Melange à quattro: 2001 Audi A4 1.8T quattro Avant

Even though for my the B5 chassis A4 was the beginning of the dilution of the Audi brand, I admit I have always had a soft spot for nice examples. And the first A4 had plenty of things to celebrate. First off, it effectively saved and resurrected the brand in the U.S. from near extinction; consider for a moment Audi sold a total of 18,124 cars in 1995, the same year that the A4 was introduced as a 1996. By 1997, Audi sold 16,333 of just the A4 quattro model alone. As a success, that subsequently meant that there were a plethora of options to be had in the new chassis as production opened up. Soon we had the 1.8T turbo model joining the V6, the V6 was soon revised to have 30 valves, there was a light refresh in ’98 as well and another in ’01, the Avant joined the lineup for ’98, and of course we got a new S4 in 2000.

Considering that for some time there had only been one way per a year to get the small chassis in quattro form, this relatively dizzying array of chassis configurations meant that there are still quite a few nice ones out there to be had. But unlike other cars that have skyrocketing asking prices, a very clean B5 quattro can still be had for a song:

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Year: 2001
Model: A4 1.8T quattro Avant
Engine: 1.8 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 56,860 mi
Price: $6,986 Buy It Now

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Honestly, Melange Metallic probably would not be the color I sought out if I had the option back in 2001. Certainly I’d take a clean Pelican Blue Metallic example over this one. However, the discrete color still looks nice when polished and for a daily driver, it’s hard to argue with a color that doesn’t show dirt or scratches. This car also has the sport package, meaning the beefier 3-spoke steering wheel, the lowered 1BE suspension, and the great 16″ Speedline wheels. The combination makes this car look much more purposeful than a standard 1.8T. Mileage is far below average at less than 60,000, while condition is far above average. The only real downside is the Tiptronic. Having a similar AWM-code 1.8T rated at 170 horsepower, it struggles with the A/C on in the heat and mine’s a much lighter 5-speed manual front-drive Passat. But durable? Absolutely, the 1.8T has some known faults but sort them out and you can load on mileage with aplomb. These are relatively cheap cars to keep running well and have tremendous capability for family hauling even though they’re a bit tight inside. $7,000 is certainly all the money for a non-S4 Avant of this ilk, but then this really is one of the better examples out there.

-Carter

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5 Comments

  1. Love it except for the trans.

  2. Very attractive. Pelican would be neat. I would ultimately prefer a V6 dohc jaspis, not with gray inside. I’ve never see jaspis with tan.

  3. “These are relatively cheap cars to keep running well”

    My experience with a 1999.5 A4 Quattro Avant (in Pelican Blue even) was… not consistent with this statement. 🙂 You’re right, though, that they can be bought very inexpensively. I sold mine in 2010 with relatively high miles but in really good condition and even though it was a Pelican Blue 1.8T with manual transmission and cloth sports seats I had trouble selling it.

  4. @Mike LOL – I know everyone has their Audi stories. But compare the 1.8T to a same-year Allroad and you’ll see where my “relative” comes in to play 😉

    Wish I knew about your PBM 1.8T, sounds like exactly the spec I’d love!

  5. “These are relatively cheap cars to keep running well”

    I agree. I ordered a band new 2000 A4 1.8tq (and yes, it was Pelican as well), and drove it for 9 years before selling it to a good friend with 135K miles on it. AC went out once, and a few little things here and there (Bypass valves were notoriously weak, so I eventually replaced with a Forge aluminum one). The car was chipped from the first month, and the turbo/clutch/engine did just fine until 150K when I lost track of the car. I was sure to always change the oil every 4K miles with synthetic, and that probably had something to do with it.

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