2002 Audi S8

I’m torn. I’ve made no excuses that I absolutely have an unnatural love and attraction to the D2 S8, and while part of that was framed by Ronin it can’t all be to blame. I want one of these cars. I’ve owned a 1993 V8 4.2 quattro, and that was both good and bad, but really only heightened my desire for a S8. So what am I torn over? Well, which color I want, of course. I originally fell in love with silver S8s when they launched in the U.S.; it was to me closest to the awesome ASF polished aluminum show car from 1993. But then I saw a Irish Green one with tan leather, and that was awesome. And then I saw a Ming Blue on, like the 2002 S8 I recently wrote up. To top it off, then there’s the really rare Avus Silver Pearl from 2003 only, replete with burgundy leather. Yeah, I want that one, too. But then I’m torn; should I hold out for the color I want or just take the plunge on a much more common silver example?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 Audi S8 on Craigslist


Year: 2002
Model: S8
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 116,000 mi
Price: Not Listed

2002 AUDI S8 QUATTRO 4-Door Sedan
Fuel: Gasoline
Interior Color: Gray
Title: Clear
Drivetrain: All Wheel Drive
Stock Number: 000715
Exterior Color: Silver
VIN: WAUGU44D32N000715
Mileage: 116,000
Transmission: Automatic

For more information about this vehicle call::
(208) 322-2400
Global Auto Sales LLC
8850 West Fairview
Boise, ID 83704

Well, calling any S8 common is a bit silly; they’re not common cars at all, but there do seem to be many more silver and black examples. What’s nice about this one? The miles are right, the wheels appear to be uncurbed which is a bit rare for those Avus wheels, but best of all it’s sporting grey sport seats rather than the more common black leather. Yep, I could really live with this car. No price is offered along with the lack of history, so a careful PPI is in order before plunking down what should be $9,000 – $11,000 for one of these cars. They’re still on the downward slide, but you really need to balance spending a little extra for a nice example versus trying to fix someone else’s discarded problem. I think if we’re not at the sweet spot for these S8s right now, it’s in the very near future – and you’ll be left with only good examples commanding a premium or trying to literally reinvent the wheel with an abused example. Having done that with my V8, I suggest you don’t try the latter…

-Carter

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8 Comments

  1. Here’s the carfax for this car, it was in an accident about 10 years ago. Also, none of the cars on the dealer’s website has a price – http://www.carfax.com/VehicleHistory/p/Report.cfx?vin=WAUGU44D32N000715&partner=AMG_1

  2. I’m in the same boat. Color means everything on a large chassis car.
    Hold out for what you want for sure. Of course the saying goes,
    The best color is the one that runs the best.

    I’m not sure how crazy it would be,
    But a possible 5 speed swap would be glorious.

  3. They’re asking $12,900 for it. Seems pretty high especially when you have no service/maintenance records.

  4. Matt, the 01E 6-speed swap has been done; it requires a bunch of Euro-spec parts and ECU work, but it’s certainly doable. If you found yourself in need of transmission, that’d be the way to go. From my research, pricing is between $4,000 (DIY) to $8,000 (paid shop) for the swap. That’s hefty, but considering rebuilding the ZF unit would set you back $3,000 plus, it’s not horrible if you love the car.

  5. Mike, agreed; that’s the high end of the market right now for a 2001-2002, especially considering the lack of info and one accident on the books.

  6. Thanks to David for the carfax info. I don’t know about anybody else, but I have found that most accident cars never drive the same way again. As cool as this looks, I’d pass.

  7. How many leather colors did they have? Is this really Ecru and not grey? Hard to tell from the dark pics. Exterior color wise, the cashmere grey and ruby are also rare and hard to find on S8’s. I think I like the dark grey exterior of the 2003s vs the lighter silver of the 2001-2002. But, almost any color looks good on this car but I also have my favorites.

  8. John, there were six interior options and two seat configurations. Leather sport seats were standard, leather comfort seats were a no cost option. Alcantara was a $3,500 option, heated seats were also optional (somewhat surprisingly). The five colors (alcantara the sixth) were black, ecru, tan, and platinum – with the burgundy leather on the 03 Avus Pearl only. This is the best I can figure out, and I’m pretty sure this car has the Platinum leather, not Ecru – but I could be wrong!

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