2004 Audi S4 User Reviews

2004 Audi S4 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 24 reviews

  • Performance:4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5
  • Appearance:4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Overall: 4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5

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PROS
"power" 16 reviews
"ride" 6 reviews
"awd" 5 reviews
"speed" 5 reviews
"build quality" 4 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 11 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews
"legroom" 3 reviews
"expensive car" 3 reviews
"high maintenance" 2 reviews

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Jim writes:
2004 Audi S4 4 Dr quattro AWD Sedan Review
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5

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The ENGINE! Quattro AWD system, dashboard layout, handling and steering feel, acceleration, brakes.

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It's a VW Group car.  Rear legroom is completely nonexistent, and the gas mileage is laughable...but if you're buying something like this, you don't care.  Some might find it too "clinical" and German.

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4.2 V8 In A Small Sedan? Yes, Please! — Take an Audi A4 and shoehorn a 4.2L, 40-valve V8 swiped from the A8 under the hood and you end up with the Audi S4. This is a good combination and I love this car...and this is coming from someone who doesn't like Volkswagens and their questionable reliability at all (Audi is part of the VW Group). PERFORMANCE: Amazing. The 4.2 V8 churns out 340 horsepower and sends the car from 0-62mph in 5.4 seconds. 0-200km/h (124mph) comes up in a shade over 20 seconds. The sound the engine makes is glorious - it's not obnoxious or objectionable in any way, but it's unmistakably V8 and unquestionably powerful. The six speed manual gearbox is quite nice, although the clutch seems to lack feel for its engagement point until you get used to it. Handling is tight and responsive, though some might find the ride too hard. It's not bone-jarring, but you will feel every road imperfection. The steering is appropriately weighty and has decent feel. The weight distribution is similar to a front-wheel-drive car because the engine is mounted ahead of the front axle line, so the prevailing characteristic at the limit will be understeer. The brakes are excellent.STomp on them, and you'll be having leather-wrapped steering wheel for lunch! Fuel mileage? Well, if you must ask, the one I drove has 16 average mpg on the display when I got in. Heh...with the rest of the car...you're not exactly going to be bothered about this factor when you're shopping for one. Five stars. BUILD QUALITY: It feels like it was carved from a solid block of granite. The interior is outstanding, as Audis always are. The exterior shows immaculate build quality, with perfect panel gaps and an outstanding paint finish on the black car I drove. However, being a Volkswagen product, I'm (understandably) leery of the all the electronic gizmos. There are a lot of electronics in this car, and that seems to be VW's weakness. Three stars because of the electrical concerns...I expect it to be average. APPEARANCE: This car is a total sleeper. You have to know what you're looking at to know what it is - it has subtle "S4" badging, bigger, unique wheels, and very slightly more aggressive fascias than the standard A4. If you want a small sports sedan that flies a little under the radar, this is it. It's much less conspicuous than a comparable BMW. Five stars. OVERALL: The big question: Would I buy one over a BMW 3-series? Yes, I would, without a second thought...if for no other reason than it is so much less pretentious than a BMW. Plus, how many quicker 3-series do you see every day? Now, how many S4s do you see every day? I thought so! Five stars. Great car, even though I'm neither a small sedan guy nor a VW fan.

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Eric writes:
2004 Audi S4 4 Dr quattro AWD Sedan Review
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Awesome daily driver, unique style, AWD, Looks expensive

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Full-size truck mileage, Audi dealers make money, people think it's an A4

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Audi B6 S4 V8: Gotta Pay To Play — The car is a dream to drive. It is solid and feels like a bank vault on wheels. It displays some mild understeer if pushed hard, however I am hoping a new rear sway bar will rectify that. The engine is fantastic and revs like a 4cyl. The 4.2L V8 is not known for mileage, but if you want big MPG numbers, buy a Prius (and stay the hell away from me) The car looks like a $50k+ car, because it is. I opted for the Alcantera/Leather interior in black and I love it. I will say it's a maintenace whore. It is not cheap to repair or replace parts. If you can just barely afford the car, don't buy it. The maintenance will eat you alive! Of course, you could just not do the maintenance. That would be stupid, though, because a new engine with instal and removal from the dealership runs +/- $14K! Seriously. I guess the thing to say is this; If you want a german sports sedan and think that Benz's are pompous and BMW's are common then buy the $4.

