

You geetting this from private owner or dearlership? Perhaps call an audi dealer service dept, provide the VIN number and get the service/maintenance records?

Before purchasing, have the seller agree you take it to Audi or a VW shop specialist in the area for a thorough VCDS scan?

BTW, i notice in your profile pick you have/had a 745. What makes you leave BMW for Audi? How was the 7 and what expectations do you have for the A8?
milellie111 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2013, 07:29 AM   #3
AudiWorld Member
Account #: 271730
 
Fez2013's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: South FL
Posts: 286
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by milellie111 View Post
I'll start:

Check the ride height and make sure all sides of the car sit evenly and all modes of the air suspension settings work in the MMI.

Go over a speed bump and make sure there are no squeeks. Also make sure there are no steering wheel vibration at speeds or sloppy steering going over bumps. (signs of worn front control arm bushings).

No error lights on the dash and TPMS sensors work?.

Press all possible buttons to make sure they function (Power Rear window sunshade, mmi screen raise, seat heaters, seat adjustments/lumbar support, door locks/windows etc.)

You geetting this from private owner or dearlership? Perhaps call an audi dealer service dept, provide the VIN number and get the service/maintenance records?

Before purchasing, have the seller agree you take it to Audi or a VW shop specialist in the area for a thorough VCDS scan?

BTW, i notice in your profile pick you have/had a 745. What makes you leave BMW for Audi? How was the 7 and what expectations do you have for the A8?
Hi milellie,
I'm glad you responded and I appreciate it. I will print out your quick list of things to check when I head to the dealer. It is a Buick dealer that took the car in on a trade. Audi is the next block over maybe I should have them do PPI - I'm guessing.

This 2007 has only 19,000 miles so it's peaked my interest. I love the way the 7 series drives and handles, being an '03 it has had many issues, from coolant leaks to oil leaks. I'm big on maintenance but with mine I saw I'd be spending upwards up $3500 for repairs in the next 6 months so I decided to let her go. I'm hoping the A8 is better in terms of reliability and mainly less leaks..

Fez
Fez2013 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2013, 07:36 AM   #4
AudiWorld Member
Account #: 112031
 
03_AR_CO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Colorado
Posts: 226
Default

I have had my '04 for a few years now, and I have to say I marvel every time I drop the drip pan to do an oil change. 1st off my 4.2 uses absolutely no oil in between oil changes (every 5k mi). The pan is always dry and the undercarriage is clean, actually shines, as do the bolts under there and I have close to 150,00 mi on it now. Have not had any out of the ordinary issues with the car, normal maintenance items. Control arms, brakes, plugs and filters. Still a great ride too. Good luck and it sounds like you have a rare find with an A8 with so few miles on it.
__________________
Current:

2006 A8L W12 Black/Black
2004 A8L Atlas Gray Metalic
2001 TT 225 Silver


From the past:

2003 allroad Burgundy
1997 A6Q Avant Black
1996 A6Q Avant Pearl White
1991 200CS Q Gold
1987 5000S Gold
1986 4000S Black
1984 5000CS Q Avant Blue
03_AR_CO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2013, 07:50 AM   #5
AudiWorld Member
Account #: 271730
 
Fez2013's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: South FL
Posts: 286
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 03_AR_CO View Post
I have had my '04 for a few years now, and I have to say I marvel every time I drop the drip pan to do an oil change. 1st off my 4.2 uses absolutely no oil in between oil changes (every 5k mi). The pan is always dry and the undercarriage is clean, actually shines, as do the bolts under there and I have close to 150,00 mi on it now. Have not had any out of the ordinary issues with the car, normal maintenance items. Control arms, brakes, plugs and filters. Still a great ride too. Good luck and it sounds like you have a rare find with an A8 with so few miles on it.
It's refreshing to hear that there's a luxury car out there that would last a 100,000 miles without major engine/transmission issues or coolant leaks. I'm hoping to find that car of which you've just described. Eventually, I'd like to get the diagnostic cable and software to do some coding like I used to with my 7 series.

Thank you for your response. I appreciate it.
Fez2013 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2013, 07:56 AM   #6
AudiWorld Member
Account #: 185087
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 208
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Fez2013 View Post
Hi milellie,
I'm glad you responded and I appreciate it. I will print out your quick list of things to check when I head to the dealer. It is a Buick dealer that took the car in on a trade. Audi is the next block over maybe I should have them do PPI - I'm guessing.

This 2007 has only 19,000 miles so it's peaked my interest. I love the way the 7 series drives and handles, being an '03 it has had many issues, from coolant leaks to oil leaks. I'm big on maintenance but with mine I saw I'd be spending upwards up $3500 for repairs in the next 6 months so I decided to let her go. I'm hoping the A8 is better in terms of reliability and mainly less leaks..

Fez
That sounds like a good idea Fez allowing Audi to do a PPI on it.

Being that it is an 07 with the FSI engine, you won't have to worry about a timing belt since it has a chain.

