Audi A4 Quattro For Sale
1996 Audi A4 Quattro Saloon, 2.6l V6 Petrol, Manual, 142k miles, Metallic Green, 5 Months MOT, 4 Months Tax, Service History, 4 Previous Owners, Electric Windows/Mirrors/Sunroof, Dash computer, Cruise Control, ABS, Alloy Wheels, Height-Adjustable Drivers Seat, Immobiliser, PAS, Central locking, Radio/CD Player.
Thanks for looking at my advert. Up for sale is my 1996 Audi A4 Quattro that I’ve owned since October 2011. It has 4 months tax and 5 months MOT and is a superb runner so is ready to pickup and drive away immediately.
I’ll be completely honest and say I have used this car purely as winter transportation for the past 2 years whilst my sports car hibernates in the garage away from the worst of the British weather. The Audi is an absolute tank of a car, with its potent and surprisingly nippy 2.6l V6 engine. Couple that with the legendary 4WD Quattro system and the car is practically unstoppable, and so utterly reliable. It really is a joy to drive.
Generally used from October to March from 2011 to 2013, the Audi has seen the worst that our weather can offer, from snow, ice and torrential rainfall, and has taken it all in its stride. I purchased the car with 140k on the clock, and it is now sitting at just over 142k miles, so in all honesty it’s barely been used in my ownership (owing to my short daily commute).
Being a solid German engineered barge, the Audi has never once let me down. The only expense I have had to part with was for a set of four part-worn tyres in October 2012, a brand new battery in November 2012 and new power steering fluid in April 2013 – with receipts to prove. That’s literally all it’s taken to ascertain that the Audi is no doubt the most reliable and dependable car I’ve ever known.
Again, in being as honest as possible, I haven’t serviced the Audi since it’s been in my ownership and the above expenditure is literally all it’s owed me. The previous owner assured me he had a full service just before it was sold to me (although no paperwork to back this up). The last full service that I have a record of was in July 2010, and all years previous to this. It has a very nice stack of history containing many receipts for parts and labour carried out over many years (totalling thousands spent).
For a 17 year old car that has covered over 142,000 miles it is in surprisingly good, original condition. The metallic green paintwork and standard alloy wheels looks lovely after a wash, and the interior is very nicely presented. I’m a non-smoker and never have passengers so the interior is in a nice condition, especially with the various wooden inlays. The dash computer displays a variety of metrics including MPG, temperature, average speed and more. Oh, and the boot space is enormous, so it is an incredibly practical car should you need to make baggage laden journeys.
As with any car, it’s not perfect. I want to be brutally honest and there are a few issues I feel are worth mentioning, but I must stress these take nothing away from the performance and practicality of this car:
- Starting from late last year, an Oil warning light sporadically appears when setting off on a journey. According to the manual, this is an oil pressure warning light. When it does appear, the light always extinguishes after a short while whilst driving though, so this has never worried me and has never impacted the function of the car in any way – I have a feeling it is just a faulty sensor.
- The wheel currently in the spare compartment has a puncture (the full-size spare alloy is fitted to the car).
- The key return spring in the ignition isn’t working, so upon starting the car, the key must manually be returned from the starting position.
- The dash has a really nice red illumination, but two bulbs have gone. These bulbs are located at the higher end of the speedometer and tachometer, so unless you’re driving like Lewis Hamilton they won’t be a bother.
- The LCD screen of the dash computer is ‘missing’ a strip of pixels. This is a very common problem on Audi’s of this era, but the screen is still legible so it’s nothing to really worry about.
- MOT advisories at the previous MOT: Rear number plate deteriorated, Brake discs corroded, Exhaust corroded, Diff leak, Springs corroded, Front Suspension Arm Bushes deteriorating.
- There are a few scratches and blemishes to various body panels, so it’s not in concourse condition, but what one would expect on a 17 year old car – I have shown the worst of these in the pictures.
Overall this is a very nice, rather rare Audi A4 Quattro that I will miss dearly. It drives superbly and has never let me down. I know it will serve its new owner very well for many years to come. If you have any questions or require further information, please do get in touch.
I have been as honest as possible in describing the car and there will be no nasty surprises for the new owner. Priced for a quick sale, but sensible offers are welcome. Timewasters will not be tolerated, and insurance must be provided for test drives.