My mechanic (and president of my state's BMW CCA chapter) has been recommending Audis to me as daily drivers, mostly those with the 2.8 six-cylinder or the 1.8T, and even the 2.7TT (like the B5 S4, which I very much like), but the Audi subject, and the need to find a spacious, practical, reliable, and comfortable daily driver, has made me consider the black sheep of the late-'90s Audi range. The spacious black sheep. The black sheep with the 4.2L V8 and plenty of room inside for activities (and also for camera gear).

So, what's the Oppinion on D2 A8s? I've heard good things about them, and I know that my mechanic actually used to have one himself. But would you buy one? I know that parts from Audi are expensive, but is it DIY-able? And would a higher mileage one be fairly reliable? I'm curious about them in the same way I'm curious about E38s, so I wanted to see if anyone was more familiar with them.

Example car. They're all in this price range. http://albany.craigslist.org/cto/4392104710…