AUDI R8 V8
‘Th er 8 is a fantastic car and the earlierv8s represents up e rb value for money, but there area number of things to look out for. Probably the most expensive potential pitfallisthemag-ridedampers, as theycanleak. They’re £1000 each, plus labour. Personally i find them too stiff for road use soi wouldn’ t saythey’reamust-haveoption.
‘Clutch es can be problematic, especially on early cars. The slave cylinder can seize up–a heavy clutch pedal is the sign. The knockon effect can be transmission damage or premature clutch wear, and a new clutch is £3600[ fitted, ataspecialist]. Somepeopledon’t
rat ether-t ronic gear box bu ti think its fine if driven properly, with as light lift on up shifts.
‘Brakes can suffer from corrosion where the steel slider plates bolt to the aluminium calipers. Thiscancausethe brakes to start to seize on, which can lead to warped discs.
‘Ensure the air con works. The front-mounted condensers can take a battering but it’ s the compressor that’ s the big worry because replacement is an engine-outjob.
‘The engines are incredibly strong but ensure the car has an impeccable history. You can get into av 8 from around£35k, but many cars at the cheaper end of the market need work. A pre-purchase inspection is money wellspent.’