10K Friday: The ones everyone wanted! S8 v. 740i Sport v. 560 SEL

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Two weeks ago I wrote up executive showdown which featured an A8L against a 745i and S500. The general consensus was that while most wanted the Audi, the Mercedes-Benz (though maybe not that particular one) was the better long-term purchase. Personally, I think Audis of this generation sometimes get an unwarranted reputation, but regardless few people really wanted any of these cars as almost all found some earlier generation more appealing. So, run the tape again, this time with the “Greatest Hits”! Let’s start with the Audi:

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Year: 2002
Model: S8
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 108,572 mi
Price: $9,950

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 Audi S8 on Web2Carz.com

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2002 Audi S8
4dr All-wheel Drive Quattro Sedan 4.2L
(full specs)

Engine:

Type: Premium unleaded..Cylinders: 8..Horse Power: 360..Variable Valve Timing..Max RPM: 7,000..Torque: 317..Max Torque RPM: 3,400..Compression Ratio: 11.00 : 1..Size: 4.2..Valve Gear: DOHC..Total Valves: 40..Engine Configuration: V..Displacement: 255..Vehicle Emissions: Federal
Transmission:

Number of speeds: 5..Manual / automatic: Automatic..Automatic type: Automatic
Fuel Econ:

15/21
Seating:

5
Safety:

Head airbags: Curtain 1st and 2nd row..Passenger Airbag: Yes..Traction control: ABS and driveline..Stability control: Yes..Child safety locks: Yes..Rear center seatbelt: 3-point belt..Seatbelt pretensioners: Front and rear
Convenience:

Cruise control..Power steering: Speed-proportional power steering..Steering wheel: Tilt and telescopic..Audio controls on steering wheel: Audio controls..Cupholders: Front and rear..Remote trunk release: Power..Door pockets: Driver, passenger and rear..Seatback storage: 2..Cargo net..12V DC power outlet: 2..Retained accessory power..Universal remote transmitter

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I can’t deny that I have a serious love affair with the S8. It just looks sooooooo right. This particular example looks splendid in the quite rare Irish Green Pearl and has the preferred look 18″ Avus wheels in good condition from the look of the photos. Interior also looks great, and mileage is low to average for the market. Timing belt service should have been performed so look for that to have been done, and also it appears there is front bumper damage (not uncommon on the low-slung S8), but at below $10,000, this car looks like the best bang for the buck in this group. Older Audis not your thing? How about a classicly styled BMW E38 740i Sport:

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Year: 2001
Model: 740i Sport
Engine: 4.4 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 111,513 mi
Price: $8,000 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 BMW 740i Sport on eBay

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VERY NICE 740I M SERIES

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Not much info, but this car looks splendid in classic black with equally classic M-Parallels. I love the look of these cars, they’re well proportioned and hide their weight cleverly. With around the same mileage of the Audi, this car is a little less complicated overall but consequently also offers less performance. But maybe performance isn’t your thing, and you’d like something a little more “classic” than the BMW? How about the dictator car of choice, a W126 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL?

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Year: 1990
Model: 560 SEL
Engine: 5.6 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 66,897 mi
Price: $7,999 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEL on eBay

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This is a very clean 1990 Mercedes Benz 560 SEL sedan with 66890 miles. This Mercedes has been very well treated and maintained. This is a fully original Mercedes including the Becker stereo system. This 560 has front and rear seat heaters, and reclining rear seats, which are working properly.

We performed a road test as well as a safety and maintenance service on this vehicle in preparation for sale. The engine runs well and the automatic transmission shifts very nicely. All of the brake pads are in great shape as well. The oil and filters were just changed. I checked the equipment in this car for proper operation. I can verify that all of the following power equipment is working properly: All power windows, power door-locks, power seats, power sunroof, power mirror and antenna. The air conditioning and heat are working. All of the gauges and instrumentation are functioning properly. There aren’t any service or warning lights on.

The pearl grey paint is glossy and brilliant over the entire body. The exterior of this Mercedes is in very nice condition with only minor imperfections. There are some bumpers rub marks, a few bumps and some small scratches, but this car still looks really great. All of the trim is intact and in excellent condition, and the alloy wheels are clean, look great.

The interior has been very well maintained and is in terrific condition. All of the leather surfaces are soft and supple with very little wear, even on the driver side. The carpeting is clean and fluffy throughout this car. There aren’t any rips, holes or damage on the seats or carpeting in this Mercedes. The dash and door panels are in excellent condition without any cracks,fading or other damage. This was a non-smoker owned vehicle and there aren’t any smoke odors or burn marks inside this car.

The title is clear without any liens or encumbrances and is mileage are original. This is a beautiful 560 SEL in excellent condition. I would feel comfortable getting in and driving this Mercedes anywhere.

This Car has pass california smog inspection with no problem.

