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2013 and Earlier - Audi S4 Prices Paid and Buying Experiences

macwebtigermacwebtiger Posts: 1
edited January 2014 in Audi
Went to the local dealer here in CA and test drove an S4 cab quattro - had 6500 miles on it (2004) - seems great, but never owned an audi. dealer is asking $52,000 but probably could get for flat $50,000. It's a lot of money - Interested if anyone has any strong opinions about that price for that car? Or if it doesn't work out - will I lose a ton of money selling it?





  • I loved my a4 3.0 cab until someone rear ended me yesterday and bent the frame. They were going over 40 and i was standing still. the car really did a good job protecting us. i am looking a the s4 cuz it has a stick and at 50K compared to the 3.0 may not be a bad deal.
  • richk1richk1 Posts: 51
    hi all - any chance someone out there can provide a dealer reco and recent pricing info for leasing an S4 (preferably with premium package, but w/out nav) in the NYC/NJ area?

    Not for me, but I'm doing the leg work for a less internet savvy friend.

  • beatty1beatty1 Posts: 1
    Peter, Hey!

    I got a brand new 2004 S4 Cab with everything, except the nav system for $50,900. And that was in New York! You should get that car for under 50 thou.

    PS You'll love it!
  • jonavinjonavin Posts: 1
    I just bought a 2005 S4 at Audi of Alexandria for $47750, not including VA tax and registration/application fees. Options include Premium package, Audio package w/XM radio, Heated front seats, Power Rear windows and manual rear side window sunshades.
    I am sure I could have gotten lower price, but unfortunately I lack the aggressiveness of a good bargainer. It is an early 2005 model and not the re-design one with big grills. I opt for Premier purchase plan, since they offer 3% APR, 10000 miles per year, for 36 months and at the end of the plan I can either trade, turn in the car and walk away, or keep the car and pay $28728. Total monthly payment comes to $560 a month, including GAP insurance. Total of the car price paid with tax and other fees comes to $50304. I hope this help somewhat to those that wishes to buy 2005 S4 that has been discontinued. Oh and down payment was $5000
  • It is silver with premium package no cold or Bose or Nav. It is Tiptronic(auto).

    Put down $3700 and payments of $575 WITH TAX and 12,000 miles per year.
    I dont know how these guys did it but I could find no other dealer in LA area willing to match it on similar cars with different colors.

    I was not loving silver so I called many dealer from San Diego to north of LA.
    They all said if you can get it get two!

    Well I don't hate silver that much...great car put 1,000 miles already and it is great.
    Silver blends in a bit too much for me coming from a red/black MINI Cooper S.

    I wanted the blue, red or yellow S4 but silver looks handsome.
  • kevin88gtkevin88gt Posts: 30
    I'm trying to figure out a lease payment with my calculator... can anyone help me out? Also what money factor should I be using....thank you in advance.
  • drewarddreward Posts: 13
    I just ordered an S4 '06 Cabrio (silver with red seats) agreed price with dealer is $2,200 under MSRP which seems pretty good (unfortunately '06 prices are considerably up on '05)
  • simantinisimantini Posts: 2
    Hi there,

    I am seriously considering ordering a 2006 S4 cabrio. Can you tell me the name of the Audi dealership and the name of the sales agent who is giving you such a good deal? I amy want to talk him into giving me a similar deal. :)
  • jp12jp12 Posts: 1
    Thanks for the info on your S4. I am looking into leasing one myself and was wondering if you could tell me the name of the dealership?

  • simantinisimantini Posts: 2

    I am considering ordering the light metallic silver 06 Audi S4 with red nappa leather seats. Since you have the same specs, how do you like the looks of the car (since I have not seen one in the dealership)? Also, which dealer did you get the car from?

  • drewarddreward Posts: 13
    Not got the car yet (they finished building it but it is on the high sees) I will update when I recieve it :(
  • Does anyone know what the money factor should be for a 2005.5. S4 sedan? I was quoted .002 by the dealer, and wanted to know if I could get this number down.
  • diablo1diablo1 Posts: 55
    Questions for anyone who special ordered their S4 rather than choosing one the dealership already had: When you ordered from the factory, how long did it take between order and delivery? Also, does creating a custom order significantly reduce your bargaining power?

