1998 Audi Cabriolet

Looking for a performance car? This isn’t it. It’s also about as far from a classic Audi as you could get in the U.S. market; there was no turbo, no inline-5, no manual and no quattro drivetrain. But the B4 Audi Cabriolet was ironically the last 1980s holdover for the company, and it survived until somewhat amazingly 1998 here, with the basic chassis construction from 1985. To the end, it remained a competent and handsome convertible, a conservative alternative to the more expensive Mercedes-Benz drop-tops and the flashier BMWs. The Cabriolet really only came in one configuration here, with the 2.8 liter V6 linked to the 4-speed automatic driving the front wheels. On the fly, this was a fine setup and certainly potent enough to rustle your hair, though it was far from lighting it on fire. Pricing at the end of the run was surprisingly high at $34,600 base price. Added to that were the packages many came with for the 1998 model year; Premium Package added a power roof, burled walnut wood trim; Kodiac leather seat upholstery, remote locking and alarm. Ironically for the convertible, the “All Weather Package” added heated front seats, heated windshield washer nozzles, and heated door locks. Also optional for the end of the run were the Votex Competition 16″ 6-spoke alloy wheels and even high backed sport seats; both (especially the latter) are very rare. Today the market ignores these last B4s, and often they can be had for a song:

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Year: 1998
Model: Cabriolet
Engine: 2.8 liter V6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 48,187 mi
Price: $5,500 Buy It Now

Ready for summer Beautiful Audi Convertible

On Apr-02-17 at 17:33:57 PDT, seller added the following information:

This vehicle has been senior owned and driven since new. It does take premium fuel. Averages 35 mpg.
Current oil change Mobil one…..

On Apr-03-17 at 07:01:47 PDT, seller added the following information:

I am selling my car because of back problem, I have a hard time getting in and out.

Well, you’re going on almost no information and few descriptive photos. Condition looks pretty good and from what can be seen, the car has little damage and seems to be in line with the lower miles. The car wears brand name tires, another sign that it was reasonably cared for. There is distortion in the rear window but it looks like it can still be used and the driver’s seat shows a fair amount of creasing. Outside of that the car appears to have all options except the sport seats and Pearlescent paint. Aluminum silver with Platinum leather isn’t a very exciting combination, but the overall condition and lower miles coupled with the high specification are the reason to be interested here. Manual swaps are possible but the transmission is in line with the character of this cruiser. The only problem with these cars are the complicated and expensive to repair tops; value wise, the same ask gets you into a TT Roadster which is more fun to run and quicker, but built for two only. These cars still have an aura of expense that outperforms their market value, and all things considered this one looks like a reasonable deal if it’s a good runner and a PPI checks out.

-Carter

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3 Comments

  1. I totally neglect to call BS on “averages 35 mpg”. In what context?

  2. I always thought these were attractive for what they were but really needed the euro 5 spd.-

  3. The might S2……reduced down to this boulevard cruiser. I owned a CQ and thought the design was just beautiful. But this….bland. Same thing with my S5; beautiful coupe, but once you cut off the roof, it just loses all of the great design features.

    These may be good cars, but I just always would talk down about them because of FWD & automatic. Enthusiast owned….by no one ever.

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