“The One” – 1993 Audi S4

Back almost exactly three years ago in 2016 I took a look at one of the best ’93 Audi S4s out there for sale. Today, it’s back again for trade – and has hardly changed. The seller has only accrued a hard to fathom 600 miles in that time on this pristine C4, while maintaining the near-perfect presentation. It was no surprise that two of our readers, including the ex-owner, spotted it up for sale and wanted to share it! The following is the original ad copy from October 22, 2016 – still relevant today, and perhaps moreso three years later:

Any time one of our readers sends in a car, I try hard to take notice. It’s not always easy, as we get a lot of emails and as this is really a spare time endeavor, it can be exceedingly hard to stay on top of replying to everyone. However, there was not just one reader who sent this car in. There were three. Almost as if they colluded, my inbox pinged earlier this week with the subject line “S4”. Though they’re getting harder to come across, it’s still relatively simple to find a C4 Audi today. Amazing as it may seem, a lovely black ’95 S6 merged into morning traffic right next to me just yesterday. They’re out there, and while they’re rare, they aren’t unseen completely thanks to religiously devoted followers, stout build quality, and unprecedented longevity. But the reason that three readers sent this car in was that it wasn’t just any C4 Audi – this might be the best one for sale in recent memory:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 Audi S4 on San Francisco Craigslist


Year: 1993
Model: S4
VIN: WAUHR84A7PN026535
Engine: 2.2 liter turbocharged inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 123,000 mi
Location: Emeryville, California
Price: $18,000

New Description
1993 Audi S4. Also known as the URS4, this is the first Audi with the S4 nomenclature. It is powered by the unique and wonderful 20V 5 cylinder Turbo engine that put Audi sports cars on the map from later Group B Rally cars through the Audi 90 GTO IMSA cars of 1989.

These were fairly rare cars to begin with, and most that are left have been driven hard and modified considerably. This is likely one of the cleanest and most original examples left. The only modification to the car is a subtle and effective Hoppen Stage 2 turbo kit, which consists of a chip modification and an OE RS2 exhaust manifold. There is also boost gauge on the engine and one added (very cleanly) to the driver’s side A-pillar. The Stage 2 modification increases power to roughly 285 hp.

The exterior is original paint, and it still shines beautifully for its age. The interior leather is in amazing condition and looks, feels, and smells great. These are likely the most supportive and comfortable seats I have ever encountered in a car.

The car performs perfectly. Handing is firm and straight, power is consistent and impressive for a 1993 car. If you have not driven one, you will be surprised by how well built these cars are – they represent the last of the German cars that were clearly built by engineers and not accountants – it is a beautifully made luxury car , and feels that way even though it is 26 years old.

Please email me with any questions. The car can be seen by appointment in Berkeley, Emerville, or Oakland.

More Photos Here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cv1n9q1rdjqbofm/AAAWQB7_V8_P1EWeO0xdKsGta?dl=0

Carfax available.

Open to interesting trades and all reasonable offers will be heard.

Many details below:

Notable Items:
– Complete service history all the way from sale on 12-27-93.
– Original sales materials and window sticker from Prestige Audi of Lakewood, CO.
– Third owner.
– Rated 285HP with Stage 2 kit from Hoppen Motorsports (OE RS2 exhaust manifold + MTM
chip).
– Outstanding mechanical and electrical condition.
– Original paint in great shape for its age – very presentable.
– Original exhaust is rust free. Sounds great.
– Original fuchs 16×8 alloys are in excellent condition.
– Philipsxenon HIDs.
– Continental Control Contact Sport AS tires.
– Immaculate interior. Excellent leather, nearly no wear on driver’s seat. Headliner like new.
– All original matts, inserts, and original Audi branded car phone included.
– All original glass and its in excellent shape.
– Aftermarket A-pillar boost gauge matches dashboard lighting and typeface exactly.
– Original Bose speakers and head unit work great.

Maintenance highlights:
– Fuel line recall service conducted by dealer at 44,132
– OEM timing belt and water pump service at 71,248 (*and* 118,200)
– HVAC servo motor at 74,713
– New driver’s-side POS unit at 87,230?
– OE LUK clutch and flywheel, new slave cylinder, throw out bearing, pilot bearing at 95,087
– OE Girling G60 rear brake calipers, OEM rear brake pads and rotors, BOGE steering stabilizer, new windshield, headlight lenses, and OEM diverter valve at 118,677
– Bilstein front and rear struts at 120,984.
– OE ZF power steering pump at 122,162
– OE serp belt tensioner and 034 street density transmission mounts at 122,600
– OE rack-to-pump high pressure power steering hose at 123,036
– Has Fresh valve cover gasket set, fuel filter and OEM coolant expansion tank.

Current not working: cruise control & rear seat heaters.

