AUDI RS4 AVANT
Year of manufacture 2001
Recorded mileage 120,101
Asking price £15,000
Vendor Abir Mirza, Bedford; tel: 07960 992991
WHEN IT WAS NEW #Audi-RS4-Avant
Max power 375bhp
Max torque 324lb ft
0-60mph 4.9 secs
Top speed 155mph
The B5 RS4 was the first Audi-developed RS, which came only as an Avant. This one seems well maintained and tidy, plus it’s been kept bone stock. There’s main-agent service history until 2008 with the same dealer up to 99k miles, in the hands of the second owner from ’04. They covered only minimal distance, and their name is still on the V5C. There are 13 stamps in the book, most from Northern Ireland, the last three being from Eurocharged Performance UK of Watford, the final one at 116,000 miles dated 25/11/2015. The last (Northern Irish) MoT, when it was registered DBZ 650, expired in March. It’s said to have had a clutch and dual-mass flywheel plus a fuel pump not long ago, though there were no bills evident.
It looks never to have had paint and isn’t marked under the chin. There’s a tiny dent in the nearside rear door and the back bumper has a few light scratches from loading. The lower front grilles were changed because the fixing prongs broke; the old ones are in the car. Its alloys are unscuffed, but the rear centre caps are a bit corroded, as are the window fillets on the back doors. The half-worn front tyres are dated mid-2014; those on the rear are much older and cracking, but the vendor says he’ll change them. Inside, the leather looks younger than the car’s mileage, plus the dashboard plastics and carbonfibre inserts are all excellent.
There are no obvious leaks from the driveline, but some paint is flaking off the engine covers. The oil is 4000 miles old and dark, but the coolant is nice and pink and at the right level. It starts instantly and the clutch bites well, with strong synchros and performance. It seems to build full steam by about 6000rpm and keeps coming right through the six gears. There are no whines or unpleasantness through the quattro drivetrain, but the brakes are juddery and the vendor says he will replace the discs and pads. Temperature is steady at just under 90ºC. All the dash graphics function. As well as the service book, the car will come with a fresh MoT.
EXTERIOR Mostly very smart, bar a minor ding and a few blemishes
INTERIOR Really nice overall condition
MECHANICALS FSH; clutch and flywheel claimed
For Iconic; well kept; standard
Against Slightly underwhelming; would like to see bills plus history
SHOULD I BUY IT?
This future classic appears to be in fine order. There was another for sale less than 30 miles away for £2k more, so the price looks keen.