    I'm looking for a 2005.5 or 2006 (not sure when they'll be available though) S4, probably light silver color, auto trans with nav. Thanks for your help!
  • fmpfmp Posts: 9
    Hi, wanted to get some input on the following deal I just got offered in northern NJ:

    2005.5 S4, model option 8EC549
    -dolphin gray metallic
    -silver interior

    Notable optional equipment:
    -heated front and rear seats
    -carbon fiber belt line trim
    -front license plate holder
    -gas guzzler tax
    -silk nappa leather
    -Audio package
    -Premium package

    MSRP quoted was $54,795. The invoice price quoted was $50, 823. They said they would sell it to me for invoice

    Is this a good deal?
  • Never just accept an offer that they give you. They expect you to give a counter-offer, and negotiate from there. How low you want to go is up to you, but pick your price and then make that the midpoint of your negotiations (for example, if they offer $50k and you want to pay $48k, offer $46k). The worst they can do is say no...
  • fmpfmp Posts: 9
    Sound negotiation advice of course. I just wanted to hear if anyone has had recent buying experience with the 2005.5 S4 and if so, what the prices paid looked like so I can have an idea of how these cars are selling. Would appreciate any values if someone has them. Thanks.
  • There is $2500 cash back to dealers on 05.5 S4's So I'd shoot for $2000 under invoice. They definitely have room to move. I was quoted $48800 for an Silver, Tip 05.5 over the internet. MSRP is $55170. It was a demo with 4300 miles so I think it could be had for $47000 or maybe less. Good luck!
  • rex32rex32 Posts: 4
    Anyone know any of the lease figures for the 2005.5 S4s?

  • I'm looking at a new S4 with a sticker ~55K. My understanding is that there is currently $4500 in dealer incentives available through 11/30/05. Can anyone confirm this? Also, does anyone have the current buy rate and residuals for Audi FS for a 36 month 10K and 12K lease? If you have the 2-year lease figures, I would appreciate that as well.
  • rjlaerorjlaero Posts: 659
    The 2005 A6 had $4500 dealer cash, but not the S4 to my knowledge. I thought the A4/S4 were 2000-2500 depending on the model.
  • _matty_matty Posts: 28
    Good deals can be found these days on new cars with bad gas mileage like the S4. You should be able to find a 2005.5 for $2,000 below invoice if you're a little aggressive. You may even be able to do better considering how poorly big engine vehicles are selling as of late. I'm about to buy a new one at the end of the year and I'll be posting after Xmas once I start to pursue offers. 12-26 through
    12-31 is usually the best time of the year to buy a new car and I have a feeling the dealers will be quite eager to get rid of the '05 models by then.

    By the way, there is $3500 cash to dealer on 2005.5 S4's through the month of November. They will probably continue this incentive later in the year and may even increase it. Given this fact I'd shoot for at least $3,000 below invoice.
  • An area high line dealer (MB, BMW, Porsche, and several others)had a used 2006 S4 for sale. Asking is just about $56,000. Seems more than a tad high to me. This dealer is not an Audi dealer. I've done business with them in the past (new Porsches) and they are a good group. Have not gone and looked at or driven the car yet as it is about 40 miles away. Has 3500 miles on the odometer. Lots of questions to ask them, most importantly how did they get it and what is its history.

    Anyone had a remote idea of what a fair price might be on the beast?
  • _matty_matty Posts: 28
    It depends on what kind of 2006 S4 you're talking about.

    Is it a Cabriolet? If so, 56K is a fair starting point because those retail for about 62K new. Like I said though, 56K is a starting point and if that's what they're asking you can bet they will take several thousand less than that, especially since it's used.

    If it's a sedan or a wagon I would ask the dealer why they think that a used S4 with 3500 miles should sell for more than a new one. The MSRP on a 2006 S4 sedan is around 53-56K depending on how many options you want. They all come with the premium package, but the DVD Nav system is an extra $1,500 or so. A hard top S4 that retails for 56K has all the options including the DVD Nav system. This # also includes the destination charge and the $1,700 gas guzzler tax which you shouldn't have to pay for if it's used.

    Regardless, if they're asking 56K I wouldn't give them a penny more than 50K if you're in love with the car. If you're aggressive you may even want to shoot for 48K. The worst they can do is say no. I'm assuming you're looking at a rag top as well because if they're asking 56K for a used hard top I would laugh my [non-permissible content removed] off and offer them much less. Do some research, you'll see what's out there. I'm looking to buy a new 2006 S4 or maybe a used demo at the end of this year and I've been looking pretty hard as of late to see what they're going for. I'm going to the dealership this weekend to ask some questions and I'll post with any info that I get.
  • It is the sedan, not the cabrio. Not in love with the car--wrong color and then there becomes the issue of getting an Audi dealer to service it. Local dealer is a waste of time, bad service reputation. Would be driving about 50 miles to a decent (not outstanding) dealer for service.

    Going to try and get up there and drive it and a used '05 Benz C55 AMG. Was actually of offering 45k for the Audi if I liked it. As you say, worst thing they can do is to say no.

  • I am looking to lease a 2006 S4 and was wondering what the current AF money factors and residuals were for a 3yr. 15K mile/year senario?

