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  • There is some good information at

    The guy who runs the site is conducting a nice little survey for people who have installed Chips in either an A4 or S4. All the information he currently has is on the A4s, but it should translate to the same for an S4. He asks the very
    question that you are interested in. The results look good.
  • There is some good information at

    The guy who runs the site is conducting a nice little survey for people who have installed Chips in either an A4 or S4. All the information he currently has is on the A4s, but it should translate to the same for an S4. He asks the very
    question that you are interested in. The results look good.
  • rjennyrjenny Posts: 1
    I am thinking of buying a used 1993 Audi S4 with 90k miles. Would like to know if anyone has experienced any serious repairs, such as the turbo,drivetrain,etc.
  • For chip/exhaust upgrades on the new 2000 Audi S4 check out the website: for (Total Audi Performance).

    Also, check out the S-car enthusiast group site at
  • mrd3mrd3 Posts: 1
    If you really want a killer program for your S4, check out Garrett Integrated Automotive Corp. at

    They have programs for all of the new european vehicles and they stand behind their product. They have an installer in Mountain View. I have one of their chips now and it is the best program that you can buy for your vehicle. Here is the S4 specific page as well:
  • Test drove S4 last night and loved it. Also took out a loaded A4 Quattro to compare. For $4,000 more, I have to go with the bigger engine, brakes, etc... Local dealer is going to find me a yellow one. Only problem - I have never owned a 4 door car, and never planned to! In fact, 3 of my last 4 cars have been convertibles.

    Question - want to put a bike rack on it. Anyone have any ideas? Trailer hitch? Or mount on the roof?
  • I currently own a BMW M3 which I have had from new. I am interested in replacing the M3 with an S4. What are the typical monthly lease payments for a 36 or 48 month lease?
  • eridyneridyn Posts: 3
    Good place to start is http://www.AUDIUSA.COM. Go to the S4 section and build your S4 -exterior color, interior finish and options. When complete, you will see a 'finance' section. You will be able to choose your $ amount down, length of lease in months and number of miles a year. It is pretty accurate. The one thing it does not add in is the monthly tax. So, don't forget to add the sales tax to this amount. Also, the down payment you supply in this exercise is being applied strictly to the cost of the vehicle. Don't forget that there are other fees - sec deposit, first month payment, taxes and licensing, etc. - that will also need to be paid at signing. This can add between 1 and 2 thousand dollars to your total down. Good luck.
  • geo48geo48 Posts: 4
    Hello S4 lovers,
    I am thinking of getting a S4 and I am just wondering what is the cost of the insurance for this car. i live in southern cali. thanks
  • einstreinstr Posts: 3
    I am looking for a sports sedan in the 35-40K range. I have seen many postings for the audi S4 and I have test driven the car, very impressive, but a little pricey. carorders posts the car at $45K. Has anyone test driven the volvo c70 HPT? I have not had the chance. It is posted as 235 hp vs 250 for the S4, so seems fairly comparable. It is also more available and about 5k cheaper. I would appreciate some feedback on the comparison of these cars, or possibly any other car that could be considered in this class. I have also tested the acura TL, nice but no five speed, and a little sedate compared to the audi. Other cars that come to mind are the Mustang cobra, 328i (not as comfortable as the s4), the new 3.2CL (AT only). Any and all comments are appreciated. Thanks
  • rollierollie Posts: 337
    Regarding post #140:

    einstr, these are both fine cars but they are in two completely different segments. The C70 HPT is a high-powered tourer and the S4 is more akin to a rally or GT racer. Performance wise the only thing close to the S4 in the U.S. is the e36 series BMW M3 (out of production). The S4 is a true performance machine with all the warts therein. It is smaller and tighter than the C70. The C70 is more luxurious and has some nicer options (particularly in the audio department). If you're interested in blasting around corners at full-throttle then the S4 is the only choice. Otherwise you might find the C70 a little more habitable on a day-to-day basis in my opinion.


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  • einstreinstr Posts: 3
    Thanks for the input rdo. I am just moving up from some very basic machines, and looking for a car thats fun to drive, has a good amount of pop, and with some civility. A GT racer is not quite what I had in mind (but it was fun on the test drive). other suggestions for a sport sedan in this range?
  • rollierollie Posts: 337
    Regarding post #142:

    It seems to me that you are looking at a vehicle for about $40k or so. The two most notable sedans that come to mind given your description are the Audi A6 2.7T and Volvo S80 T6. The Audi can be had for a little under MSRP now and the Volvo can be had for even more under MSRP (or for factory invoice for the car = MSRP for options if you take Euro delivery which includes airfare and hotel for now). You might want to look at the Lincoln LS V8 which has won some good press as well. I'm sure there are others but these three come immediately to mind. I've tested all of these cars and own a T6 so if I can answer any questions let me know.


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  • Einstr,

    I just bought my S4 on Saturday and I got (I believe) a good price for it. It has the convenience package, upgrade audio system and the navigation system and I got it for $40k. That was about $2k below MSRP. So, you should be able to get an S4 for under MSRP. By the way the colour of the car is the Special Blue with the black leather and blue alcantara interior. Looks pretty mean :-)

    Love the car and for me it's quite comfortable, though I'm only 5'7" and I have no problem with the slightly smaller interior than other cars.
  • I turned it a 97 M3 for an S-4 a few weeks ago and

    got a great lease. $690/mo 36 months,12,000 miles/year,with nothing down but the first payment.This was an Audi lease,but in fairness I did the deal on 12/31/99. Good luck you'll enjoy the ride.
  • klk1klk1 Posts: 2
    I'm really disappointed in the handling ability of my S4 in the snow. It slid at relatively slow speeds in the snow - once going straight about 20-25 mph & a few times around corners. Tonight I slid in snow about 1" going slowly on a curve. Its my first AWD so I don't have a comparison but my FWD celica did better & Jeeps, subaru's were blowing by me! I'm going to call the dealer. Could it be that some computer chip or wire isn't connected? Any experiences of others in snow?
  • mgreene1mgreene1 Posts: 116
    My S4 has just rolled 4000 miles. ZERO problems.