This vehicle is offer for sale by Econo Automotive Center Inc. We are a California licensed and bonded dealer. All California buyers must pay sales tax (varies), documentation fee ($60) , and DMV Registration Fee (varies) as well as SMOG check ($60)

All vehicles sold outside of California are exempt from all of the above fees. The buyer is responsible for registering the vehicle in their own state and paying the fees associated with doing so.

Buyers are to pay a $500 deposit within 24 hours of the ending of the auction and full payment due within 7 days.

PLEASE COME SEE THE CAR BEFORE BUYING OR CALL US FOR MOR INFO AT 714-697-6562 THIS CAR IS IN OUR PASADENA LOCATION.

BUYER PAYS FOR SHIPPING AND CARS HAVE TO BE PICKED UP WITH IN 21 DAYS

THIS CAR CAN BE SEEN IN PASADENA CA.

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This 560 looks to be in great shape, and while it’s probably the least exciting of the three there is something that is evergreen about the Mercedes-Benz models from this time period. They still exude luxury and opulence even though many of the features are found on base model Kias now. Truth be told, these cars all are bathed in luxury, and although I’m partial to the Audi, I think all three of these cars are winners and offer their own version of classic German motoring with a healthy dose of luxury on a shoe-string budget.

Which would you prefer?

-Carter

2002 Audi S6 Avant 6-speed

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The other day I wrote up a questionably modified 2JZ-GTE swapped M5 that, while it wasn’t to everyone’s taste, had clearly undergone some pricey modifications. Well, today we have another rare ride that has gone under the knife for a pricey swap few engage in. While C5 S6 and RS6s came to the U.S. in automatic-only format, the seller of this 2002 S6 Avant has ripped out the ZF unit and swapped in a O1E 6 speed. The addition of the 6 speed to either an S6 or S8 on these shores sure makes the choice of which fast executive car to buy more complicated! While some of the other mods may not be to your liking, let’s see if we can redeem it a bit:

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Year: 2002
Model: S6 Avant
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 135,514 mi
Price: $13,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 Audi S6 Avant on eBay

2002 Audi S6 quattro AVANT AWD WAGON

MATTE PEARL WHITE PAINT

MANUAL:6-SPEED CONVERSION

RS6 FRONT CLIP

CUSTOM EXHAUST

FULLY SERVICED

TIMING BELT & WATER PUMP REPLACED 2,000 MILES AGO

FRONT & REAR HEATED LEATHER SEATS

POWER HEATED LEATHER FRONT SPORT SEATS

SIDE AIRBAGS

BOSE PREMIUM CD CHANGER SYSTEM

POWER SUNROOF

20 INCH AXIS BLACK ALLOY WHEELS WITH RED STRIPE

ABS LIGHT IS ON DUE TO CONVERSION
OF TRANSMISSION TO MANUAL-6 SPEED

SALVAGE TITLE DESPITE LIMITED DAMAGE

PLEASE CALL ALBAN..CELL:561 306-8241

First things first – while I’m not a fan of the matte white paint, I could probably live with it, if it wasn’t for the wheels. I’ve made it no secret that I’m not really a fan of black wheels, and these horrible units look like something that should be adorning a Chrysler 300 or Dodge Magnum wagon. I can’t stand them. Swap on something from the factory, though – such as these S6 wheels linked below, and the story might change quickly as to how you feel about the rest of the car:

Further, replace the poorly painted grill with an RS6 grill on Ebay and those smoked taillights with some OEM taillights and I think the rest of the car is pretty liveable. Sure, it has a salvage title, so you probably want to delve into why that’s the case and if the repairs – most likely to the front – were carried out correctly, but this isn’t an aluminum A8/S8 so I’d be a little less concerned about that.

The S6 isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and usually that comes down to the transmission. Alleviate that problem and you’ve got a fast large wagon that can be had on a budget. Considering the quotes I’ve seen on manual swaps for the C5 and D2 range from $6,000 to $9,000 having this swap completed not only changes the character of the car but saves the future owner a lot of potential transmission headaches. If you’re feeling brave and can sport for some extra dough to “fix” the modifications, this car could be a stellar deal.

-Carter

2004 Audi S4 Avant

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I’m wondering if I’d rather have a higher mile B5 in my favorite color, or a lower mile B6 as prices continue to sag slightly on the later V8 cars. Despite the slight drop off in these cars’ prices, the Nogaro Blue B6s still seem to carry a premium as do Avant versions – put them together, and you have the pricest of the B6 chassis cars on the market. Today’s example is no exception, with a strong $16,000 asking price on a claimed 1 of 1 2004 Nogaro/Nogaro S4 Avant:

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Year: 2004
Model: S4 Avant
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 109,375 mi
Price: $15,875 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Audi S4 Avant on eBay

2004 AUDI S4 S-4 SPORT AVANT WAGON B6 NOGARO BLUE QUATTRO ULTRA RARE 1 OF 1! WOW

In the questions of the car, the seller is asked about the 1 of 1 claim, which they insist is verified by Audi of America. I’m assuming the 1 of 1 means it’s the only Nogaro Blue with Nogaro Blue interior tiptronic equipped avant sold in the U.S. in 2004. Does that make it worth a premium? Well, last week’s S4 faceoff seemed to indicate that most of you don’t want the automatic. As I stated in the write up though, these tiptronic cars aren’t a bad drive at all and retain most of the fun of the S4 while making a stop and go commute a little easier on the leg muscles.

