Originally Posted by homelessNY_LI
Originally Posted by Das Ponto
Fair question, I got asked that few times already by my friends and family. Don't get me wrong, I loved my B8 S4 but I really don't need the size. My back seats were sat on for <50 times in 5.5 years of ownership. The S3 was the car I should have gotten 5.5 years ago but it wasn't available (the old A3 didn't come with S and the S4 just came out).
As with any German car, you hit the 6 year age, things tends to start going wrong (nothing yet thankfully). I was getting good trade in for it and looking at my cost of ownership (maintenance - dsg fluid flush is 1k alone, gas, new tires and brake pads eventually) of the S4 for the next 3-4 years, it made more sense to just trade it in for a new car and not worry about it. Also, I might be using the car more going forward, the improved gas mileage will help.
The S4 is a great car, even though the B8 is getting older now (B9 next year I think), it is superior than the S3 in a number of ways (comfort, interior finishing, etc) but the S3 does have its benefits too. It is more nimble on the corners, better on gas and faster on paper (haven't tested) and some upgraded features (LED lights, new navi, new dash, flat bottom steering wheel). I am downgrading in a sense but it's fine in the short term as it makes more sense right now to have a smaller car. Probably going back to S4/435/C450 for my next car after this though, but in the mean time, going to try to enjoy this fun car.