A Car for the Car connoisseur. Bentley based.
March 24, 2019
As a second owner, bought one as a low-mile estate car coming up on timing belt, tires, and air suspension rebuild. that said, I absolutely LOVE this car. Its not an economical car decision - its one of passion for absurd luxury and road worthiness, in all weather conditions and types of road (except pothole filled roads). Car has an appetite for new parts, but I feed it willingly. Built on the Bentley Flying Spur Chasis, you will even find the Rockwell Space Design logo on the frame from it's high-engineering inception. ALL aluminum. quatro awd that scoffs at super-cell rain and it tames twisty mountain roads like no car Ive ever driven. extremely well footed. This car is sport luxury at its finest. Prior owner spent $120K for the first 60k miles, with a big smile on his face. I do nearly all maintenance/repairs myself now and have gotten over the fear. part prices are higher, but it's worth it. it will ruin you and not only make you critical of a mercedes or any other luxury sedan, it will make their owner even more critical of their other sedan. Im so happy to have bought one of these. Its the finest car purchase decision Ive made. I will put 100K+miles on this and source another one. 2006 was the last timing belt model, dont trust the factory tensioner to go 120K - the belts last longer than the tensioner systems now - including the timing chain systems. List of items repaired: suspension arms - eats uppers every 30K, lowers 70K. air struts, compressor, rear ebrake computer, battery. eats factory rotors but its worth it for the performance, wiring harnesses in headlights have biodegradeble coating that flakes off - but the adaptive system steers light the direction you are turning, its really really good on late night mountain roads or crawling through a neighborhood needing illumination turning into driveways. Soft-close doors are way cool, but you cant get a jealous person to stop from slamming them - a butler is needed to close their door, and it seems fitting to have one for this car. chilly air conditioned seats, heated seats that roast you if needed. heated rear but no AC for passenger rear seats (W12 might), there is no nicer back seat - its a car for newly weds to drive away in, and shows well in wedding day photos. minor gripes - why didnt audi make an audio jack for this car? a bluetooth-FM transmitter is the under-$100 way to stream, but its a pain when travelling long trips due to interference. The MMI bluetooth interface is only for phone - which works well. I hardly ever use the NAV. at 100K/12 years the headliner foam is going out, common. The intake manifold torque plane vacuum pots have an ABS plastic linkage that breaks at 70K, oil changes work best with a vaccum pump from the top. AC pump is on at all times the climate control is on - and you need to top off freon each year - this also lowers fuel economy running that pump. Stereo system is one of the best ive heard - it has fiber optic lines running back and forth from the dash to trunk - they really went overboard on the stereo system -- but left off a 1/8" jack. Only recommended to a friend that can work on their own car or has $20K in reserve for repairs, which a semi-honest shop could consume pretty quickly. The A8L is a car of excess and passion, not economy and penny pinching.