I want a S4. I test drove many cars this week and none of them were as perfect for me as the S4.
The 2005/2006 seem priced best but this causes the car to have higher miles (60k+). I put about 20,000-25,000 on my car per year and the S4 will be my DD.
My concern is mostly with the engine failures I keep reading about. From $5k engine pulls for plastic tensioners, to adjusters, ring issues, and cylinder scoring requiring engine replacement. These are not small repairs and the thought of buying a $20k car and dropping $5k-10k+ on some of this stuff is a little disheartening. I really like this car a lot and I'm OK with some repairs that all cars are going to have but it's really these two threads that have me concerned.
r8dream from page 2 on the second post brings up an interesting thought of the potential graveyard of these engines that could possibly occur as everyone's S4 ages and these engine issues surface.
But therein lies the question...Are most people really having this issue or is it just a small percentage and it is inducing fear? It's not like everyone who does not have issues is on here posting how great their car is running. Most people seem to post when they have issues, not when they don't. Part of that is what makes this forum so great in that a community of people can help with issues but from the prospective buyer perspective, we are reading more about problems people have than the people who aren't having problems.
I can always get a S4 from a dealer and get CPO coverage to 100k miles but the price from the dealer, understanding that CPO has a cost, around here always seems to be higher than it should be. I have a guy who will get a S4 from dealer auction for me which should produce a substantial savings but I don't know how much background I'll get on the car from just the VIN. I will run carfax and check with Audi for service and history. I won't be able to run a VAG scan on an auction car. The guy also has a shop so he checks out the prospective car but he's not going to borescope it or anything to see the cylinder walls nor can we tell oil consumption rates until I'm driving the car.
As most S4 owners are probably getting into higher miles for those model years I am curious to see if you would still recommend getting into one of these cars or if the threat of these issues should make me look for alternatives.