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Old 02-18-2005, 04:01 PM
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Have you ever driven an A8?

Well, today my dad needed to use the 330 for some reason... He didn't really give me a good reason, but he "needed it." I suspect he wanted to drive something fun for a change. So I was left to drive his A8. Let me tell you. That thing is MASSIVE! Maneuvering through traffic is like driving the Sears Tower laying on it's side. Well, I might be exaggerating a little but coming from a 330 the thing is massive.. Parking it is like trying to dock the Queen Mary 2 in a narrow berth. Man, that thing is HUGE! Anyway, just thought I'd share.
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Old 02-18-2005, 04:02 PM
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Old 02-18-2005, 04:02 PM
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Well, today my dad needed to use the 330 for some reason... He didn't really give me a good reason, but he "needed it." I suspect he wanted to drive something fun for a change. So I was left to drive his A8. Let me tell you. That thing is MASSIVE! Maneuvering through traffic is like driving the Sears Tower laying on it's side. Well, I might be exaggerating a little but coming from a 330 the thing is massive.. Parking it is like trying to dock the Queen Mary 2 in a narrow berth. Man, that thing is HUGE! Anyway, just thought I'd share.

Yes. It is big, heavy, and no fun to drive.
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Old 02-18-2005, 04:03 PM
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I like the MMI on that car.

He's talking about the old-school A8.
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Old 02-18-2005, 04:14 PM
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He's talking about the old-school A8.
Didn't see the sig...I don't remember much about that A8. Was it that forgettable or am I getting that old
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Old 02-18-2005, 04:39 PM
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Didn't see the sig...I don't remember much about that A8. Was it that forgettable or am I getting that old


Looks like a bloated A4.



Oh, wait a minute... that's what the new one looks like, too.
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Old 02-18-2005, 05:13 PM
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I like the MMI on that car.
Ours is a '98... A.K.A. Time for a new car!
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Old 02-18-2005, 05:17 PM
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I adore the A8's

2 years in a row I went straight over to Audi to see that model, they are so damn classy and sexy looking.

If you could take a car with you to the grave I may just include the A8 for good measure along with my others.

"He who dies with the most toys....wins !!"

I love that shallow line.
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Old 02-18-2005, 06:35 PM
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Well, today my dad needed to use the 330 for some reason... He didn't really give me a good reason, but he "needed it." I suspect he wanted to drive something fun for a change. So I was left to drive his A8. Let me tell you. That thing is MASSIVE! Maneuvering through traffic is like driving the Sears Tower laying on it's side. Well, I might be exaggerating a little but coming from a 330 the thing is massive.. Parking it is like trying to dock the Queen Mary 2 in a narrow berth. Man, that thing is HUGE! Anyway, just thought I'd share.
No PDC Cj???? Car must be un-drivable! My uncle has the new A8 and let me tell you... it is huge. Great Nav thou!
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Old 02-18-2005, 07:06 PM
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I really do love the look of the new A8 (well, before the big-grille facelift). Its my favrite sedan design since the 740i sport.
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Old 02-18-2005, 07:08 PM
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How they get the E65 to drive the way it does is simply amazing.

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Old 02-18-2005, 07:29 PM
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I adore the A8's

2 years in a row I went straight over to Audi to see that model, they are so damn classy and sexy looking.

If you could take a car with you to the grave I may just include the A8 for good measure along with my others.

"He who dies with the most toys....wins !!"

I love that shallow line.
My dad is absolutely in love with his. He knows he needs a new car, but he loves the way it runs and the way it looks so much that he intends on keeping it until the wheels fall off!
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Old 02-18-2005, 07:30 PM
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When we pick up our new A4 tomorrow, the salesman said he might be able to take us for a ride in the new A4 and his boss's A8 W12. I want to see what that W12 is like
I had my dad sold on a W12 before he looked at the price tag... <- his reaction
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Old 02-18-2005, 07:31 PM
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No PDC Cj???? Car must be un-drivable! My uncle has the new A8 and let me tell you... it is huge. Great Nav thou!
I love how the nav pops out of the dashboard... It does something similar in our Volvo, but it's still not as cool.
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Old 02-18-2005, 07:39 PM
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How they get the E65 to drive the way it does is simply amazing.

a car w/ e65 guts and an A8 exterior/interior would probably completely dominate the big luxury sedan market. I'd probably want one even though I'm not much into those types of cars.
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I spent a lot of time in the new A8.

Including some "hot laps" at Las Vegas Speedway...

The aluminum chasis was stiffer (superior) to the E65?

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