2004 Audi S 4
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Fast Little Handler

by from New England on January 4, 2011

The ride is comfortable, though not nearly as much as my former stock '01 S4. Handling is very good with understeer. It comes with summer tires on 18" wheels; snow tires are required if temps get belo...
The ride is comfortable, though not nearly as much as my former stock '01 S4. Handling is very good with understeer. It comes with summer tires on 18" wheels; snow tires are required if temps get below 45F. I have 4 performance snows on separate 17" wheels and have never had a problem getting anywhere in our New England winters. The clutch and stick work very well with excellent feel. There's a very large trunk and lots of interior storage in different spaces. With the rear seats folded down, you can fit an amazing amount of stuff. Xenon low beams give excellent illumination but with sharp cutoff. The rear seats have little leg room since I keep my front seat all the way back; I'd have preferred an extra inch of front legroom. The Bose radio has sound that's OK, but not great; the bass is not powerful, especially at lower sound levels despite the subwoofer. The front seat heaters have infinite adjustment and are fantastic. The center armrest console cover is attached by 2 weak plastic anchors, one of which broke recently and the replacement cover cost $235. When reversing, the passenger mirror points down and both mirrors fold in electronically if desired. The steering wheel tilts and telescopes and there's memory for 4 drivers. There's only 1 trip odometer. Auto dimming rear and side mirrors work well, but you cannot activate them manually if the sun is blinding you. All 4 windows are auto up and down. I have 56K miles on this sedan now and it's still reliable, other than one ignition coil replacement; Audi extended the warranty on the coils recently. I also had to replace a leaking cooling radiator for $750. There's a TSB on the radiators so Audi knows about the design problem, but you still have to pay for it. The interior still looks new and I still have the original battery, brakes, clutch and muffler. EPA gas estimates when I bought it were 14city/21hwy, but they revised it under recent guidelines to 13/20! I track every fill on a spreadsheet and have gotten 21.30 mpg since purchase. It requires 91 octane; it's cheaper to alternate fills from 87 octane one time to 93 octane the next time. There's so much torque with the manual than I can drive around town in 6th gear at 30 mph saving gas. The trip computer understates actual mpg by about 0.7 mpg (compared over one 10K stretch). Car and Driver did a review of the '04 sedan with manual transmission and got 0-60 in 5.0 seconds. They also gave it a 10.0 in handling and fun to drive compared with the '03 BMW M3. The 4.2L V-8 has a great sound. Since there are NO turbos, there are NONE of the worries of the need to cool turbos down after EVERY jaunt. Turn signal switch must be left in the neutral position when the car's off or it leaves the parking lights on.
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Audi S4 - You'll love the drive but not the bill

by from Boston, MA on July 21, 2010

This is my first Audi and what a first Audi to buy. It's changed my point of view on cars in general. I am completely spoiled with the subtle and not so subtle design and performance features that I m...
This is my first Audi and what a first Audi to buy. It's changed my point of view on cars in general. I am completely spoiled with the subtle and not so subtle design and performance features that I my not be able to buy another car without it being an Audi. It's strikingly fast and handles very well anywhere you put it. I've driven with no issues through 1' of snow and I've taken it on long trips in the summer and it's been great all the way around. The big hang up is how much it costs to own this car. The gas milage seems like a bad dream at 11-13 in the city. Repair costs are unreal considering that most parts are dealer only and have to come from Germany (my new alternator was $1000 + labor) Proper tires for this car will run you $1200-1500 and on and on. BUT if you're willing to hang in there and love this car, it's not like anything else.
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This is the most fun car that I've ever owned

by from Philadelphia on October 28, 2010

There are allot of up and down reviews about this car on this site but overall this vehicle is a good car to own. As with any car that puts any sort of a smile on your face you are going to have to ma...
There are allot of up and down reviews about this car on this site but overall this vehicle is a good car to own. As with any car that puts any sort of a smile on your face you are going to have to maintain it. I think people expect to get more (performance wise) and less (upkeep and maintenance) at the same time. The car itself drives great. It took awhile but the aftermarket has finally opened up and there are allot of mods you can do to personalize the car. I have never had an issue in the snow and the car is a great all-season vehicle. It handles more than good enough for any feats that should be attempted on public roads and the sound of the exhaust is probably the thing I'll miss most about it once it's gone. Don't be scared by all the horror stories you see commented as the unhappy few are always the ones to make their opinions known. The overwhelming majority of S4 owners have had happy ownership with their cars and often end up buying a newer version once they sell.
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Best Car I've Ever Owned

