10-16-2007, 05:18 AM
love the way the D3 looks, but if i'm going to step into the '04 A8 (first model year change) what do i need to look for/worry about???
should i just go and get an '05 instead or is the '04 just as good.
10-16-2007, 10:47 AM
Virtually everyone here will say to stay away fom the '04's except me. I have an '04 built in March, 2003 with a VIN below 700 and love it.
Air suspension compressor did fail on me around 74,000 miles. That's the only problem I've had with mine. Went for an '04 to get one as cheap as possible.
10-16-2007, 02:09 PM
My 2004 now has 93000 miles, thermostat at 83,000 so did belt and pump service (almost due $1500), emergency brake module ($500), one sensor for stability control($150) remote lock key stopped working new key($165), one front wheel bearing ($300) rear brakes I installed($50). Dealer recall (after warranty) new driver air bag, new trunk hinges, MMI update, no charge by Audi. That all!!!
Check with audi on repair history of used one and if clean buy it.
10-16-2007, 02:39 PM
Which year does Audi require dealer to replace a light bulb? I heard they have to program to accept new part installed?
10-16-2007, 02:52 PM
how 'bout the trany, is it as jerky as the D2s???
is the timing belt replacement needed at 90k??? what about "tune-ups"?
10-16-2007, 04:50 PM
Timing belt replacement listed at 75,000 miles. I have 89,000 miles so far and I'm going for 100k if not double to 150K. Purists say I'm playing with fire. I pulled a cover off at about 87K (see my picture Poster) and the belt looked good so I'm keeping the $1700 in the bank for now. That estimate includes belt, water pump, hydraulic tensioner, serpintine drive belt and the scam known as "shop supplies".
Tune up items are: spark plugs (expensive X eight) Air filter and cabin air filter. Interval is 55K IIRC. I can look it up if you really need the number-actually search this forum as I've posted it before. Oil & oil filter every 10,000 miles is a nice interval I can live with.
10-17-2007, 03:56 AM
One license plate lamp replaced so far. no special work required besides R&R the bulb.
Have not had to deal with a headlight or parking light yet.
If you serch the thread for my rear brake pad procedure, you will see why PC diagnostics are mandatory for the DIY'er with these vehicles.
It's not like my dad's '68 Buick Wildcat that's for sure!
10-19-2007, 03:29 PM
The used ones are always from "low mileage, rear end wrecked" vehicles-LOL.
I'm using past experience with timing belts as I risk this.
I'll probably be the poster boy for stupidity. Otherwise, I'll have saved the timing belt fee.