With Toyota making unintended acceleration popular again, let’s check out the car that started the whole craze back in the 1980s: The Audi 100/200. After the 60 Minutes episode aired claiming sudden acceleration led to deaths and injuries, Audi’s US market share fell drastically, almost leading to their demise in this country.
All of this aside, these Audi were very futuristic upon their debut in 1982 and lived on with a cult following in Japan, as the Audi 100 was rehashed as a mid size executive sedan by FAW (First Automobile Works). Here we have an example of the rather rare Avant, especially given it is equipped with a manual transmission.
1991 Audi 200 Avant 20V Turbo
* 5 speed manual transmission
* Locking differential
* 5 cylinder turbo motor DOHC
* TAP ECU upgrade
* Vehicle is in very good condition inside and outside
* Motor runs strongly with no unusual noises
* Synthetic oil changes
* Service history records
* Smoke free
The car needs a fuel tank repair. A temporary patch is in place now. The mid muffler needs to be replaced due to a small hole.
This car is extremely solid. It runs great; the turbo charger makes good boost and pulls hard. The buyer will not be disappointed.
For a car with 180,000 miles, it seems pretty well looked after and could prove to be a useful and cheap hauler for someone, provided the repairs can be taken care of economically.
I’ve given the BMW Ms a lot of love recently, but the Audi S series offers a deliciously different flavor of Teutonic speed. The first post I wrote for this site was an S4 Avant, though this is a much nicer example. Lots of space, Quattro, two turbos and six ratios, and easily accessible aftermarket speed make these one of my ultimate DDDs (dream daily driver, that is). A rear collision gives this example an apprehension-inducing salvage title, but it’s too good looking and reasonably priced to overlook.
Cons: 87k miles is right about the time things can start to go wrong. Salvage title sounds like it was from a minor accident that’s been properly taken care of, but should be investigated. Engine bay is oddly dirty.
Pros: Dead sexy in black with the perfect Audi wheel, the BBS CH. Interior and exterior look nearly flawless. 6-speed Avants are rare and desirable. Modifications are restrained and functional, e.g. aluminum plumbing, short-shift kit, and suspension. Salvage title brings price down significantly, with bidding still under $6k with 3 days left.
If this thing stays under $10k it’s a great deal, and it’s now my mental image for the DDD.
Nate is one of our new authors on the website and this is his first post. Please welcome him and leave a comment! -dc
All-wheel drive. Twin-turbo V6. Six-speed. Wagon.
The B5 S4 Avant holds a special place in my dream stable. Understated sexiness and a wide range of capabilities make other dream cars seem unnecessary. A grocery getter? Sure. A backroad blaster? Definitely. Mountain monster? Born for it. The twin-turbo V6 means it’s lighter, more efficient, and more easily tuned than the B6/7 V8 or the newborn B8 with its supercharged 3.0. Add in a rare 6-speed, and this 2001 S4 for sale on eBay is what dreams are made of.
This example looks clean and well-loved. It’s no spring chicken; these cars are coming up on being a decade old and it has the miles to prove it, but it should still have plenty of love left to give. Upgraded brakes and suspension are intelligent and prudent modifications.
There isn’t much else to say other than I wish this had been under the Christmas tree this year!
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