by from Kansas City on October 12, 2010

This is hands-down, the best car I've ever owned. Great power, great handling dynamics; a touch of understeer, but you can induce slight oversteer with throttle application. I bought a set of snow tir...
This is hands-down, the best car I've ever owned. Great power, great handling dynamics; a touch of understeer, but you can induce slight oversteer with throttle application. I bought a set of snow tires, and combined with quattro, it's fantastic in the snow. The interior is fantastic with high-quality materials, great seats, and a great sound system. The exterior is a bit understated, but I like that too. I gave 4 stars for reliability because I've had a few minor problems, but nothing terribly expensive, or anything that left me stranded.
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very exciting drive

by from minneapolis, mn on October 20, 2011

I've owned my 04 Audi S4 for four months now and not a day goes by when I'm not excited to drive it. Effortless accelleration, loves to be revved high. Very precise and predictable suspension with the...
I've owned my 04 Audi S4 for four months now and not a day goes by when I'm not excited to drive it. Effortless accelleration, loves to be revved high. Very precise and predictable suspension with the help of the quattro system. Exhaust needs to be more throaty, but it has lots of potential. The only bad thing is it definitley not a gas sipper. It has been a great purchase!
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2nd b6 Audi

by from Palmyra, PA on March 15, 2015

I've owned an 04 ultrasport for 4 years, and have loved that car. But recently bought a b6 imola and I couldn't be any happier. Recaro seats are fantastic, along with the leg pad extension, and seat m...
I've owned an 04 ultrasport for 4 years, and have loved that car. But recently bought a b6 imola and I couldn't be any happier. Recaro seats are fantastic, along with the leg pad extension, and seat memory. It has a few additional options in the cab, exterior styling is the same (although I wish they used the ultrasport fog covers.) It is also a real pleasure to be back in an all motor car :)
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Great all-rounder

by from Washington, DC on November 27, 2007

I have owned the S4 for almost a year now, and I can comfortably say that it is still the best all-around mid-size hotrod sedan out there. It is compact, safe, and unassuming (especially in the US whe...
I have owned the S4 for almost a year now, and I can comfortably say that it is still the best all-around mid-size hotrod sedan out there. It is compact, safe, and unassuming (especially in the US where people are still relatively unfamiliar with Audi), delivers its power well, and can tear the road to pieces if necessary. Great in adverse weather. Easy-to-correct understeer is all you get in fast corners (unless you are Tiff Needell and can get it to go sideways), so probably not recommended for people who harbor drifting fantasies. Consumption, especially in city driving, is high.
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Every trip can be an adventure

by from Ohio on October 8, 2006

This car is meant to be driven . . fast. It corners unlike any other car I've owned. It will not be the most comfortable ride for those in the back seat ~ but it wasn't meant to be. I have never h...
This car is meant to be driven . . fast. It corners unlike any other car I've owned. It will not be the most comfortable ride for those in the back seat ~ but it wasn't meant to be. I have never had an issue with anything on the car after two years. It goes through tires rather quickly, but it could be the fun that we have with it that cases that. If you're interested in enjoying driving every time you go somewhere, buy this car.
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S4 Avant - the best all-around car ever?

by from on June 4, 2013

Seriously the best car I've ever owned. So much fun to drive. So nice to look at. Such safety and great visibility. The motor is so strong and the sound is awesome! Perhaps the best all around sports ...
Seriously the best car I've ever owned. So much fun to drive. So nice to look at. Such safety and great visibility. The motor is so strong and the sound is awesome! Perhaps the best all around sports car - Quattro makes it year round!
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OIL DRINKING BEAST!

by from Michigan on October 3, 2016

I owned a 2004 Audi S4 for just over a year. It turned in to a mechanical and financial NIGHTMARE! Buyer beware. Used a quart of oil every 600 miles and Audi says that's with in specification. The...
I owned a 2004 Audi S4 for just over a year. It turned in to a mechanical and financial NIGHTMARE! Buyer beware. Used a quart of oil every 600 miles and Audi says that's with in specification. The car had less than 85,000 miles on it. Beware of timing chain repairs as well. I also currently have a 2005 A4 with 180,000 miles on it. LOVE IT!
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