Originally Posted by whiteslashasian
I finally got some time and test drove that D2 S8 and wow, she a dream. Big and comfortable but didn't feel large at all while steering and maneuvering. Very composed without being harsh on the shitty local roads. Gobs of power, I had the pedal pressed halfway down and was pretty much slammed into the amazing Recaro leather seats. There was one small paint chip on the trunk and one piece of chrome trim that would need to be replaced. It was really mint and you could tell the previous owner loved it.
There are some things I'd want to check out more in depth before purchasing, such as seals on the drive shaft coming out of the trans, checking for oil around the valve covers, inspecting CV boots etc. The guy had replaced the rear brake calipers and did rotors/pads all around so that's nice.
The problem is my dad is worried about luxury german auto's that are in the middle of their life. He hasn't sat in it yet so that could change with a test drive. I'm ready to put my half of the money down on it.
How many miles?
Timing belt... I think the D2 still uses a belt.
Check ALL electrical functions.
Make sure quattro diffs are sealed
Does D2 have air suspension? Check the compressor.
2 great sources for help and info:
(this subfora is dedicated to the D2 platform)
I've used those forums to help me nail down small problems, very helpful guys, even a few mechanics post there.
Originally Posted by Find Finn
DO NOT BUY AN OLD S8, it will cost you an arm, a leg, a kidney and your first born and their first born to repair.
It can get expensive, but a well maintained version is manageable. Just EXPECT to get a large bill once and a while. Don't go in with fantasies.