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2001 Audi S8

In a recent post, I posed the “do you need the S8” once again when reviewing a clean and properly priced A8. I suggested that for about half the price of a decent S8, you could enjoy most of the experience in a clean A8. Of course, then someone has to go and advertise a pretty clean S8, in the perfect color combination, for just a bit more than an average A8. This 2001 Ming Blue S8 has a lot going for it; the color is great, the interior has those super sport seats, and the major services have just been done. But the best part – hands down – has to be the price:

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Year: 2001
Model: S8
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 133,000 mi
Price: $6,800

2nd owner. No winters until 2010. Good, but not excellent, condition. 18″ Avus wheels, new tires this week, new Brembo rotors 3 months ago, new timing belt/water pump at 128K. A-pillars have stains from plugged sunroof drain. Possible trade for 2002-2005 MLK320. Located in Grand Rapids, MI. Going on craigslist next week. Thanks for looking. 616-401-2004.

This is just an honest S8; I like that the owner hasn’t tried to over-present it (though, in all honesty I’d probably have given it a good cleaning prior to photographing). It’s got some visible signs of wear, but then it has over 130,000 miles on the clock. While that may sound like a lot on a S8, the reality is that most 2001s are coming up for sale with more than that, and not usually this close to a recent major service. Tires and brakes alone would set up back a decent portion of the asking price, as would the timing belt service. I’d wager that for a skilled detailer, this car could be made to look much better and still keep your outlay under $7,000. For that amount of money, it’s hard to see how this isn’t a stellar value if you’re a fan of large, fast executive sedans.



  1. Joe
    Joe March 26, 2014

    Big fan of the early S8s. Agree with you Carter, lots of bang for your buck here with significant maintenance recently completed. The ad mentions 18″ Avus wheels, but the wheels pictured are not Avus. Seller would get more interest/money if the car were cleaned and decluttered.

  2. UrSDriver
    UrSDriver March 26, 2014

    Recaro sport seats are a big bonus, too many of these on the market with “comfort” seating option.

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