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.
The C5 generation (2002-2004) Audi RS6 is a car that should need no introduction to the modern car enthusiast. But in case you need a refresher, allow me to give you the details. The RS6 was based on Audi’s A6 sedan platform, but added a 4.2 liter twin turbo V8 that pushed 450 horsepower and 428 ft-lbs of torque into a 5-speed auto and all four wheels via Audi’s torsen-base Quattro system. It was also, lower, stiffer, brakier, and wider than the standard A6. In its day it was a monster and today the RS6 offers one of the best $/hp you can find on the street. Find this 2003 Audi RS6 offered for $13000 in Sioux Falls, SD via craigslist. Seller submission from Ben.
I am convinced that the first generation Audi TT is going to be a sleeper classic for future appreciation. It won’t be in the next few years, but sometime in the self driving neural networked googlepod future people will start paying decent amount of money for Audi TT Quattros with the upgraded 225 horsepower 1.8T engine and 6-speed manual gearbox. But today’s example is going to be even more desirable because it has the super cool amber leather baseball stitch interior. Find this 2004 Audi TT Quattro 225 HP Baseball Interior Edition bidding for $6950 reserve-not-met with $7995 buy-it-now located in Painesville, OH via eBay.
You probably know that Audi/Volkswagen diesels as the modern and fuel efficient machines that cheat on emissions tests, but there was a time when Audi was known for cars that accelerated without warning (warning that youtube link has the most awesome vintage commercials but you can also watch this awesome Audi PR film with an detailed rebuttal by Bobby Unser)…but these next two cars aren’t going anywhere fast. First they were equipped with an 84 horsepower 2.0 liter inline-5 turbocharged oil burner. It wasn’t as slow as the non-turbo cars from 1980-82, but after a few decades in a barn…these things are not going anywhere quickly. Find these 1983 Audi 5000 TD s (two of them) offered for $600 in Pittsfield, MA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!