Wagon Week: 2002 Audi S6 Avant

Before its notable run in the B6 and B7 S4s, Audi’s 4.2l 340hp V8 did a lot of its business in the S6. Until the arrival of the mental V10, I always found the S6 to be a bit underplayed compared with its S4 cousins. This does make it even more of a Q-ship though, equally at home steathily slicing up freeway lines as pounding up snowy mountains. Today’s S6 comes with a reasonable 83k miles and a litany of options including heated seats front and rear to keep the family warm at the ski resort or just to make you feel a little more comfy in traffic. Silver mirrors and some of my favorite wheels of all time suggest the power to those who know, but mostly this is a great way to have some hidden fun in an eminently useful wagon.

Year: 2002
Model: S6 Avant
Engine: 4.2 liter V8, 340hp
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Mileage: 83,635
Price: $16,828

2002 Audi S6 Avant for sale on eBay Motors

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Rare S6 Avant. Heated front and rear seats. Seiden Nappa leather, all-wheel drive. Recent trade. Isn’t it time for an Audi?! How tempting is the awe-inspiring performance of this fire-breathing 2002 Audi S6? This sultry S6, with its grippy AWD, will handle anything mother nature decides to throw at you during one of her bad days at work. J.D. Power and Associates gave the 2002 S6 4 out of 5 Power Circles for Overall Performance and Design.

If an S4 is too small for you but you love the looks and speed, maybe the S6 is what you’ve been looking for. Clean with reasonable miles and a good price, this is a wagon that checks all the boxes.

-NR

2002 Audi S6

A wolf in sheeps clothing, the 2002 Audi S6 looks like your every day family hauler. A closer look reveals wider fenders, aero lower door blades, brushed aluminum treatments and larger Avus wheels. Now there’s no mistaking what this car truly is, a hot rod.

One of the last years for S6 Avants, the C5 was the highest evolution of the breed. With more output from the 4.2L V8 (340 bhp and 310 lb/ft) along with the aesthetic upgrades, the S6 went on a diet. With all aluminum suspension, fenders and hood, the S6 stays just a touch heavier than the standard V6 A6 Avant. The S6 could make the run to 60 in 6.5 seconds. No small feat for a car weighing 2 tons.

All the performance certainly comes at a cost. The S6’s achilles heel is the 5-speed tiptronic slushbox, notorious for being one of the worst gearboxes Audi ever coupled to its 4.2. The shifting is vague at best and these gearboxes tend to have valve body issues. This grey over ecru S6 for sale in New Hampshire has the potential to be a great daily driver…with a kick.

Year: 2002
Model: S6
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 161,000 mi
Price: $8,600

2002 Audi S6 on craigslist

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I have a beautiful 2002 Audi S6 for sale with 161,000 miles on it. This is a rare car and it is in excellent condition. It looks fantastic, drives fantastic and is a reliable and fun alternative to a minivan! Comes with original wheels with all-season tires plus a set of nearly new snow tires mounted on alloy wheels.

Differences between the A6 and the S6, the S6 has:
4.2 V8 with 340 HP that sings to 7,200 RPM
Active motor mounts
Aluminum sub frame, suspension uprights, hood, and front fenders
Larger brakes
Flared fenders
255/40/17 tires are stock (and wider tires will fit)
This car has the Sport interior with more bolstered seats, alcantara seat insers and alcantara headliner

Other features:
Heated front and rear seats, both front fully power adjustable
Dual zone climate control
Symphony stereo with subwoofer and in-dash six disc changer
Power moonroof
Heated mirrors and washers
4-channel ABS with defeatable traction and stability control
Tiptronic auto with sport mode and manual shift mode
Auto dimming mirrors with integrated compass

What this car needs:
Drivers door shuts when you close it normally, but if you slam it shut, it bounces open one notch (not all the way open)
Drivers side mirror is leaking the dimming fluid
Center console cupholder does not work (but the dash cupholder works)
The front paint finish worn from dust and rocks from highway driving
The summer tires are mostly worn and will need replacement soon.

That’s it. This car will pass inspection and runs and drives beautifully and looks really nice. It needs nothing other than those minor items mentioned above. I’ve maintained and repaired items on this car since I purchased it. Mobile 1 synthetic only. I also have service records from the previous owner that detail previous work.

$8,900 or best offer.
Email or call Erik at 603-674-3913

This S6 offers a reasonable deal for anyone in the market for a grocery getter that gets down to business. The values of these cars with 161K miles is around $9000 on the high side. This car seems to be well kept, but as with any 10 year old car, warrants a good looking over. With a bit of negotiating, this car would be well bought around $8,000.

