2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T Variant

The Volkswagen Passat isn’t a particularly exciting car to drive. It’s also not particularly exciting to look at. While most people would categorize those as negative attributes for vehicle ownership, there’s a third thing that the Passat isn’t particularly exciting at which I’d wager most would consider a very good thing.

It’s not an exciting car to own.

“But isn’t that a bad thing?!?! you’re thinking to yourself? Sure, when I go out into the garage and see the M3 sitting there, my pulse rate quickens. Scratch that, I don’t even have to go into the garage – endorphins flow at the mere thought of it. And turning the key? All sorts of goodness happens. I’ll spare you the details, but sufficed to say it’s an exciting car to own, look at and drive. The Passat is not a M3.

But it is a vehicle thoroughly devoid of drama, and to me, that’s what makes the Passat a not exciting car to own. Take the contemporary Audi Allroad from the same period for example. The Passat mimics the look and the function of the A6 in nearly every way. It’s not even much slower on a continuum. But Less exciting to own? For sure, and when you’re talking breaking and repairs, that’s a very good thing.

Because let’s be honest for a second; these cars that we love, that we fawn over, that we pontificate about – they’re pieces of metal with a lot of plastic and complicated electrical and pneumatic systems. And they’re not getting any younger. Take my 2002 Passat as a case study; it’s on the verge of being 17 years old and has now covered over 140,000 miles. Yet it’s caused no sleepless nights, no emptying of wallets, not even left me stranded once. It’s just been completely reliable transportation in all weather, with my family, all our goods and a ridiculous amount of various cargo. I’ve had full-sized sofas on the roof, entire Ikea kitchens inside. It’s been a garden gnome full of trees, flowers and vegetables to plant. It’s transported rocks, gravel, dirt, bicycles, strollers, and everything in between. It’s cool on the hottest day, warm on the coldest, the starts everytime and all the electrics work still. Is it without flaw? No, along the way items have broken. But my point is that it offers 99% of the experience of it’s more expensive brethren with 90% less drama. And don’t think my singular experience is unique, because I’ve had two, and the last one – which I sold now 6 years ago with over 200,000 miles on the clock, did the same thing – and still is, with it’s new owner. I saw it just the other day, and it’s a tick under 240,000 without major issue too. And when I look around, what’s the most common older German vehicle I see cruising around me? B5.5 Passats, pretty much everywhere in RI, MA and CT. They’re all still running strong despite the newest now being 12 years old.

And I’d argue that while most will dismiss the lack of ownership drama as not reason enough to be interested, the B5.5 Passat is also a pretty good looking car. Beyond that, it’s also reasonably fun to drive in GLS 1.8T manual form – kind of a bigger GTI in many ways. But as I said, they’re getting older, so if you really like the idea of jumping on the bandwagon a bit after everyone else has, finding a clean example is key – and this 2004 sure looks clean:

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2004 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet with X51 Powerkit

If yesterday’s beautiful 997 Coupe was a little too bright for you or too closed off, what with it having a fixed roof and whatnot, then perhaps this 911 will be more your speed. Here we have an Arctic Silver 2004 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet, located in Pennsylvania, with 14,598 miles on it. Of even greater import, it’s a 6-speed manual and had the X51 power kit fitted from the factory. I don’t know the specific numbers, but I suspect a Cabriolet equipped like this isn’t all that common. Cabriolets tend more toward the refined luxury side of the Porsche market (unsurprisingly) and we find quite a few with Tiptronic rather than a manual. To have both the manual transmission and the power kit is a nice treat indeed for those hoping to get the most out of their open-topped motoring. At least without going all the way to the Turbo.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet on eBay

Year: 2004
Model: 911 Carrera 4S
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 14,598 mi
Price: $44,900 Buy It Now

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I’ll admit from a purely aesthetic perspective this isn’t the most exciting 911 we’re going to come across. It’s a silver and black 911 produced during a time in which it seems more than half of the 911s Porsche sold were silver. I like Arctic Silver as a color and generally don’t hate silver for the exterior, but I find it more appealing on earlier 911s when it was a little less common. That’s perhaps a strange sentiment, but it is what it is. On the 996 I like something a little more wild. But sometimes a color is popular for a reason so perhaps this one will still have plenty of appeal. For me this C4S is more about the other aspects anyway, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t prefer a better color.

