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1997 Audi A4 1.8T quattro

The models of the B5 chassis A4 seemed to bring changes nearly every year. 1996 was the launch year for the mostly new but evolutionary A4; it was, for most intents, quite similar mechanically to the outgoing 90 quattro, which itself seemed to receive upgrades nearly every year. 1997 brought some major changes though; the introduction of the 1.8T turbocharged motor into the lineup signaled the first time the small chassis Audi had forced induction outside of diesel motors. To celebrate, Audi offered the turbo 4 in some exclusive colors called “Cool Shades”. These were, in fact, part of the earlier “Lifestyle” colors that had been available on the B4 chassis; Brilliant Yellow, Tropical Green, and Aquarel Green were offered alongside Pelican Blue (which replaced the earlier and quite similar Kingfisher Blue) were exclusive colors to the 1.8T in 1997. Select the sport package, and you’d also get the Jacquard Satin cloth along with the 16″ 5-spoke wheels shared with the 2.8 models and a 3-spoke sport steering wheel. Though 1.8T A4s are a dime a dozen, with these options selected they’re quite rare – and of those Cool Shade exterior colors, Aquarel Green Metallic might be the rarest:

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Year: 1997
Model: A4 1.8T quattro
Engine: 1.8 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 104,900 mi
Price: $4,650 Buy It Now

This is probably the Cleanest, Rarest Audi A4 online.


– 1.8 L Turbo
– 104k Original miles
– 5 Spd Manual
– 2-Tone Cloth/Leather Manual Front Seats….Rear Cloth Seats
– Power Windows, Locks, Sunroof
– Am/Fm Radio
– New 205-55-16 Tires
– New Battery
– Brand new UNOPENED Center Caps
– Clean Title..Clean Carfax
– Plenty of Service history

– Radio works but the pixels are burnt so you cant see the station.
– The driver side fender looks like it was painted at one point but if i didn’t mention that you wouldn’t know.
– Top part of the inside door panel has cracks caused by the heat.

This Audi A4 drives excellent. Turbo’s are healthy. Clutch shifts smooth. Engine bay looks spotless. NO LEAKS! I can see this Audi going to the Northwest, Northeast or Colorado area.

The condition of this car is far above the average 1.8T from 1997; not only is the paint in good condition, but so is the interior – though we’ll get back to that. The miles are also low, and it’s claimed to have “plenty” of service history, though what was done isn’t disclosed. Though the early AEB 1.8Ts were down on power compared to the later models, the heads are claimed to flow slightly better and they tend not to exhibit the coil pack issues of the later cars. This car has both the optional sunroof and, as previously mentioned, the Sport Package, but does not have the all-weather package – something that makes a fair amount of sense if it was in a sunny climate. About that; the sun has caused damage to parts of the interior, and my guess is that somewhere along the way the seats were harmed. While it appears that they’re the original-type sport seats, the leatherette/striped cloth is not original to the model – it would have had the Jacquard cloth to match the rear seats which appear to be correct. But, ultimately is this a collector car? No, but it’s an affordable, fun car to drive in all conditions – and at below $5,000, it’s a solid looking commuter prospective in a shade that would set you apart from the standard B5 crowd. It’s also a seriously rare setup that’s cool to see, even if it’s not the most special car Audi has ever built.


One Comment

  1. Brad
    Brad May 31, 2015

    Love this, love jaspis, love pelican. Really love Porsche minerva.

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