For relatively top dollar, I’d really want to see a rich service history – were this a $10,000 example, I’d be willing to overlook some flaws but not at top dollar. The exhaust and “K&N” sticker on the intake lead me to believe it was probably owned by an enthusiast, though that isn’t necessarily an indication that it was properly maintained or treated well. I think the asking price is a little high; provided the correct documentation, with 110k I’d like to see this car in the $12,000 to $14,000 range. Despite this, it’s a lot of car for Kia Soul money (even if the Kia does come with a warranty) and if it were actually true that it was 1 of 1, it might just be your only option if you like the combination.

-Carter

10K Friday: Seeing Quattro? 1994 S4 v. 2000 S4 v. 2004 S4

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Last week I wrote up one of the nicest S4s I’ve seen in a while; and like death and taxes, immediately afterwards another popped up. Point to you, Internet Gods. It got me thinking a bit, though; prices of the three first generations are all falling into line with each other, with good examples of early cars rising, B5 generation static and affordable, and the B6 still falling slightly. It offers a unique chance to own one of three cars with the same name, same purpose, and same manufacturer but very different personalities. Today’s 10K Friday then is between the venerable C4 1994 S4, the beloved B5 2000 S4, and the silky smooth B6 S4. Let’s start where it all began with the 1994:

Year: 1994
Model: S4
Engine: 2.2 liter turbocharged inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 82,651 mi
Price: $11,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 Audi S4 on eBay

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You are looking at an impressive piece of AWD German engineering that is advanced even by today’s standards. This is an original Audi S car with the 20-valve 5-cylinder turbocharged AAN born of Audi’s World Rally Championship heritage. It is increasingly rare to see this kind of S4 in this condition, color and low original mileage. I am a meticulous Audi enthusiast and have cared for the car accordingly.

Condition:
Mechanical – very good – No fluid leaks, maintenance is up to date, only synthetic oil (either Castrol GTX or Mobil 1) with BG MOA oil additive was used. The timing belt is up-to-date as conveyed to me by previous owner and good to go until 100k miles. I of course had my certified Audi mechanic inspect it anyway upon purchase and he confirmed the condition of the belt (good with no cracks/imperfections) corroborates this. November of last year I flushed all the fluids including brake fluid, transmission fluid and coolant (Audi red). The clutch is original to my knowledge, is tight and in great shape. I only ran Shell, Conoco or Diamond Shamrock premium gasoline.

Notable mechanical repairs under my ownership include: stainless steel brake lines installed, valve cover gasket replaced, starter replaced, new brakes and rotors two months ago, and new power radio antenna. NOTE: Pre-purchase mechanical inspections at local and reputable Audi shops are welcomed at the expense of the interested party provided my schedule will allow it and it isn’t too much of an inconvenience. These must be completed prior to the close of the auction sale.

Interior – Immaculate. No rips, tears, odors or stains. The driver’s floor mat is somewhat worn.

Body – very good condition. No dents or door dings that I am aware of, nor other imperfections. I wash it, wax it and condition the interior leather on a monthly basis if not more frequently.

Paint – Freshly waxed it looks brand new.

Upgrades – I’ve upgraded the brake lines, the wheels to the B5 S4 Avus 17″ wheels (perfect shape), had an aftermarket power antenna installed (black instead of silver) and the balance of the car is OEM.

Features: You get an AWD platform that excels in all weather conditions, a legendary and very reliable power plant in the 20-valve turbo, 5-speed manual transmission, wrapped in a gorgeous body and it comes with every option Audi could dream of for that year. It doesn’t get much better.

History: This is an original Colorado car. The first owner bought it here, retired eventually and liked the car so much he took it to Hawaii with him. After a period of time there, he sold it. I believe I bought it from the second owner there in Hawaii and had it shipped back to Colorado, making me the third owner. I am selling it because I am saving up for a home purchase. This car comes with a clean Colorado title and clean Carfax available upon request. NOTE: This is my daily driver at present and mileage will go up accordingly.

Payment: This sale is an auction-style sale. To retain the vehicle, the winning bidder must provide a non-refundable $500 deposit via Paypal within 24 hours of the conclusion of the auction. The balance of the funds must be paid to me through certified check drawn off a verifiable bank or cash when the agent, shipper or buyer arrives to pick up the vehicle and title no later than one week after the close of the auction sale.

Shipping: I will help out with this as much as is reasonably possible, but the buyer is responsible for all shipping arrangements.

Finally, please feel free to ask me any questions and I will answer them to the best of my ability in as timely a manner as possible. Thank you and good luck!