As a potential daily driver the C4S serves as a pretty good option. There’s plenty of power, good stability in a variety of conditions, and it can provide comfortable cruising. For those who enjoy putting the top down the Cabriolet version makes this one even better. So far with only 14K miles on it this 911 clearly has not been used as an everyday driver, but that shouldn’t deter its new owner. It comes with the usual caveats that any non-Turbo, non-GT3, 996 model comes with concerning IMS failure. Have it inspected and then proceed as you see best.

The asking price here is pretty much identical to that of yesterday’s Speed Yellow 997 so combined these make for a couple interesting options. With this one you certainly have to consider the price of a 996TT. You wouldn’t find a Turbo with this mileage for this price, but once mileage moves above 50K there are some out there.

-Rob

Right Hooker Week: 2004 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

For as long as I can remember I’ve had a love of cars. Whether it was the childlike wonder for whatever my Dad happened to have at the time or the lust-driven desire of my teenage years, cars were one of those things that occupied way too much of my mind. I even used to be able to identify almost any car at night from a distance simply by its headlights (a pointless skill that actually was useful in a police investigation once). But the car that really impacted my thinking the most is the one we see here: the 2004 Porsche 911 GT3 RS. It was the first car in my post-college years – you know, when I might actually be able to purchase my own car – that grabbed my attention and held it firmly.

At this point I can’t even recall when I first encountered the car. It was in magazine articles and Top Gear tested it. I lived in the U.K. during its production and actually wrote about it for a Theology course. So I’ve seen it in various media and once in the flesh. When Porsche announced that the 997 GT3 RS would be available in the U.S. market I was overjoyed, even if it was well out of my price range. Yet I have always come back to the 996. I actually prefer the design over that of the 997. I don’t know why. It possesses the same problems we typically associate with the 996 design, but on the RS it all works beautifully.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Porsche 911 GT3 RS on Classic Driver

Year: 2004
Model: 911 GT3 RS
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 28,320 km (17,597 mi)
Price: Price on Request

Presenting this very sought after Australian complied and delivered new 996 GT3 RS.

By Porsche enthusiasts, the 996 GT3 RS has now become a true collectors car. The 996 GT3 RS is the second rarest RS ever made behind the 997 4.0 litre.

This example comes with full service history and has also been fitted with a fron lift kit.

Inspection is a must. Please contact us for more details.

Naturally, for our Theme Week the 996 GT3 RS was one of the first cars I tried to find available. I found only 1 RHD for sale. It isn’t from the U.K., but rather it is one of the very few sold in Australia (I believe I’ve seen 17 total quoted). The mileage is reasonably low (~17,600 miles) and the price likely will be high. I’m almost sure it will be worth it.

Those familiar with the GT3 RS will know that buyers could choose either Carrera White or Carrera White for the exterior paint. Graphics and wheels came with a little more choice: Red or Blue. Of the total production, said to be 682 worldwide, the choice of Red appears to have dominated. I prefer Blue. All those available were White over Red. My search wasn’t entirely exhaustive and I’m sure someone, somewhere, is selling a White over Blue RS, but you get the point. So the color here is the less rare of the two, but being RHD already makes it more rare than its LHD peers so I guess we shouldn’t get too greedy and demand a Blue one.

I’ve been looking at the 911 GT3 quite a bit lately. It’s a car I like a lot and prices really aren’t that bad. But even for less cost the GT3 will always take a backseat to the GT3 RS. I just love these!

-Rob

2004 Porsche 911 GT3

I have had my eye on this GT3 for a while. It is an example I absolutely love for its color, condition, and added equipment. I can’t remember when I first came across it for sale, but I know it’s been quite a few months, maybe even longer. So why post it now? I guess because it’s my birthday. So if anyone was trying to think of the perfect present….

