Depreciation special: 2003 Audi RS6 for Civic Money

Time for another foray into our continuing investigation of German supersedans whose value has plummeted more than 75%. Today is perhaps my favorite example of this group, the Audi RS6. A beast when it was born nearly 10 years ago, it’s no less monstrous today packing. While some choose big-displacement power and some go for turbochargers, Audi decided both would suffice in making an executive saloon that could spank contemporary Porsches. This subdued excess is my kind of indulgence, and watching their prices drop makes my dream garage tingle. The last RS6 we had was $19k with 116k miles. An additional 10k miles on this one brings a $1k price drop, ringing in at that most pedestrian of new-car prices, $17,995. Sure, there’s no warranty and it’ll surely demand plenty in maintenance, but these are massively outweighed by the fun and badass factor in my eyes.

2003 Audi RS6 for sale on eBay

I love this color.

Audi’s S- and RS- models have held a more consistent trajectory than some ///other performance divisions. While perhaps more subtle from the get-go, this has allowed them to be civilized without ever being called “too watered-down,” and this RS6 plays a big role in that family tree. Beefy, scary fast, and unabashedly made for road driving, these are near the top of my Audi RS fantasies. With prices coming firmly into the teens it’s becoming possible to stash a reasonable maintenance account for the inevitable transmission work, skip the brand-new car, and haul some big-boy ass.

-NR

Reader Ride: Dinan Tuned 2003 BMW M3 For Sale

It has been a year since I saw my E39 M5 loaded on a truck bound for Minneapolis.  How time flies and I miss her dearly, that moment when you grab your keys and realize you are driving something truly exceptional.  Since then I have driven some fine cars, many I would consider amusing to drive but nothing combines the raw power and eyeball of the E39 M5.

This Dinan tuned example was sent along by one of our readers and it has a great many things going for it.  First off the year, 2003 is the pinnacle of the E39 M5 and the rarest of the bunch.  The color is a nice departure as well, you can find silver and black M5’s all day.  Silverstone Black is both rare and a great hue for these cars.

Enough gushing, see for yourself.

2003 BMW M5:

From the seller –

“DINAN upgrades! Must see! Sterling Grey Metallic with two-tone Silverstone Grey/Black Leather, very clean, well-maintained M5. Low miles with 62k and all service records available. Nicely optioned with Sport Interior, DVD Navigation System, Auxiliary Audio Input, Premium Package, Cold Weather Package, Wood Grain Trim, Alcantara Headliner, Folding Rear Seats, Xenon Headlamps with Angel Eyes, Keyless Entry with Alarm, and Power Sliding Moonroof. Tastefully modified with Dinan S package including DINAN Stage 2 Engine Software, DINAN High Flow Cold Air Intake, DINAN Free Flow Exhaust, DINAN Front Strut Tower Brace, DINAN Pedal Pad Set, DINAN Deck Lid Badge, and a Serial Numbered DINAN S Plaque. Also has DINAN/Brembo big brake kit on the front, iPod Adapter, upgraded stereo with subwoofer, XM Sirius satellite radio, and Autobahn clear bra. This M5 has been responsibly owned and properly maintained. The Inspection II Service has already been performed, it has had oil changes every 4k, control arm bushings have recently been replaced, and tires are new as of three months ago and the wheels are in great shape. It has a clean vehicle history report with no accidents. Adult owned and non-smoker.”

Great car!  If I don’t say it someone else will, the price is a tad optimistic.  But, this M5 looks turn key.  When I bought my M5 it needed tires, the wheels had to be refinished, had to replace OBD due to missing pixels, upgraded the nav to DVD, and you get the point.  By the time I was done I was into my car $25k and it was nowhere near the beast that this //M is.  These repairs are quite common, this car on the other hand is quite uncommon.

Best of luck on the sale, stick to your guns and you will find someone looking for a well kept ’03 with Dinan tuning.

~Aaron.

2003 Audi RS6 for sale

The RS6 has always been an object of lust for me. The dark silver it usually comes in has always been a shining example for me of how great the right car can look in what amounts to a shade of grey. Thus, I was surprised when this black example caught my eye with such ferocity. The black looks lethal with those flared wheel arches, and makes the silver mirrors and grill trim pop like I haven’t seen. Matched with the well-documented beast under the hood and a sub-$20k price, this is one hot Audi.

2003 Audi RS6 for sale on eBay


I hate eBay dealers for their absolute lack of “description.”

That said, 116k miles is within reason, and the $19k Buy-It-Now is a great deal for a car that was more than 4 times that new. If only it were a wagon and manual, it would be perfect. As we never got either of those (damn you, German car companies! Just kidding, I love you… but really), this would have to do as the ultimate mountain mobber. You’ll just have to rent skis instead of taking your own, but that should be no problem with what you have left over from this deal.

