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Baryonyx

9,407 posts

42 months

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Fox- said:
Seriously? You think no heated REAR seats and no ski hatch on a 13 year old car is 'poor spec'? Even the Sat Nav is no great loss and a more modern Audi unit is cheap and easy to source on Ebay anyway.
I should rather say, the spec is great compared to what you'd find in a hire car, but there are a lot of nice little touches that you might really appreciate as an owner missing on the lower spec cars which aren't really any cheaper than the top spec ones. I never thought I'd use the ski hatch on mine until I bought some shelving units at Ikea and found they fitted perfectly through. The Sat Nav I still haven't figured out but the multimedia screen is great. The heated rear seats are nice to have though I will charge for passengers using them! hehe The rear electric blind is a masterstroke. When I'm driving along with the sun glaring into the cabin, the push of a button sorts it all out.

Other stuff like the cruise control though, I could live without.


V8Wagon

1,313 posts

43 months

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Anyone got any knowledge of these old things?

Legacy GTB.......

280bhp twin turbo afaik!!

Would ya?



Baryonyx

9,407 posts

42 months

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V8Wagon said:
Anyone got any knowledge of these old things?

Legacy GTB.......

280bhp twin turbo afaik!!

Would ya?


You bet I would. If I was after an estate and I couldn't find a decent 850 T5 nearby.

Apache

38,788 posts

167 months

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I love me, but they are thirsty and expensive to service from (poor) memory

E38Ross

14,414 posts

95 months

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Baryonyx said:
I should rather say, the spec is great compared to what you'd find in a hire car, but there are a lot of nice little touches that you might really appreciate as an owner missing on the lower spec cars which aren't really any cheaper than the top spec ones. I never thought I'd use the ski hatch on mine until I bought some shelving units at Ikea and found they fitted perfectly through. The Sat Nav I still haven't figured out but the multimedia screen is great. The heated rear seats are nice to have though I will charge for passengers using them! hehe The rear electric blind is a masterstroke. When I'm driving along with the sun glaring into the cabin, the push of a button sorts it all out.

Other stuff like the cruise control though, I could live without.
your mental.....you moan at things if it doesn't have heated rear seats or a rear sun blind, yet could live without cruise control! i use cruise almost every drive i do! helps my commute is >20 miles each way!
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Ordinary_Chap

7,520 posts

126 months

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V8Wagon said:
Anyone got any knowledge of these old things?

Legacy GTB.......

280bhp twin turbo afaik!!

Would ya?


Awesome barges! As long as its fully serviced and is doing all of the normal turbo things right then it should be a good buy.

They are very thirsty however.

Baryonyx

9,407 posts

42 months

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Ordinary_Chap said:
They are very thirsty however.
Most good things are.

sparks_E39

8,244 posts

96 months

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I use cruise control quite a lot, I'd definitely miss it.

E38ROSS, don't know if you were aware but if you stick cruise on and put the gearbox into manual and 5th, it won't unnecessarily change down for slight gradients, thus saving a bit of fuel. I always do it, it never struggles.

Edited by sparks_E39 on Saturday 13th October 18:13

V8Wagon

1,313 posts

43 months

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Cheers for the feedback on the Subaru. It's got me twitching....I've left a message for the seller..definitely interested in it.
Yeh, it'll be thirsty but so is my 2.4 Auto Accord tbh.....it's more the robustness and longevity I'm concerned with rather than the MPG.

Fingers crossed!

theironduke

6,995 posts

71 months

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Baryonyx said:
Ordinary_Chap said:
They are very thirsty however.
Most good things are.
Especially in the context of barges!

W00DY

7,857 posts

109 months

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Baryonyx said:
I should rather say, the spec is great compared to what you'd find in a hire car, but there are a lot of nice little touches that you might really appreciate as an owner missing on the lower spec cars which aren't really any cheaper than the top spec ones. I never thought I'd use the ski hatch on mine until I bought some shelving units at Ikea and found they fitted perfectly through. The Sat Nav I still haven't figured out but the multimedia screen is great. The heated rear seats are nice to have though I will charge for passengers using them! hehe The rear electric blind is a masterstroke. When I'm driving along with the sun glaring into the cabin, the push of a button sorts it all out.

Other stuff like the cruise control though, I could live without.
I chose that A8 for the spec.

