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  1. I have an S4 Avant on order. But after enjoying the Bose in my current A8, I'm a little worried the standard hifi might be underwhelming. I'm leasing for 2 years, so it didn't seem worth paying over a grand for the upgraded hifi. Does anyone have ideas for how I could beef it up please? I figured an aftermarket subwoofer would improve things, with the advantage that I can take it out for the next car.
  2. Beefing up the standard S4 hifi

    Yes, I've had a drive and listened to the hifi, and I was underwhelmed. But as you say, on a two year lease it's not worth the cost. Any ideas where I could look to research a sub and someone who'd install it for me?
  3. I've had a 2016 A8 3.0 TDi since last March, and always felt the throttle response a bit slack. Drive mode is nice for cruising around, but I have to really stamp on the gas to get enough acceleration at a busy junction. When I do hit the gas, there's still a bit of lag (turbo?) before it lurches off. Sport is much more nimble, but less relaxed because it goes to much higher revs before changing gear. Maybe I'm not anticipating when I'll need the revs at the ready very well, but there doesn't seem to be a happy medium. My last car was the D3 4.2 petrol, which was nice and peppy, so maybe it's getting used to diesel and turbo lag. Does this sound normal? Am I fussing over nothing? Or should I get it checked out? Thanks
  4. Frustratingly unresponsive throttle on my 3.0 TDi

    I think I'll give them a ring and see if they can check it over :o)
  5. Frustratingly unresponsive throttle on my 3.0 TDi

    Good question, and to be fair, I had an overnight test drive booked for an A6, when my old A8 let me down and I decided i needed something in a hurry. My local Audi had the ideal A8 in stock, which they need to shift before year end, so they did me a ridiculous lease, and I jumped in. I can't even remember how long I drove it for. Since I wrote my message earlier, it occurred to me to try staying in Sport, and using the paddles to shift up when it's hanging on to the revs too long, and it's better, though I guess my mpg will go up a bit. And I'll explore the Individual setting, too. Not sure how much I can play with, but worth a look.
  6. Hi I had the Audi MMI unit installed on my 2005 D3 a few years ago. I just downloaded the Audi MMI connect app on my iPhone and registered on audi.com, but it says my car isn't compatible. Is there anything I can do to get podcasts etc playing from the phone? I have podcasts on an old iPhone in the glovebox, attached with the old-style Apple connector, but it'd be nice to do it over Bluetooth with the phone I carry all the time. thanks for your help
  7. My A8 isn't starting when it's very warm, like after a 1-2hr drive. My indie audi guys have replaced the starter motor, and then some relays, which sorted it for a couple of weeks. But it's happened again and going back in tomorrow. It's starting to feel like Groundhog Day. Is anyone aware of any known faults, or have any advice? thanks guys
  8. 2005 A8 D3 4.2 - problem starting when warm

    Well it looks like my mechanics have solved it, as far as I can tell. The battery was going into shutdown, which is why the dash lit up but the engine didn't turn. So, new battery and a couple of long journeys next week - let's see if I get stuck! Fingers crossed. To be honest the depressing thing, was looking for a newer car for the £8k or so I recon I'd get for the A8, and seeing what I'd get for the money. Not much fun. Let's hope it'll last me another year so I can save up for a new shape A8.
  9. 2005 A8 D3 4.2 - problem starting when warm

    Yep no unusual behaviour apart from that, though I'll check the lights. No error messages, but when my mechanic plugged his laptop in initially it told him the problem was with the starter motor which they then replaced.
  10. 2005 A8 D3 4.2 - problem starting when warm

    Everything lights up OK, but the engine doesn't turn over at all, complete silence.
  11. 09 MK5 GTI or 59 MK6?

    I was one of those. Actually used to polish my company car. That was when I was young and didn't have kids, mind. I did buy a car once, found an accident repair document in the glove box, rang the garage and found it had had a serious accident repair. I could hear a faint wind noise from the door which alerted me. The dealer took the car back and gave me a refund!
  12. 09 MK5 GTI or 59 MK6?

    We're looking for a GTI to replace my wife's A3 1.8T quattro sport, and not had an GTI experience before. We've just driven a 59 plate, DSG, 2-owners with 34,000 miles, which is £16k at Evans Halshaw (no negotiating they tell me!), and we like it. But I've also seen a 09 DSG, Pirelli, 1-owner with the same mileage on Auto Trader for £13k. I assume the price difference is because the 59 is MK 6 and the 09 MK5? I thought of getting a MK6 because it won't date quite as quickly so we're likely to keep it a bit longer. But I guess the MK5 is the better buy financially, because it's taken its hit in depreciation, and £4k price difference for 6 months age is a lot of cash. What are your thoughts guys? thanks
  13. 09 MK5 GTI or 59 MK6?

    I guess one advantage of being a lease car, is it'll have had any bit of work done, because it's all paid for.
  14. 09 MK5 GTI or 59 MK6?

