Okay, let me get this off my chest first: I don’t like the A4. My reasoning is most likely completely irrational from the standpoint of being an Audi fan. Quite simply, the A4 made Audi popular, and I didn’t like that. Each successive generation made it more popular, too, to the point where my neighbor “Tiffy” (no joke) bought (of course) a 2007 Dolphin Gray Metallic sedan brand new. Predictably, it was Tiptronic. Tiffy represented to me the sale of the soul of Audi to the heartless masses of New Jersey housewives that replaced their Honda Accords, Acura TL, Lexus ES, or BMW E36 with the new flavor du Jour. Seeing gray A4s actually causes me physical discomfort to this day. The only point of solace in the situation was that I knew, at some point, these A4s would go “all Audi” on Tiffy and her cohort of hair-flipping, bleached and over-makeup’d friends in heels that fit them ten years ago, and they’d be left with a dash full of warning lights and a laughing AAA driver transporting them to the local dealership. There, their knock-off Louis Vuitton purses would be emptied, as their local authority on all-things-Audi-repair would literally take the Armani Exchange shirt off their backs.
Then there’s the group of 2nd/3rd/4th-owner bros with flat-rimmed hats and a long line of credit with APR that have modded these A4s to the hilt. They’re a whole other level of discomfort for me.
I recognize it’s a problem, and at some point I’ll probably seek therapy over it. Needless to say, I won’t be owning an A4 at any point soon. Or ever, likely.
With some disdain, then, I consider an A4 2.0T quattro sedan. To me, there’s but one reason to consider an A4, and that was that (until recently) you could get an Avant. Obviously this isn’t one. And the ad for this particular example has some issues. By some, I mean they mis-list the year, color and trim levels. Yet it has some redeeming qualities. It’s a manual, first off, unlike about 90% of the A4 sedans produced. It’s got lower mileage, too, with only 65,000 miles covered in ten years. But what most interested me was the color of this part this model. It’s certainly not the Deep Sea Blue Metallic the seller claims. I’m also pretty sure it’s not the other blue from 2007 – Ocean Blue Pearl Effect. That would make this particular A4 a special order car, and I believe it to be Sprint Blue Pearl Effect:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2007 Audi A4 2.0T quattro on eBay
Model: A4 2.0T quattro
Engine: 2.0 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 65,269 mi
Price: $9,995 Buy It Now
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Does a low mileage Sprint Blue Pearl Effect A4 2.0T quattro make for an appealing package? If you’re in to A4s, there’s a lot to like here with that combination .The car also has the Premium Package (WPX, $1,900) which gave you sunroof, leather and 17″ wheels. It also has the Convenience Package (PPX, $1,900) which gave you HomeLink, a power front passenger seat, rain and light sensors, auto-dimming mirror with compass, auto-dim mirrors with electronic fold, bi-xenon adaptive headlights and trip computer. It further has the Bose Audio package (PSR, $1,000) and Audi Navigation Plus (PND, $2,100). What is interesting to me is the that this car was special ordered, but several standbys were not included; no heated seats, no headlight washers, and conspicuously absent, the 1BE sport suspension from the look of the ride height, as well as the WQB/WQX Sport Package and further PQE/PQX Titanium Package. In 2007, the 1BE suspension could be ordered separately, so I wonder why the original order didn’t include it – the order of this car really has me scratching my head. There must be a larger story here – perhaps this was an ex-Audi executive car?
Condition wise, the car appears to be overall in pretty good – but not excellent – condition. There are several flaws on the interior, but most are minor. Where the problem really comes is outside. Both front and rear bumpers have sustained damage, with the front having a puncture through the plate filler that has displaced and warped the whole cover. Under the hood several covers are missing. The exhaust is not original, either and I spy a K&N Filter sticker in the engine bay so the tune may also not be original – generally speaking all signs of less than careful ownership in the recent past. I’d check for deferred maintenance too as the car is probably due for a belt change-out.
Is the package compelling at $10,000? No. You can buy a S4 for that money, or find the more impressive looking S-Line or Titanium examples which hold better resale. The color and ordering configuration is intriguing, the low miles nice and the general condition better than average (except the front bumper), but to me $10,000 is too steep for an A4 of this ilk.