Anyway, here we have a Speed Yellow 2004 Porsche 911 GT3. It was originally ordered with the only options being a thicker steering wheel and red seat belts. It has since received a number of upgrades from Porsche’s Clubsport collection: full factory roll cage, a pair of very sexy GT3 Club Sport seats, 6-point harnesses, fire bottle, and 993 Carrera RS engine mounts. The Clubsport options were all available as no-cost substitutions on RoW GT3s, but were never available for the US market. That makes this one that extra bit more special.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Porsche 911 GT3 on Excellence Magazine

Year: 2003
Model: 911 GT3
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 52,000 mi
Price: $80,000

I ordered this GT3 back in ’03 with thicker steering wheel as the only option, in Speed Yellow with red seat belts just like the promotional posters. This GT3 has full Clubsport equipment that includes a full factory roll cage, Nomex Euro GT3 Club Sport seats, 6 point harnesses, Cup fire bottle, console and ash tray deletes. A Guard LSD and 993 RS engine mounts have been the only updates.

In 12 plus years of my ownership it has been a dead reliable and fun Porsche. 52,000 miles all by one single caring owner, zero over revs. This GT3 has been maintained with an open checkbook by one single technician since new. If you are a serious, ready buyer please call me only, 631-786-6511.

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Of course anyone with an open wallet could fit their GT3 with the various Clubsport bits so that will need to be taken into account when determining whether the asking price here is worth it. And at $80K this asking price isn’t low. Hence the somewhat long time it’s been for sale. It is a one-owner car and the seller is well regarded (and always has a fantastic array of 911s available) so those factors certainly will count for something when considering the price.

That said during my foray into GT3 world a few months back I found plenty priced below this one with less than half the mileage. Granted, none of those had the Clubsport pieces, nor do I recall any of them being Speed Yellow, but at more than 50K miles we would expect a little lower price here. This is sure to be a fantastic example though with excellent provenance and shown great care. Add in the cost of the Clubsport options and we probably aren’t too far off on price given that many others seem to be selling around $70K. If you do buy it, feel free to stop by D.C. and give me a ride.

-Rob

Feature Listing: 2004 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

Did the world need a 450 horsepower Porsche off-roader? Maybe not. Is it cool that one exists? Certainly. Porsche came to the SUV party a little later than Mercedes-Benz, BMW and even corporate partner Volkswagen, but when it did it came in with some serious motivation. Alongside the VR6 and V8 models – already fairly potent engines – came a twin-turbocharged 4.5 liter unit. With 450 horsepower and 460 lb. ft of torque mated to a six-speed Tiptronic transmission, acceleration was blistering. The 5,700lb heavyweight hit 60 in a sports car embarrassing 5.3 seconds and was capable of topping 170 mph. Massive six piston Brembo brakes provided 911-like braking capability, too, and while in default the car had a 60 percent power bias to the rear, Porsche Traction Management system could transfer up to 100 percent of the power to whichever axle needed it most – or, more properly, was using it best.

That hinted that this was more than just a tall on-roader like the X5. No, the Cayenne was a serious off-roader. With lockable center and rear differentials, a low-range box with planetary gearing and height adjustable air suspension, it was more than competent when the going got rough. And with short overhangs both front and rear, it could actually conquer big elements. Pushed, it could also head through nearly 2-foot deep water, as well.

For most Cayenne (and especially Cayenne Turbo models), these features were about as useful for most owners as the top speed of the entire 911 range in the U.S. is. Nevertheless, it pointed towards Porsche’s careful engineering of the Cayenne to be a true all-around performer. And that unique focus on performance has inspired some individuals to capitalize on the model’s prowess:

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Feature Listing: 2004 Porsche 911 GT3

I’ve been looking at and writing about the 996 GT3 market for a little while now. I’ve become somewhat captivated by these cars and their place on the current 911 market. The basics are simple: the GT3 is a fantastic driver’s car with purity and focus that typifies the love of motoring felt by many of us, but among Porsches the price remains reasonable all things considered. A GT3 is by no means inexpensive, but the craze of the air-cooled market sometimes distracts us from the performance value available when we step outside of that arena. Thus, I was delighted to see this Basalt Black Metallic 2004 Porsche 911 GT3 come our way. Within the GT3 world the mileage on this one is a little higher, but correspondingly the price a little lower. The condition looks excellent: the metallic black paint shows really well and the interior looks crisp and clean. It isn’t entirely original, but that’s okay. The appeal here is to have one of the best driving cars Porsche has unleashed upon the American market and for that we can let certain things slide.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Porsche 911 GT3 on Rennlist

