Fun car to drive
Great engine but Has timing chain rattle, interior is in prestige condition years later. Comfortable ride quality but make sure to look at the front control arms and axles, my front two are clicking. Headlights, watch out mine have seen better days.
Best all year drivers car
This car is quite literally the best thing I’ve ever owned and is so much fun to drive. The ride is a bit harsh and pot holes will kill your back but overall tolerable for daily driving. The performance is amazing the throttle response from the 4.2L N/A V8 is amazing and it always has power on demand (above 4,000 rpm that is). Luckily for me the cars last owner took amazing care of the car mechanically and cosmetically so the reliability has been great but the timing chains will fail on all 4.2 V8 models inevitably but if you keep doing general maintenance it’ll last a long long time (higher mileage doesn’t always mean bad either I bought my car with 122,568) just be careful when shopping for this car and listen for a rattle on start up if it lasts longer than 2 seconds run away but do know that most B7 S4’s had this rattle from the day they were built but you’ll only be able to hear while the car is turning over or for a split second after turn over
This car is awesome, period. Everywhere I go, I get complements on my (new to me) Avant. And the power, its there when you need it ! Now its not a 500 horse powerhouse like some cars out there, but for everyday driving and even when you want to go to the mountain twisties, this car is just right to get the job done with a big smile on your face ! The only two slightly negative things about this car are these : the gas consumption is 13 city / 20 highway. Average is 16mpg. If that shocks you then this isn't the car for you. Then comes the overall cost of ownership, above the gas guzzeling. when she needs to go to the shop for something specific or just a simple oilchange ( which will cost $100 even if you do it yourself) , plan on a bare minimum of $150 to $300. Now, if your not swayed by any of that and you just plain love this car (like I do) than find the best speciman you can and take the plunge !! Oh yeah, did I mention the exhaust note... Highly addicting !!!!!