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04 S4 -Tremendous
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By RaudiS4
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2004 Audi S4 quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6M)


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This car is fantastic. Surefooted, easy to drive hard, fun, reliable and solid (read, safe). The AWD and traction control make this a serious toy for us "older" kids. And, when you think you've mastered it, turn off the traction control.


Favorite Features

340 Hp - V8


Suggested Improvements

Poor cupholders and placement (over the stereo and climate controls?). Make the cupholders functional. Also, the shifter could be a little better.


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A wolf in sheep's clothing
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By SimpleSam
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2004 Audi S4 quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6M)


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The S4 is the first Audi I have ever purchased, and it will definitely not be my last. I have been a BMW fan for years, however, the interior design and class the S4 resembles cannot be matched by any current manufacturer. Power is plentiful even at low RPMs, giving passing lanes a sort of GT feel rather than mundane city driving. The grabby clutch did give me some issues during the first 1000kms, although the overall driving experience overcompensated for Audi's slight imperfection. My only major complaint is Audi waited so long to bring the RS4 stateside! Oh well, I will just have to settle for the sluggish 340 hp, road gripping, eye catching juggernaut. A tru1ely remarkable car.


Favorite Features

Elegance, subtle styling, quattro 4WD, torque, night driving (great interior ambiance), bose sound system, interior build quality, comfort at all speeds, stability, compliments from others!!


Suggested Improvements

Dashboard computer errors, grabby clutch, silver lining on shifter tends to rub off after 60,000 kms (manual transmission), a better compromise could be made between trunk space and backseat space, because after all, everybody wants a ride in the S4!


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A versatile car in every way except...
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By Dr. Michael Busse
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2004 Audi S4 quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6M)


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This vehicle is very versatile. It isn't the fastest car nor the sexiest nor the safest but it IS the best combination of all of these. It is plenty fast, has very good looks, fit and finish, has all the safety features one could want such as curtain airbags and AWD, and has the ability to be usefull year round in northern climates. What this car isn't is reliable. They are expensive to repair largely due to the very tight packaging constraints of fitting in the v8. Common issues include clutches, valve cover gaskets, coilpacks, tensioner pullies, and starters. In three months of ownership the car visited the dealership 4 separate times with a total of 2 thousand in repairs (warrantied).


Favorite Features

Seductive exhaust note with linear powerband. Fit and finish is superb. Quattro makes it easy for bad drivers to look good.


Suggested Improvements

While the quattro allows almost anyone to play hard in this car with 340 hp, it also takes away some of the raw fun you will get out of a RWD car like the M3. Reliablility is terrible and repairs are very expensive.


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Great looker - very poor reliability
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By Stephen Williams
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2004 Audi S4 quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6M)


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This is my second S4 (I had a 2001 previously), and my 5th Audi. The design is great, interior elegant and ergonomic, and it performs great. But the reliability has been miserable. I only kept it for 6 months - it was in the shop every month of those 6 months. It went through brake rotors, had a coolant leak, an transmission cooler leak, the ABS system failed intermittently, and the check engine light came on (bad O2 sensors) twice. Probably the last Audi I'll ever buy - sad really.


Favorite Features

Design, interior fit & finish, handling & acceleration.


Suggested Improvements

Make a reliable car!


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Incredible Car! Buy Certified!
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By MrLiou168
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2004 Audi S4 quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6M)


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Went from E36 M3 to M Roadster to B5 S4 to E46 M3, and now this B6 S4. What a difference! The V8 is a torque monster compared to the M cars, and handling is every bit as sharp and confidence-inspiring. Interior can't be beat, and Bose stereo works well. I think Audi's nav system has a contract with the oil companies, as this thing will re-route you all over the country. Passing power is awesome, but clutch engagement is very tricky. Highly recommended, as long as you don't live in a city. City MPG is between 9-13! The fun factor is worth every gallon however.


Favorite Features

V8 power, Interior design and build quality, Bose audio, AWD, improved transmission, exhaust rumble, cavernous trunk, ride quality for a sports sedan, understated styling.


Suggested Improvements

Fuel mileage, tricky clutch. Smallish back seat, but who cares? Xenon lights could be brighter compared to BMW.


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