Year: 2004
Model: 911 GT3
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 53,500 mi
Price: $70,000

2004 Porsche 911 GT3, +/- 53.5k miles, rare Basalt Black Metallic with black full leather interior. Factory options include PCCB brakes, bi-xenon headlamps, thicker steering wheel, A/C, full leather interior with deviated yellow belts and yellow stitching in seats, dash and door panels. (See attached factory build tag and Porsche Certificate of Authenticity.)

Prior owners installed stainless steel headers, SS Porsche Techquipment rollbar, adjustable rear toe links, carbon fiber side mirror covers, CF GT3 Cup style engine air intake scoop, tinted windows, tinted front corner lights, clear bra (hood, fenders, door handles/surrounds), aluminum pedals and a double-DIN Kenwood touch screen head unit with sat radio and nav, trunk mounted Kenwood CD changer, trunk mounted Zapco amp, front/rear Focal speakers w/ crossovers, and rear-mounted subwoofer.

I have recently recently installed a NOS GT3 Cup shift knob, new Porsche center console storage bin, new Porsche cup chin spoiler, new Porsche GT3 lower control arm brake cooling scoops, new stock air filter, new serpentine belt, new AGM battery and Battery Tender trickle charger.

I also recently had both bumper covers repainted to remedy minor chips/scrapes. All other paint and panels are believed original. (See clean Carfax below.) I also had the windshield replaced with an OE Saint-Gobain/Sekurit inc. new Porsche seals.

Yokohama Advan Neova tires in stock sizes were installed in 2016, now with less than 2,000 miles use.

I have approximately 25 pages of service information from 2009 through an oil change in October 2016. Major service indicates new Clutch assembly, rear main seal, catalytic converters, and oxygen sensors were Porsche dealer replaced at 41k miles.

I have found no evidence (no tire rubber in wheel well liners, brake caliper piston seals intact, brake caliper paint as new) of track use after a thorough inspection. Thanks, Mike

The 996 is frequently derided for its appearance, but I’ve always found the GT3 to be a small exception to the rule. The revised front, side skirts, along with the rear wing draw the eye and provide for better overall lines to go along with the general hunkered down nature of the car. The unique wheel design also helps to pull the racy nature of the GT3 to the eye with a nod towards the 911 heritage. They aren’t a perfect design overall, but dare I say these are an attractive 911. Unlike the outside, the interior does retain much of the 996 nature – but you’re not here for the ergonomics, you’re here for the driving experience. Yet wearing its slightly more rare shade of metallic black this GT3 looks great and will have passers-by doing double-takes. Most wouldn’t expect this black to be a rare shade on the 996, but only 22 GT3s are recorded as being ordered in Basalt Black Metallic in 2004, and just 5 in 2005, making this one of the least frequently specified colors. I’ll leave it to others to decide between metallic and non-metallic black as the preference is entirely subjective, but there is little doubt that this one will stand apart slightly from the crowd. Among the options Porsche’s ceramic composite brakes are of significant note, especially for those who might want to take this GT3 to the track. There are a few aftermarket items noted in the ad, but none of them are the type that should detract from the overall appearance or nature of the car.

So what about price? While I can’t say this definitely is the lowest priced GT3 on the market right now – outside of some stripped out racers – it is the lowest priced that I’ve seen in a while. Many of our recent GT3 features have had prices not much higher than this, typically around $75K-$80K, but with lower mileage. However, I should note many of those have lacked the PCCB option, which we cannot ignore here. The key will be this GT3’s history and a buyer’s peace of mind. With any high-strung Porsche the maintenance history could determine just how much value we’re truly looking at and a savings of a few thousand could easily be eclipsed by maintenance costs. This GT3 is said to have a good deal of its recent service records available dating back to 2009. The owner sounds knowledgeable so those records along with a phone call could provide the details necessary to decide if the price makes sense to a prospective buyer.