Extras included:
– Good quality indoor / outdoor car cover.
– Front and rear brake rotors – new.
– All-season rubber mats
– Mann 06A 115 561B oil filter
– Winter wiper blades
– Matching touch-up paint.
– Lower intercooler hose
– OE serp belt & serp belt tensioner assembly
– Spark plugs and gaskets
– Original slow-blow ecu fuses, headlight lenses, cluster bulbs, seat heater switches, ignition switch, washer pump grommets, air filter.
– Original owner’s manual included.

Thanks for reading,

Ben Z

Old Description:
1993 Audi S4 Sedan
123,060 miles
VIN WAUHR84A7PN026535

Exterior: Pearl White Metallic Tricoat L0A9
Interior: Black N1U/CK
Transmission: Manual 5-speed 01E CBD

Colorado car since new. Complete, painstaking service history all the way from sale on 12-27-93. Original sales materials and window sticker from Prestige Audi of Lakewood, CO. Described as “close to museum quality” and “by far the cleanest we’ve worked on” by experts at Autosport Werks in Broomfield, CO.

Second owner. Museum professional and preservationist. First owner for 118k miles is engineer Jerry Scott of CO and AZ. (His RS2 exhaust manifold installation procedure is included in the FAQ; his fuel-rail pressure gauge install is on AudiWorld; plenty of his fine contributions out there.) I’ve kept in touch with him and the next owner can also if desired. He took such good care of this car. My wife and I just welcomed our first baby to the family; I’m now ready to sell.

Zero issues with powertrain. Holds steady 22 psi boost at full throttle. Rated 285HP with Stage 2 kit from Hoppen Motorsports (OE RS2 exhaust manifold + MTM chip). Outstanding mechanical and electrical condition. Cold a/c and hot heat. Push-button locking rear diff is working smoothly. Silent steering rack with no leaks. Engine bay light, trunk light, license plate lights all working. Headlight washers, IR keyless locks, four-position driver’s seat memory still working. Passenger side mirror still tilts downward in reverse. No rounded bolts, no discount parts. Never abused, always enjoyed.

Solvent-based L0A9 “urPearl” paint in great shape, silver hue still shines. Frequent washes and microfiber wipe-downs after almost every drive. Original exhaust system lets the motor sing. Original fuchs 16×8 alloys are powder coated and true. No cracks on the original center caps, no cracks on the belly pan. Philips xenon HIDs. Under 4k miles on Continental Control Contact Sport AS tires. Perfect alignment. No rain tray / drain issues. Cowl drain checked regularly.

Gorgeous interior. Excellent leather, next-to-zero bolster wear on driver’s seat. Headliner like new. Carbon fiber trim in stellar condition. Time-capsule touches such as original cupholder inserts, factory floor mats, carphone in armrest, original cell phone mast all intact. Flawless glass, mirrors, door trim and rubber. All dash lights / instrument cluster bulbs matching and working. A-pillar boost gauge matches dashboard lighting and typeface exactly. Original bose speakers and head unit (anti-theft code included, clean tape deck). No warped vents.

More than sixty significant maintenance and repair records. Every fill-up logged for more than 20 years. Maintenance highlights: Fuel line recall service conducted by dealer at 44,132; OEM timing belt and water pump service at 71,248 (*and* 118,200); HVAC servo motor at 74,713; new driver’s-side POS unit at 87,230; OE LUK clutch and flywheel, new slave cylinder, throw out bearing, pilot bearing at 95,087; OE Girling G60 rear brake calipers, OEM rear brake pads and rotors, BOGE steering stabilizer, new windshield, headlight lenses, and OEM diverter valve at 118,677; Bilstein front and rear struts at 120,984; OE ZF power steering pump at 122,162; OE serp belt tensioner and 034 street density transmission mounts at 122,600; OE rack-to-pump high pressure power steering hose at 123,036. Fresh valve cover gasket set, fuel filter and OEM coolant expansion tank. Currently inop: cruise control, rear seat heaters.

Extras include custom all-season mats, set of summer tires, Mann 06A 115 561B oil filter, winter wiper blades, matching touch-up paint from SVE Auto Body (never used). Spares include lower intercooler hose, OE serp belt, serp belt tensioner assembly, x plugs and gaskets, original slow-blow ecu fuses, headlight lenses, cluster bulbs, seat heater switches, ignition switch, washer pump grommets, air filter. Owner’s manual included.

A time machine to 1993. No expense spared. All questions, inquiries, and offers welcome. $13,000 OBO.


As several comments noted on quattroworld, this is exactly how to sell a car. It’s well documented, well photographed, and in impeccable condition. When I was looking to buy my M3, there was no documentation and no description – just some pretty good photos and low reported miles. As a result, I had to take a leap of faith that when I arrived to see the car after flying several hundred miles, it was going to be as promised by a seller who was quite hard to pull any information out of other than an address in a place I’d never been.

