Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Audi Q8 4x4?
The Q8 is a pretty recent addition to the used car market, but you should still give any example a thorough inspection. Pay particular attention to the wheels and tyres, because even the smallest rims are 21in and it’ll cost a small fortune to fit fresh tyres. It isn’t just because of the size of them; it’s also to do with the fact that every model has four-wheel-drive, so you need to keep the same type of tyre on all four wheels for safety reasons. So, if you're swapping brands or types of tyre, you’ll have to change all four at the same time.
Make sure the interior is in good order, too, and that the carpets and leather are free from marks and stains. Also, the digital screens will cost a lot to replace if they're scratched, so make sure you clean them only as per the instructions in the owner’s manual.
What are the most common problems with a used Audi Q8 4x4?
Front shock absorber fork
There has been a problem found with the casting of the front shock absorber forks from the factory. This applies to a small number of Q8s built between 27 November 2018 and 18 December 2018. Any Audi dealer will be able to tell you if your car is affected.
Connection between steering shaft and steering rack can work loose
A small number of Q7 and Q8 models built between 1 June 2015 and 28 February 2019 could have a problem where the bolts connecting the steering rack and steering shaft can work loose. Speak to an Audi dealer to find out if your vehicle is affected by this because it'll need to be inspected by a technician if it is.
Gearbox oil leak
Oil may escape from a faulty join in the gearbox oil line of Q8s manufactured from 1 September to 31 December 2019. Speak to an Audi dealer to find out if your car is affected, because the line will need to be replaced to solve the problem.
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Is a used Audi Q8 4x4 reliable?
The Q8 is a little too neiche to have appeared in the luxury SUV section of the latest What Car? Reliability survey, however, the Q7 upon which it is based scored highly and managed to secure second place overal.
If you'd like to see the full reliability list, head to the What Car? Reliability Survey pages for more information.
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