Of the various 996 models the GT3 is one that has collector appeal. Perhaps with slightly higher mileage the first thought when considering purchase may not be to stash this car away in a garage, but with a car that aches to be driven the way the GT3 does perhaps that’s all the better!

-Rob

2004 Mercedes-Benz CL600

Earlier this week I checked out a green V12 Mercedes-Benz. Keeping with that theme, I bring you another green V12 Mercedes-Benz — although this one has quite a bit more horsepower and even more torque. This 2004 CL600 with the 5.5 liter twin-turbo M275 V12 spit out a more than adequate 493 horsepower and 590 lb·ft of torque. What is even crazier is that Mercedes sandbagged the horsepower number by about 40 to 50 as to not cannibalize CL55 AMG sales. Of course, we as humans can’t leave well enough alone, so a quick call to the crazy Danes at Kleeman took these power numbers to a whole other level.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Mercedes-Benz CL600 on MB World

Year: 2004
Model: CL600
Engine: 5.5 liter V12
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 62,000 mi
Price: $18,900

After a good year, I think it’s time to move on from my much enjoyed CL. It’s definitely the quietest, most comfortable car I’ve ever driven. It has 62,000 miles and has been well maintained and always garage kept. I wasn’t sure what the previous owner had done for maintenance, so within the past 5000 miles it’s had;
-The transmission fluid and filter changed
-Coolant flushed
-ABC fluid and filter change
-Power steering fluid and filter change
-New spark plugs and insulators
In terms of repairs, it has had a few.
-New water pump
-Rear valve block repair
-Shifter after it got stuck in park
-Replaced Bose amp with a new one
-New auxiliary cooling fan
This car is in absolutely beautiful condition, the Everest Green paint has a depth you wouldn’t believe. The green paint and tan interior are a classic color combination you just don’t see enough anymore. As far as faults go, the car has only two. The soft close on the driver’s door doesn’t work, and neither does the lock button on the exterior handle. The extra power from the tune has done nothing to disrupt the cars docile nature for daily driving, and only makes itself known when you put your foot down. For those occasions, the 625hp/700lbft makes this among the very fastest cars on the road. Between it’s beautiful but reserved design and it’s quiet nature, the performance comes as a complete surprise to anyone who doesn’t know these big beauties well. This is among the best kept on the market, originally a Florida car, it’s in excellent condition inside and out. I’m asking $20,700. You can see the Carfax here, although they got the number of owners wrong. It had one primary owner and the dealer who bought it at auction drove it himself for a while, and then there’s me. Feel free to ask me any questions.

According to the seller, the Kleeman ECU tune bumps the power to 625 horsepower and 700 lb·ft of torque. All this out of a car that can give you a gentle massage on your drive to work in the morning. That’s the beauty of these cars, you can be as docile as you want driving these cars and never be burdened by trying to keep that much power under control. Yes, if you smash the gas pedal you better be prepared to run into whatever you have the car pointed or light your rear tires on fire. Although it’s not all mayhem as the (functioning) ABC system does a great job of keeping everything in line and when pushed to the limit and you truly appreciate it when you fully need to utilize it. What’s interesting about this car is that it’s in the rare Everest Green, which if I had to guess there can’t be more than a handful of them in CL600 guise. Inside, the tan interior looks like it’s held up fairly well for being in the W220/W215 family and doesn’t show much wear at all.

Buying one of these cars is all about condition. You can grab a rough one that needs coilpacks and is flashing ABC messages at you the second you come near it for the low-teens all day. But that is a really fast way to blow a ton of money or be left with a car that can’t function. Ideally you find one that the owner didn’t cheap out on, much like this one, and stay on top of the maintenance and repairs diligently. You can’t ignore problems in these cars or you will ruin something that’s very expensive. For a little under $19,000, this is a great way to get your 700 lb·ft of torque fix that doesn’t require you to hold on tight every time you tap the gas. But I can’t say it enough times, the W215 is a fickle beast that needs constant care, so proceed with caution.

