Junkyard Find: 2005 Audi S4

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
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junkyard find 2005 audi s4
Keeping any Audi on the road can be costly, once the car gets a decade or so old, and I see plenty of solid-looking four-ringers in the self-service junkyards I frequent. You’d think that the factory-hot-rod Audis would be worth enough to keep them out of the clutches of The Crusher, but such is not the case; just in the last year, I have seen a 2001 S8 and a 2001 S4 in low-priced self-service yards. Now I’ve spotted this even newer S4 in Denver, with the allegedly valuable Recaro seats still inside.
I checked the VIN, and this car is a genuine, numbers-matching S4 and not a clone.
340 horsepower out of this 4.2-liter V8, and some junkyard shopper should grab it and swap it into an Audi V8 sedan. How hard could it be?
Most American S4 buyers wanted the automatic by 2005, but the original purchaser of this car chose the 6-speed Getrag manual transmission.
The leather on the Recaro seats has some rips and stains, but I’m sure these seats will end up being bought and swapped into an A4. Why not?
900-treadwear tires on Borbert rims. I’m sure these tires grip like a declawed cat on a basketball court, so dumping the clutch in this car must have produced exciting four-wheel-spin action.
The lesson here is this: if you ever wanted one of these cars, you can find a non-ugly one for cheap… and if you want to keep it running, don’t thrift out on maintenance.
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  • R Henry R Henry on Jul 09, 2019

    I am sooo spoiled by Asian cars. All the one's I have owned seem to run best if you weld the hood shut. My current daily, 2015 Mazda6 has 98k miles. I have only changed brake pads, tires, completed oil changes at 7500 miles, and replaced the air filter twice. That is all. So simple, so cheap...and such a nice car!

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    • R Henry R Henry on Jul 11, 2019

      @golden2husky Too bad I couldn't sell my 98k mile Mazda6 with manual trans for good money. As far as the used car market is concerned, anything near the 100k is old, worn out junk!...even though we know the car isn't even half way used up.

  • Whydidithavetobecars Whydidithavetobecars on Jul 28, 2019

    Have 2 b5 Passats right now, and they are great highway cruisers. around town the v6 is ok, but seems to be programmed to be slow. Awesome in the snow with awd however. the 1.8 is more fun to drive and feels much lighter, even with the automatic. However both have leaked oil, and have been fixed. and both have door lock switches replaced because the plastic has worn out. oil sludge got the used 1.8t I used to have.

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  • Kwik_Shift No. It is hideous and jarring to look at. Why would I need this anyway?
  • Jeff From the side profile this gives off Taurus wagon vibes. Nice looking wagon love the exterior color and the interior. The burled walnut interior trim is beautiful.
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