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The “Ur-S”s are loved by there owners and desired by many in and out of the Audi crowd. Although they were really an evolution of the 200, they were a revelation in the all-weather high-performance sedan and wagon category. The seller notes that the AAN is legendary, and these cars are pretty bulletproof through 300,000 plus miles. As we’ve mentioned many times, these cars hit the bottom of the market a few years ago and it has become hard to find clean examples. This particular model is one of the lower mileage examples that has come up for sale recently, and one of the very few that remains nearly stock. I have to admit that Tornado Red isn’t my favorite color on the big-body Audis, and the Avus alloys never seem quite right to me on this generation. Source a set of early D2 18″ Avus wheels (that never came to the U.S. – think the Ronin car), the 17” Boleros I mentioned in the last post, or properly the original 16×8 light and strong Fuchs to correct that problem. With the right wheels, I could probably live with the color. The maintenance and history seem good, so that just leaves the price – a little high to me, but as we’ve stated before – go find another. Maybe the C4 isn’t your thing, and you like the slick packaging of the car that replaced it – the B5 S4:

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Year: 2000
Model: S4
Engine: 2.7 liter twin-turbocharged V6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 102,498 mi
Price: $8,883 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2000 Audi S4 on eBay

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Check out this older Audi S4 manual transmission car. Overall for a 14 year old car it’s in good shape. An older couple owned the car. The exterior is in decent shape and the same with the interior. This car because of age and mileage is being sold as-is no warranty expressed of implied. This car has not been through our shop and we recommend an independent inspection.

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There’s a lot to like here; the color combination, while not the most popular on the B5, looks sharp and fits the car’s profile well. I like the lighter interior to the often-specified black. I’m not a fan of the wheels, though that could be sorted with a quick call to the owner of the above 94. The 2.7 twin-turbo V6 has proven to be pretty reliable through high miles too; I have a friend with a highly modified 2000 that has just crested 300,000 miles with no sign of slowing down. That motor is also nearly as tunable as the AAN, with many pushing 400 plus horsepower. There are drawbacks; the more electronically dependent quattro system in the B5 doesn’t handle high power upgrades or snow quite as well as the more simple earlier C4 and turbo replacement is just about a guarantee on these cars as they get older; that necessitates pulling the motor and is an expensive job. Additionally, the B cars with their 4 link suspension often have a fair share of squeaks and rattles, but it’s nothing that any older German car wouldn’t experience. You could argue, then, that if the original car wasn’t your bag, maybe you should get the newest one you can on a budget – enter the B6 2004 V8 S4:

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Year: 2004
Model: S4
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 141,123 mi
Price: $10,995 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Audi S4 on eBay

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2004 Audi S4 100% Carfax Serviced

Clean vehicle history report

100% Carfax certified

100% Autocheck certified

Bose stereo system

Heated seats

Factory Recaro seats

Best color combo

White over black

2 master keys – 1 valet key

Arctic White exterior – Ebony Nappa leather interior

340HP, 4.2 LITER V8 engine – automatic transmission

Premium package – Originally $1,650 Package

Glass power tilting sliding front sunroof with sunshade and one-touch opening; Coming home device; Garage door opener; Driver power heated chrome door mirrors with automatic operation, passenger power heated chrome door mirrors with automatic and automatic operation; Memorized adjustment on door mirror position with six driver’s seat positions; Automatic operation rear view mirror; Compass; Headlight control with time delay switch-off and dusk sensor; Electric foldable mirrors

Heated seats – Originally $450 option

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Before you start in on me, I get that it’s an auto, but these are on the downward swing still and the tiptronic models are in general worth a bit less, so they fall into the 10K category a little more easily. The tip S4s with the V8 don’t have the lag issues the B5 experienced because of the nature of the V8 versus the blown V6 unit, so while it’s not for everyone the tiptronic isn’t as bad for a daily driver as you might think. I love the white on these S4s; they stand out and look properly German and clean. As I mentioned before I’m not as big a fan of the black interiors, though. Like the B5, the B6 has some known engine gremlins that will result in the mill being pulled out, but repairs between the two seem to be about the same cost if not slightly less on the V8.

If it were my money, I think I’d find it hard to pass up the B5. While that C4 is very nice and 9.9 times out of 10 I’d choose the earlier car, like the GTis I wrote up yesterday if I were paying top dollar for a particular model I think I’d hold out for a color I’d prefer as they do still pop up, albeit infrequently. The B5 seems to be the deal of the group; miles, color combo, and platform are right for a daily driver that you can have a lot of fun in on a budget, or modify into your dream RS model. Which would you prefer?