-NR

Low-mileage 2003 Audi RS6 for sale

Before Audi started RS-ifying every model it could, they had a tacit policy of only letting one model of RS out at a time, and rarely at that: first the venerable RS2 in 1994-1995, then the sexy RS4 in 2000-2001, then breaking the chain of Avants and Eurocentrism with the understated monster RS6 finally gracing our shores from 2002 to 2004. This was no quickened divorcee’s TT or beefed-up college student’s A3. While I am glad Audi is making those cars (it’s better than not), the RS6 comes from a purer time when hyper-powered civilian cars were the exception and not the rule and it, along with the E39 M5 and E55, terrified unsuspecting civilians. When I head back to the island I grew up on, I still take the long way home to see if the RS6 is parked outside that one house.

The ad is mainly dealer exclamation points and stats any good German car fan should know by heart, but the beauty is in the numbers. 450hp, 4.6 seconds 0-60, 56k miles, Buy-It-Now at $27.9k. 56k miles is pleasantly low for an 8 year-old driver’s car, and this would be one hell of a ride if you can snag it around $25k. It’s in the perfect hue of Daytona Gray Pearl, and while the white leather is slightly garish, I’d take it.

Just truly one of my favorite sedans ever made, and while the typical Audi maintenance will probably catch up with you, it’s still dangerously close to “affordable” in my book. I want it.

-NR

2003 MINI Cooper S, Original Owner, 37k Miles

OK, so it may be half German, but BMW had enough influence in the design of the new MINI in 2002 that I thought it wouldn’t hurt to include one, as it has been almost a year since we featured one here on GCFSB. Here we have an early example of the Cooper S with low miles being sold by its original owner.

The seller states:

I and the car are located in Seattle. I am the private owner and I have the clear title in my hand.

Here are the Carfax details (you will get a copy)

2003 MINI COOPER S
VIN: WMWRE33463TD62474
HATCHBACK 2 DR
1.6L L4 FI DOHC 16V
FRONT WHEEL DRIVE

No accident / damage reported to CARFAX

I am the private owner of this very low miles Mini Cooper S. It has 37,400 miles and comes with an after market Borla exhaust and K&N airfilter. The car has new brakes, brand new tires and a fully documented, paid check up inspection from a local Mini specialist. Mechanically, the car is perfect. I suspect it is one of the lower mileage 2003 Mini’s in the area. Car is black with dark grey interior. Fully loaded options to include iPhone jack and sunroof. However, no nav. Clean car fax. This has been our driver for the last few years. Never a problem. A very special low miles MINI S.

More pics:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/7838204@N08/sets/72157625609013319/

Based on the year and mileage, it’s fair to say this example will probably sell in the $12k to $14k range. For those following this board, you might have seen my Mercedes-Benz C230 up for sale. I sold it to a close friend last week and purchased a 2006 Cooper S with the 6 speed manual for just a little over $15k. I’ve owned an E30 BMW 325is, two Volkswagen GTIs with the 2.0 engine and two Mercedes-Benz C230 sedans (a W202 and W203). This Cooper S is hands down my favorite car I have ever owned. It’s small without being cartoonish, the supercharged and intercooled engine provides effortless power in every gear and the handling is beyond reproach. I’ve bonded with this car in a way I never did with my last Mercedes. This much is certain, I won’t be letting the mighty Cooper S out of my grasp anytime soon. Hopefully this particular MINI featured here finds a good home.

-Paul

2003 Mercedes S55 AMG Kleeman headers pulley upgrade

We see a lot of fairly new cars that just get crushed with depreciation. That leaves some great opportunities for secondhand buyers.

This 2003 S55 had an M.S.R.P. north of $100,000 and now can be had for $22,500. 75,000 miles on the car, which looks pretty clean. The interior looks great considering its light color.

With the addition of a Eurocharged 180mm pulley, Kleeman headers and tune added to the already potent supercharged engine, your probably looking at close to 550 horsepower and gobs of torque.

Sure you could buy yourself a nice brand new car with a warranty for this price, but it certainly won’t have the presence of this top of the heap German luxury sedan. If you don’t mind paying top dollar here is another chance for instant gratification for the holidays.

~Evan

Nearly Identical Audi RS6s for sale

So, you’ve got $32k and you’re ready for a new car. You want fun, but somewhat sensible. You like AWD and its many virtues. You’re inclined to enjoy the German flare for speed, class, and impeccable engineering. From these hints, I could point you to a brand-new VW R32. Fun car, all-season capability with AWD, German quirks and perfection abound.