-Brian

2003 Audi S6 Avant

What is pedigree worth in this market?  When it comes to an enthusiasts’ car like this beautiful Audi S6 for sale in Midland, Texas, pedigree is everything. As someone that prefers driving older cars to new ones, I can appreciate all of the subtle things that come with a well acred for car. The condition of the leather, the functionality of the switches and buttons, the condition of the wheels, the cleanliness of the engine bay; all of these points factor in to my decision making process, as these things give great insight in to the type of person that owend the car before you.

Sure, a good detail will hide many underlying issues, but a car that is cared for will shine beyond that, because all of the little details elevate the car above an beyond the rest of the market. This stunning 2003 Audi S6 is one of those cars that rises above the rest.

2003 Audi S6 Avant on Autotrader.com

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As an Audi collector & ACNA member, this is the best example of a C5 S6 of which I am aware anywhere in the US. I am the 2nd owner, where as I bought it from the first through Beverly Hills Porsche. Officially, only 211 were shipped to the US in 2003, more rare than the RS6 and shares the same easily maintained powertrain & stable Alum subframe for reliable everyday enjoyment. Maintained by Mike Staley @ BAR Tuning (Houston) and Stephen Vincent @ The Shop (Midland). Should need nothing for a long time. All records available. Mechanics superb. Electronics as new (no missing pixels). Minor creases in the leather (typical places)- nothing even close to a crack. New Conti Extreme Contact DW’s @ 55K. Extra set (4) of S6 wheels w/ Blizzaks. New OEM (Brembo) Brakes @ 60K. New NGK’s and tune @ 63K. New Bilstein Sports & links @ 64K. K&N Air Filter, Goodrich stainless brake lines. Clear Title. This is an enthusiast’s daily driver. Serious inquiries only please. Thank You for your interest.

With an asking price of $19,000, the seller is certainly on the strong side by a few thousand dollars for your average buyer. With that said, clean examples like this one are few and far between (if they’re even out there at all). A car like this will likely go to an enthusiast that knows exactly what it is and is willing to pay the premium for a well loved and maintained S6. As is the case with these cars the achilles heel is the slushbox of an automatic transmission. Aside from that these are generally reliable cars when cared for. Judging by the meticulous care given to this car, any and all issues have likely been addressed.

-Brian

 

Theme Week: 2003 Audi S6

For years if you owned an Audi S car, you had something that few knew about, and fewer owned; you were an aficianato.  The C5 Audi S6 Avant represents the point right before S cars entered the main stream radar, and became a performance staple along with BMW M, and AMG.

A true sleeper on the streets, the C5 S6 is can barely be distinguished from the A6 Avant at first glance.  Look closer, and you’ll notice the bulging aluminum front fenders, larger wheels, brushed aluminum mirrors, and aerodynamic lower door trim.  The differences are not just skin deep, the S6 boasted the all aluminum 4.2L V8 with 335bhp, 5 speed tiptronic gear box with paddle shifters, upgraded aluminum suspension, and bigger brakes.  Even with a curb weight of 2 tons, the S6 was a surprisingly nimble grocery getter.  This one owner, Ming Blue on white leather S6 for sale in Bedford, OH is a great example of utility, and performance in one package.

2003 Audi S6 on autotrader.com

 

This Audi is equipped with the following features (but are not limited to): a power tilt/sliding moonroof, Xenon headlights, rear parking sensors, Bose premium sound system w/in-dash 6-disc CD changer, dual power/folding mirrors, power tilt/telescoping steering column, dual power seats w/driver memory, trip computer, rear manual/window shades, dual zone digital climate control, woodgrain interior trim, fog lights, electrochromic rearview mirror w/digital compass, On-Star ready, homelink universal garage door opener, 17 aluminum wheels and remote keyless entry. This Audi has been reported to be a 1 Owner vehicle. Auto World USA Inc is proud to present to you this 2003 Audi S6 Quattro with only 92,240 documented miles . We are located at 500 Broadway Ave in Bedford, Ohio, just 15 minutes southeast of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. This fine pre-owned automobile has been engineered with a 5-speed automatic transmission powered by a 4.2L DOHC SMPI 40-valve V8 aluminum alloy engine that produces 340hp . The Aqua Blue Pearl Effect exterior is very well conditioned for its year and mileage, and is complimented by Silver Leather interior which is also in overall satisfactory condition. CARFAX and Autocheck history reports indicate that this vehicle has not had any accidents. Our vehicles are sold AS-IS (NO WARRANTY EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED).

 

This car represents the subtlety, that many have grown to love in the earlier Audi S cars.  This car has great eyes, the Ming Blue on white leather is one of the classiest color combinations Audi offers.  With 92,240 miles, this is well below average miles for its age, and the condition of the paint and interior reflect that.  Mechanically this car offers the stout audi 4.2 V8, which aside from the 034 code inline 5s is Audi’s longest running, and most reliable engines.  The greatest concern I have with this car, and VAG cars of this generation is the tiptronic gearbox, some variations have been known to have valve body issues resulting in quirky shifting, and even failure.