-Carter

10K Friday: A8L v. 745i v. S500

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Today on 10K Friday we’re going to look at how much luxury you can buy for around $10,000. Unlike last week’s look at two sport sedans, today’s cars are more focused at isolating their drivers from the proletariat. It’s hard for some people to believe that on a Kia hatchback budget you can pick up a top-of-the-line German luxury car. But if you’re a fan of the bigger German cars, it should be no surprise that at around 10 years old, the value on them falls; but it’s a delicate balance between buying one that’s new enough that it won’t be a heap and buying one old enough that you can afford on a budget. Today we’re going to look at one from each marque; a 2004 Audi A8L, a 2004 BMW 745i, and a 2004 Mercedes-Benz S500 4Matic. We’ll start with the Audi EDIT: it appears the original A8 sold; I have updated the links to a similar 2005 with slightly more miles:

Year: 2004
Model: A8L
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Mileage: 101,551 mi
Price: $9,990 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Audi A8L on eBay

2004 AUDI A8L AWD Quattro. Beautiful Sparkling green color with tan leather interior. Nice and Sharp Looking loaded with most of the options. Texas Owner. Even with slightly high miles, it runs and drives awesome. Non Smoker. Equipped with Navigation, Heated Seats, Xenon Lights. Engine sounds great and transmission shift swiftly. I personally drove it for over 50 miles and checked the A/C, alignment, and Suspension. NO flood, water. Clean Texas Title with no lien.

I have to say, I really like the light mint green, and that you can get into a D3 for under 10K. The interior on these cars is beautiful and well laid out; on the outside, while the D3 isn’t as pretty to me as the D2 was, it’s still quite a handsome car. I always felt the taillights were too large on this model, but like that this car does have acres of rear leg room. I haven’t heard of D3s suffering the same transmission issues that saddled D2s, and with just over 100,000 miles, there should be plenty of life in this mill. The front bumper shows signs of some curb contact and in typical fashion the dealer has failed to replace a few little things that would dress the car up ($10 centercap, anyone?), but the one item that would concern me is the trunk lid seems out of alignment; these mostly-aluminum A8s need special repairs if they’ve contacted something hard. If the thought of a higher mile Audi scares you too much, perhaps the BMW is for you:

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Year: 2004
Model: 745i
Engine: 4.4 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 119,140 mi
Price: $10,995 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 BMW 745i on eBay

2004 BMW 7 Series 745i
04 745i-119K-SPORT PKG-LUXURY SEATING PKG-XM RADIO-PARKING AID-NAVIGATION

The E65 won’t go down in many people’s books as a great looking car, and few would argue that it’s really good looking; but, it is stately and it’s hard to argue with the combination of a sport and luxury. This particular car was pretty well optioned with the sport package, cold weather package, luxury package, park distance control, and upgraded wheels. Kalahari Beige looks quite nice without dating the car too much. The interior is less well laid out than the Audi but still pretty trick and full of gadgets you can (and will need to) play with all day. Like the Audi, the drivetrains in these cars were pretty tried and true, so with normal maintenance one shouldn’t expect too many issues immediately. Bangle-era BMWs not your thing? Well, how about a Mercedes-Benz S500 4Matic:

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Year: 2004
Model: S500 4Matic
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 137,339 mi
Price: $8,863 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Mercedes-Benz S500 4Matic on eBay

THIS MERCEDES RUNS,DRIVES AND BRAKES AS IT SHOULD.THIS CAR WAS INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT AND WAS CLAIMED TO BE TOTALED AND THE PREVIOUS CUSTOMER LIKED IT SO MUCH PURCHASED IT BACK FROM THE INSURANCE COMPANY AND HAD IT FIXED AS EVIDENT ON THE AUTOCHECK REPORT.THIS CAR DOES HAVE A SALVAGE TITLE AND IS BEING REPRESENTED THAT WAY….THIS CAR IS BEING SOLD AS-IS NO WARRANTY EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED.THIS CAR HAS NOT BEEN THRU OUR SHOP AND WE RECOMMEND HAVING IT CHECKED OUT BY AND OUTSIDE GARAGE…..

Although this S-Class is the cheapest car here and sports the largest motor, there are items that give me pause; chief among which is the salvage title. However, repair costs on these cars “by the book” are sometimes so high, it’s not unusual to see totaled cars without tremendous damage. Provided it checks out, I’m not sure the title would scare me away as I don’t think this is a long term keeper anyway. The mileage is also higher than the other two, and like the E65, the W220 isn’t high on the “favorites” list of many enthusiasts. Despite this, they’re pretty solid cars that will quietly whisk you away from your daily grind.

Were it my money, hands down it would be the Audi. More power and lower weight than the Mercedes, less technologically dependent than the BMW, and better looking than both, to me that’s the winner of the group. Which one would you like to show off in?

