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Pick of the Day: 2004 Audi S4 sedan powered by a high-performance V8

The low-mileage German compact has all-wheel drive and 5-speed manual shifting


Envision a German sport sedan with a 340-horsepower V8, all-wheel drive, 18-inch wheels and a six-speed manual transmission. Then, combine all that with a menacing black-on-black color scheme, and the result is an Audi five-seater with a wild side – capable of accelerating the entire family to 60 miles per hour in about 5.5 seconds.

The Pick of the Day is a 2004 Audi S4 with only 72,000 miles on the odometer. This S4 benefits from all of the aforementioned characteristics, and it currently is offered for sale on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in Scottsdale, Arizona


“This sedan has always been looked after and it shows,” the listing states. “This beast is powered by Audi’s legendary 4.2-liter V8 which has a reputation for creating serious power. This car sold for over $71,000 when new.”

One unexpected oddity for this otherwise fully loaded example is the lack of a sunroof, which according to the seller meant it was originally configured that way via a special order.


At its core, the S4 is based on Audi’s compact A4 sedan with some special high-performance upgrades thrown into the mix. The first S4 debuted in 1991 and the model is still in production today, having now spanned six generations.

This example in Schwartz Gloss Black rides on Audi’s “B6” platform which had a lifespan of 2003 through 2005. Body styles for the B6 were available in both sedan and station wagon (“Avant”) form, and both came underpinned by Audi’s signature Quattro all-wheel-drive system with Torsen limited-slip differentials.

The seller reports that more than $4,000 has been spent in maintenance, including a recent oil change as well as replacement of the front control arms, clutch and CV axles. Audi purists should note, this car does not have its original engine, as that unit was swapped out after only 800 miles after a lemon law buyback. The replaced drivetrain is said to have performed well for the subsequent 70,000-plus miles and 16 years.

“Mechanically, this S4 runs like a top,” the seller says.  “I can’t describe how nice this car drives. It is extremely smooth and luxurious, but with the stomp of your foot, you unleash all the power of the V8.”

Audi definitely managed to blend both performance and luxury into this sedan, essentially creating a modern-era “sleeper.”  The seller is asking $13,500.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie grew up in a family of gearheads and enjoys anything to do with automotive and motorsports. He is a contributing editor to Redline Reviews, a YouTube channel with coverage from major auto shows. He also writes for Arizona Driver Magazine and holds leadership positions with a number of car clubs. Tyson has lived in Arizona for 10 years and his current obsession is Japanese cars from the early 1990s which, though hard to believe, are now becoming classics. Tyson can usually be found exploring offbeat and obscure road trip destinations on his blog "Drive to Five," which started as a way to share travel stories and experiences with his now-550,000-mile Acura.


  1. Performance & luxury combined. A 71k car now offered for $ 13.5 . Depreciation takes it’s toll on another seller!

  2. Junk,pure junk.Audi has been a loser ever since the 80’s.Stay away from German engineering unless you belong to AAA.Or better yet buy a 80’s Fiat or Renault.

    • Yup. Definitely a must. I have a B6 S4 Avant. The timing chain just its self is about 2-3K. Its the “while you are in there” parts; clutch, flywheel, cam adjusters, oil check valves. While you are in there you might as well do this and other stuff. I was at $7K in parts and labor when it was all done. Love my B6 though.

  3. But are the chains and guides done. I have an 05 with 66k on it and I’m pulling the motor in 2 weeks even though I’m not rattling or getting any codes. The things are time bombs unless the timing service has been competed. Without chains and guides it’s a 7 thousand dollar car all day. I literally paid 7500 for mine with 62k at time of purchase 6 months ago.


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