2004 Audi A4 1.8T quattro Ultrasport

As with the BMW E46 ZHP package, Audi introduced the “Ultrasport” package in the 2004 B6 chassis. Effectively, this was as close to an S4 as you could get without actually buying a S4. You had to select the Sport Package to upgrade to the Ultrasport obviously, so the 1BE suspension upgrades, sway and stress bars carried over. However, the Ultrasport package upped the ante with 18″ quattro GmbH “Celebration” RS4 style wheels, front and rear bumpers also designed by quattro GmbH, door blades borrowed from the S4, a special perforated leather 3-spoke steering wheel and aluminum interior trim. While for many the more desirable package is the Avant – and that’s what we usually feature, the Ultrasport was also available in sedan form in either 3.0 V6 or 1.8T configuration:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Audi A4 1.8T quattro Ultrasport on Providence Craigslist

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Wagon Week 10K Friday: Audimatic S For The People

It’s been a while since I wrote up a 10K Friday article; they take some time both in determining the thread, finding the car and then writing them all up. Sometimes all it takes is a bit of inspiration though, and Wagon Week was just that for me. While we’ve covered many of the most popular fast and practical wagons this week, again I’m going to do a bit of an unusual comparison to cover some unloved models that are potential deals: automatic Audi S Avants. So, in today’s comparison we have a B5 S4, a B6 S4, a C5 S4 and to compare values a C4 S6 (the only row-your-own here). Which is the right choice for a fast Audi wagon?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 Audi S4 Avant on Craigslist

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2002 Audi S6 Avant 6-speed

The other day it seemed as though I switched sides, abandoning my preferred Audis for the dark star of Mercedes-Benz with the E55 AMG Estate. Don’t get me wrong, I do like the S6 Avant, but perhaps the lack of manual and the mere existence of the hotter and not-for-U.S. market RS6 Avant just takes the edge of the C5 for me. Plus, the transmissions in the Audis are notorious – correctly or incorrectly – for being a bit weak and expensive to replace. The solution? A 6-speed manual converted car, of course! And this particular example even steps up above that single massive advantage with a host of RS6 upgrades as well:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 Audi S6 Avant on eBay

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How “Loaded” Is “Fully”? 2001 Audi S8 Options Breakdown

The term “Fully Loaded” is often overused by dealers, and sometimes – as our reader Brad is fond of pointing out – poorly used. He is correct that, when talking about a top of the range luxury executive car, saying that it has power windows, locks or steering seems really quite superfluous since you couldn’t opt out of those options. Earlier this week, another reader sent me a 2001 S8 and I started to tick off the options that were selected as I looked through the photos and over the description. Unfortunately, the pricing on that particular S8 John sent was so aggressively low that someone got a great deal and it disappeared almost immediately. What was really amazing was that the selected options were more costly than the second-hand asking price! But I found another heavily equipped 2001 S8 for sale – unsurprisingly, though, the dealer doesn’t list those rare options, rather relying on the tried and true “Fully Loaded” moniker. Let’s see if we can decode what the car was selected with – and what that would have cost:

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2004 Audi S4 cabriolet

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Who thinks that having an all-wheel drive, V8 powered 6-speed 2 door-4 seat cabriolet is a good idea? Well, I do, for one. Although it might not make sense on paper and is arguably the least popular of the S4 variants, I think the S4 cabriolet is a neat option that Audi offered the market. With a stellar soundtrack, miles of sky above and quattro all-wheel drive to make it a reasonable year-rounder, this is really a unique convertible that can be had on a budget. While not as sexy or sonorous as the RS4 cabriolet, these can also be had for less than a third of the asking price of most of the RS variants, are cheaper to run and frankly offer 90 percent plus of the thrills. Performance bargain? You betcha.

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Year: 2004
Model: S4 Cabriolet
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 95,105 mi
Price: $12,995 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Audi S4 Cabriolet on eBay

2004 Audi S4 Cabriolet

2004 Audi S4 Cabriolet Quattro
Light Silver Metallic over a Red/Black Leather Interior and Black Top

Includes The Following:

* XM Premium Audio Package (Originally $1000.00)
– XM Satellite Radio
– 215 Watt Bose Premium Sound System
^ Includes 10 speakers total, rear subwoofer and front centerfill speaker and Bose Nd NeoDymium Iron Boron high-efficiency woofer.

* Premium Package (Originally $875.00)
– HomeLink Wireless Control System
^ Universal garage door opener is located in the driver’s sunvisor.
– Auto-Dimming Electrically Folding Outside Mirrors
– Auto-Dimming Inside Mirror w/Digital Compass
– Light Sensor Package
^ Includes coming home and leaving home functions and automatic light switch.
– Four-Position Driver Side Memory
^ For seat and mirror adjustments.

* Heated Front Seats (Originally $450.00)

* Light Silver Metallic (Originally $450.00)

I love the color combo; the silver on red combination is just classic. Does the S4 require more maintenance than an A4? Yep. Does it get worse fuel economy? Yep, that too. Does it make sense as a reasonable daily driver? Not really, for most people. But if you want a 4 seat, all-wheel drive V8 6-speed manual convertible for Kia hatchback money, look no further. Keep it in good nick and my guess is that people will be clamoring over these in another 10 years, as they’re a rare performance package that ticks a lot of boxes – but like many Audis, few will have the fortitude to buy one and maintain it. With under 100,000 miles and in great overall shape, this might just be the right one!

-Carter