5k: Quicksand: 2002 Audi Allroad 6-spd

Quicksand is a non-Newtonian fluid (like silly putty) that behaves like a solid until it is gently stressed and suddenly it flows like a liquid.  The result is a surface that looks like sand, but a person (or large animal) who attempts to cross its surface will suddenly find himself sinking into a jello-like ooze and any attempts to swim or thrash around will only cause you to sink deeper. The harder you fight, the deeper you sink into the briney depths, but if you stay calm and move slowly you can float at the top until your screams are heard by others.  I can not think of a better analogy for picking up a high mile Audi from the early 2000s.  Find this 2002 Audi Allroad currently bidding for $3,850 with a few hours to go.

The Audi Allroad was an option package on the B5 C5 (thanks markiteight) generation Audi A6, but in the US market it was sold as an entirely different model with a simple Allroad badge on the tailgate.  The Allroad was only available as a wagon and added slightly more ground clearance, a black painted set of front/rear bumpers and fender flares and the upgraded 2.7T engine to the basic A6.

Under the hood is Audi’s twin-turbo 2.7 liter V6, pushing 250 horsepower and 258 ft-lbs of torque into all four wheels. The All-Road is softer and heavier than the B5 S4 that it shares a powerplant, but it offers added off-road capability and a much more luxurious ride.  It doesn’t change the fact that any major maintenance on the 2.7T is serious pain and will cost you beaucoup bucks if you take it to an Audi dealer. 

The inside of this Allroad looks good for a car with 100k miles on the odometer and Audi’s interior quality from this era is second to none.  The stubby shifter peaking up between the seats is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and will provide hours of entertainment. 

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