I gained a 2002 Audi S4 for $925 and I Swear It is Not That Dangerous | Jobi Cool


Christmas miracles are available many kinds. Generally unhealthy climate clears up by the point you allow. Or a magical hat brings a snowman to life. For me, Christmas ’22 introduced the miracle of scoring a B5-generation Audi S4 for lower than $1,000. Time to start out a brand new mission!

I discovered this 20-year-old sport sedan on the salvage public sale web site Copart and it gained a web based public sale … 5 occasions. My first 4 profitable bids had been beneath the reserve and the vendor did not let it go, however the fifth click on was the attraction.

An affordable, well-used turbo Audi is not the most secure wager in the case of discovering a easy restoration mission, however I am fairly assured I’ve discovered a little bit diamond within the tough right here that is price saving.

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A Dream Automobile Discovered for Low-cost

The entire course of of shopping for this automotive took some time. It began a month in the past after I drove the highly effective Santorin Blue sedan on AutoBidMaster.com—a service that ordinary consumers can use to purchase salvage public sale automobiles—noticed that it was native and that the paint appeared very clear. “Hm, positive,” I assumed. Its situation is listed as working and driving with “regular put on.”

I’ve wished a B5 Audi S4 longer than many different automobiles. In reality, since highschool when it was nonetheless fairly recent and began popping up as frivolously used fare. I have been in search of one much more aggressively since I drove my good pal Chris’ prime, modified instance final Summer time. On the proper value, this blue obtained my consideration.

Apart from it allegedly working and driving, the CarFax did not present something to do with the title being clear. Regardless of being from Copart, it doesn’t have a rebuilt model or salvage title. I am considering (and hoping) that the earlier proprietor did not need to cope with promoting it and gave it away, or possibly it was donated in case the earlier proprietor handed away. No matter how this might develop into a pile at Copart, I nonetheless remained conservative in my bidding.

I by no means bid greater than $925 as a result of after AutoBidMaster charges, and the truth that these items can have nightmare stage points, I wished to ensure I might cut up it and never lose my cash if it turns into a pile. Or, heck, even be a little bit black. Copart’s model of “working and driving” can imply something from a slippery easy idle to rod knock.

Peter Nelson

Lastly Win

After every of the primary 4 occasions I gained it, the vendor would come again and say they wanted wherever between $3,100 and $3,300. Each time I need to hold my supply very low, as a result of nobody ought to go right into a B5 mission for that a lot scratch earlier than charges. This may seemingly push it above $5,000 for the privilege. Moreover, within the state of California, you’ll get an Acquisition Invoice of Sale and want to use for a model new title by means of the DMV. I’ll report again on that course of when it occurs.

It’s comforting to share the information with my colleagues at each alternative. “Heh heh, it is like I gained that S4 once more! They most likely need an excessive amount of cash for it… once more.”

Lastly, the chickens got here to their senses and determined to go residence to their home to stay. Someday I obtained an e-mail from AutoBidMaster saying “Congratulations Peter!” “Oh, wow, they lastly gave up!” I assumed, and was legitimately stunned. $925 did it. I assumed because it was the top of the 12 months, somebody wished this German pile from the books. Works for me.

I signed the gross sales settlement paperwork, wired the cash, and contacted a neighborhood supply service that AutoBidMaster linked me to. Apparently Copart does not let you drive the automotive off the lot, and I am nonetheless uncertain of its drivability. So I used to be comfortable to pay somebody to ship it to me in Lengthy Seaside. On the finish of the day, I spent lower than $2,500 to indicate this S4 on my road. If you happen to’re eager about doing related issues to get a brand new automotive, the entire course of is fairly simple and simple. Though filled with charges.

Peter Nelson

First impression

When the tow truck rolled up, I used to be stunned—it seemed like an S4 higher than within the record of photos. The inside is hideous and options seats that appear to have examined the mood of a methed-out Wolverine, however in any other case, the physique is straight and the paint is shiny beneath a movie of grime. Solely the obviously-repainted entrance bumper had some points.

It fired and idled positive with a soar pack, so began the possibly lengthy record of wants with a brand new battery.

After I pulled the S into my driveway and popped the hood I seen some steam and watery leaks beneath; it had a good sized coolant leak someplace. The public sale pictures bear this out—the reservoir doesn’t seem to have a pink G12. No massive deal, loads of cash within the finances to get this factor in pristine form. After it cooled, the dipstick additionally confirmed that the oil pan was filled with comparatively recent oil. Good.

I introduced residence a brand new battery from O’Reilly Auto Elements and the automotive nonetheless runs robust. It additionally idled easily and quietly, and moved easily in addition. I retightened a diverter valve hose and it sounded a little bit higher. Nevertheless, I did not run it very lengthy due to the coolant leak.

A detailed examination confirmed that the auxiliary water pump had damaged into two items. It is a frequent challenge with these automobiles, and as of this writing, I am nonetheless ready for a brand new one with hoses to return within the mail. The alternative shall be time consuming because the little bastard resides beneath the consumption manifold and a sea of ​​hoses and vacuum strains. However this looks like a simple process total assuming the hoses, vacuum strains, and items of plastic do not get broken within the course of. I’ll have spare bits and hose clamps available.

After eradicating the covers and giving it a little bit cleansing, issues are wanting up! Fairly a bit. Peter Nelson

I’m very comfortable

I am unable to drive residence this level sufficient: I am so excited to have the B5 mission. VW/Audi fans who’re acquainted with them typically appear to agree that whereas they demand consideration, they’re laborious to pressure (very tight beneath the hood—turbo swaps require pulling the engine), and might have some annoying points, they’re superior automobiles and properly price it. The B5 disappeared from the US market in 2002, and two years later I used to be bitten by the water-cooled VW bug with my A2 Jetta. I shortly turned conscious of the wonderful early 2000s S4 and immediately wished to personal one sometime.

B5 S4 can be simply an icon. It comes from an period of true German sleeper standing and has numerous potential to be scary. The aftermarket has shrunk barely over the previous few years, however there are nonetheless loads of methods to show these into supercar-quick monsters.

Change is not actually on my thoughts but, although. My purpose is to easily restore it to a clear, recent, and mechanical sounding instance. I might make some smaller modifications right here and there, like higher than OE brake pads, higher tires (even the Michelin all-seasons listed here are nonetheless respectable and solely two years previous), higher dampers with sportier springs, and a few aesthetic upgrades from the manufacturing facility. An honest consumption and exhaust too. Oh, and it is attainable to ditch the auto gearbox for 3 pedals.

Nevertheless, first I need it to run properly, look recent, and be a clear, snug place to hang around. And, you recognize, to be registered and move the California Smog. It was achieved in 2021 so I am not too frightened about it. Subsequent order of enterprise: give it an intensive evaluation and decide precisely what it wants to satisfy my excessive requirements.

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