[Biturbos4] Buying a 2000 S4

docwyte at comcast.net docwyte at comcast.net
Wed Mar 8 18:51:37 EST 2006

I was offered $20k for my S4 avant (with ALL the goodies) recently.  I declined.  Another dealer offered me $15k for the avant, I declined them as well.  I'd be willing to take $17-18k from a dealer for it on trade, as it'd be in stock condition (I could make quite a bit selling off the parts) and the tax savings involved.

The sedans don't seem to hold their value nearly as well as the avants.  I see sedans sell for $15-16k privately all the time...

-------------- Original message -------------- 
From: Greg Amy <grega at pobox.com> 

> > From: Adam Schwartz: 
> > Thinking about selling the car too - I love my 
> > S4, but its got 95k miles on it, another year 
> > and I wont get much for it. 
> Surprise! Too late. 
> I saw a really nice Jazz Blue VW R32 on a dealer lot 
> last month. Looked nearly new, 22k miles. That's a car 
> I really like, and one I really shoulda traded for in 
> '04 (when the values were about the same.) In fact, 
> when I was in the market for a car in '00, I really 
> wanted the Euro-only S3... 
> Anyway, I stop in to look it over, the dealer looks 
> over my car, and compliments me on its condition. I 
> let them drive it, he said it was well-cared-for, 
> everything worked fine. I didn't have time to chat so 
> I asked the salesman to call me in a couple of days 
> with the numbers. 
> Guy calls me back. Said my car was in great shape and 
> they're willing to offer me a "good, solid $12,000" 
> for it. To cap it, they're "only" asking $29,995 for 
> the R32 (this, for a car that had an original base 
> MSRP of $29,100.) Uh, my Audi S4 plus $18,000 for an 
> R32? Go pound sand. 
> Later, I traded emails with someone else intereste din 
> buying my car, and got an effective offer of close to 
> that. 
> So here I am thinking about it: my Nogaro Blue '00 S4 
> in pristine condition is worth ~$12,000? Where in the 
> HELL am I gonna get any car with this kind of 
> performance, comfort, and luxury for less than the 
> price of a new base Honda Civic? A comparable new car 
> will easily cost me $35,000 or more and the 
> performance will be par, if not less; for the +$20k 
> difference I can do a HELL of a lot of mods and 
> repairs! Let's not even consider the long-term 
> economic costs of registration, insurance, and 
> property taxes. 
> So, although I'd sure like a new car, it just doesn't 
> make any sense at all to sell my S4 and spend MORE 
> money on something that is not as good a car. I truly 
> believe that we have a rare piece here: a good car at 
> a (now very) good value. - Greg 
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