1998 A8

Consumer Reviews

1998 Audi A8

$2,800 - $2,800  MSRP Range

Review Score

4.0 out of 5 stars

4.0

7 Reviews
71% of drivers recommend this car
Score Breakdown
4.7 out of 5 stars Comfort
3.6 out of 5 stars Value for the Money
4.7 out of 5 stars Interior Design
3.6 out of 5 stars Reliability
4.3 out of 5 stars Performance
4.4 out of 5 stars Exterior Styling

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2 out of 5 stars

BIG DISAPPOINTMENT

by analytikellie from Connecticut on Wed Jun 27 2007

All I have to say is TRANSMISSION, TRANSMISSION, TRANSMISSION!!!!! What does it take to get a recall? For the cost of this vehicle you should demand more! Do your homework. This is my third Audi and my last!

3 out of 5 starsComfort
2 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
1 out of 5 starsReliability
3 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does not recommend this car!!

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2 out of 5 stars

Worst car I ever owned....by far

by Sully from Jersey City,NJ on Mon Jan 02 2012

Incredibly expensive to maintain. Gurantted you will need to replace the transmission and upper and lower control arms more than once. Great looking car, but RUN from these after 100,000 miles hit the clock.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
1 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
1 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Excellent road trip car

by High Tech Car from Davenport,IA on Sun Jan 28 2018

great for road tripping Fast ,safe, Quiet ,great cornering. All aluminum body, Luxury and Fun to drive.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

smooth power

by mr gabe from chicago il on Thu Aug 28 2014

very happy, very satisfy,over all the greatest car i ever owned, i owned a bmw in the past but let me tell you about the AUDI A8 wooooow buy one for yourself and youll be fullfilled..

5 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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4 out of 5 stars

Grandpa's Cruiser

by AP from Dallas, TX on Mon Sep 11 2017

Overall the car is very reliable. It does have some issues. The main one being the Torque Converter. The transmission itself is not an issue it is the lockup function of the torque converter. Luckily the engine can be pulled in 1 day in a standard driveway. Good TC runs around $500.00. While the engine is out change the rear cam cover gaskets , coolant pipe seals, starter and oil cooler seals. Also a great time to put in a new timing belt. I did all this 15,000 miles ago and have loved it since. Control arms do need to be replaced the Audi's have the most sophisticated front suspension setup available .... that's why they handle so well. Unfortunately the multi-link setup adds lots of moving parts. FCP has some good recommendations for replacement. Don't skimp on the parts. You get what you pay for. If your deciding between an A8 or a Deville. Get the A8. Ask for service records. Assume if nothing has been done you will need to replace some items. I've owned both. The A8 currently has 200K + miles and is still running strong. The Deville needed an engine overhaul @ 68K miles. Pulling that engine is a nightmare. FWD + V8 = RUN!!!!. The Caddy had major electrical gremlins. Replaced a sensor every quarter after 50K miles. That's why you see so many with low miles going for nothing. When they run they are nice but beware of the upkeep.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
3 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
3 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Best Car I have ever owned

by Luxury Sedan Owner from Washington, DC on Sat Apr 13 2013

My 1998 A8 has over 200,000 miles. I bought it at 75,000. It is by far the best and most reliable car I have ever owned. Except for brakes, tires, plugs and the battery, the only major repair I had was the fuel pump replacement which cost less than $500 with an after market pump and a talented mechanic. The car has spent most of it's life without a garage yet after 14 years the paint still has a beautiful gloss sheen.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
3 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

GREAT ALLROUNG VEHICLE

by AUDI LOVER from CHICAGO on Thu Jan 24 2008

THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST AUTOMOBILES THAT I HAVE EVER BEEN THE DRIVER OF. IT HAS SUPERB PICKUP AND GREAT PERFORMANCE THE STYLING AND INTERIOR ARE ONE OF A KIND COMPARABLE TO BENTLY OR ASTON MARTIN LEATHER IS SOFT AND THE CAR JUST HUGS THE ROAD . WHEN YOU DRIVE YOU FEEL TOTALY IN CONTROL AND WORRY FREE MAINTENENCE IS LOW AND GAS IS OK

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

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Our Take on the 1998 Audi A8

Anyone below a certain age read Mad magazine while growing up. Since my parents were grateful that I read anything (besides TV Guide), they gladly let me buy it, despite its contents.

Of course, my juvenile reading habits don't mean anything. But in several issues, there's a saying from Alfred E. Neuman, the magazine's gap-toothed mascot. Not "What, me worry?," but another I clearly remember.

With all the grumpiness of an editor who has to dream up these things, Alf said that the aluminum soda can won't rust out as quickly as today's cars.

Maybe someone at Audi was listening.

All right, I know no one was listening. It's simple why Audi uses so much aluminum in its new top-of-the-line A8... Read More