Or you could go big. And I mean REAL big. 450-hp, earth-wrenching big. The Audi RS6 is one of the few RSs that we Staters have been blessed with, and man do I love it. It’s subtle, but the aggressive bits are there in the wheels, fenders, and front and rear fascias. It’s hiding a total monster of a twin-turbo 4.2L V8. And now, 7 years after their introduction, they’ve come down in price.  Way down, like 50-60% down.  There are 2 nearly identical examples on eBay, each in the 50k mile-range and in exceptional condition. One has a Buy-It-Now of $32k, one is under reserve at $16k.

2003 Audi RS6 with 56k miles for sale on eBay

2003 Audi RS6 with 51k miles for sale on eBay

Yes, yes, I know these will be more expensive to maintain than an R32 (but maybe not that much…), and that a used car is not equal to a new car.  In my mind, getting a lot more car for your money is well worth it instead of going on the depreciation rollercoaster that is new-car buying.  It’s a tough decision between these two, but something about the white interior seems a little more special, so I’d sit on that auction and try to get it at a good price.  If it could come in under the $32k of the other one, all the better.  But seriously, one of these beasts under $40k is still a ton of car per dollar.

-NR

Clean & Cheap 2003 Audi Allroad for sale

If you’re looking for a car that can do it all, you’d be hard-pressed to something more versatile than the Audi Allroad Quattro.  Though still sold around the world based on the newer A6, we only got them in the US from 1999-2005, but I consider us lucky for getting it at all.  Based on the classy C5 A6, it was imbued with inherent luxury with a great interior and commanding presence.  There was plenty of sportiness to tap into, with the 2.7L twin-turbo V6 shared with the S4 providing ample, if not earth-shattering, power, and an adjustable suspension that could lower enough to mimic a sport-package A6.  Speaking of that adjustable suspension, it could also lift the Allroad to create 8 inches of ground clearance.  The advanced suspension combined with the legendary Quattro allowed the Allroad to be the only car-based SUV to complete an official Land Rover off-road course, which I think is totally awesome.  So, it’s sporty, luxurious, quite capable off-road and has tons of wagon-space.  Yep, awesome.

This clean example on eBay used to be a corporate car, and has thus covered only 78k miles.  It has a few dings and scratches, but they’re all minor and  quickly fade away when you see the Buy-It-Now of just $8500.  That’s less than a fifth of what it sold for 7 years ago.

I think this is a total steal.  You have to be careful with these Allroads for electrical problems and issues with the fancy suspension, but still: you are getting a ton of car, and an impressively multi-faceted car at that, for a great price.  It being a corporate car, it’s probably been well taken care of.  I’d prefer the manual, but those are extremely rare, and I’m just getting nitpicky.  Go anywhere and look good doing it, for these cars are truly ready to dominate all roads.

-NR

2003 Audi RS6 under $30k on eBay

The Audi RS6 is a very special car.  The largest RS-ified car from the four rings, the RS6 was the first RS car to make it to America.  It did so in grand style, coming with a twin-turbo V8 mated to the venerable Quattro all-wheel-drive.  It subtly announces it’s presence with a little fender flare, some front intakes, wheels, and a trunklid spoiler.  These small changes make for an aggressive, if quiet, package, alluding to the massive capabilities that came as the Horsepower Wars really started to heat up.  One of these used to prowl the island I grew up on, proving illusive but a rewarding find when seen in the wild.  It’s not as extroverted and crazy as the newer RS4 and RS6, but it can tackle most any challenge in style and is a great early-millenium sleeper.

It’s hard to believe these $80k+ cars are under $30k now, and with just 70k miles.  That’s a lot of luxury and a lot of speed for a really good price.  The interior and exterior are similarly subtle but sexy.  It’s too bad they never brought the manual or the Avant to the US, but beggers can’t be choosers, and I’m begging for this RS6.

-NR

2003 BMW Dinan X5 4.6is Custom

I’ve seen a few X5 4.6is models for sale over the years with the full monty fender flared, engine beefed up, stage 3 Dinan package. I haven’t seen one on the market this week, but in lieu of that here is a slightly less modified Dinan optioned X5.
This one has Dinan throttle body and air box, Dinan engine and transmission software upgrade, and custom dual exhaust.
The owner has also added aftermarket HIDs and angel eyes. The monster 20″ chrome rims and 315 width tires out back hint at the trucks street, not off-road, performance. Dark tint all around compliments the blacked out look.
The SUV, with 94K, is in San Diego and the seller is looking for $17,000. If it is in as good condition as it looks and an inspection and history checks out, that seems fair priced.

2003 BMW Dinan X5 4.6is on Craigslist

2003 BMW X5 4.6is

~Evan