    The stock tires are summer performance tires. They are downright UNSAFE on snow.

    Audi recommends all season or snow tires for S4 winter driving.

    I'm running Dunlop Winter Sports on stock rims and my S4 has been terrific in the snow.

    The handling is also pretty good in dry weather, but I'll go back to the stock tires this summer.

    I had to panic stop on packed snow a week ago for some idiot with his snowblower blocking the road in front of his house at night. The ABS engaged and the car stopped fine (with about 2 feet to spare). Without snows, this would've been ugly.

    Many posts in the S4 forum at also highly recommend snow tires.

    You might want to park that bad boy if there is snow/ice until you get proper winter tires.

    Also, be careful accelerating because an S4 can launch forward with snow tires much faster than it can stop (i.e., it's scary fast in the snow).

    Hope this helps.
  • Anynone out there know whats in store for the 2001 S4?

    Any help would be appreciated.
  • A few questions about chips:

    1. How to they boost HP?
    2. Does this boost increase the wear on the engine etc.?
    3. Based on #2, wouldn't changing the chip void all warranties and/or force you to play cat-and-mouse with the dealership everytime you brought your car in for service?
    4. Any idea on what a 50HP increase in HP would do to the already admirable 0-60mph?

    Thanks everyone for all the interesting and useful information.
  • To those complaining about snow and the S4 - GET SNOW TIRES. It's really that simple. Those Z-rated performance tires are not made to perform in the snow. Remember= 4(wheel drive) X 0 (traction)= 0. It's not the car's fault.

    As for chips, go to and do a search on chips. Too much info to discuss in one sitting. It's up to you to figure out what YOU want.
  • what5what5 Posts: 15
    If you dont know that summer z rated bridgestones are bad in the snow, what are you doing driving this fine automobile.
    What a chip would do is ncrease boost pressure from the turbos and alter the timing. a 50 hp increase could have a very positive effect, or a neg effect depending on how it alters the torque. as far as wear and warranty is concerned, a chi[ will most likely void the warranty, and it will increase the wear on the engine (increased boost)..
  • jk351jk351 Posts: 1
    Does anyone know if Audi makes splash guards for the S4. Will the A4 parts work? I've contacted several parts departments but they don't seem to know.
  • has mudflaps for the S4, they seem to think the rear ones are standard A4, and the front ones are special to the S4. Call them and ask some questions.

    I can't believe the S4 owners who are driving their cars on snow with the stock tires. I saw one up at Tahoe this weekend. Good thing it didn't snow. Those tires simply are not made to grip snow at all. Ask the tire manufacturer, they will tell you so also. Even all-season tires will increase your grip markedly. All-season tires won't even cut your acceleration down on dry, since you have AWD. They will reduce your handling a little on dry vs. the stock tires.

    I'd by far rather have an FWD car with all-seasons in snow than an S4 with those stock tires.

    They are great tires, but people are misusing them.
  • I haven't given a damn about cars until 3 months ago, when I joined a high-tech company that significantly increased my buying power. I purchased a 1999 VW Passat V6 for my wife, but I'm still driving a 1994 American compact.

    I was extremely impressed with my father-in-law's recently purchased A4, but I am in love withthe understated power of the S4.

    I've test-driven it and can't remember anything about the experience. I want to buy it but need some advice from a young husband and new father who might be accused of unadulterated self-interest, which suggests disdain for his wife's home re-modeling plans and his children's educations.

    Any advice from S4 owners who have faced similar perception concerns?
  • This is a self-reply to the questions I posed in post #149. After further poking around I came across the Total Audi Performance website which answered all my questions. Here's a link for those who are interested:

    Sorry to bother you all with additional FAQs.
  • ramonramon Posts: 825
    I'm thinking of getting the M3 as my summer car. How does the S4 stack up to it? All I want is total driving satisfcation. How reliable are Audis these days?
  • S4 is faster in some cases, slower in others (some say always faster). M3 handles better. S4 has 4 doors (few M3s do).

    Both are excellent cars.

    As an added incentive, the M3 isn't in production this year (anywhere), and probably won't be in the US next year either.

    That cuts down your choices.
  • To S4 owners who have the Alcantara seat material:
    How hard is this to care for? Is it suede or man made? What does it take to keep it clean and how easily does it get dirty? Does it appear to be as durable as leather?
  • Alcantara inserts are suede. It's really nice. I imagine it would the same type of care as anything else suede.
  • I a in a similar situation. Joined a small biotech about two years ago and have options that almost instantly increased my wealth beyond what I thought was possible in such a short time. I have two kids and have thier education paid for, have not had a car with more than 100 hp for 15 years (as a high school senior). I test drove the S4 and unlike you remember it vividly. the handling and acceleration were intoxicating. I have not put my order in yet as I am still considering the c70 HT and the 328i (will test drive them this week). If you have it to spend, do it. the education is far off. You worked hard and deserve it (at least that what I keep telling myself!!) Good luck.
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