Thursday, June 13, 2013

10k: B6speed: 2004 Audi S4

The B6 generation S4 introduced V8 power to the small luxury sports car segment and led the way for BMW's M3 V8, Lexus ISF, although Mercedes had been using V8s in its compacts for years.  Anyway, the B6 S4 is a fantastic car to drive, maybe not as balanced as an E46 M3, but ample torque and all-wheel-drive allow for spirited corner exit.  Find this 2004 Audi S4 6spd for sale in Durham, NC for $10,000 via craigslist.

For those who haven't driven an S4, we can tell you it fits somewhere into the  E46 M3, STi, Evo, CTS-V, C43-AMG & Mazdaspeed6 landscape, but with an emphasis on luxury instead of outright handling performance.  It scoots in a straight line with appropriate gusto, but there is no getting past the front heavy bias and understeer prone all-wheel-drive.  However, for someone looking for a fast commuter it is 10,000 times more comfortable to be inside than most of the previously mentioned hot-sedans.

The B6 S4 is powered by a 4.2 liter 40-valve (5-valves per cylinder!) V8 that puts out 340 horsepower and 302 ft-lbs of torque.  It is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission that puts power into all 4 wheels via its quattro all wheel drive system.

Audi was known for its interior material fit/finish/quality in the early 2000s and the B6 is much nicer than any 3-series or C-class you'll ever find and should have weather the years fairly well.  The only concern may be the leather seats as after 10 years they will start to show some cracks/wear.

You will find some lower mile S4s for sale on the web, but this one sticks out because the condition seems nice and the price is reasonable.

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  1. A lot of car for 10 grand, but I've driven old Audis and can tell you that the dealer maintenance bills can be brutal. Just drive it for a year and sell it before everything blows up?

  2. I like this car a lot but the maintenance scares me too much to pull the trigger. I like seeing some cars on the East coast for a change. Keep them coming!

  3. Concur - this is a great touring car, but the v8 made the car lose the charm of the 6-cyl S4. That said, it would be fantastic to own - it's got 'road-trip' written all over it! However - and I know, having owned a 5000-turbo for 5 years & then a v8 quattro for another 5 - maintenance is costly, though not astronomical if you mailorder parts from eurospares. But if you skimp on it even once the car will charge you back, with interest.

    I remember the sound my jaw made hitting the shop floor the first time I did a really major tune-up on the v8 quattro. A set of plug-wires cost over $900 - in 1996 !!

  4. Thankfully VW, Porsche Audi never made stereo components. They would have made even Bang & Olufson blush.

  5. ~ 'somewhere into the E46 M3, STi, Evo, CTS-V, C43-AMG & Mazdaspeed6 landscape'
    damn nice turf, i say. one of them cars you like to drive but love to let someone else maintain. under those circumstances i'll take it.

  6. The black wheel treatment is "to taste" perhaps, but the faux 2005.5 front-end treatment is just flat-out cheesy.

    I'm an interior snob, and Audi was really nailing them here - can't say enough positive things about Audi interior quality and feel. Residing in New England, the S4's V8/manual transmission/quattro AWD combination is a big win year round also.

    As others have noted, at 9-years-old and 120K miles, the maintenance cost is going to make the (optimistic) $10K purchase price look like a downpayment. Even if you do a lot of the work yourself, the parts are expensive, and you'll be buying them more often than you expect.


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