Junkyard Find: 2005 Audi S4

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.

  • FreedMike Back in the '70s, the one thing keeping consumers from buying more Datsuns was styling - these guys were bringing over some of the ugliest product imaginable. Remember the F10? As hard as I try to blot that rolling aberration from my memory, it comes back. So the name change to Nissan made sense, and happened right as they started bringing over good-looking product (like the Maxima that will be featured in this series). They made a pretty clean break.
  • Flowerplough Liability - Autonomous vehicles must be programmed to make life-ending decisions, and who wants to risk that? Hit the moose or dive into the steep grassy ditch? Ram the sudden pile up that is occurring mere feet in front of the bumper or scan the oncoming lane and swing left? Ram the rogue machine that suddenly swung into my lane, head on, or hop up onto the sidewalk and maybe bump a pedestrian? With no driver involved, Ford/Volkswagen or GM or whomever will bear full responsibility and, in America, be ambulance-chaser sued into bankruptcy and extinction in well under a decade. Or maybe the yuge corporations will get special, good-faith, immunity laws, nation-wide? Yeah, that's the ticket.
  • FreedMike It's not that consumers wouldn't want this tech in theory - I think they would. Honestly, the idea of a car that can take over the truly tedious driving stuff that drives me bonkers - like sitting in traffic - appeals to me. But there's no way I'd put my property and my life in the hands of tech that's clearly not ready for prime time, and neither would the majority of other drivers. If they want this tech to sell, they need to get it right.
  • TitaniumZ Of course they are starting to "sour" on the idea. That's what happens when cars start to drive better than people. Humanpilots mostly suck and make bad decisions.
  • Inside Looking Out Why not buy Bronco and call it Defender? Who will notice?