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Originally Posted by LawrenceMD View Post

you could achieve ultimate synergy with this thread if you recreated the Ronin Car chase scene using old crusty UES people's Mercs and your S8... unfortunately no citroens and pegeuots frown.gif throughout manhattan.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFO2kxihlqI

Sadly no nitrous boost or 6 speed either. I'd rather my car not end up riddled with bullet holes though!

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Originally Posted by idfnl View Post

If you can turn a wrench, you can save a lot of money. Also, that platform has lots of used/recon parts out there.
Just be weary of the electronics. That's usually not something you can manage on your own.
Timing belt sounds good. Tranny? Hmmm... I've not heard that. My mechanic knows guys that are over 300k and going strong.

From what I've read, other than the timing belt, there are tons of cases of the ZF transmissions on the D2 A8/S8 cars going bad. The S8 IS a different transmission from the A8, shorter gears, but I've been reading that if the transmission still works well at ~100k miles don't touch it (aka do not attempt to drain and clean the transmission fluid etc) but if there are issues apparently draining and pulling all the gunk out could be a solution.

I played around with some of the electronics, heated seats, rear sun shade, headlamp power washers, trunk/gas release buttons, etc. I didn't completely look into the auto-leveling headlamps, windshield and sideview mirror defrosters, or ALL the switches on the dash. I will be sure to be very thorough should I take a look at it again.
post #7892 of 14806
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Originally Posted by whiteslashasian View Post

From what I've read, other than the timing belt, there are tons of cases of the ZF transmissions on the D2 A8/S8 cars going bad. The S8 IS a different transmission from the A8, shorter gears, but I've been reading that if the transmission still works well at ~100k miles don't touch it (aka do not attempt to drain and clean the transmission fluid etc) but if there are issues apparently draining and pulling all the gunk out could be a solution.
I played around with some of the electronics, heated seats, rear sun shade, headlamp power washers, trunk/gas release buttons, etc. I didn't completely look into the auto-leveling headlamps, windshield and sideview mirror defrosters, or ALL the switches on the dash. I will be sure to be very thorough should I take a look at it again.

Good point, its a different transmission, probably runs hotter too.

Check all the electronics. ALL. If the D2 is anything like the D3, the car sends alerts for every cough, sneeze and sniffle. It will drive you crazy if you have gremlins.

Once I needed brakes, gas, had a low tire, and a lamp out at the same time, on startup, it was like a fucking smoke detector going off.
post #7893 of 14806
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Originally Posted by idfnl View Post

Good point, its a different transmission, probably runs hotter too.
Check all the electronics. ALL. If the D2 is anything like the D3, the car sends alerts for every cough, sneeze and sniffle. It will drive you crazy if you have gremlins.
Once I needed brakes, gas, had a low tire, and a lamp out at the same time, on startup, it was like a fucking smoke detector going off.

I did notice that it screamed at you for not buckling up. Leaving the headlamps on with the engine off, leaving the keys in the ignition with the door open, ETC ETC ETC. That was actually kinda annoying but then again I rarely ever do any of those things except when looking at a car in a nice heated garage (it was freezing cold and windy that day).
post #7894 of 14806
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Originally Posted by idfnl View Post


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.

I know a couple have burnt their fingers on them, so that probably a good idea.

I remember a couple 20k$ bills.
post #7895 of 14806
I used to have a B5 A4 in college and that car was an electrical nightmare; mechanically, it was fine. Obviously anecdotal evidence, so YMMV, but I was so happy to get rid of the car.

My e46 has had zero mechanical/electrical issues in my 1.5 years of ownership *knock on wood*. I'm actually quite surprised by that but I do have two more years on my warranty so I have that peace of mind.

Edit: Oh, and the previous owner of the A4 had a TOME of receipts of things she maintained and repaired, so we thought we had a car that would give us few(er) troubles. Nope. Electronics went batshit crazy within a year of ownership.
post #7896 of 14806
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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

I used to have a B5 A4 in college and that car was an electrical nightmare; mechanically, it was fine. Obviously anecdotal evidence, so YMMV, but I was so happy to get rid of the car.
My e46 has had zero mechanical/electrical issues in my 1.5 years of ownership *knock on wood*. I'm actually quite surprised by that but I do have two more years on my warranty so I have that peace of mind.