– Andrew

Imola Overload: 2004 BMW M3

Update 11/7/2017 – the seller of this car has raised the asking price to $27,490 and provided new photos.

I’ll admit that I seem to be unnaturally drawn to yellow M3s. I can trace that back to the launch of the E36 and the twin Dakar Yellow examples that turned up at Watkins Glen International for a HPDE; like a newborn, I was apparently imprinted upon them. That doesn’t mean that I don’t like other colors, though, and this Imola Red example certainly caught my attention. It ticked the right boxes; post-LCI example, low miles, 6-speed, great condition and a fantastic exterior color with the optional Fuchs 19″ Style 67 forged alloys. But even more impressive when scrolling through the images was the interior shade of matching Imola Red leather. Who would have ordered such a specification when the majority of new M3 purchasers were considerably more conservative? The answer was a bit surprising:

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2004 Porsche 911 GT3 – No Reserve

I’ve had my eye on the 996 GT3 of late and have featured a few as a way to get a sense of where the market currently lies for these fantastic cars. Many might look askance at the 996 in general, but there is little doubt that the GT3 is a special car and capable of providing thrilling motoring. The styling might still turn some buyers off – especially as prices inch closer to those of the 997 GT3 – but outside of the interior they really aren’t bad-looking 911s. They depart in some ways from the traditional design, but they’re no Pontiac Aztec either. We also don’t have to deal with the IMS concerns that provoke fear in buyers of other 996 models. But really, these are about the performance and, even better, the performance value. The one we see here differs from my previous features in that it’s Guards Red. The GT3 deserves a bright color and this has one. It’s also pretty low miles at 18,120 and on auction with no reserve.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Porsche 911 GT3 on eBay

Year: 2004
Model: 911 GT3
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 18,120 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

2004 Porsche GT3 lovingly cared for and sparingly driven. All services up to date. No accidents, no damage, runs excellent. Recent battery replacement. No reserve

The seller hasn’t provided much for us to judge the quality of this GT3 outside of the pictures, some of which have been lifted from a previous sale of the car in 2014. That should raise our investigative hackles to some degree, but given that its mileage has increased by an expected amount over those 2.5 years it may be nothing. Regardless, the typical caveats of a PPI and a perusal of its records will apply here. It looks great, we just need to verify that everything is as it appears.

As for the price: the starting bid for this no reserve auction has been set at $75K, which is right around where we have seen similar GT3s sell. So I wouldn’t expect things to get out of hand here and also wouldn’t be surprised if a single bid – or simply someone making an offer prior to auction’s end – resulted in a sale. That said, I haven’t come across as many of these in bright colors so perhaps we’ll see a little bit of extra action on this one.

-Rob

Signature Color Face-Off: 2004 v. 2007 Audi S4 Avants

The S4 Avant is no stranger to these pages, offering enthusiasts a “have-your-cake-and-throw-it-squarely-at-that-M3-owner’s-face-too” package which combined functionality and sport in a very discrete wrapper. Well, for the most part they were discrete; most were ordered in shades of gray because a fair amount of people ponying up new were conservative with everything but the money they were paying for this small executive wagon. Lightly optioned, an S4 Avant was north of $50,000 in 2004, a price today that would having you knocking on the A7 and S6’s base price. That sticker shock masks that the B6 and B7 represented a huge price increase over the B5 generation; out the door, the cost on average about 20% – 30% more only 3 years later – but then, they offered a full 90 horsepower advantage over the twin-turbocharged V6 with that awesome 4.2 V8, which of course could still be combined with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Subtle though the exterior colors may be, the performance on tap was anything but.

But some enterprising individuals chose the vivid colors which had become the signature of the model in B5 form. Nogaro Blue Pearl Effect was, of course, the go-to for all things fast Audi since it was originally called RS Blue on the original super Avant RS2. But a nearly equal amount were requested in Imola Yellow, a staggering, retina-burning banana-toned shade that seems initially out of character with a family wagon, yet raises the cool-bus level to 11. Though Nogaro was replaced in the B7 chassis refresh with Sprint Blue Pearl Effect, Imola carried over for the end of the V8s.

Today, I have one of each – so which is your style?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Audi S4 Avant on eBay

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