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akinaperformance writes:
2004 Audi S4 4 Dr Avant quattro AWD Wagon Review
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Power, Control, Comfort.

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Rear leg room.

akinaperformance
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S4..the Most Amazing Car Ever Made!!!! — I recently purchased my S4, it is the sexiest, sleekest, and such a sleeper! I love my car! Excellent handling, the Quattro is AMAZING as well, the power never gets old either, everytime I turnon the car is still exciting! Gas is typical for a v8, so worthit though! And especially love the fact that their are not many S4's on the road! Love the car!!!

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quattro3 writes:
2004 Audi S4 4 Dr quattro AWD Sedan Review
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5

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Performance, comfort, safety, appearence, build quality, fun factor, value.

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Not the best gas mileage, lacks rear legroom.

quattro3
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A Car That Everone Likes, Not Just The Driver! — Where to start? The 2004 Audi S4 is a sedan that couples German luxury with V8 performance. The 4.2 liter 340HP engine is harnessed by Audi's famous Quattro all-wheel-drive system. The combination provides an extremely fun car to drive with a feeling of security in bad weather. The handling is quite sporty with very little body roll when sticking it through a corner at high speed. This is due to excellent suspension that makes a great compromise when it comes to the choice between sportiness and the ability to iron out most of the bumps in the road. With large disc brakes on all four wheels, the stopping power is nothing short of exceptional. The S4 is also very comfortable to drive with its luxurious accommodations. Features such as a 10 speaker Bose sound system, satellite navigation, xenon headlights, OnStar and XM radio are all great to have, just to name a few. One of my favorite features is the ability to automatically flash the turn signal three times just by briefly moving the directional stalk. This is very convenient for lane changes during highway driving. The heated leather Recaro sport seats with alcantara inserts are very comfortable, but an overweight person probably will not fit in the seat well. The appearance is absolutely stunning as well. It combines contemporary Audi styling with sharp, well defined lines that give an aggressive stance. The S4 looks almost identical to the A4 on which it is based to all but the well trained eye. Some of the visual differences include vertical slats in the grille, a subtle body kit, S4 door blades, standard xenon headlights, polished aluminum mirrors, chrome trim and sporty S4 badges on the trunk lid and grille. The overall build quality is exceptional. The interior/exterior is made of high quality materials and has a solid feel to it. Also, there is plenty of sound insulation to dampen road noise. There are only a couple negative aspects of this amazing car. The first is that it is quite thirsty...I only get about 17-20 miles per gallon. The second is that the rear seat legroom is slightly lacking, but that is normal in a small car. The trunk is quite large which offsets the point about the rear legroom. I would recommend this car to any car enthusiast. It is extremely comfortable, luxurious, beautiful and fun to drive. At around $52,000 new (including options), it is also good value compared to its direct competitors, the BMW M3 and Mercedes C32 AMG. One final point is that this car does not carry the stereotypes that cars such as the BMW or Mercedes do...that is, people will like you.

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Miles writes:
2004 Audi S4 2 Dr quattro AWD Convertible Review
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4

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Powerful engine, nice subtle styling, beautiful and incredibly luxurious interior.

Cons

Drives like it is really heavy, electrical system not very reliable.

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Luxurious, Sporty, And Fun On A Sunny Day — A convertible that doesn't shout out "hey look at me, I need attention because I'm hitting a mid-life crisis" unlike many others. Interior comfort doesn't get any better in my opinion. Comfortable seats that keep you in place around corners, beautiful leather interior that is incredible to the touch. The engine will definitely get the car moving fast, quickly, and with power to spare. The premium sound system makes you feel like you are at a concert. But the car handles like it is very heavy, which it is, and the electronics for the folding roof are very unreliable.

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Drebholz writes:
2004 Audi S4 2 Dr quattro AWD Convertible Review
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3

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Nice car. well appointed insterior, good styling, audi quality

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gas mileage, maintence

Drebholz
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2004 Audi S4 Cabrio — Its a good weekend getaway car, mileage on the freeway is not too bad but city driving is not so good. Great looking car and fun to drive just lots of little maintenance items to take care. I am pretty much a do it yourself guy and this is not the easiest car to work on, not much room in the engine bay.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Miguel writes:
2004 Audi S4 4 Dr quattro AWD Sedan Review
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5

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Performance, Fun to Drive, Comfort Features

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Fuel Economy, Maintenance Costs

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Audi S4 — It is simply the best car I have ever driven. It accelerates so quickly, and is faster than most cars. It does cost a lot to own, but it is completely worth it for the car you get. It is extremely fun to drive and one of the best overall sports sedans that money can buy.

