About Audi S8
As Audi's flagship performance sedan based on the Audi A8, Audi S8 has been built by the high-performance subsidiary company Audi Sport GmbH, for the German automobile manufacturer Audi AG part of the Volkswagen Group since 2001 as a compact executive car and grand tourer. Originally introduced as the third Audi for the North American market to bear an "S" badge, S8 slots above the S7, S6, S4, and S3 in Audi's S series of sporty cars. Competing against the BMW Alpina B7, Jaguar XJR, and Mercedes-Benz AMG S63, S8 is in its third generation.
The second-generation Audi S8 (Typ D3) was produced from 2006 to 2010 based on Volkswagen Group D3 platform. It reappeared after a three-year hiatus and was offered in only one body style, 4-door sedan. Equipped with many cutting-edge technologies such as a user-friendly Multi Media Interface (MMI), Bluetooth connectivity, navigation, a powerful Bose audio system with a glovebox CD changer and power-retractable side mirrors, Audi S8 was powered by a 5.2 L V19 making 450 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque and this engine sent power through a 6-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission to Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Current S8 returned for the 2013 model year as a luxury sport sedan. For 2016, it added a new variant of the full-size sedan: the Audi S8 Plus. And now, S8 gets power from a 4.0 L V8 rated at 520 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent through a smooth 8-speed automatic transmission to Quattro all-wheel-drive system.
Audi S8 Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Boasting stunning accelerating, blindingly quick performance, good fuel economy, polished road manners, no wonder Audi S8 becomes a boon for car enthusiasts. However, no matter how tough it was built, you still need to be alert to these common problems on S8:
First, decreased power and fuel economy are what Audi S8 drivers complained most during their ride. If you know something about how vehicle works, then you may realize that theyresult from engine failure. In view of the serious consequences of engine failure could bring about, you had better be aware of these typical symptoms of it provided by experienced S8 drivers. At first, the engine will give out strange sounds such as whining, squealing or rattling; then it suffers from performance issues including misfiring, stalling, hard starting and inability to start; finally, before the vehicle breaks down completely, there will be a dramatic reduction in power while acceleration and in fuel efficiency, the Check Engine Light will also come on. All these signs indicate that the S8 spark plug, engine control module, air filter, oil filter, oxygen sensor, fuel pump, drive belt and valve cover gasket.
Second, suspension and transmission failures are also common on Audi S8. Drivers find hard to deal with these two issues as most of them have no idea about them and they also have similar symptoms as both of them could result in clunking or grinding noises from underneath the vehicle. To diagnose and solve them as soon as you can, S8 repairmen offer some practical means. The suspension failure often also manifests as intense car vibration; uneven and excessive tire wear, which results in tilting vehicle; unintentional steering and loose steering wheel; and poor handling is the final result. All these could be attributed to the S8 wheel bearing, shock absorber, sway bar bushing, control arm bushing, sway bar link, coil springs and coil spring insulator. While the S8 transmission assembly, automatic transmission filter, automatic transmission shifter, shift cable and transfer case seal are often the culprits.
Well-functioning parts on your Audi S8 is a must for the perfect and satisfying ride, which means you need to practice routine maintenance on vulnerable parts. On your S8, you are advised to add the seat belt, windshield wiper, wiper blade, fog light, headlight, antenna and cabin air filter on your routine maintenance list since they are helpful in creating safe and comfortable driving experience but they also work under harsh conditions.
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