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Is this cheap 1995 Audi S6 worth the risk?

Back in the early ’90s, Audi was just starting to build a real motorsport reputation, after having dominated the ’80s Rally stages with the original Quattro. After its success in Rally racing, Audi decided to stuff the famous Audi Quattro’s five-cylinder engine into a ton of cars. One of those cars was the original Audi S6, which packed a 2.2 liter turbocharged I5. This particular 1995 Audi S6 is currently up for sale on Bring-A-Trailer and, at the time of writing this, it only costs $2,095.

That’s a very low price for something with four doors, a five-speed manual and one of Audi’s greatest engines. However, there are some issues with it. First, it has 188,000 miles, which is a lot. That’s right about the time bad things start happening to highly complicated old German cars, especially Audis. It also doesn’t seem to be in the best of shape, with some beat up interior bits, a cigarette burn in the passenger-side arm rest, some scratches, a cracked headlight and did I mention it has almost 200,000 miles?

Okay, so as long as the car was taken care of, the mileage shouldn’t be too much of a problem. It also seems like the most recent owner did take good care of it, considering that he had it for 46,000 and replaced quite a lot of parts. He’s also a member of a few different Audi forums, so he’s a legitimate car enthusiast.

It’s also been upgraded, this Audi S6. With 1.8T coil packs,¬†Samco silicone boost hoses and a Stage 1+ MTM ECU tune. So power is said to be bumped from 227 hp to around 270 hp. It’s also sitting on Bilstein Sport shocks and H&R Sport spring. I’ve personally had that exact same suspension setup on my old E36 BMW 328i and it was bone rattling. So I’d probably wanna swap that suspension out.

This is a pretty great car that’s a bit rough around the edges. While it may have its issues, it is very cheap, at the moment. So is it worth taking a chance on?

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Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.