Audi A8 This full sized Audi A8 sedan offers interior luxury and spaciousness comparable to any car in the full sized luxury sedan class

buying a used A8

  #1  
Old 08-11-2008, 01:33 PM
Junior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 3
Default buying a used A8

is there anything i should look out for when buying a used A8? what are the main differences between the 05,06 and 07 models? im looking to buy within those 3 year models but did one year have a ton of issues or anything? im an audi noob so help me out please.
 
  #2  
Old 08-13-2008, 12:27 AM
Junior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 3
Default

wow this forums is pretty active...
 
  #3  
Old 08-13-2008, 12:50 AM
auditech79's Avatar
Site Moderator
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Nor Cal
Posts: 9,004
Default

Well the biggest difference is the 07+ model which has an FSI 4.2L instead of the standard 4.2L. The 07 also uses a timing chain instead of a timing belt so it doesn't need service. The other thing is, the older the model the older the software of the MMI. The 06+ model has a interactive display for the audible parking system and an updated sound system. The 05 is also very good but may need some MMI updates at a cost to you.
STAY AWAY FROM AN 04 A8! Its the first year and there are tons of problems with it, including engine changes.
 
  #4  
Old 08-13-2008, 01:01 AM
Junior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 3
Default

so im looking at an 05 right now and youre saying the only thing it would probably need is a mmi update? is it necessary? what are the main differences between the 05 and 06?
 
  #5  
Old 08-13-2008, 03:47 PM
auditech79's Avatar
Site Moderator
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Nor Cal
Posts: 9,004
Default

The 05 and 06 are pretty much identical, the 06 has a little more features like that parking aid screen, as well as upgraded inteior options.
The updates are usually for MMI performance problems, like there are glitches in the system when scrolling pages and things like that. You will probably notice something annoying when using the MMI that you would think there would be an update for.......and there probably is. That kinda thing.
 
  #6  
Old 08-26-2008, 12:14 AM
A8 LOOONG's Avatar
1st Gear
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Willow Springs, IL
Posts: 115
Default True dat!

Originally Posted by auditech79 View Post
The 05 and 06 are pretty much identical, the 06 has a little more features like that parking aid screen, as well as upgraded inteior options.
The updates are usually for MMI performance problems, like there are glitches in the system when scrolling pages and things like that. You will probably notice something annoying when using the MMI that you would think there would be an update for.......and there probably is. That kinda thing.
I agree. I recently had my 05 in for service (under warranty) and they auomatically updated my MMI for NAV use. I am not sure if it effected anything else in the MMI (like music features yet) but the new selections for scrolling through the NAV Map screen is much easier to do now while in traffic.

Stay away from 04's -- lots of worries (sorry guys with 04's but it's well known). None as I am aware for the 05's on up. In 06 the grill changes to that ovalish shaped version. If you like that, look for an 06 or newer. I wasn't aware of the new 4.2 engine in the 07's. I'll have to look at those closer.
 
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Eric Strong
Audi TT
5
03-06-2010 07:39 PM
BWillis
Audi A4
1
12-06-2007 01:09 PM
beefsb89l
Audi A4
6
04-15-2006 05:46 PM
beefsb89l
Audi A4
10
11-09-2005 06:37 PM


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: buying a used A8


Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.