-Carter

V8 Week: 2007 Audi RS4

When we at GCFSB.com wanted to do another theme week, we really wanted to cross marques, and what better way than with a engine layout that is used pretty universally? Audi started it’s love affair with the V8 engine back in 1988-1989 with the release of the then-revolutionary V8 quattro. Boasting reasonable performance, high-class luxury, and go-anywhere in anything quattro all-wheel drive, the V8 quattro would become a cult-classic for Audi fans. Since then Audi’s V8 engine has increased slightly in displacement and sprouted more valves, but the heart of these cars has most been assisted by modern electronics that allow cars like the RS4 to pump out an incredible 420 horsepower. Though they more recently have backed away from V8 engines in an effort to gain fuel economy, Audi’s legendary RS4 V8 was shouty and sonorous at the same time, producing notes that few other engines can on the way up the tachometer. And while there are few RS4s who’s exterior match the shoutiness of the engine, today’s example of a Sprint Blue RS4 is shouty for all the right reasons:

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Year: 2007
Model: RS4
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 67,500 mi
Price: $39,995 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2007 Audi RS4 on eBay

Year: 2007
Make: Audi
Model: RS 4
VIN: WUARU78E57N902003

Mileage: 67500
Transmission: Manual
Engine: 8 Cylinder, 4.2 L
Exterior Color: Blue

Interior Color: Black
Title: Clear

Description

You are viewing a very beautiful car indeed! You are looking at a mint condition CARFAX CERTIFIED 1 OWNER 2007 AUDI RS-4 QUATTRO in the most desirable color available, Sprint Blue Metallic Paint with the Ebony Recaro leather interior!! This car looks fabulous and runs even better! You will hear the sweetest sound ever when you punch the gas & hear the beautiful melody of the Dual Exhaust!! The Blue Paint shines so brightly the reflections are clearly visible! The leather interior is in great shape!! The car runs beautifully thanks to the 420 Horsepower 8 cylinder engine mated to a super smooth 6 speed transmission. Everything in this car works perfectly! THERE ARE NO DISAPPOINTMENTS HERE! This car is ready to go! This car is fully equipped. Starting from the outside you have the handsome Audi alloy wheels with meaty performance tires!! You have a Tilt & Slide Power Moonroof!! You have high power front Xenon headlights as well as front and rear fog lights!! Now to the inside of the car! You have multi adjustable power Recaro sport front leather seats that are heated for winter comfort!! The Rear Seats are Heated as well!! There are one touch power windows and power locks. THERE IS FACTORY NAVIGATION & BLUETOOTH!! There is a high power 8 speaker Audi/BOSE am/fm/6cd/Sirius stereo system with steering wheel controls!! Of course there is power steering as well as power 4 wheel anti lock brakes!! There is the electronic stability control also!! There is electronic cruise control also!! There are dual lighted visor vanity mirrors also!! There are also dual front airbags as well as Curtain (head) airbags and side impact airbags!! THERE IS THE POWER REAR SUNSHADE AS WELL AS SIDE WINDOW SHADES!! This car has a handy trip computer that will calculate your gas mileage, distance traveled and even tell you how many miles you can drive before you run out of gas!! I am sure I am missing a few items as this car is so well equipped! All of the guages are functioning normally as well as all of the interior and exterior lighting. WE HAVE THE ORIGINAL OWNER’S PORTFOLIO & MANUALS PLUS 2 KEYS!! Don’t Delay!!

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Blue has been the choice for fast Audis since the launch of the legendary RS2. Sure, that blue has changed from RS Blue to Nogaro, and then again to Sprint Blue on the B7s, but the idea remains the same. Like a red Porsche, pulling up anywhere in one of these blue Audis tells the world you mean business, but in a mostly polite way. The RS4 is an incredible performer with reasonable practicality as a daily driver, but is certainly special enough to stand out in the crowd. In my opinion, too many of these cars were specified in silver, grey or black – to me, they just look better in loud colors. The only one I have seen that I desire more than this car is the one special order Viper Green RS4; but day to day, this would do nicely, thank you very much.

The best known issue with the RS4 is carbon buildup, and worryingly there is no mention of this car being serviced, though most of the RS4 community seems to feel that service price is less of a big deal than the community that doesn’t own them. Either way, plan on getting it corrected in the future. It’s nice to see the original alloys which seemed to disappear quickly from many; here’s a hint – we’ll want them in the future, so if you buy this car please keep them! Otherwise the car seems to be in great shape as it should for the quite reasonable mileage that’s been put onto it. Pricing seems pretty much spot on the middle of the market, and as the blue seems to command a premium over some of the other colors I’d say in the higher 30s this car is pretty well bought.

-Carter

Double Take: A Duo of Audi S6 quattros

Like the last “Double Take” I did on two Passat W8 Variants, today’s double feature is two powerful eight cylinder all-wheel drive wagons from the Volkswagen Audi Group – this time, it’s two S6 quattro Avants. Like the W8, these S6s were pricey when new but have maintained a cult following that loves them. Rare to see anywhere you go, they offer lots of speed from their 340hp V8s, lots of comfort from their luxurious interiors, all-weather capability and a massive load capacity. Today we’ll start by looking at an Atlas Grey 2003 and finish with a Pearlesant White 2002:

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Year: 2003
Model: S6 quattro
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 96,156 mi
Price: $16,999 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 Audi S6 quattro avant on eBay

2003 Audi S6 AVANT

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Price(s) does not include documentation, licensing, registration fees and taxes

The paint has a showroom shine. This vehicle was tastefully optioned. With just 96098 miles, this car is barely broken in. Very low mileage vehicle. Very clean interior! Very smooth ride!

