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

 

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4 Comments

  1. I absolutely LOVE this car. In fact I just bought a 2002 Atlas Gray s6. Watch for bad transmissions (they usually fail around 100k-120k miles) and bad cat convertors($$$). Make sure timing belt has been changed, if not do it immediately along with water pump and thermostat. Also expect to replace CV boots and control arms on a regular basis.

  2. BEST WHEELS of ANY Audi, bar none. I wish they still used that model of wheel.

  3. S6 wheels are unique, too – 17×8 instead of the S4 17×7.5. However, it must be said I prefer the same design in the 18×8 S8 2001-2002 (03 went to Celebration/RS wheels). These are fantastic driving cars and very understated but repairs will make you cry for sure…you’ve really got to want this car.

  4. I had a 2002 S6 Avant. Black over black (leather with the alcantara seat inserts; I think the headliner was standard).

    Compared to my 1999 A6 Avant (2.8L V6), it had all the power in the world. However, the paddle shifter gimmick was only entertaining for a day or two.

    Those 17×8 wheels weren’t fun to keep round and balanced with Northeastern US road quality, and uneven tire wear claimed a few expensive sets of tires.

    I started out with fairly low mileage, and didn’t pile on enough miles to suffer the really expensive failures mentioned above (though I’ve heard of other owners experiencing them).

    Sleeper is an understatement. Try invisible. But that’s a good thing. Autobahn level cruising was effortless.

    I’d be quite scared to pick up an 10-year-old S6 with 92K miles. It’s about to get very, very costly.

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