Amazing all around package. Perfect compromise for those who need cargo space and the ability to blow the doors off anything with a Hemi. I ski a lot, and once the snow tires are on, there is no better, or faster, way to the mountains. Also, nobody does better interiors than Audi. Top-notch materials, easy to operate, and everything right where it should be. It's great when in a car this fast you don't have to take your eyes off the road to turn down the stereo.
BMW's M3 really is a phenominal car; quick, solid and good looking, but how many do you see around. The S4 is understated and, for an estate, very attractive. Straight line the BMW will win, driving entertainment and again the M3 pips the Audi to the post but for sheer aural entertainment nothing can beat a V8 (except a V10). Not only that, but Audi's Quattro system means that 344PS is avaiable come rain or shine an awesomely inspiring piece of German engineering - next time Audi, a little rear bias on the Quattro and that sacrifice in grip will be more than made up for in driving entertainment.
I have had an interesting experience with my leased 2005 S4 Avant. After one day with the car I noticed a large oil leak under it. To make a long story short, the car had a bad gasket, my dealer repaired the problem and Audi of America compensated me for the headache. Otherwise the car has been a joy todrive and I love this vehicle.
I have had My Audi S4 for 3 months now and have
put about 1,600 miles on it. It has
exceeded my high expectations. Any
concerns I had about reliability issues
based on early '04 reports are
completely gone as I've had no problems
at all. This is a superb vehicle for those who want a
true very high performance car (faster
around the track than an M3 in some
magazine reports), but also want true
practicality and comfort as well. This
provides virtually the best of all
possible worlds with almost no
compromises in performance or comfort.
This is my second S4 (also have a 2000
six speed S4 sedan) and what an
improvement in overall body rigidity and
solid feel. The V8 sounds seriously
potent and it is. The torque is
instantaneous and neck-snapping. A joy
to drive fast or just cruising. Not your
normal station wagon!