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2005 Audi S4 Convertible

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8cyl/4 season/ 2+2 convertible to beat
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By nick
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2005 Audi S4 Convertible quattro AWD 2dr Cabriolet (4.2L 8cyl 6M)


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The most reasonably priced 8cyl/4wd/4 season 2+2 convertible for snow covered Northeast states; there is no other convertible in this class that can claim this. Excellent fit and finish by coach builders from Karmann, Germany. This car is almost like a hand made jewel for this price range.


Best Features

Calibration, fit and finish, looks, Porsche and BMW drivers ask about it at the gas stops all the time. Lots of power in the low band, excellent cruiser, great quality.


Worst Features

4.2L FSI, better original equipment tires, vented and perforated brakes, iPod interface.


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Can we go topless?
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By Inquisitor
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2005 Audi S4 Convertible quattro AWD 2dr Cabriolet (4.2L 8cyl 6M)


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I bought this car in late 2004 and after a year and half, I figured I could finally do a complete review of it. I cross-shopped and found the S4 cab was best all-around. Up to 80 mph, the wind noise with the open top is astonishingly low - the best of any convertible I've ever been in. The handling is superb for a convertible, but remember it is a front-heavy AWD vehicle, so drive it correctly or helloooo scary understeer - learned this at an Audi Club driving event. When done right, it's awesome through the twisties. Overall, this is a grown-up, amazing sleeper of a cruiser.


Best Features

The S4's V8 has great torque across the rev range - it's a German muscle car! And that rumble is like the rest of the car - understated. Good acceleration (although noticeably slower than the sedan). Minimal wind noise to 80 mph or so. Stealthy design. Comfortable space for a big guy like me.


Worst Features

Rear seats are a joke with my 6'3" frame; only those under 5' can fit comfortably. A lighter engine might help with understeer and the awful mpg. Hardtop would be nice. HUGE blind spots, but that may be a problem with all 'verts. Acceleration kick not really felt until 4k rpms or so.


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Nearly Flawless
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By S4ever
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2005 Audi S4 Convertible quattro AWD 2dr Cabriolet (4.2L 8cyl 6M)


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S4 Cabrio is the most satisfactory car I've ever owned- it has luxury, stlye, performance, speed, and subtle class like no other convertible on the road. The V8 is creamy smooth, and the 6-Speed auto, although not as good as the DSG in my daughter's A3, is wonderful in Sport mode. Interior/exterior are both beautifully made and beautiful to look at- typical Audi. This car is worth your money and your time, and it's more of an extremely fast luxo-cruiser than a sports car- this is a good thing.


Best Features

Engine, that exhaust note, Sprint Blue Pearl Effect color is gorgeous, wheels, interior.


Worst Features

Put in rear heated seats- but it seems they have in the '06 version... too bad for me, I guess.


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Instant Fun.......Just Add Me!
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By PsyMD
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2005 Audi S4 Convertible quattro AWD 2dr Cabriolet (4.2L 8cyl 6M)


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I bought this vehicle new as an '05 leftover. I can truly say this is the most fun car I've ever driven. I never thought anything on four wheels could be more fun than my '99 Prelude, but this is like a Prelude on steroids! I love the slightly lower- key styling (no fins, spoilers, etc.) and the aural excitement from that V- 8. Handling and performance are both superb. I've seen many mentions of this car's low gas mileage, but I've been averaging about 23-24 mpg. The main downside so far is that the generally beat-up streets of Baltimore City are eating my tires at an insane rate (not really a fault of the vehicle, though). For a car this spirited and fun, however, it's worth it!


Best Features

Low-key styling, great handling, and a truly crankin' V-8!


Worst Features

I'm hard-pressed to make any suggestions for improvement except to somehow invent high-performance tires that never need replacing! :) Thank you, Audi!


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Awesome
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By Thomas
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2005 Audi S4 Convertible quattro AWD 2dr Cabriolet (4.2L 8cyl 6A)


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The Audi S4 Cab has beautiful leather interior with a highly functional cabin and a beautifully designed exterior; top quality paint and materials. The S4's 340hp V8 is super responsive and hums like a song. Handling is superb; the ride is solid. Top down with Bose audio system entertainment, the S4 is a dream come true! Highly recommended


Best Features

The automatic button for the convertible top has you cruising in seconds with an open air experience!


Worst Features

Cup holder would be more convenient on the console. Sideview mirrors to fold in automatically instead of manually when the car is parked. Audio controls on steering wheel.


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