So, you’ve got $32k and you’re ready for a new car. You want fun, but somewhat sensible. You like AWD and its many virtues. You’re inclined to enjoy the German flare for speed, class, and impeccable engineering. From these hints, I could point you to a brand-new VW R32. Fun car, all-season capability with AWD, German quirks and perfection abound.
Or you could go big. And I mean REAL big. 450-hp, earth-wrenching big. The Audi RS6 is one of the few RSs that we Staters have been blessed with, and man do I love it. It’s subtle, but the aggressive bits are there in the wheels, fenders, and front and rear fascias. It’s hiding a total monster of a twin-turbo 4.2L V8. And now, 7 years after their introduction, they’ve come down in price. Way down, like 50-60% down. There are 2 nearly identical examples on eBay, each in the 50k mile-range and in exceptional condition. One has a Buy-It-Now of $32k, one is under reserve at $16k.
Yes, yes, I know these will be more expensive to maintain than an R32 (but maybe not that much…), and that a used car is not equal to a new car. In my mind, getting a lot more car for your money is well worth it instead of going on the depreciation rollercoaster that is new-car buying. It’s a tough decision between these two, but something about the white interior seems a little more special, so I’d sit on that auction and try to get it at a good price. If it could come in under the $32k of the other one, all the better. But seriously, one of these beasts under $40k is still a ton of car per dollar.
If you’re looking for a car that can do it all, you’d be hard-pressed to something more versatile than the Audi Allroad Quattro. Though still sold around the world based on the newer A6, we only got them in the US from 1999-2005, but I consider us lucky for getting it at all. Based on the classy C5 A6, it was imbued with inherent luxury with a great interior and commanding presence. There was plenty of sportiness to tap into, with the 2.7L twin-turbo V6 shared with the S4 providing ample, if not earth-shattering, power, and an adjustable suspension that could lower enough to mimic a sport-package A6. Speaking of that adjustable suspension, it could also lift the Allroad to create 8 inches of ground clearance. The advanced suspension combined with the legendary Quattro allowed the Allroad to be the only car-based SUV to complete an official Land Rover off-road course, which I think is totally awesome. So, it’s sporty, luxurious, quite capable off-road and has tons of wagon-space. Yep, awesome.
This clean example on eBay used to be a corporate car, and has thus covered only 78k miles. It has a few dings and scratches, but they’re all minor and quickly fade away when you see the Buy-It-Now of just $8500. That’s less than a fifth of what it sold for 7 years ago.
I think this is a total steal. You have to be careful with these Allroads for electrical problems and issues with the fancy suspension, but still: you are getting a ton of car, and an impressively multi-faceted car at that, for a great price. It being a corporate car, it’s probably been well taken care of. I’d prefer the manual, but those are extremely rare, and I’m just getting nitpicky. Go anywhere and look good doing it, for these cars are truly ready to dominate all roads.
The Audi RS6 is a very special car. The largest RS-ified car from the four rings, the RS6 was the first RS car to make it to America. It did so in grand style, coming with a twin-turbo V8 mated to the venerable Quattro all-wheel-drive. It subtly announces it’s presence with a little fender flare, some front intakes, wheels, and a trunklid spoiler. These small changes make for an aggressive, if quiet, package, alluding to the massive capabilities that came as the Horsepower Wars really started to heat up. One of these used to prowl the island I grew up on, proving illusive but a rewarding find when seen in the wild. It’s not as extroverted and crazy as the newer RS4 and RS6, but it can tackle most any challenge in style and is a great early-millenium sleeper.
It’s hard to believe these $80k+ cars are under $30k now, and with just 70k miles. That’s a lot of luxury and a lot of speed for a really good price. The interior and exterior are similarly subtle but sexy. It’s too bad they never brought the manual or the Avant to the US, but beggers can’t be choosers, and I’m begging for this RS6.
I’ve seen a few X5 4.6is models for sale over the years with the full monty fender flared, engine beefed up, stage 3 Dinan package. I haven’t seen one on the market this week, but in lieu of that here is a slightly less modified Dinan optioned X5.
This one has Dinan throttle body and air box, Dinan engine and transmission software upgrade, and custom dual exhaust.
The owner has also added aftermarket HIDs and angel eyes. The monster 20″ chrome rims and 315 width tires out back hint at the trucks street, not off-road, performance. Dark tint all around compliments the blacked out look.
The SUV, with 94K, is in San Diego and the seller is looking for $17,000. If it is in as good condition as it looks and an inspection and history checks out, that seems fair priced.
The first-generation Audi S8 commands a unique respect that, at least for me, has diminished in subsequent generations. Its show-stealing display of performance in Ronin has helped this, as well as the advanced aluminum body and chassis, all powered by Audi’s now-ubiquitous 4.2L V8 pushing out a healthy 360hp. It has ultimate sleeper status, but for the educated few it stands out with the Avus 6-spokes and mean stance. The new, blingy V10 model just can’t match the subtle aggression of the D2.
These 2002/3 examples on eBay are exceptionally clean. Neither has passed 90k miles and they show it. The exteriors are clean, but the interiors are even more impressive. I like 6-spoke wheels more than the 9-spokes, as well as that car’s suede gray interior over the other’s more garish white. Both are priced pretty high at $18,600 and $20,950, but I guess the sellers expect the cleanliness and low miles to attract some big spenders. I’d place a bid or make an offer, but the buy-it-nows seem too high, regardless of condition.