Totalled my 04 A8L. Pictures. Airbags saved my life
2 weeks ago a drunk driver slammed into me. Fortunately, I walked away without injury. The same could not be said for my car. Although I've had some issues with the maintenance, the safety offered by these vehicles far outweighs the occasional headache. I'm buying another 2004 Audi A8L from California (I live in Wisconsin). Does anyone know best (cheap) ways to transport a vehicle cross country.
Sorry for your loss. Glad everyone was ok. Those knee airbags look like they did the job also. It may be a pain but in your best interest to drive the new vehicle home personally. I brought mine home to Connecticut from New Hampshire.
2009 S8 Daytona grey, B/O, C/F
LED puddle/trunk lights
Keyfob/doorswitch window convenience mod
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Glad you were ok. My advice is similar to 1Wasserwerks; fly there and drive her back. I-70 & 80 are a great place to get to know her. I went to Chicago and drove mine just to Detroit. Stopped at Tire Rack's HQ and picked up eight new tires and four wheels for the snow tires along the way.
We talk a lot on these forums about the performance, mods, etc. But safety is one thing that doesn't get the spotlight very often at all.
The Pictures say it all. I hope I never need it, but I'm glad to see that it's there when needed.
2005 A8L 4.2 Silver on Black Leather / 5K range HID Headlamps / Fog Lamp Conversion to 3K range HIDs / Interior LED Conversion / Multiple VAG changes to suit (more coming, as nuggets are uncovered) / 19X8.5 Turbines with Conti DWS rubber / AMI Upgrade / Parktronic upgrade
"The computer should work for you, not the other way around."
I'm glad you are ok as well. It is a testament for our D3's safety. I bought my car in El Paso and had it shipped to Atlanta for about $800. Flying and picking up my car was not an option for me since i use hand controls to drive.
2005 A8L W12. S8 front bumper cover, Alpine MRXM 55 Mono Amp, AMI, JL Audio 12W3V3 Sub, K&N air filters, Kufatec trunk module, and cross drilled rotors.
OMG!! Wow the protection of these cars are priceless despite the maintenance headache. I'm glad that you were ok and protected you very well and you can live to talk about it. As far as a replacement fly to where you're going(California) and drive it back. Buy a reasonably cheap one way ticket and drive it back. I can never buy a car sight unseen. That's just me. I bought my 06 in Boston and drove it back to Akron, OH which took me 9.5 hrs to get back. You won't regret it. If you need advice on which model to get we are here to help you. Best of luck to you .
2006 Brilliant Black On Mojave Sand A8L-Garage Queen
-Exclusive Package With Valcona Leather Seats W/Black Piping, and Leather Door Inserts
-Ventilated And Massaging Seats
-Dual Pane Glass
-Rear Seat Lumbar And Rear Digital Climate Control
-Leather Console And Door Panels
-Wood Steering Wheel And Wood Shift ****
-Skibag Rear Seat Pass Through
-19" 12 Spoke Wheels
Former D3's Sold But Not Forgotten
-2004 Black On Black A8L Sold at 113K Miles-1st Audi Ever Owned
-2005 Black On Black/Amaretto A8L Sold At 77K Miles-2nd One Owned
-2006 Black On Amaretto A8L Sold At 88K miles-3rd One Owned
Current Daily Driven Vehicles
-2002 True Blue Ford F150 XLT 4x4 Super Cab-Used For Play And Occasional Light Hauling(Primary Driver)
-2002 Oxford White Ford F150 XLT 4x4 Super Cab-Used For Heavy Hauling, And Towing
I'm sure the insurance company can buff that right out and sell it at auction. Good to see how an Audi can protect the most important parts of the car - its passengers. Glad to read no one was hurt.
- 2013 A6 3.0T Prestige, Quartz Gray/Black, 19" Sport, Driver Assist, LED headlights,Cold Weather and B&O;
Bridgestone RE970AS tires; XPel Ultimate full front, mirrors and rocker panels, Opti-coat Pro - 2002 allroad 2.7t - 13y/50K mi and still like new - 2009 A4 3.2 Prestige w/Nav (sold at 4y/48K mi) - 2001 A6 2.7t (sold at 8y/98K mi)
So glad to know you're OK. That was a big hit, the car did her job well.
2006 A8L Sport Oyster Grey on Amaretto
Mods: Lowered approx 10mm all around (Sport is already ~20mm lower than non-sport), Auto open and close windows and sunroof via remote, Seat belt chime delete, Cross-drilled front rotors, Painted Brake Calipers, Rear H&R spacers, Fogs as DRL (yellow), Trunk Close via Remote (Thanks Louis), Parking Brake Launch (Thanks Mishar) and Illuminated Door Sills. Future mods as I get inspired...
So glad you weren't injured. Great testament to the stability/rigidity of our cars.
Relative to shipping, there's a service online where you can enter the pickup and destination and companies will bid against each other for the job. Prior to buying my car in Atlanta (where I flew down and drove it back), I almost purchased a car from Utah, and I was definitely going to have it shipped.
Head on collision. I was able to steer out of the way (a little).
Nothing like a near death experience to start the work week. The most amazing thing was how adrenaline works when our bodies go into survival mode. I didnt feel any pain for about an hour with windshield glass stuck in my face & a bloody nose from the airbag.
I believe your seat is all lowered and quite far back? The reason I am asking is my 6'1". I think those test dummies are quite shorter and all design works better for shorter people. Thankfully it worked just fine for you.