[Biturbos4] Buying a 2000 S4
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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...
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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
> 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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