[Biturbos4] S4 Alternative

Bob Tillman btillman at p-vector.com
Fri Jan 16 12:25:50 EST 2004

Hi all -

This is my first post - time to end my lurking ways! ;)

Add us to the list of happy S4 owners who have had few (no?) problems with their cars.  Granted, we bought it used with only 16k miles on it, and have put only 6k more in the time we've owned it.

On the other hand, we suspect that it led a hard life in the hands of its first owner (well, lease-holder).  It had suffered a broken front bumper cover, scraped/cracked belly pan and cracked fog light, and who knows what else before we bought it.  It needed new brakes and new tires, which the dealer replaced before the sale.  That first owner was none other than Bode Miller, downhill skiier...  We suspect that on the rare occasions when he wasn't travelling, he drove it hard; when he was out of town, who knows who he let drive it!  Despite all those danger signals we bought it anyway: the price was right, it is still under the factory warranty, it seems tight and quiet, CarFax didn't find anything ugly, and an independent mechanic gave it a thumbs-up in a pre-sale inspection.  Plus, 6-speed Avants are pretty rare around here, so we decided to go for it.

Despite its suspected previous history, it has been trouble-free for 6k miles (and almost a year).

- Bob T.
  '01 S4 Avant 6-speed 22k miles
  '02 allroad 6-speed 14k miles

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