I myself have an 07 A8L that i purchased 2 years ago CPO from an Audi dealer with 48,000 miles on it. Haven't had any reliability issues so far, just minor things (common maintenance front control arm bushings, a passenger side airbag sensor). One time the car was running rough which the dealer suspected to be bad coils, but it turned out to be bad gas. These cars are pretty solid engine/drivetrain wise. Of course electronics will fail at some point due to the complex engineering, but it is far from a nightmare (like those 02 745's were!)

Don't know if you'd be eligible for any type of 3rd party warranty due to the age of the vehicle, but I hear Fidelity Platinum offers great factory coverage for Audi vehicles(other companies can be a crapshoot). Contact this guy brucem105@comcast.net who is an independent dealer, sells the warranty and can give advice on Audi's.

Or if you do any work yourself, get the parts here for discounted prices:
http://www.audiusaparts.com/partloca...?siteid=215820

Oh yes, another piece of advice, check the trunk motor and make sure it raises and closes the trunk properly. Common thing that fails.

But with a car of only 19,000 miles everything should be in pretty good working condition.

What color combo is the car? Regular A8/A8L or sport package?
milellie111 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2013, 09:24 AM   #7
AudiWorld Member
Account #: 271730
 
Fez2013's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: South FL
Posts: 286
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by milellie111 View Post
That sounds like a good idea Fez allowing Audi to do a PPI on it.

Being that it is an 07 with the FSI engine, you won't have to worry about a timing belt since it has a chain.

I myself have an 07 A8L that i purchased 2 years ago CPO from an Audi dealer with 48,000 miles on it. Haven't had any reliability issues so far, just minor things (common maintenance front control arm bushings, a passenger side airbag sensor). One time the car was running rough which the dealer suspected to be bad coils, but it turned out to be bad gas. These cars are pretty solid engine/drivetrain wise. Of course electronics will fail at some point due to the complex engineering, but it is far from a nightmare (like those 02 745's were!)

Don't know if you'd be eligible for any type of 3rd party warranty due to the age of the vehicle, but I hear Fidelity Platinum offers great factory coverage for Audi vehicles(other companies can be a crapshoot). Contact this guy brucem105@comcast.net who is an independent dealer, sells the warranty and can give advice on Audi's.

Or if you do any work yourself, get the parts here for discounted prices:
http://www.audiusaparts.com/partloca...?siteid=215820

Oh yes, another piece of advice, check the trunk motor and make sure it raises and closes the trunk properly. Common thing that fails.

But with a car of only 19,000 miles everything should be in pretty good working condition.

What color combo is the car? Regular A8/A8L or sport package?
Thank you for the links, I will indeed check them out. From what I'm told its a Blue/Tan combo. (I hope its not the light blue) Its a A8 4.2 not sure about the sport package, I know for sure it's not the "L". How would I tell if it is the sport package?

The dealer didn't have pictures up yet as it had just come in on trade so I will see it for the first time tonight.
Fez2013 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2013, 09:38 AM   #8
AudiWorld Member
Account #: 271730
 
Fez2013's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: South FL
Posts: 286
Default

I assume you had an '02 745? - smh
Fez2013 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2013, 09:45 AM   #9
AudiWorld Member
Account #: 185087
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 208
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Fez2013 View Post
Thank you for the links, I will indeed check them out. From what I'm told its a Blue/Tan combo. (I hope its not the light blue) Its a A8 4.2 not sure about the sport package, I know for sure it's not the "L". How would I tell if it is the sport package?

The dealer didn't have pictures up yet as it had just come in on trade so I will see it for the first time tonight.
Visually, i believe the sport package would have the 3 spoke steering wheel: Click the image to open in full size.


As opposed to non sport:
Click the image to open in full size.

And it comes with different style 19 inch wheels.
milellie111 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2013, 09:55 AM   #10
AudiWorld Member
Account #: 271730
 
Fez2013's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: South FL
Posts: 286
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by milellie111 View Post
Visually, i believe the sport package would have the 3 spoke steering wheel: Click the image to open in full size.


As opposed to non sport:
Click the image to open in full size.

And it comes with different style 19 inch wheels.
Ahhhh! Gotcha! Well I'll find out soon enough... I can't wait..lol
Fez2013 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2013, 09:58 AM   #11
AudiWorld Member
Account #: 185087
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 208
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Fez2013 View Post
I assume you had an '02 745? - smh
No i didn't. But i've read and heard enough about them tho
I'm on the Bimmerforums as well. I also have an 07 550i sport.
milellie111 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2013, 10:03 AM   #12
AudiWorld Super User
Account #: 61809
 
ltooz_a6_a8_q7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Fremont, CA
Posts: 2,264
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Fez2013 View Post
This 2007 has only 19,000 miles so it's peaked my interest.
Fez
I would be a little concerned with extremely low mileage car, make sure to check the carfax or maintenance history, it may be one of those that's been in the dealer more than on the road.
I don't drive much with my Q7, weekend car and seasonal one, but I still have 36k in 5 1/2 years.