With an asking price of $14,500, the seller took the price straight from NADA.  Given the condition of this car, the one owner status, and the rarity of these wagons, I’d say that the $14,000 ballpark is reasonable for the buyer that wants the ideal sports wagon for all seasons.

-Brian

 

Reader-suggested 1995 Ur-S6 Avant for Sale

Thanks go to reader Larry for bringing this first-gen S6 to our attention. S6s have been on my mind this week since I saw a beefy-looking C5 S6 Avant on the street the other day. With the same plenty-powerful 4.2L V8 as the contemporary S4, the combination of muscle, utility, and AWD makes it an appetizing choice. The original S6, itself a re-badged Ur-S4, had a Euro-only “S6 Plus” option with 4.2L V8 , but the main engine was the classic 2.2L I5 putting out 230hp, not bad at all for 1995. Extra sexy as a 6-speed black avant, today’s listing could be a very fun Q-ship.

1995 Audi S6 Avant with 95,730 miles. 5cyl 20vturbo (AAN) gasoline engine with Stage1-Chip and a 6-speed maual (EDU) transmission. 5/95 build date, Black on black leather, OEM Recaro seats, 50% window tint, European Headlights with HIDs and city lights, 3rd row seat, all Seat heaters working, all windows & sunroof working, Heater and A/C working. No rips or tears in seats or side bolsters.

Samco hoses, 034 MAF hose, 034 Engine and Transmission mounts, Timing belt and waterpump replaced at 75K.

Very well maintained. Mostly OEM Audi parts used.

New Cam & Crank sensor, rear Camber links and steering damper. New OEM O2 Sensor and MAF sensor. New V/C gskt, Coolant reservoir, coolant Temp sensor, Auxillary waterpump, front subfram bushings, Parking brake cables and brake hoses. New L/F window regulator. New Sachs clutch along with 6-speed install at 79K.

Major Service done at 90K with Spark plugs, Air&Pollen filter, Fuel filter. All fluids changed incl. Brake Fluid, Coolant, Trans&Diff oil. New Conti Pro Contact tires, Alignment and 4 New Koni shocks installed at 90K. LOF , new wipers and rear brake pads done at 95K (front pads at 50% remaining)

Free extras include a full size spare tire, new starter and some spare parts.

Vehicle is sold as is, no existing warranty. Scratch on L/F fender and rear lid, 2 door dings.

It appears to be very well taken care-of with less than 100k miles,lots of solid maintenance taken care of along with a chip and 6-speed swap (a Euro factory option). Rein in the ride height a little bit and swap some later-model Audi wheels (C5 RS6 or late-model larger S4 Avus, perhaps?) and this will be a responsible all-weather wagon for the enthusiast. Reserve not met at $5,500 with 5 days left. I’d go in for $8k or less.

-NR

Unblemished 1993 Audi S4 for sale

I’m still learning my early-90s Audi history, so a little review:

Right after sudden-acceleration problems in the 80s, and right before the A-nomenclature transitioned Audi into the modern era, there was a weird middle ground.  The 100 begat the S4, which became the A6, which gave birth to the S6.  The Ur-S4 was a good-looking German sedan, bridging the gap between Audi’s square years and the first A4s and 6s.  One great thing about the original S4 is its use of a turbocharged 2.2l inline-5, an engine configuration that is pretty much synonymous with Classic Audi to me (and a great inclusion on the new TT-RS).  In the S4 the engine produced 230 hp, a pretty healthy amount for the time  considering the contemporary and venerable E36 M3 had just 10 more.  All in all, a pretty great way to start the S-sedan lineage.

Today we have an Ur-S4 nearly as beautiful as the day it rolled off the lot.  It’s covered a moderate 100k miles and comes with the manual transmission.  The bonus part of the 5-speed is the automatically-biasing Torsen differential it came with, while autos came with transfer boxes.  It’s looking fine on chunky 5-spokes and sprayed in that trademark Audi Pearl White.

There’s plenty of (deserved) pessimism when it comes to maintenance on older Audis, though I don’t know much about the 2.2l’s reputation in that regard (if you do, please share in the comments!).  Regardless, 101,000 miles is attractively low on a 17 year-old car, moreso when you see how well this car has been taken care of.  The interior is shockingly nice, and who knew they were doing carbon fiber trim in the early 90s?  It looks great, especially with the white leather, but makes the old-school Audi steering wheel a bit anachronistic.  The engine compartment also looks very clean and ready to rumble.  So we’ve got a gorgeous, clean and quick mid-size luxury car including the magic words “turbo” and “manual” with no reserve and currently under $5k?  Yes please.

-NR