Originally Posted by audi49
On the B5 A4 you can just remove the two screws from the coolant expansion tank and move that aside to access the filter from the top. Then, you wrap the filter with a cloth to absorb the oil that will come out before fitting the oil filter wrench, the universal wrap around types are preferable for this. Hell, I didn't even have to jack my B5 passat or my old roomate's B5 A4 to change the oil since neither of them were lowered so the drain pan fit under the car with no issues. That is not necessarily the case for the stock S4.
Sure the B6 S4 is very easy but the B5 A4 is just as easy once you've done it a couple times and it's less time consuming (this goes out the window if you drop the B5 A4/Passat).