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Objects may not be as they appear!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Alan Ricks
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2005 Audi S4 quattro AWD 2dr Cabriolet (4.2L 8cyl 6A)


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Not your tire-spinner, but an elegant sport car that can accommodate a young family because of back seats. A throaty V8 makes it sound like a Corvette is coming, but when people see an Audi....there shocked.


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I bought it not knowing what it needed...
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By Finn Quinlan
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2005 Audi S4 Avant quattro AWD 4dr Wagon (4.2L 8cyl 6A)


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Let me start this review by saying wow. This car is literally awesome and every ounce of performance and style is there. I'm 6'6" and with the seat all the way back lol i have great leg and head room in my avant. I think the design is honestly pretty poor on the interior side because when i have my seat back all the way and the passenger is getting comfortable with the seat but not all the way back. The back seats literally have no leg room. I think if they had given just 4 inches of the back seats and moved them back about 4" it would be fine. The trunk is still huge anyway. I bought it as my first car at 17 years old, i know now that I've bought a gem and i love the car extremely. I bought it with minor cosmetic problems but i knew that when i bought it for a steal. So far since I've had it, I've driven it for 6 fun-filled and gas guzzled days and then it broke. It was leaking anti freeze and had almost no oil in it, had in known that before i made the purchase, id own a sedan s4. Even with that, i love the avant and would never trade it for a sedan ever. Never ever. Im already rebuilding the entire engine so hopefully after this the car is in mint condition which it should be and ill drive it till the wheels fall off.


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Time to debunk the Audi S4!
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By kevin raynard
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2005 Audi S4 quattro AWD 2dr Cabriolet (4.2L 8cyl 6M)


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Time to debunk some myths about this car that previous owners seem starstruck over

1/ The engine....well yes its ok but thats it, after all 340hp in a 3700lb body is NOT going to set the world on fire! For comparison the then new C5 vette in 1997 made 345hp and weighed 3400lb. So WHY does the S4 feel so lively?
Very simple, its all in the gearing!
It is running the equivalent of a 4.11 final drive which as any gearhead knows will give you blinding acceleration and instant thrust through the gears at the expense of fuel economy.
Which brings me to..
2. Fuel economy...TBH I do not find it to be awful, I average 19-20mpg and given the facts on the gearing is about right. Now if we were to swap the gearing to similar to a 1997 vette came with( 2.87, 3.23 or 3.42 if memory serves) you would see a large increase in average mpg, probably 5 to 6 mpg more. But then your highly rewarding impetus would be diminshed, oh well.
Please do not get me wrong, I am NOT critical of the car at all, but it is not a miracle motor some claim, just a good old fashioned combination of sound engineering and gearing.
Moreover Audi are to be praised for having the corporate balls to build this the way they did although in the mid 2000,s the economic rug if you like had not been pulled out from under the vast majority of Americans.
Drive and enjoy, prepare for high maintenance cost and so so fuel economy.


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Updated review of my 2005 S4
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By jnicho1
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2005 Audi S4 quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6M)


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I previously wrote a review on my car at about 70k miles and she was still an awesome car (I bought her used in 2007 with 28k miles). I say still because at about 84k miles my timing tensioners started to fail and my timing chain had the infamous rattle at start up. At first, not a big deal, but the check engine light came on and the rattle became worse and worse. I knew the repairs would cost thousands, so I had to get rid of her. It was bitter sweet because I got a new S4, but I miss the V8. The suspension isn't meant for bad roads, so beware of suspension work if you live in a city of anywhere the roads aren't great. That was several thousand $$$ too.


Best Features

Great car, but beware of maintenance cost. Awesome engine, handling, seats, interior and exterior. I received compliments...a lot of them. Truly a sexy car.


Worst Features

Recall the timing tensioners. I had to sell the car because the repairs were not worth it.


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Don't buy, unless you have money to burn
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By somedaycame123
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2005 Audi S4 quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6M)


Review

This car is so much fun to drive, I love it!
However, now that my car, bought new, has 75k miles on it, I would be happy to get rid of it and never buy Audi again. Since I first bought it there have been problems, but when you add them all up, they are outrageous!
The original top failed during a rainstorm ,causing the car to flood.
Spent $9k replacing the control panel and rewiring the car. The new top hasn't worked for a year, Audi USA is involved now but still no satisfactory resolution. The starter broke, the car fan wouldn't shut off, draining the battery until I needed a tow to get repaired, so many other!


Best Features

Love the speed and handling and other features you expect in a luxury car, like heated seats. pretty roomy backseat for family (compared to other sports cars)


Worst Features

Better antenna, barely picks up stations, fix design of electric top, make interior parts of better quality


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