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Audi S4, Coupe, Convertible, Sedan
#828 of 973 New orders for S4's?
Aug 26, 2004 (4:46 am)
Two days ago, I was told by the sales mgr. of an Audi
dealer in South Jersey that, due to the larger than expected demand for 2005 A6's in Germany/Europe (Audi's main markets), (A) deliveries of U.S. spec. A6's would be delayed a bit to late 2004/early 2005 (for the 4.2 V8's) and (B) perhaps more importantly,
PRODUCTION OF 2005 S4's WAS BEING CUT BACK BECAUSE
THEIR 4.2 ENGINES WERE BEING DIVERTED TO A6 4.2 CARS.
This morning, there were several posts (under the same title as this one) on another Audi enthusiast web site suggesting that Audi dealers we no longer taking orders for the current version of 2005 S4's in anticipation of the "new face" 2005.5 S4 being produced in the near future.
Anything anyone can learn about the truth (or falsity) of this "rumor" would be appreciated.
#829 of 973 2002 S4 anything we should know?
Aug 27, 2004 (7:57 am)
Recently my wife and I discovered a 2002 s4 for sale. The initial test drive was good and the car felt solid. I have been doing some research and found that the front brakes can be a common issue. ANYTHING else I should look at closely? Quirks/blurps/hiccups?
We will have the car inspected, but any thoughts would be great.
#830 of 973 Re: 2002 S4 anything we should know? [dcow]
Aug 30, 2004 (6:13 pm)
I have a 2000 S4 and i must say that the performance is out of this world!
The 2 disadvantages is that it does drink gas, and it will become very expensive to keep outside of the Audi warranty.
My car is in the shop for an oil leak. it turns out that it is from one of the Turbos. Audi recommends that both be changed and the engine has to be lifted out to do this. I've been waiting a week already! I would never be able to afford this if it wasn't covered. The mechanic says that these 2.7T engines are now starting to come in with problems...mainly to do with the pressure of the turbos causing the seals to leak. Did I mention it has taken them 3 times to find this leak?
I love the car, and the smile it puts on my face when i touch the gas pedal but in a few months it will be out of warranty and i am sure I'll have to dump it! Be very careful who you buy this car from. The warranty lasts for 50,000 miles. Then you are on your own
#831 of 973 Re: 2002 S4 anything we should know? [dcow]
Sep 02, 2004 (12:19 pm)
Great car, a blast to drive -- brake rotors and oil changes happen at regular intervals.
Beyond 50,000 miles, like all European cars, this will be "breathtakingly expensive" to repair.
Get the Audi 100K warranty.
Finally, but this is NOT an Audi issue so much, the thing eats tires -- especially the UHP and Max performance Summer Only tires that are standard equipment.
The car is an absolute blast to drive.
I can't comment on the gas milage -- I suspect that your milage will be based on your right foot.
#832 of 973 Re: 2002 S4 anything we should know? [dcow]
Sep 06, 2004 (8:31 pm)
My '01 S4 sedan has 60K miles. It also developed an oil leak. It was just before the warranty ran out at 50K. It's been in and out ever since trying to fix that leak. Both upper and lower oil pans were replaced along with oil lines. The leak just came back after 3 weeks of oil leak-free time, so back in it'll go. The other warranty repair I had was to replace one seat heater; a common problem on many cars. Turn the dial up to 6 and wait a little while to make sure they're working. I still have the original brake discs and rotors; the last maintenance stated there was 40% life left in the discs. Actual gas mileage has averaged 24.4 mpg over the life of the car. Over two separate 10K stretches, the trip computer overstated actual mpg by 2.4 mpg. The original tires, Pirelli 6000, lasted for 36K miles. The replacement tires from Tire Rack, Goodyear Eagle F1 GSD3, are unbelievably good for wet grip as well as dry. Note that the bass sound in the '01 Bose system, is feeble compared to the Avant with its subwoofer. The manual states the car needs to idle for 2 minutes after a hard run to let the turbos cool down; I always do this after any drive where the engine has been running for 45 minutes or more. While I've read about people going through turbos, I still have the originals, perhaps due to following the cool down instructions.
#833 of 973 Re: 2002 S4 anything we should know? [banx]
Oct 20, 2004 (8:27 pm)
Did you all see the 2005 S4 lease specials $499 a month about 4K down 42month/10000 mile.
this a good deal, or is it still beter to finance?
#834 of 973 a little advice please
Nov 12, 2004 (9:46 am)
I am in the process of considering purchasing an S4 Cabriolet. I currently own an '01 MB E430 4matic and a BMW 325ci Cabriolet. I guess you can say I am "tired" of owning 2 cars and want one that does it all. I need AWD for the winters in NJ and want a convertible/performance for the summer. Seems like the S4 is just the ticket. But here are some of my concerns -
1) I will be driving the car in NJ winters. Besides putting snow tires on the car, do you think it can be safe to drive in the snow as well as be reliable in the snow?
2) I will be putting approx. 20k miles a year on the car. Besides changing the oil, anything I should be aware of?
3) I owned an Audi in the past, many years ago. I have to say I was not happy with the reliability. How is the reliability of the current line?
4) Would you buy an extended warranty for the S4?
5) Do you have a dealer you recommend to purchase from? I live in Northern NJ - Paul Miller & Jack Daniels but I would travel, within reason, for a good deal.
6) Would appreciate any info anyone could give so I can make a comfortable decision.
Thanks to all.
#835 of 973 Re: 2002 S4 anything we should know? [hawkerdrvr]
Nov 29, 2004 (3:33 am)
The lease deal is pretty incredible and if you haven't done it already, you should do it. I am currently considering this deal, even tho I already have a Porsche and a BMW.
If you didn't know, the lease deal was extended to 1/3/05, so you have a month to mull it over. A friend of mine leased a S4 a few years ago and paid about $6K down, $600/mo. for a 3 year lease. This deal is so much better and for a significantly better car.
With such a great lease deal, it makes the lease vs buy issue a much lesser issue. I am a CPA, so I get this question ten times a year. Unless you plan to keep the car for at least 7 years or plan to drive the car for more than 12K miles a year, I wouldn't even consider buying it.
#836 of 973 Re: 2002 S4 anything we should know? [cbe512]
Dec 15, 2004 (8:00 am)
Is the turbo leak common problem on these cars? I'm thinking of getting 2002 as well. Does factory warranty transfer if you buy used?
Dec 15, 2004 (11:25 am)
Had the car for two weeks, it is very fun to drive. In Colorado, so needed snow tires, but they have not hurt the performance as much as I thought they would.
Only nit is that the cupholders are nearly useless [guessing Germans don't drink coffee on their morning commute]