IF YOU DO NOT SEE THE MANUAL, FLOOR MATS, SPARE KEYS, OR ANY OTHER ACCESSORIES IN OUR PHOTOS, THE VEHICLE MAY NOT COME WITH THEM. PLEASE ALSO KEEP IN MIND THAT THE MILEAGE ON SOME OF THE VEHICLES MAY BE SLIGHTLY HIGHER THAN APPEARS IN THE LISTING, AS THE VEHICLE MAY BE DRIVEN/TEST DRIVEN DURING THE LISTING PERIOD.

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The second S6 comes from a one-owner home in the much more rare Pearlesant White, with more miles but at a much lower entry price.

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Year: 2002
Model: S6 quattro
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 136,976 mi
Price: Reserve Auction, $8,000 opening bid

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 Audi S6 quattro Avant on eBay

Original owner, carefully maintained with all records, So. Cal car, always garaged, smoke-free, AC, auto, GPS

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Well, there you go. Two very complicated, very expensive to maintain cars, both with zero records offered in the ad print. These cars are notoriously tough on the wallet, but like the W8s offer a unique combination of speed and practicality that few others can. I would guess that you’re more likely to find some records with the one-owner Pearlesant car, but the dealer has presented the lower-mile Atlas Grey car much better. Indeed, the 03 shows little wear to its light colored leather; certainly less than the 02 shows. That said, the entry price on the 03 seems well out of line with the market. I reviewed a S6 Avant last month that had slightly more mileage, incorrect wheels but some tasteful modifcations, but that car has still failed to sell despite now being priced $6,000 less. I would say the Atlas Grey car should fetch $10,000 – $12,000, and the Pearlesant White car should stay between $8,000 and $10,000. But as many comments have noted, the entry price may just be the tip of the iceberg, so if you’re serious about getting into one of these cars, get a thorough pre purchase inspection.

-Carter

2008 Audi R8

Supercars are not the most profitable of cars for a manufacturer, but can be a beneficial piece of promotion for a brand. Case in point, the Audi R8. Years after plummeting sales and a near collapse of market share in the US, Audi came back strong in the mid 1990s to unleash a new range of cars and nomenclature, clawing its way to the top of the sales charts to where it sits today. Along the way, Audi acquired Lamborghini in 1998, paving the way for the house of Quattro to explore a new vehicle niche. Built on the same platform as the Lamborghini Gallardo, the R8 debuted in 2006 to much acclaim, with critics heaping praise on it, to the point where some describe it as the best sports car ever made.

Consequently, demand (and prices) still stay strong, putting this car out of reach for the great majority of enthusiasts. This R8 for sale in Alabama, however, is priced rather attractively and has under 30,000 miles.

Year: 2008
Model: R8
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 27,755
Price: $86,999

2008 Audi R8 on eBay

2008 Audi R8

Jet Blue Metallic / Black Leather Interior

Optional Equipment:

Enhanced Leather Package

Premium Package

Audi Navigation System Plus

Bang & Olufsen Sound System

Original MSRP $125,545

The soul of the R8 4.2 FSI quattro® is the adrenaline inducing 430 hp 4.2 FSI V8 engine. Like the 5.2, the V8 is also displayed under a transparent panel, producing 316 lb-ft of torque and rocketing from to 60 mph in only 4.4 seconds to a top track speed of 187 mph. As part of a race-bred mid-engine design that contributes to superb handling dynamics, the 4.2 V8 features race winning technology such as FSI direct injection, sodium-cooled exhaust valves and is setup for a high-revving 8250 rpm.

As a true supercar the R8 not only offers blistering speed but awe-inspiring handling. Featuring the legendary quattro® all-wheel drive system, the R8 inspires driver confidence, giving you traction when you need it, where you need it, regardless of road conditions. To accommodate the extreme performance of the R8, quattro® utilizes a continuously variable torque distribution, dynamically adjusting power to the wheels with the best traction. With a significant 85% rear torque bias and up to 30% available for the front wheels as needed, this highly specialized quattro® system provides the R8 with a balanced driving experience unlike any car on the road.

Audi Fuel Stratified Injection, or FSI®, offers the benefits of increased performance and fuel efficiency. FSI direct injection delivers a precise amount of fuel directly into the engine cylinders as opposed to the engine intake runners. This advanced process helps ensure a more complete combustion, thereby diminishing waste and increasing power. Additionally, the specially designed piston heads compress the fuel-air mixture in a spiraling motion, creating the most efficient combustion possible. Making the most of these technologies allows for greater efficiency in the combustion process.

Jet Blue is one of my favorite R8 colors, and this one is made even more enticing for me in that it has the six-speed manual gearbox. It’s hard to find a good R8 under $90,000 these days, as they are a bit of a living legend when it comes to the sports car world. The 4.2 liter V8 is such a good engine that I doubt I’d go for a V10 (supposing I would ever be in the market for such an awesome car). Still, the world hasn’t seen such a usable sports car since the Acura NSX. With the added benefit of four-wheel drive, it’s conceivable to use these cars year round. If I had the means, I certainly would.