Cheers and good luck,

Louis
__________________

96 A6 Green Wagon 2.8L Quattro (8/03)
08 Q7 3.6 Premium Silver/Black (4/08)
06 A8L Quartz Grey/Black (3/13)
04 Cabriolet 3.0 CVT Red/Black (5/11-Sister)
98 A8 Melange 4.2 Quattro (7/04-5/11)
http://www.dognmonkey.com/audi
What I've done with my Audis...
http://www.audiworld.com/forums/a8-s.../#post24654189
ltooz_a6_a8_q7 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2013, 10:40 AM   #13
AudiWorld Member
Account #: 271730
 
Fez2013's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: South FL
Posts: 286
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by milellie111 View Post
No i didn't. But i've read and heard enough about them tho
I'm on the Bimmerforums as well. I also have an 07 550i sport.
I'm a long time member of bimmerfest - Scary stuff on the early 745's - even up to the '08's share the same problems.

550 is definitely a sweet ride. So the dealer says the exterior color is a blue silver metallic...is this a light blue?
Fez2013 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2013, 01:27 PM   #14
AudiWorld Super User
Account #: 195381
 
mishar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Posts: 5,747
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Fez2013 View Post
This 2007 has only 19,000 miles ...
This is the first thing I would check. If it is right nothing else should be checked.

I just wonder who traded A8 with 19K miles for a Buick.
mishar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2013, 07:22 PM   #15
AudiWorld Member
Account #: 271730
 
Fez2013's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: South FL
Posts: 286
Default Back from the Dealer

Ok Gents,
Here's the scoop, test drove the car, loved it! It actually has 19,998 miles on it, spotless - smells like new! There are a few scratches here and there,

2007 A8 4.2L - with Sport Package, Rear Entertainment Package, Bang & Olufsen Audio, 20" Wheels, and others things I can't remember. I've check the items suggested in an earlier thread and they looked good. I made an appt with the Audi service center to do a PPI same dealer all service records on the CarFax shows.
I've attached some pictures for comments.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg photo.jpg (62.1 KB, 120 views)
File Type: jpg photo_1.jpg (51.4 KB, 142 views)
File Type: jpg photo_2.jpg (69.2 KB, 117 views)
File Type: jpg photo_4.jpg (50.4 KB, 126 views)
File Type: jpg photo_7.jpg (51.9 KB, 121 views)
Fez2013 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2013, 07:44 PM   #16
AudiWorld Member
Account #: 271730
 
Fez2013's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: South FL
Posts: 286
Default

Oh I forgot to mention - they let me borrow it for the night so I can take it to get it inspected in the morning

A couple more pictures
Attached Images
File Type: jpg photo_5.jpg (65.5 KB, 124 views)
File Type: jpg photo_6.jpg (59.7 KB, 124 views)
File Type: jpg photo_8.jpg (58.2 KB, 122 views)
Fez2013 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2013, 07:52 PM   #17
AudiWorld Super User
Account #: 195381
 
mishar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Posts: 5,747
Default

Just a few remarks: rear seat entertainment looks like aftermarket, not sure about wheels, but it is too high for sport suspension. Tires should be 275/35x20. MMI suspension menu should state Sport Suspension.

You didn't say anything about price.
mishar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2013, 08:06 PM   #18
AudiWorld Member
Account #: 271730
 
Fez2013's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: South FL
Posts: 286
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mishar View Post
Just a few remarks: rear seat entertainment looks like aftermarket, not sure about wheels, but it is too high for sport suspension. Tires should be 275/35x20. MMI suspension menu should state Sport Suspension.

You didn't say anything about price.

Just confirmed the tire size, in the MMI menu it lists sport/comfort and two others? as selections - I briefly recall seeing them as I went thru the menus.

They are asking $26,995. What do you think about the asking price?
Fez2013 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2013, 09:18 PM   #19
AudiWorld Super User
Account #: 195381
 
mishar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Posts: 5,747
Default

Sport suspension MMI screen:

Click the image to open in full size.

Can't help you much with the price. I think it is too high, but I am in Canada and A8 market here is totally different (if it at all exists). Though it is unbelievable low millage. Virtually new. Some guys have relevant and fresh experience. I believe they will kick in.
mishar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2013, 04:54 AM   #20
AudiWorld Member
Account #: 271730
 
Fez2013's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: South FL
Posts: 286
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mishar View Post
Sport suspension MMI screen:

Click the image to open in full size.

Can't help you much with the price. I think it is too high, but I am in Canada and A8 market here is totally different (if it at all exists). Though it is unbelievable low millage. Virtually new. Some guys have relevant and fresh experience. I believe they will kick in.
Yes I have that screen...double checked this morning. It's at the Audi for a pre-purchase inspection.
Fez2013 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2013, 04:54 AM
AudiWorld
Audi R8




Paid Advertisement
 
 
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



Join AudiWorld

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 05:01 PM.


Copyright 2014 AudiWorld.com Audi Enthusiast Community