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Our best car ever
Cons: Rear seatsGreat car overall - performance and reliability
Best of Both Worlds
Pros: Quattro all wheel drive. There is nothing like it.
Cons: Rear leg roomI ordered the S4 in August 2003 and it arrived in november. Brilliant Red with black Napa leather. This car has some of the softest leather seats in the market. The interior is world class and nothing is this price range even comes close. The car handles great and it can tackle any kind of weather, which is a mayor plus during the rainy season. The car has been extremely reliable during its 6.5 years. I think this is the first car I will keep for ten years. In the past ten years I've owned several cars including Mercedes Benz, BMW, Acura, Lexus, VW and Infinity. My experience leads me to believe that Audi's are the best built luxury cars for the money. The Lexus LS 430 was reliable, but expensive to maintain and boring to drive. The Mercedes and the BMW had some reliability issues. The VW Touareg V8 has been an excellent SUV with only minor interior durability issues. The infinity has been reliable but its design was getting old quickly. Next year I will trade the VW Touareg for an Audi Q5. If you buy a used S4, make sure it has been well maintained (consult the service department) and you will enjoy it for many years.
Pros: the experience of driving one, you kinda have to try it for yourself.
Advice: be sure to try it out on the freeway. thats where you realize why you spent all that moneyThe 05 audiS4 is most definitely a fun car. the power should be just as much as you could need. long drives on the freeway are incredibly comfortable for a car with that level of tune. problems...#1,clutch just went out last night. 9989mi. wasnt even beating it up.#2it is olmost impossible to get the back end to step out. in fact it will push the front end out before the back if it isnt manipulated just right. awesome daily driver though. makes you feel like everyone else is driving 'just another car' with the way it performs.
Pros: Drop top and performance
Cons: no decent cup holders
Advice: get the sterring wheel audio control optionI loved the car right up to the point the clutch died at under 5000 mile. I had not driven the vehicle hard until that weekend and had the opportunity to try and test it out on a private runway and after runs up and back the clutch was gone. I never dumped it or slipped it just hard acceleration and it gave its life and had to cal in the roadside assistance crew. Out of town dealer says he had to 'put on boxing gloves' to get covered under the Audi Advantage warranty. I haven't picked the car up yet to get the details of the 'warranty Battle' but I have driven much greater and lessers cars (in price and performance) much harder and never had one fail. I'm not sure if this is an isolated incident or a flaw. Other than that the car is wonderful. Any others experience or comments would be helpful and appreciated.
Pros: V8 torque
Cons: nothing yet
Advice: Find your price range and test drive and test drive some more.I could not be more pleased with this car. I live in Canada and the quattro is superb. I have owned a 2003 M3, a great car, but not the low end torque that makes daily driving a pleasure. I wanted a classy looking car - I,ve had many compliments in this regard. The interior is a step up from the BMW. Hopefully the reliability will be better than Audis from the early 90's. So far I'm still smiling. Love that V8.
Pros: Accellerates like a rocket and corners like a snow leopard
Cons: Clutch is burned up under 10000 mi
Advice: Keep an eye out for possible early clutch failure- 344hp@3500 rpm puts the power to all 4 wheels right off the line. The fastest in its class not to mention the all condition quattro makes the car behave like a snow leopard. - Tha S4 is very balanced in terms of comfort and high end performance. The fastest way to get the groceries home for sure. Just under 10000 mi and the clutch is toast? This car has been fantastic as an everyday driver until the clutch burned up yesterday. Could this be the weakest link or just an isolated faulty part? I have driven the car as it was meant to be with a lot of brake shifting- the clutch failure has truly been a dissapointment. The dealer seemed more embarrassed than me when the tow truck pulled the 2004 S4 into the service dept at Audi.
Pros: 4 doors
Cons: stock tires
Advice: drive it and run circles around bmws in the raindrive it, drive it then drive it with it loaded with passengers. Maybe I'm spoiled by power always wanting more. Just wanted something different than a m3. If you keep count, compare which one you mostly see more,