Cruise, Xenons, No out-dated Nav, lovely wheels, comfy seats with adjustable lumbar. Pretty much all I want from a modern barge.

Baryonyx

9,407 posts

42 months

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I see.

Quietlybonkers

8,258 posts

27 months

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E38Ross said:
BeirutTaxi said:
Can the Quattro system be deleted from other A8's easily? I fancy one.
it wasn't "deleted" it just didn't come with quattro from the factory. i'm not sure if you can delete the 4wd as such!
Mine's a quattro and there's no 2 wheel drive button on the dash or in then car set up section of the electronics

Quietlybonkers

8,258 posts

27 months

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Saturday 13th October 2012 quote quote all
Baryonyx said:
Fox- said:
Seriously? You think no heated REAR seats and no ski hatch on a 13 year old car is 'poor spec'? Even the Sat Nav is no great loss and a more modern Audi unit is cheap and easy to source on Ebay anyway.
I should rather say, the spec is great compared to what you'd find in a hire car, but there are a lot of nice little touches that you might really appreciate as an owner missing on the lower spec cars which aren't really any cheaper than the top spec ones. I never thought I'd use the ski hatch on mine until I bought some shelving units at Ikea and found they fitted perfectly through. The Sat Nav I still haven't figured out but the multimedia screen is great. The heated rear seats are nice to have though I will charge for passengers using them! hehe The rear electric blind is a masterstroke. When I'm driving along with ..........
I have figured the sat nav in mine, and like the way it displays on the instrument panel, between the speedo and rev counter, as well as on the MMI screen. It wasn't actually difficult to set, just take your time the first couple of times

Baryonyx

9,407 posts

42 months

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Quietlybonkers said:
I have figured the sat nav in mine, and like the way it displays on the instrument panel, between the speedo and rev counter, as well as on the MMI screen. It wasn't actually difficult to set, just take your time the first couple of times
The thing I've encountered so far is that I don't really need the sat nav, so every time I've started using it and then got into the street list I've given up before finding what I was after. If it would just let me search by postcode I'd be much happier with it. I think this about many sat navs that don't let you search by postcode!

I know it works though as the seller used it to get the car to me when he brought it up for me to view. He went to the 'wrong' street by the same name about 15 minutes from my house before I told him of his error and he programmed the correct street in. Wouldn't have happened if it had a postcode search on it!

Quietlybonkers

8,258 posts

27 months

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Fair comment. But it does narrow the letter selection as you progress through the setting process, so doesn't take too long. But I agree, I would prefer postcode setting

nagsheadwarrior

2,193 posts

62 months

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Apache said:
I love me, but they are thirsty and expensive to service from (poor) memory
Was going to leave it but......l love me!?

texasjohn

3,280 posts

114 months

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Beware bargain second-hand cars that are massive tax traps. High emission 'monsters' that cost 25% of their value just to tax...

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/cars/article-2216...


Good news for prices!

E38Ross

14,414 posts

95 months

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Saturday 13th October 2012 quote quote all
texasjohn said:
Beware bargain second-hand cars that are massive tax traps. High emission 'monsters' that cost 25% of their value just to tax...

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/cars/article-2216...


Good news for prices!
indeed. annoyingly, my car insurance is up for renewal just as my tax disc is.....and because of that i can't tax it online and have to pop to a post office to tax it mad

going to get 12 months i think which is £220 for the E38.

Escy

550 posts

32 months

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A lex said:
I know its not a barge, and I know its under thread budget - but I always think this is the most appropriate place to post up bargains...... this has been posted up on the Alfa Forums.

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/2012...







I think its a case of the dealer not knowing quite what he has got, (or it could be hiding something horrible) - but on the surface it appears to be a rather spiffy V6 GTV with:

- rare Red Style interior.
- teledials
- aero kit
- some sort of decent aftermarket exhaust (looks like Ragazzaon).

The wheels are worth £4-500 by themselves and all things being equal that should be flippable for £2k without any hassle at all.

I really wish I had the money spare and the time to get this frown
I just found this via a google image search. I bought it. It's a peach. Has a cat back Razzagon exhaust which sounds sublime. Also has Bilstein shocks, poly bushed rear end and a new battery. Can't go wrong for a grand. Done a cambelt on it and it's good to go for a while. I love it. The dealer didn't know what he had I think.
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