While that particular story worked out in my favor, going back a further decade in history means there are that many more problems that could arise. This is where the seller’s disclosure, documented history and excellent photo journal put fears at ease. But it should come as no surprise that documentation would come at a price, and the price here is admittedly steep for a C4 chassis car. A similar looking, similar mile car was for sale close to me recently for only around 20% of the $13,000 asking price here – but was it in this condition with this documentation? No. And consequently, if you want a turn key, near perfect condition S4, this is the price you’re going to pay. You don’t need to worry about expensive future mechanical overhauls. You don’t need to worry about the deteriorating exterior. You don’t have to source and restore the original Fuchs. You don’t need to overlook badly worn bolsters, even. This is just simply about as nice as you can expect one of these C4 cars to come to market in the U.S..

And, judged in the context of E34 M5 or W124 E500 pricing, it’s still pretty affordable. Granted, out of the box this car didn’t challenge those in a straight line – but it’s more than capable of doing so upon request with the right chip, which conveniently this car has. Are there any disappointments? For some reason, I think it would look better in Tornado Red this time around. And to some it would be more desirable as a ’92. But otherwise? As with my M3, it won’t get cheaper to buy a perfect condition car in the future and it will certainly be harder to restore a poor example to this level.

Just shut up and pay the man.

Thanks to our readers Daniel, Scott and John for alerting me on this listing!

-Carter


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14 Comments

  1. I’d like to give a deserved congrats to the new owner, you have people in 4 time zones wishing they were you… bravo sir.

  2. Nailed it. Does anyone know what it sold for? This car is local to me so it’s a highly relevant comp. If this car is an A, I would give mine a B-. Not that I want to get rid of it, it’s wonderful.

  3. Hi @UrSDriver this is John the seller. As of today (10/24/16) it’s still for sale! And if you ask me, just about any urS car is an A. I have a feeling it won’t be long before I want another…

  4. Hi John, agreed, the platform is an A+, and somehow gets better with age. I found it on Denver CL and then here, great car and good luck with the sale!

  5. I’m glad to hear someone else call out for tornado red on these cars. I thought it might just be me since I secretly want every car to be tornado red. But on the urs4 it’s especially gorgeous and makes the car look infinitely more modern. The white pearlescent and emerald green date these cars badly. They’re the shag carpeting of 90’s era Audi’s. Maybe one day they’ll come back into style, or even be coveted as great examples of the period, but I was sick of them by 2001 and that feeling hasn’t diminished.

    I’d even go so far as to suggest that it’s Audi’s 90’s color pallet more than straight line performance that has hurt the value of the urs4 range vs the merc and bmw.

  6. Ouch. I own a 94 ur s4 in pearl white and think it is not only a spectacular car, but also a spectacular color!

  7. Hello All,

    I am the current owner of this car, and bought it from the seller in CO when it was last for sale. The low added mileage is both because I bought it with the intent of preserving it, and also because I simply do not have the time to drive cars like I used to (I have a three year old.) When I bought this car, I had a large commercial building with multiple lifts and tools etc. Storage was free. We sold that building, so now I pay rent for each car I store and that makes car collecting in the Bay Area a loss making endeavor.

    There is nothing wrong with this car. In fact, I love it. My father was a significant Audi racer and businessman, and drove one of these when I was 16/17 or so. The seats are the best I’ve ever sat in, and the smell of the leather, the handling, the sound etc. is like going back in time for me. However, I have committed to keeping three cars, and one is an ’83 URQ, one is an ’83 911 (showroom condition, but not rare) and the other is a special Eurovan Weekender, which is no collector car but will bring my son and myself a lot of happiness. Sadly, this is the one that has to go.

    I am traveling until Oct 1st, and will be happy to show the car after that date.

    Ben

  8. I liked it a lot more @ $13K but, damn, it’s clean.

  9. Great looking car. Do you suppose that’s a factory seam in the CF trim above the glovebox or the result of some aftermarket activity?

  10. Since the last time around I traded my C4 for an E39 M5…No regrets but I wish I could store and maintain both.

  11. Christopher Inverarity

    I’m happy to say that I am the new owner of this amazing 90’s time capsule. I’m looking forward to getting it out and driving it, it won’t be a daily driver but it is the only fun car I own. It’s in amazing shape for a twenty six year old car. I’ve only had it for one day and my face already hurts from grinning when I drive it, just took it for a thirty mile spin and it is one solid piece of German engineering.

    Wish me luck!

  12. Congratulations. I own its twin, albeit with the dial turned up to 400 whp. I agree. Permagrin material. Seats suit my german 6’-2” frame like no other car. The quality and solidness of that car is amazing. Cant believe these havent kept pace with the m3’s and co. But that is good for those who actually drive them.

  13. Congratulations, Christopher – we’d love to hear more of your journey! Best of luck.

  14. alas my ’93 urs4 which i bought from andrew at 2bennetts in immaculate condition iside and out, was totaled by a drunken christian old woman that ran a red light on oak street in sf…
    black inside and out, fast enough and handled so the $5000. was a great investment…
    i parted it out for about the same money… $13,000. is a deal…

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