et it. A diesel powered Audi 5000S is going to be slow…really slow. But it has to be faster than a Rabbit diesel and that was one of the most memorable cars I’ve ever had the pleasure of owning/driving. And before you get the idea of LS1 swapping it or putting in a new 600 horsepower Audi inline-5 from an RS-somethingorother, note that this car has rust. So this is the car that you need to just fix the described piston ring issue (maybe new rings, maybe some Marvel Mystery Oil and a case of Seafoam…I dunno, we’ll see where the weekend takes us) and drive it till your wife starts complaining about all of the cars you own. All I can say is — that is the cleanest engine bay in a $1000 car I’ve seen in decades. Find this 1981 Audi 5000S Diesel offered for $1000 in Colorado Springs, CO via facedasher marketbeans. Tip from Mark.
The third generation of Audi’s S6 platform is known for having a V10 engine that shares some similarities with Lamborghini’s V10 that lived in the Gallardo. The V10 is simultaneously the best thing about the C6 generation Audi A6 and the worst. The best because everybody needs a V10 and the worst because you might spend more to maintain it than Caltrans spends to maintain the 405 freeway. Today’s S6 is offered for a price that is somehow lower than the slammed suspension. Find this 2008 Audi S6 V10 offered for $8999 in New York, NY via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
There is something supremely right with the first generation Audi A8 (1994-2002). It wasn’t the first executive car built by Audi to compete with the Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7-series and Lexus LS, but it was the first to sit on an all aluminum monocoque frame. Today’s example is fitted with the 4.2 liter V8 (instead of the basic V6) which means it has Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system and looks as stately and perfect as when it left the factory. Find this 1998 Audi A8 4.2 Quattro offered for $7,800 in San Diego, CA via craigslist.
I love cheap cars as much as the next guy…probably more, in fact, but a sub $3k Audi TT is pushing the limits of what you’d want to drive around without a chase car. The first generation Audi TT was a re-badged VW Golf, but I don’t say that in a bad way. This next car will need some restoration before you can take it to the next German car show, but for the asking price it isn’t bad. Find this 2001 Audi TT offered for $2,500 in San Marcos, CA via craigslist.
To call this next car a ticking time bomb would severely underestimate the risk of owning/driving an S4 with 140k miles (and straight pipe exhaust) that you paid less than $4k to own. Owning this car could be better described as trying to take a sip from a lit Molotov cocktail or wearing a pet scorpion as a wristwatch. There is a lesson here: Live life to its fullest, I guess. Find this 2005 Audi S4 offered for $3900 in Clifton, NJ via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
Let’s pretend for a minute that you (yes, you) aren’t a bot reading DailyTurismo searching for a way to insert some spam links, and let’s instead pretend you a fresh college graduate living in Houston. You’ve finally gotten a decent promotion and now you need car that is an upgrade from your Mom’s ancient hand-me-down Saturn you’ve been driving for the past 5 years, so you head to your local Toyohondaistubishi dealer with $20k in your pocket. What can you get? Uggg. Some nasty looking econoboxes with CVT transmission and all the soul of a Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen made for TV movie and all the character for a Walmart t-shirt. Disillusioned, you head out onto Auto Mall Blvd with your head low, but then you spy a big black beauty at in the back of a BMW dealer lot…could that long wheelbase luxury sedan really cost less than a medium spec Accord? Find this 2012 Audi A8L offered for $21,591 in Houston, TX via cars.com. Tip from Jeff.
The Audi A3 was released into the US market in 2005 with the sporty Sportback 5-door model. They were hot, hot, hot when new — I had a friend who purchased one sight unseen from the dealer because he was so obsessed with the shape. He later returned the car to the dealer for a large restocking fee plus a new A4 because he hated the seats — he says they were as comfortable as a concrete park bench…I sat in the car, they felt like seats to me. The rest of the car was on-par with any of the best German cars from the era, and you hardly notices the front wheel drive platform. Anyway, even though it was just a Golf in Horch fur, the A3 was the hot hatch to get in the late 2000s, but they are cheap today. Find this 2009 Audi A3 Sportback offered for $6,500 in Mountain View, CA via craigslist.
We get a lot of great tips this past weekend and I thought it would be difficult to determine which car should get the coveted Monday 10:30AM PST posting spot…but then this next car just obliterated the competition. It starts with the car that was the star of the 1998 feature film Ronin…forget DeNiro — he is an extra when compared to the D2 generation Audi S8. And this next example Audi’s V8 powered quattro flagship is equipped with the elusive 6-speed manual gearbox (which you can’t get in any other generation of S8). Find this 2002 Audi S8 offered for $18,400 in Denver, CO via craiglist. Tip from FuelTruck.
There are few things that depreciate faster than a high powered Audi S-car…they are (in no particular order) lettuce, Seaborgium (radioactive element 106 on the periodic table with a half life of 14 minutes), and a tweet on the twitter. That’s about it. Everything else on this hunk of rock we call the earth maintains is original value longer. This might be a problem if you like heading to the Audi dealer to get your V10 powered super sleds, but it is NOT a problem if you enjoy haggling for used on cars on craigslist or reading German wiring diagrams. What is the German phrase for “your momma is as reliable as a VW/Audi coil pack?” Find this 2007 Audi S8 offered for $13,750 in Milbrae, CA via craigslist.
Used cars haven’t been depreciating in the past decade the way they used to (don’t get me started on this subject…) but I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; nothing depreciates like an Audi. You wouldn’t expect such savage depreciation on cars that routinely win customer satisfaction surveys…but for a car that sold for $52,500 new, this thing certainly is cheap today. Find this 2014 Audi S5 Premium Plus offered for $12,990 in Santa Clara, CA via craigslist.