    He said it's ex-VW Finance, and was owned by a rental company, but can't tell any more about who drove it. I checked with my local indy, who was main dealer for years and he said there's no way they could tell more than that. But he also said that if its VW Approved it should be fine, and you also get their 30 day return guarantee so low risk. Still. Rental company. Makes you think doesn't it?
  15. 09 MK5 GTI or 59 MK6?

    So, I've seen a 2012 with 13,500 miles for £18k. Seems like a bargain, I guess because the MK7 is coming soon. It's with VW Dealer so has their checks and warranty etc. But it's ex VW Finance and was owned by a rental company. I wonder if an ex-rental car, or even the suspicion, is worth avoiding as it could have been hammered. Of course GTi is an odd rental, being thirsty, so maybe it was run by a manager or staff Would you avoid? Or take the risk given it has the VW approved guarantee?
  16. 09 MK5 GTI or 59 MK6?

    Thanks for your responses guys. I take your point about £16k being a lot for a car that'll be 4 years old in the Autumn, and it's sold now, anyway. So I've looked a bit further and discovered that there are lots of 1-year-old GTis kicking about between £18k-£20k+ - with DSG and leather. Not that seems odd to me, they seem too cheap. The spec suggests dealers who ordered too many and now need to get shot of them. But still, given that there are loads of 09/10 cars around the £15/16k mark, the 2012s seem cheap. I might look in that direction instead.
  17. 09 MK5 GTI or 59 MK6?

    Thanks Ian, so £16k sounds overpriced yes? And so DSG gets unreliable?
  18. 09 MK5 GTI or 59 MK6?

    Why not twinspark?
  19. I'm looking at a 2005 A8 4.2 to replace my BMW 530d touring. The price has dropped £2k since I drove it in May, so the dealer obviously wants to get shot of it now. The only trouble is the sat nav monitor is stuck halfway out of the dash, though the unit seems to work ok. He suggested he'd knock £500 off the car if I agreed to get it fixed myself. So I popped into my local Audi independent who quoted £498+vat and fitting for a replacement, exchange unit. He couldn't quote fitting because he's not done one before, and doesn't know how tricky taking the dash apart will be. I'm wondering if sorting the head unit myself gives me the chance to upgrade, with DAB and ipod connection etc. Or whether I'm just asking for a lot of hassle and a big bill. So: Has anyone tried replacing a head unit? Was it easy to do or a lot of trouble? I've struggled to find the unit description online to find replacements, so how is it described? What upgrades are there - either Audi or otherwise? And where's good to search for them? Thanks for your help guys!
  20. I'm after a towbar and 4-bike carrier for my 2005 D3. There seem to be a lot of options out there but I'm not sure what's going to work on the A8. Anyone had any experience? It'll be for kids and adult bikes, small and large. cheers
  21. Towbar and 4-bike carrier for 2005 D3

    So, I tried to get a towbar fitted, but the guy couldn't drop the bumper off to get to the chassis - looks like it's been bodged at some point. So imagining a world of pain I scrapped the idea. Now I'm wondering if there's a bike rack that'll fit on the boot. Ideally it'll hold 4 bikes, but my bet is that'll be too heavy. Any ideas? thanks
  22. Towbar and 4-bike carrier for 2005 D3

    Thanks, I'll check the site out. cheers
  23. As many have echoed, I'm a bit disappointed that my 2005 D3 4.2 doesn't have a proper V8 exhaust note. I don't want to sound like a boy racer, but I do want to hear something around town. Where would you recommend I go, and how much should I expect to pay? Is it worth going for a full system or will cat-back do the trick (is it just down to price?). I'm in Nottingham, but don't mind traveling a bit. Birmingham is easy, or I could even do London on a weekend. thanks guys
  24. A bad excuse to buy an S8?

    So my 2005 4.2 D3 just failed its MOT, needs four tyres (£7-800), possibly going to have to replace the MMI controls (£6-700), getting a bit a of hole in the exhaust (£?). So I'm wondering if that's a good excuse to get the S8 I've been thinking about and chop the 4.2 in without doing the the repairs. I've only had the it 2 years and am well pleased with it by the way - I normally change after 3-4yrs. OK, I admit, it's not a very good financial argument, but interested to hear what you guys make of it. I rang up about this fella on auto trader - Audi S8 FSI Quattro 4dr Tip Auto Saloon 5.2 2006 - £16k, 88,000 miles and huge spec (ceramics, dvd screens, B&O, massage seats). Turns out it's had 5 owners, which makes me suspicious. Someone paid a lot to bling it up though! Mileage a bit close to 100,000, but I only do 7,500/year so maybe not a problem.
  25. A bad excuse to buy an S8?

    Fair points chaps. And I must admit, I hate the idea of how much I'd lose by part exing. I normally sell privately - more hassle but you get more cash. But it needs to be in good nick. My hunch is I'd lose the cost of repairs on the part ex anyway. It's a bad excuse to buy an S8 really, isn't it