Last edited by SVTDanny; 04-03-2012 at 03:20 PM.
Only problem is that it's an automatic :-(
You forgot the DRC! If it's anywhere similar to what's on the RS6, it's a complete pile of garbage even when it was brand new. The RS6's DRC system was recalled and even the fix that was provided didn't solve all of the problems. Again, I'm not sure of the exact details on the RS4, but I heard they were the same system.
Edit: Quick search leads me to believe it's the same:
Last edited by NOTORIOUS VR; 04-03-2012 at 03:38 PM.
A ton of misinformation in this thread.
OP, RS4's generally don't suffer from the same timing component problems that V8 S4's do. The guides/tensioners have updated parts. TBH, it was mostly 04 and 05 S4's that see most of the problems with timing components in general.
In regard to the carbon build up, its a DIY job. Or you can pay a few hundred bucks every ~10k miles to have it cleaned. JHMotorsports is supposedly testing a solution that prevents carbon build up.
Also RS4 + bolt ons =12.2 @ 111 mph 1/4 mile
The only other things he's mentioned are:
Brakes and replacement brake components are expensive b/c they are unique to that car (and the Gallardo I think).
OEM stock parts (wheels for instance) are really expensive and near impossible to find used.
Not much information exists for DIY projects since most owners are wealthy and they just pay other people to fix the car when it breaks.
They do sound glorious though
I have a B7RS4, original owner since June 2006. So some info:
1. Carbon cleaning -- I get it done every year or two. Time consuming, but not horrible.
2. Gas Mileage -- I get 17 city / 23 highway, which is far better than the 14/19 that my friends with E90 m3's get. Although, they don't get carbon buildup.
3. Parts -- really not so bad, since many parts are shared with A4's. With the right connections, it's also pretty easy to get OEM parts at dealer cost (I do).
4. Ease of maintenance -- I find it to be pretty easy to take care of, and mine is almost 6 years old with 51,000 miles on it.
I find the car a hell of a lot more fun than the B8S4. That said, an E90 m3 is also a great choice.
Can't think of any reasons why not to buy an RS4. It's a compelling choice. Though the new B8 S4's would tempt me if the price difference were close enough.