My D3 has been rock solid. Minus a few minor items, the car has never had a real problem. I've changed 1 wheel bearing and a couple of bulbs. There was an ignition coil recall, also. Electrically, the electric parking break had a fault in the wires that required a replacement, 2 hours labor. Also, the TPMS is a nightmare, most people on the forums have disabled the system. Mine occasionally throws a fault but not often enough to matter.
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Originally Posted by idfnl View Post

My D3 has been rock solid. Minus a few minor items, the car has never had a real problem. I've changed 1 wheel bearing and a couple of bulbs. There was an ignition coil recall, also. Electrically, the electric parking break had a fault in the wires that required a replacement, 2 hours labor. Also, the TPMS is a nightmare, most people on the forums have disabled the system. Mine occasionally throws a fault but not often enough to matter.

That sounds.. not terrible, but kind of annoying.

We had issues with the ABS module, the LCD cluster, speakers, airbags, the tiptronic transmission system (which now doesn't work; only automatic), failed window regulators, and more. I can't even remember them all, but damn. All that shit broke down within months of each other too, which was really frustrating.
post #7898 of 14806
finally an in-depth video of the one-77. You're all going to want to watch this:

dat trunk space redface.gif
post #7899 of 14806
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Originally Posted by ANIKETOS View Post

I would like to ask the married guys here what a good SUV for the wife and kids??? I was thinking Toureg, anyone has it?

just get a minivan and a real car for yourself. minivans are great for road trips and provide space no suv can match
post #7900 of 14806
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Originally Posted by ANIKETOS View Post

I would like to ask the married guys here what a good SUV for the wife and kids??? I was thinking Toureg, anyone has it?

just get a minivan and a real car for yourself. minivans are great for road trips and provide space no suv can match

And a suburban doesn't provide space?
post #7901 of 14806
Did anyone see that news article recently about the woman who backed over her own daughter? The accompanying pic was of the mom and some new ribbon for 'not running over your own kids' awareness, on the back window of her Escalade. Is it Darwin, or God just fucking with Americans?
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Originally Posted by thekunk07 View Post

just get a minivan and a real car for yourself. minivans are great for road trips and provide space no suv can match

I know you guys get some bus sized mini vans we don't have, but I was looking at cars with a mate who just got twins and the biggest boot we were able to find was RR, RRS, GL, Landcruiser and Ford S-Max all at around 1000 L. The only thing that came close was the E Wagon with 700 L, the rest even X5 etc. were in the 5's, if you want a bigger boot and more space you are looking at one of these.

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(No one buys Escalades etc. here, as they are too big and the fuel economy stinks)


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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post

Did anyone see that news article recently about the woman who backed over her own daughter? The accompanying pic was of the mom and some new ribbon for 'not running over your own kids' awareness, on the back window of her Escalade. Is it Darwin, or God just fucking with Americans?


It's the new way of doing things see Michael Wick (dog fighting = Peta spokes person) and italian footballer Mario Balotellii lit fireworks in his bathroom and almost burnt his house down, the next spokes person for fire works safety. rolleyes.gif
Edited by Find Finn - 1/3/13 at 9:02am
post #7903 of 14806
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Originally Posted by idfnl View Post

Car looks good, unfortunately they took away the adjustable suspension. I've seen a few on the streets. Its actually larger than the old Allroad, but ya, they've trimmed it down. Wife has an allroad, but its the 2.7 twin turbo version in a 6 speed manual. The new car is much cheaper, our Allroad was $54k. So its not fair to compare a 40k car to a 54k car..

My dad just changed the old one (exact same engine) for the new one and there is a hell of a difference. Literally almost everything looks and feels better. He's got the 3 liter 313 hp petrol one, and it feels really quick for such a big, heavy car.
post #7904 of 14806
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Originally Posted by CalTex View Post

And a suburban doesn't provide space?

sure, for double the cost of a minivan just so you can feel like the big cock on campus
post #7905 of 14806
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Originally Posted by Dean Keaton View Post

My dad just changed the old one (exact same engine) for the new one and there is a hell of a difference. Literally almost everything looks and feels better. He's got the 3 liter 313 hp petrol one, and it feels really quick for such a big, heavy car.

no big engine all road in the us frown.gif
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