2004 Audi S4 Avant for sale

The B6 S4 series is not my favorite. More pedestrian than the following B7, more bloated than the preceding B5, and not even close to matching the sex appeal of the newest B8, passing B6s usually makes me sigh in disappointment, wishing it were any other S4. It takes a whole lot of “doing it right” to get me excited about one. Luckily, our seller today did it as right as one can with a B6, checking all the right boxes to take this 2004 S4 from bland suburbanite to badass sleeper.

[X] Avant [X] 6-speed [X] thoughtful performance upgrades [X] BBS CH

From the seller (who sounds like my kind of car guy):

Up for sale is my 2004 Audi S4 Avant (wagon). This is one of the few with the 6speed manual transmission. If you’re not set on whether or not you want an S4 Avant, let me give you a bit of a sales pitch on it. First off, the wagons are cool. I know that’s not much of a sales pitch, but they look far more modern than the sedans, hold their values so much better, and simply make more sense. Unfortunately, they didn’t sell many. So getting your hands on one can be tedious if you have any other prerequisites.

So what makes these cars cool? Well, they are all wheel drive sports cars with high revving V8s that happen to hold 5 people and all their luggage. They sound AMAZING too, especially set up like mine. Audi’s interior quality is second to none too, and mine has been babied. All the window switches feel as if new still.

What makes MINE special is this:
It’s been meticulously maintained, and we’ve got the service records to show. Also, it has a good list of upgrades that allow for higher power and torque, as well as better fuel economy. The car is making somewhere around 400HP now, and has an incredible amount of torque too. All work has been done by European Auto Garage in Knoxville, TN.
• JHMotorsports Engine Tuning Software
• JHMotorsports Intake Manifold Spacers
• JHMotorsports 4:1 Center Differential Upgrade
• JHMotorsports Stage 4 Clutch and Lightweight Flywheel Combo
• Apikol Polyurethane Rear Differential Mount
• Apikol Polyurethane Front Engine “Snub” Mount
• JHMotorsports Complete Solid Short Throw Shifter with all add-ons
• JHM Weighted Delrin Shift Knob
• 034 Motorsports Transmission Mount
• Hawk HPS Brake Pads – Street – Front
• Hawk HPS Brake Pads – Street – Rear
• Alcantara Headliner & Pillars (See Picture)
• K40 Radar Detection System
• Bridgestone RE11 Tires
• BBS CH Wheels – 19″
• H&R Lowering Springs
• 2.5″ Magna Flow Dual Exhaust (Resonators Removed)
• Powdercoated Valve Covers (See Picture)

In addition to these, recent maintenance (past 10k miles) includes:
• Replacing center differential fluid and rear differential fluid with Redline Products
• Religiously replacing oil and filter every 3k miles. This week, it was upgraded to Motul Ultra-Synthetic
• New Bosch Platinum (4 electrode) spark plugs
• New Coolant Expansion Tank
• Every two oil changes, it gets a new air filter
• Every three oil changes, it gets a new cabin filter
• New Valve Cover Gaskets
• ALL EIGHT Coil Packs – Upgraded to the new type Audi has
• Coolant Expansion Tank Lid
• Lower Radiator Hose Replaced
• Water Temperature Sensor Replaced
• Engine Front Main Seal Replaced
• Intake Manifold Gasket Replaced
• Bridgestone RE11 tires have roughly 4000 miles on them.
• Brake pads have roughly 6000 miles on them

I love it. For the first time ever, it’s B6-ness almost enhances it, putting it just low enough under the radar that the de-resonated near-RS4 power can suckerpunch unsuspecting passers by. The owner has taken extremely good care of it, not abusing it like so many other “STAGE 11 S4” tuners for sale on eBay. This is a stealth family-hauling hammer, the best the B6 can be. With about 90k miles on it, this is a great deal if it stays under $20k.
-NR

2001 6-speed Audi S4 Avant for sale

I’ve given the BMW Ms a lot of love recently, but the Audi S series offers a deliciously different flavor of Teutonic speed.  The first post I wrote for this site was an S4 Avant, though this is a much nicer example.  Lots of space, Quattro, two turbos and six ratios, and easily accessible aftermarket speed make these one of my ultimate DDDs (dream daily driver, that is).  A rear collision gives this example an apprehension-inducing salvage title, but it’s too good looking and reasonably priced to overlook.

Cons: 87k miles is right about the time things can start to go wrong.  Salvage title sounds like it was from a minor accident that’s been properly taken care of, but should be investigated.  Engine bay is oddly dirty.

Pros: Dead sexy in black with the perfect Audi wheel, the BBS CH.  Interior and exterior look nearly flawless.  6-speed Avants are rare and desirable.  Modifications are restrained and functional, e.g. aluminum plumbing, short-shift kit, and suspension.  Salvage title brings price down significantly, with bidding still under $6k with 3 days left.

If this thing stays under $10k it’s a great deal, and it’s now my mental image for the DDD.

-NR