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10K Friday: 2001 – An Executive Odyssey – S8 v. 740i Sport

A few weeks ago, Paul wrote up a low mile 1995 740i, always a favorite of ours here at GCFSB. Also a favorite is the D2 S8. Together, they represent in our minds the pinnacle of large executive designs – fast, comfortable, quiet, and with enough presence to draw respectful looks without being overstated, showy or brash. We also think that these two executive sedans are better looking than the multiple generations that have replaced them. While performance and luxury have increased in both BMW and Audi, in our opinion both of these cars are the high-water marks for their respective brands. So, which would you rather have? Let’s start with the S8:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 Audi S8 on eBay

Year: 2001
Model: S8
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 154,000 mi
Price: $8,899 Buy It Now

2001 Audi S8 one owner, very nice!

Silver over Black Valcona Leather, Audi’s top of the line in 2001; this A8 “S” version is still quite formidable the 360 HP 4.2 40 valve V8 delivers 5.8 sec. performance to 60MPH, superb AWD handling dynamics and loads of luxury. Even 20 MPG is respectable given the power and size of the car. Superb fit and finish, no squeaks or rattles to impact the BOSE Sound, heated seats, Navigation and power everything even rear sun shade; plus parking sensors. This well cared for 154k mile has many enjoyable miles ahead. No accidents, one owner, service history, good tyres and brakes this consignment S8 is ready for a new home. Please call 650-261-1777

VIN: WAUGU54D71N008062

Price: $8899.

Silver over black certainly was a signature of the S8, following in the inspiration of the all-polished aluminum Space Frame design study back in 1993. That car certainly left a mark on the imaginations of many Audi fans and the styling of the A8, as it was a near copy of that car. The pictures show a well cared for example of the D2 here, but the only drawback in my mind is the 154,000 miles; it’s not an outrageous number for the chassis or even the engine, but I’d be concerned about the longevity of the transmission at this stage in life. Considering the asking price is still pretty high without taking transmission work into account, I think it’s a bit overpriced though it does seem to be in good shape. Perhaps the lower miles on the 740 will sway you:

While the flashier colors may make the 740 stand out, I think this example in Orient Blue is lovely. It’s understated but very pretty, and shows the quite aggressive lines of the E38 well. With almost exactly half the miles of the S8 for about the same price, perhaps what the 740 lacks in performance compared to the Audi it makes up for in condition:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 BMW 740i Sport on eBay

Year: 2001
Model: 740i Sport
Engine: 4.4 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 78,454 mi
Price: $7,950 Buy It Now

This is a great previously owned vehicle. This is a smoke-free automobile. There is no damage evident on this vehicle. This is a garage kept vehicle.The engine on this vehicle is running properly. This vehicle has no known defects. Overall, this vehicle’s exterior is clean. The interior is clean and in good condition. Glove box handle and cupholders are in op. The tires have 25% of the tread life still left on them. The mileage represented on this vehicle is accurate, few pixels out on display, common on this car but we will try to resolve before sale ends. There are no signs of prior damage on this vehicle. There are no noticeable dings on the exterior of this vehicle. There is a small crack in the front impact strip on bumper. This vehicle has a smooth shifting transmission. Please review 100 pictures of this stunning bmw. Please note this car is still in use and mileage may be slightly higher at the point of sale.also note the car will not be available for pick up until after next weekend.

So, you’ll need to purchase some tires for those pretty M-Parallels, but otherwise it seems to be in good shape. I’m really not a fan of the pinstripe on this car and wish it wasn’t there, but perhaps it doesn’t bother everyone like me. Condition seems above average and miles are well below average on this 2001. And nearly everything about it makes me want to say this is the car I’d choose; but then, I see beaten up E38s being driven all around Providence and I just can’t do it. They may have been much more popular than the Audi, but that just makes the Audi more appealing to me. Despite the higher miles, the S8 would still be the car I’d choose. I’d negotiate the price down a bit due to transmission concerns, but even though silver over black isn’t my preferred color I just find myself liking the D2 more than the E38.



  1. E500E
    E500E March 7, 2014

    The 7er’s interior looks a little banged up. And the lack of detailed photos of the S8 make it difficult to do a solid comparison.

  2. UrSDriver
    UrSDriver March 7, 2014

    That S8 looks like a prime candidate for a euro O1E TDI swap! Love the E39 styling but to many of them in my area are driven by low rent drug dealers.

  3. CB Vickrey
    CB Vickrey March 7, 2014

    Can’t believe I am going to say this (since I am a dyed in the wool BMW fan/owner) but that Audi so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just looks like it means business, awesome interior!

  4. Carter J
    Carter J March 7, 2014

    E500E, if you’re really interested the actual listing for the S8 did have more detailed photos. If anything I think the S8 might be better presented despite the 2x miles

  5. Mark T. Jordan
    Mark T. Jordan March 7, 2014

    “I see beaten up E38s being driven all around Providence and I just can’t do it.”
    Hey, Carter, I grew up there. And East Greenwich. Great to read a story from
    a fellow Ro-Dielandah. Let’s hear more Nor’east perspective.

  6. Carter
    Carter March 7, 2014

    Ha, thanks Mark! I’ve lived all around the state – Providence now, but I lived right by Quidnessett Country Club for a while and drove through East Greenwich every day. Pretty funny. Well, without going too much into detail, I think UrSDriver’s comment sums it up pretty well. It’s hard not to go a mile in Providence without seeing a poor condition, somewhat modified 740 lurching around performing all sorts of illegal moves. Perhaps that’s unique to Providence, but I don’t believe it is.

  7. Z
    Z March 7, 2014

    Long time E39 540 owner, but I like the S8 more. It’s also rare that it actually spent life in sunny state instead in harsh winters.

  8. Early8q
    Early8q March 7, 2014

    I would have to agree on your “high water” mark for both of these manufacturers.

  9. ML Brown
    ML Brown March 8, 2014

    S8. Drive it hard. Blow the tranny. Convert to 6mt. Ronin-mobile. Hmm.

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