I’ve stopped cringing, but I’m still laughing! I share your sentiment completely, although you have developed the idea further than I ever have. The idea that the throngs who signed up to join the Audi fashion bandwagon could actually face a little pain for “signing on for the wrong reason” is indeed very entertaining.
I told myself when commencing to read this that if the next pictures revealed an interior the same color as the engine itself, ugly in and of itself, inexplicably paired with paint an otherwise lovely-ish shade of something, I won’t be saying anything negative. That’s why I’m not commenting on that, now, here. This comment is purely my inner monologue and is not objectively real.
This is getting more entertaining… Carter lets it all hang out, and then Brad goes polite… we humans are funny bunch… and I can’t tell you how many times I have deleted my comments before posting them just because I realized last minute that I wasn’t saying anything nice.
Hahahahaha. Too funny. Of course, my Dolphin Gray Metallic Audi will never forgive you for this.
There’s no excuse for the lack of heated seats, or the headlight washers. Personally though, I’m not a fan of the 1BE on the b7 a4’s. I think it’s really bad. Maybe the original owner concurred. As you say though, it’s a shame not to have ordered s-line, if only to get the $550 ti pack, then install a proper aftermarket suspension.
Also Sprint Blue lured me in at first. It preyed upon my deep and abiding love for Nogaro. But it is not Nogaro.
A couple weeks ago a Sprint Blue s4 avant 6spd came up for sale near me, unicorn! $17k, 98k, I was ready to make the switch. But when I finally saw it in person I realized that it’s not a great color. It’s a timid version of Nogaro. It’s lost in the gap between tasteful and bold, and that makes it somehow offensive to me. It’s like Audi realized Tiffy would never have the guts to buy Nogaro, so they toned it down to be more compliant. Then they got rid of Avants, and soon no more manuals. Tiffy won.
The entire front end needs replaced. Look at the gap on the driver side. WTF did they hit? Rear bumper looks like it took a long-distance blast of .410 bird shot. This is a $5k auction car.
@Cory – Good note about Sprint. I went to look at a SBPE A3 2.0T 6-speed two years ago. Looked great in the photos. Looked horribly flat in person. I feel like it catches your eye as it goes by, but ultimately fails to deliver the goods like Nogaro and Laguna Seca do.
In a lot of ways, Pheonix Yellow is like that, too (and I know how you feel about THAT!)
Best quote: “Then there’s the group of 2nd/3rd/4th-owner bros with flat-rimmed hats and a long line of credit with APR that have modded these A4s to the hilt. They’re a whole other level of discomfort for me.”
This made my day, as I see these guys all over college campuses that turn once respectible Audis into hack jobs of bad LED lighting, dope stickers, and of course the damn flat brimmed hat.
@Carter – I appreciate your lack of appreciation for SBPE!
I too was going to bring up Laguna Seca as a color that delivers, but I wouldn’t dare bring up Phoenix Yellow (or SMG). You’re right though, it is similar to SBPE. I only recall seeing Phoenix once in person – new on the showroom floor. The trouble was it was parked next to Laguna, so I don’t even remember it;) In contrast Imola does hold its own against Nogaro. Even if EVERYONE knows deep down that Nogaro is the better color, Imola doesn’t pull any punches.
The SMG has yet to murder my child and/or burn my house down as the internet promised it would. LOL. My wife took the M3 out the other day and ran across an E30 M3. She said he was checking our car out. He must have had PY envy! I asked her if she “respected her elders” when she saw the car. When she said she didn’t, I immediately became concerned that there’s an internet forum thread about how some upstart in a PY E46 didn’t pay proper homage to a street driven E30.
Hahaha. Good for her! I appreciate a street e30, and I had a Henna. But today’s pricing is hard to respect. In fact I just saw a Henna out on the street last week, and I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. The pricing has interfered with my ability to appreciate the car. I somehow simultaneously felt disgust that someone would pay such an exorbitant price for one and disgust that someone would street such a rare and expensive car. TFW when a really good car becomes so overrated that it’s ruined.
“Respecting her elders” sounds a bit too much like “respecting her betters”. “Respecting the elderly” is the proper phrase.
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