[Biturbos4] S4 Alternative

Bob Tillman bobt at p-vector.com
Fri Jan 16 12:15:39 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, 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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