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Marty writes:
2004 Audi S4 4 Dr quattro AWD Sedan Review
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5

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I love this car,  But I want more power.  I am trying to convince Liva to let me trade this car in for a MB C63.  Then maybe ill be content.... Yeah right.

Cons

It sucks gas like no tomorrow.  I am starting to feel the wrath of $4.25 a gallon for super... Being that I get about 9mpg.  Yeah it sucks !

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Its An Awesome Fast Little Beast In A Calm Looking Wrapper. — Its power on tap. The car just goes when you want to and in any gear you may be in.

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bscruggs writes:
2004 Audi S4 2 Dr quattro AWD Convertible Review
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Great Mix Of Luxury And Fun, But Will Ring You Up At The Pump — I've had my S4 Cab for nearly two years and it still puts a smile on my face every time I look at it, let alone drive it. Living in Chicago, this car has proven to be a joy to drive in all seasons, not just in the summer as is the case with most convertibles. The Quattro system helps with winter driving (although I still recommend getting a set of winter tires in addition to the OEM performance tires for true winter driving confidence), and the soft top does a commendable job of keeping the cold air out of the cabin. The engine is quite responsive at all RPMs, and when really stomping on it, this car will just take-off in 3rd, 4th, and 5th gears (6-speed manual). And, the braking is as solid as I've ever experienced. The car will stay on a straight braking line even in emergency braking situations. Overall, this car is just a joy to drive, an excellent performer, and is quite confidence inspiring. Its tendency when pushed hard in corners is to understeer, which can be easily relieved by simply backing-off the gas, but you'll want to enter aggressive turns early to avoid completely losing the line. The soft top folds-up quickly and neatly. I've had no issues with mine to date. With top down and wind screen / side windows up, the riding experience in the front two seats is quite comfortable even at highway speeds. The road noise is high, as is probably expected with the top down, but largely due to the size of the tires holding this car to the road. The interior styling, as with most Audi's, in my mind is second to none. Very clean and stylish. The added trim in the S4 is a nice touch with the white piping on the black leather seats, as well as the stainless steel surroundings on the air vents and gauges. All around tight, with the exception of the plastic cover holding the review mirror to the windshield, which on my car actually popped-off and will no longer stay properly attached. The seats and general seating position are quite comfortable and won't wear you out on longer trips. At 6'2" and with long legs, I still find there to be plenty of room in this car, and don't even have the driver's seat extended backwards to its maximum point. The rear seats are really best for kids or a second set of golf clubs... good luck putting any adults back there for any length of time. As for the downsides resulting in a rating below "Love It": 1) The car really swallows a lot of gas. I get about 15 - 18 MPG around the city, and about 20 MPG on the highway. With a smallish tank, this means filling-up on longer trips every 250 - 300 miles. 2) Trunk size is limited, even with the top up. A function of the size of the car and the convertible, though. 3) This car is HEAVY! To be expected given the size of the engine, Quattro system, and converitible, but it is definitely felt in its performance. Although the S4 will stay close to an M3, in the end it can't really keep-up and is noticeably less agile. Tends to be a bit more towards the luxury end of the spectrum than the M3. 4) Poor visibility with the top up. A covertible, so I don't expect anything other than this, but is worth noting. For me and my driving style, this car is a great fit due to its versatility. All-season and high-utility performance convertible that is a lot of fun to drive with both top up and down while not knocking the fillings out of your teeth on the rough Chicago streets. It will leave most cars in the dust, yet is not an awful pain to be stuck in when facing Chicago rush hour traffic. For those seeking a truely high performance two seater, you should probably look elsewhre. This car is about confidence, style, and class with a good deal of power to back it up.

Owner for 1 years, 11 months

Miles Driven per Year:2,000

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blahdeeblah writes:
2004 Audi S4 4 Dr quattro AWD Sedan Review
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5

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The car looks great. Great styling outside and in. A lot of power and very comfortable.

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Gas guzzler.

blahdeeblah
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I Wish I Could Keep It. — I like how much fun it is to drive. Tons of power, and planted to the ground. Its definitely a drivers car. Looks great too, with the tinted windows and the wheels from the factory. Maybe I'll buy another one in the future.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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