-Paul

2002 Audi S6

A wolf in sheeps clothing, the 2002 Audi S6 looks like your every day family hauler. A closer look reveals wider fenders, aero lower door blades, brushed aluminum treatments and larger Avus wheels. Now there’s no mistaking what this car truly is, a hot rod.

One of the last years for S6 Avants, the C5 was the highest evolution of the breed. With more output from the 4.2L V8 (340 bhp and 310 lb/ft) along with the aesthetic upgrades, the S6 went on a diet. With all aluminum suspension, fenders and hood, the S6 stays just a touch heavier than the standard V6 A6 Avant. The S6 could make the run to 60 in 6.5 seconds. No small feat for a car weighing 2 tons.

All the performance certainly comes at a cost. The S6’s achilles heel is the 5-speed tiptronic slushbox, notorious for being one of the worst gearboxes Audi ever coupled to its 4.2. The shifting is vague at best and these gearboxes tend to have valve body issues. This grey over ecru S6 for sale in New Hampshire has the potential to be a great daily driver…with a kick.

Year: 2002
Model: S6
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 161,000 mi
Price: $8,600

2002 Audi S6 on craigslist

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I have a beautiful 2002 Audi S6 for sale with 161,000 miles on it. This is a rare car and it is in excellent condition. It looks fantastic, drives fantastic and is a reliable and fun alternative to a minivan! Comes with original wheels with all-season tires plus a set of nearly new snow tires mounted on alloy wheels.

Differences between the A6 and the S6, the S6 has:
4.2 V8 with 340 HP that sings to 7,200 RPM
Active motor mounts
Aluminum sub frame, suspension uprights, hood, and front fenders
Larger brakes
Flared fenders
255/40/17 tires are stock (and wider tires will fit)
This car has the Sport interior with more bolstered seats, alcantara seat insers and alcantara headliner

Other features:
Heated front and rear seats, both front fully power adjustable
Dual zone climate control
Symphony stereo with subwoofer and in-dash six disc changer
Power moonroof
Heated mirrors and washers
4-channel ABS with defeatable traction and stability control
Tiptronic auto with sport mode and manual shift mode
Auto dimming mirrors with integrated compass

What this car needs:
Drivers door shuts when you close it normally, but if you slam it shut, it bounces open one notch (not all the way open)
Drivers side mirror is leaking the dimming fluid
Center console cupholder does not work (but the dash cupholder works)
The front paint finish worn from dust and rocks from highway driving
The summer tires are mostly worn and will need replacement soon.

That’s it. This car will pass inspection and runs and drives beautifully and looks really nice. It needs nothing other than those minor items mentioned above. I’ve maintained and repaired items on this car since I purchased it. Mobile 1 synthetic only. I also have service records from the previous owner that detail previous work.

$8,900 or best offer.
Email or call Erik at 603-674-3913

This S6 offers a reasonable deal for anyone in the market for a grocery getter that gets down to business. The values of these cars with 161K miles is around $9000 on the high side. This car seems to be well kept, but as with any 10 year old car, warrants a good looking over. With a bit of negotiating, this car would be well bought around $8,000.

-Brian

2001 Audi S8

The S8 has been Audi’s flagship for nearly a decade and a half, offering top notch luxury combined with 335 bhp and performance upgrades. The S8 is the gentleman’s sports car. This low mileage fixer upper for sale in Edison, New Jersey is a good opportunity to get in to a clean S8, and satisfy your need to tinker (if you have one).

2001 Audi S8 on Cars.com

Check out this 2001 Audi S8 with only 50,712 miles! Please be advised that this car does have the check engine light on and have several codes stored including O2 sensor, ABS unit, etc. The customer stated that the cowling backed up with water and leaked in the car (yes, this was a pretty common issue with this model if not cleaned properly). This car is being sold as a fixer upper needing repairs and show be towed off the premises. Because of the age, this car is being sold as-is no warranty expressed or implied. This is the perfect car for a technician to purchase and fix up and drive for years to come. Again, the body and interior are very clean. Check out the pictures! These S8s are getting very hard to find and even more so with very low miles like this one!

As an Audi owner I can say that the repairs being advertised in this ad are easily managable by the average garage mechanic.  Audis of this generation were still relatively easy to repair and parts will be readily available, either second hand, or in the aftermarket. The issue with the cowl, for example, is common on all Audi models and is remedied with a shop vac, a hammer, and a 12″ rachet extension.

In going to look at this car I would recommend bringing a VAG com to scan the codes to see exactly what they are and do your homework. With only 50K miles and at a price of $12,661, there is still a bit of haggling to do. If the repairs on this car are extensive, the price of $9K is more realistic. Depending on what the car needs, with a bit of money and good old fashoined elbow grease will get you in to an amazingly clean luxury sedan.

-Brian