The S4 ROCKS. And stock it will blow the doors off an Acura... But add
an after market chip - and DAMN. That is one amazing car.
I have had mine for 3 years. I am at 70K miles. I drive it hard.
It has been very reliable. So far all I have done was a MAF sensor -
under factory warranty and a power steering compressor, not under
factory warranty - but under my aftermarket warranty. I have also had to
replace my divertor valves and TBB - but those are weak and often break
when you chip the car - and my car is chipped, so I cant blame Audi.
Those parts were under $200. Oh yea - and I just did the brake pads on
the front. Did it myself - easiest brake job I have ever done!!!
Pet peeves... I wish it got 40Mpg like my old honda civic did...
I have a 2001 S4 Avant and love it. Driving the car, is like driving on a
different plane of performance. You just wish the other cars would move out
of the way or something like that. The extremely tight suspension, the
power and the Quattro, give you much superior driving performance, to most
other cars you will consider. I sort of think of this car like a rocket
ship on a rail. You can compare the numbers on paper with a lot of other
cars, but in reality, this car has more.
But you do go through tires, and they are expensive. Visibility is a little
lacking - be careful when backing, etc. I have the standard leather seats,
instead of the ones with the suede centers. I wish I had the suede centers,
so as not to slide as much when taking hard turns.
It's a German car so there are things to go wrong. Just think about things,
like letting your car warm up properly before going into high performance
driving. Or let it cool down before before turning off.
I suggest that you keep on top of noises. I have had some things replaced
under warranty from hearing noises which I didn't like. That is true with
any car. I don't thik the current car has a Turbo, but instead, that larger
sized V8. Since mine has the Twin Turbos, I am extra careful about taking
good care of them. I don't want to replace them.
I have gone through brakes, but I am in the mountains. By the way, the
brakes are phenominal.
My one complaint about the car is that if I open the sunroof, then there is
a annoying noise created until I also open a window. I hope they have
corrected that little flaw. It is something which has been bothering me. A
nice thing in my opinion, is that you will feel better about parking the car
somewhere that you may have second thoughts about parking a Porsche. Most
people don't realize what the car actually is.
Best of luck with your S4.
There is an easy fix for this which Audi designed into the system - once
somone told me about it, from the bi-turbo yahoo group, I dont have the
There is a special sweet spot that you are supposed to open the sunroof
to so that this weird sound doesnt happen. If you look at the switch you
will see that there is a white line that goes around it, with a break in
it. Turn the knob so that it lines up with the break in the outer white
line. This opens the sunroof about 90%. The weird sound will NOT happen
when the roof is in this position. This applies to A4's as well.
Try it! It works... I hope this all makes sense.. if it doesnt, just go
look at the switch in your car, and you will see what I am talking about.
Re: the Sunroof problem. Thanks, This works. I have never seen the little
white guide line around the switch, before this. It's up, in there, and
probably more visible from the passenger side. The sweet spot is marked and
improves the noise problem.
Thanks for the help - I would bet, this was a design flaw for which they
found this correction method. Not the neatest fix, but it works. The Audi
salesman should describe this situation to buyers. Although there is so
much to learn about the car, I guess that is one of those overlooked things.
Well, the new S4 will definitely get you more ooomph. I think that
the new naturally aspirated V8 will be more reliable in the long run
than the bi-turboed V6 like I've got. The DVs, MAF and the TBB have
been mentioned, but they go away in the new model. Of course, there's
nothing to say that the 2004 S4 won't have it's own plumbing problems.
It is doubtful though.
Go drive one...betcha you'll buy it... =)
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