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Audi A8 Quattro Models:

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Audi A8 Quattro Problems

Engine -- Verified

The thermostat may erratically stick open or closed. The can result in illumination of the Check Engine Light and/or engine overheating.

Miscellaneous -- Verified

Clogged drains can allow rainwater to accumulate in the plenum tray (at the base of the windshield). The water may leak into the vehicle's interior, brake booster, or electrical components, which can lead to major problems. Our technicians recommend keeping the tray clear of leaves, pine needles, and other debris.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

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Premature wear in various multi-link suspension components can cause noises that are difficult to diagnose. Worn suspension parts can also cause uneven tire wear and create steering alignment problems.

Drive Train -- Verified

A fluid leak may develop from the propeller shaft seal on the rear of the transmission. Our technicians tell us that replacing the seal will commonly correct this concern.

Drive Train -- Verified

Our technicians recommend having the constant velocity (CV) boots and CV joints inspected at each service. Servicing torn CV boots early can prevent the need to replace the CV half shaft or CV joint.

Audi A8 Quattro Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., November 30, 2005

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A problem with the wiring harness may deactivate the front passenger air bag. The air bag warning light and the "passenger air bag off" message would appear, causing the air bag not to deploy in a frontal crash. Dealers will repair the wiring harness free of charge. The recall began November 30, 2005. The Volkswagen recall number is JJ.

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Body, Interior & Misc., October 6, 2006

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In the event of a frontal crash, the driver's airbag may may not inflate as designed, increasing the risk of personal injury. Dealers will replace the driver side airbag to correct this concern. This recall is expected to begin on October 6, 2006. The Audi recall number is JQ.

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Body, Interior & Misc., December 5, 2006

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The air bag warning light and passenger side air bag off notification light may illuminate due to low battery voltage. If this occurs, the passenger air bag will not deploy in an accident. Dealers will reprogram the air bag control module software. The Audi recall number is JR. This recall began on December 5, 2006.

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Drive Train, September 12, 2008

Summary: VOLKSWAGEN IS RECALLING 13,900 MY 1996-2003 AUDI A8 VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A 5-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION. THE LOCKING CABLE MAY MOVE OUT OF POSITION OVER TIME. WITH THE LOCKING CABLE OUT OF POSITION, THE SHIFTER CAN BE MOVED OUT OF THE "PARK" POSITION EVEN IF THE IGNITION KEY IS NOT IN THE IGNITION LOCK.

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Engine, March 21, 2002

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A FUEL AND VAPOR LEAK DETECTION SYSTEM. A "BLIND COVER" AT THE FILLER NECK OF THE FUEL TANK MAY NOT SEAL PROPERLY ALLOWING FUEL VAPOR TO ESCAPE.

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Audi A8 Quattro Questions and Answers

georgetexas, 1997 Audi A8 Quattro, Elsa, TX

Please in need of service tech that is qaulified to work on my 97 audi a8 qauttro

Rdizzy, 1997 Audi A8 Quattro, Columbus, OH

Hello
My adjustable steering column will go up and down but will not got forward and back...(telescope)
can anyone help with this?

thanks

JeffreyLGarvin, 1997 Audi A8 Quattro, Mesa, AZ

what is the proper oil to use?

Visitor, 1997 Audi A8 Quattro, Waterbury, CT

Does a 1997 a8L exist?

Visitor, 1997 Audi A8 Quattro, 4.2L V8, Rochester, NY

my car horn and steeringwheel functions doees not work

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Audi A8 Quattro Reviews

I HAVE A 2004 A8 IN MY DASH LIGHTS CUTS OF IN ON DO ANYBODY NO WHAT THAT COULD BE

The Audi company should improve the resistance on gear box.
Because the most problem on this is gear.
You can find Audi almost everywhere in the world but,
there's no accessories, and good cars parked due to
the same problem.

Bought my "dream car" from a dealer in Cleveland. Two weeks after, the transmission needed to be rebuilt (later found out that the tranny in the car was a refurbished one from some time ago). This is a Z type tranny which I now know is one of the most complicated trannys out there. One year after rebuild ($4200), the SAME issues happened again. Transmission shop now says the sensors inside are bad... also found out too late that they don't replace the sensors when they do a rebuild. Been on many Audi forums and unfortunately for me, tranny problems in the A8 are very common (and costly)! And now I believe the speed sensor needs replaced as my tach stops working intermittently... oh, and when the tach doesn't work, the fan for heat and a/c doesn't work either... wtf???

Audi A8 (D2) Years 1997-2003.
This is my second Audi, my first was a 1996 A6. I bought my 98' A8 in 2006, it had 76,000 miles on it, it has 143,XXX on it now. It's been a money pit since day one. Every little thing cost a lot of money. Good mechanic, bad mechanic the car's going to cost you.

Weak links: Transmission. This will set you back $3k-$4.5k depending on where you live and who does the work. Plan on replacing the following: valve covers, head gaskets, oil cooler, breather hoses, engine mounts, tie rods, bushings, head rest motor and the list goes on.

The positives, when its out of the shop, its one of the best cars that I've owned. Comfortable, great handling, nice features. However be aware of the repairs. Unless you're an Audi mechanic, stay away. It's only going to cost you.

For more info on repairs, check out www.audipages.com. It's the A8 bible.

this is the very best car have 2008 Audi A8 L Quattro , drove it to Ocal , Fl. and back , its the best on the highway .

But like my Ka Amant too and it only cost me $ 28,500. its real nice car too fell real safe in it .