Jalopnik features a regular column called “Nice Price or Crack Pipe” which shows the audience a used car that’s usually pretty unusual and asks if the price is good or if it’s too much of a piece of crap, essentially. Most recently, the car in question was a 1995 Audi S6 Quattro in Ragusa Green with Ecru interior (a sort of cream color) and a five-speed manual transmission. The car has 155,000 miles and its asking price is $8,400. So let’s see if it’s worth buying.
The first-generation Ur (German prefix for original) Audi S6 uses a variant of the Audi Quattro engine, a 2.2 liter turbocharged inline five-cylinder engine that produces 227 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. The I5 is mated to the aforementioned five-speed manual transmission and powers all four wheels via Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system featuring a Torsen differential. In terms of performance, the C4 Audi S6 was capable of 0-60 mph in 6.7 seconds and 0-100 mph in around 17 seconds. That’s pretty quick even by today’s standards, but 21 years ago that was incredible. So the S6 is a very cool car.
But what about this one, the one that is 21 years old and has 155,000 miles and was probably driven quite…enthusiastically?
Well, the body looks like it’s in good shape, with no visible scratches or dents and there also seems to be no surface rust. The interior also looks great and those seats, despite being 21 years old, look fantastic. That two-tone cream and black interior is simply wonderful looking. However, Audi’s from this era don’t have the best reputation for reliability. In fact, there were downright awful at holding up over the years. So regardless of condition, it’s likely that this car will require some serious maintenance soon after the purchase.
This particular car has a coil pack upgrade, using the more modern 1.8 liter engine’s coils, a new cat-back exhaust and a performance chip installed. There’s also an aftermarket boost gauge. So it looks as if previous owners have worked on this car themselves and that doesn’t bode well for the next owner.
So what do you think, would buy this Audi S6 that could possibly offer some incredibly fun driving but at the same time risk potential catastrophic failure and expensive repairs?