About Audi A8
As Audi's flagship model meant to appeal to wealthy consumers looking for maximum luxury and space, Audi A8 has been built by the German automobile manufacturer Audi AG, part of the Volkswagen Group since 1994 as a full-size luxury car. Originally introduced to take the place of Audi V8, A8 is notable for being the first mass-market car with an aluminum chassis marketed as the Audi Space Frame. Competing against the BMW 650 Gran Coupe, Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 740, A8 now is in its third generation.
The second-generation Audi A8 (D3, Typ 4E) was produced from August 2002 to November 2009 based on the Volkswagen Group D3 and was unveiled via press release in June 2003 as a 2004 model in the United States. It was offered in only one body style, 4-door sedan and came in only one trim levels but two versions: standard-wheelbase (A8) and long-wheelbase (A8 L). North American version of A8 was powered by 4.2 L V8 rated at 335 bhp and 320 lb-ft of torque and later rose to 350 hp for 2007, 5.2 L V10 producing 444 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque and 6.0 L 12-cylinder generating 444 hp and 430 pound-feet of torque. Current A8 (D4, Typ 4H) was introduced on 30 November 2009 for the 2011 model year. Built based on the new Volkswagen D4 platform, A8 comes in six trim levels: 3.0T, L 3.0T, L 3.0 TDI, 4.0T, L 4.0T and L W12. Now, A8 gets power from 3.0 L supercharged V6 with 333 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque, 4.0 L turbocharged V8 producing 420 hp and 444 lb-ft of torque, 6.3 L 12-cylinder engine cranking out 500 hp and 463 pound-feet of torque and 3.0 L turbodiesel V6 making 240 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. And power is sent through the 8-speed Tiptronic transmission to front wheels or four wheels.
Audi V8 Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Boasting winter weather capability, luxurious accommodation and luxury and cutting-edge electronics, Audi V8 is a fine choice that you should overlook as a luxury flagship. However, a wise V8 driver also should know about these common problems on it:
First, according to the professional car repair statistics site repairpal.com, illuminated Check Engine Light is what Audi V8 drivers meet most during their ride. As the most obvious sign, you must realize the engine is having something wrong. Since engine is the soul and power source of a vehicle, you had better learn about how to diagnose these typical symptoms of engine failure brought by experienced A8 drivers. It often starts with whining, squealing or rattling from the engine; then evolves in engine running roughly, misfiring, stalling and even suffering from starting issues; the vehicle also decreases in power while acceleration and have poor fuel economy. And all these could be attributed to the V8 spark plug, oxygen sensor, timing belt, oil filter, air filter, valve cover gasket, fuel pump and engine control module.
Second, another common situation Audi V8 meet during driving is there are always clunking or grinding noises from underneath the vehicle. Most of them think those sounds are caused by friction between rocks and tires, but they did not realize the suspension system is exposed to wearing and tearing. After a while, the tire wear will become uneven and excessive and the vehicle tends to tilt to one side. Professional V8 repairmen warn that once you feel intense car vibration, hear noises from beneath the vehicle, feel loose steering wheel and unintentional steering, you should know the next thing is often to be poor handling. The condition of V8 wheel bearing, shock absorber, sway bar bushing, control arm bushing, coil springs, coil spring insulator and trailing arm should always keep at top notch.
Moreover, please perform routine maintenance on vulnerable auto parts on your Audi V8 if you only desire safe and comfortable ride. Parts including V8 seat belt, windshield wiper, wiper blade, fog light, headlight, antenna and cabin air filter should be maintained routinely as they work under harsh conditions all the time.
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