  • _matty_matty Posts: 28
    I just bought a brand new 2006 S4 Sedan yesterday from a dealership in Sacramento, CA. I'll give a quick rundown on what I paid starting with the specifics on the car.

    Color: Black

    Tranny: Manual

    Options: Premium package, DVD Nav system, Cold Weater Package, Premium Sound System w/XM, Power Sunshades, Carbon Fiber Trim

    Dealer asking price: $57,200. Yeah, right.

    MSRP: $55,770.

    What I paid out of pocket: $52,800

    After taxes and 2 other options I wanted which included Lo-Jack and the CALTEX paint and interior protectant, I paid about $58,200 for the car.

    I feel that I could have done slightly better, but they had pretty much exactly the car I wanted and I would rather pay 1K more and get what I want as opposed to having to compromise or travel out of the area to another dealer. A manual tranny was a must and there don't seem to be nearly as many of those out there as opposed to the Tiptronics. The dealer seemed to be straight up when he said that sticks are harder to get. They had a bunch of Tiptronics on the lot and I grabbed the only stick they had. I had considered getting a 2005.5, but the manual '06's offer the 40/60 front/rear differential (which is really nice) as well as a few other things. The '06 is also a 4th generation model which means the reliability is probably as good as it's going to get. It's always better to buy a model that's been around for a little while since the manufacturer has had some time to work out the kinks.

    The sales person seemed to be pretty honest. I don't feel that I got ripped off, but I would like to hear any comments on this issue, especially if someone out there did better. Overall, I spent about 4 hours at the dealership with the test driving, haggling and paperwork. Like I said, I feel that I may have been able to do slightly better on the price, but it is a 2006 model and they are less willing to bend with those. Their fiscal year also ends on 12-15 and the sales person said that's when he gets his last check, so I guess now would be the best time to buy as opposed to after X-mas.

    I love this car!!!
  • First off, It's good to hear about someone from Sacramento. I grew up in Stockton and moved to Houston about 9 years ago. Secondly, it's good to hear that someone else has my dream car. I think you probably got a good deal. I heard something about dealer cash but I think that's on the 05.5's. I agree that the manual is the way to go on this bad [non-permissible content removed] beast.
    I've been shopping this car for about 6 months now and am convinced it's the one for me. The M3 is great but a little rough for everyday. I'd love to drive a STI but they treat them like Ferraris and don't let them out until purchased. Congratulations on a fine car.
  • _matty_matty Posts: 28
    Thanks. I'm absolutely thrilled with this car. I checked out the M3 as well, but the S4 has more of what I want in a car. V8, less interior noise, 4 doors, as well as the 60/40 AWD to name a few. It's also a few thousand dollars cheaper. I know someone who has a STI and I rode in it once. If you want a fast car in the 30K range it's a great choice, but the S4 is a much nicer car to drive and it's much more comfortable. The STI is really noisy and the ride is a little harsh which would make long trips a somewhat painful experience.

    Audi was offering dealer cash on the 2005.5's through November. I bet they will make a similar offer in early '06 if a 2005.5 is what you want. If you're going to get a Tiptronic anyway there is very little difference between the 2006 and the 2005.5. The major improvement in the 2006 model is the 60/40 differential, but like I said above, it's only offered in the manual trannys. The BBS wheels are also standard on the 2006, but I think they can be purchased as an option on the previous model. The 2006 also has daytime running lights and optional parking assist, but those features are not what I would consider essential.
  • rjlaerorjlaero Posts: 659
    What's sales tax in Cali? Your deal sounds really agressive on a brand new 06. But your OTD price after tax, lo jack & paint potector is almost $6000 more than the discounted sale price.
  • Hello all,

    I'm new to this site and would like to get some ideas of what people are paying for the 06 S4. Went to a local dealer this weekend and after a search for the specifics I wanted realized I would have to put in an order for what I wanted.

    Manual/premium package/dvd nav/ carbon fiber/color silver.

    I offered them 53250 which is about $1300 above invoice plus tax/dealer fee/ and tags. They countered with $54000 and after reading a few articles on this site, I took that advice of walking out if you don't get what you want. My thought is this, they are basically putting in an order for me and I'm offering them about 2.5% over invoice plus they're ridiculous dealer fee which makes it about 3% over invoice. All this is assuming they are paying invoice which I'm not entirely sure they pay that price. Additionally, I'm not getting to drive the car off the lot and instead having to wait the 90 days for delievery.

    Bottom line is that I think my offer was reasonable for both parties but of course the dealer has to have the last price. I'm interested in hearing any thoughts or other buying price experiences.

    Looking forward to driving my price S4....!!!!
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