Monday, April 23, 2012

1995 Audi S6 Avant

This is not news to long time readers... I really like station wagons.

Aesthetically, sedans and coupes are usually nicer. I'll admit that. But when it comes to practicality, a station wagon is tough to beat.

It could be argued that an SUV is as practical as a station wagon. And, if you're just looking for a vehicle to haul stuff, that would be a valid argument. There are some really nice SUVs out there. But, if you want a vehicle that can carry loads, handle like a sports car and keep up with - or blow the doors off - many, many sports sedans, a station wagon like the Audi S6 Avant is the way to go.

Audi went through a period of confusing name changes in the late 1980s through the mid-1990s (especially here in North America). In 1994, the Audi 100 became the A6. The high performance version of the 100 was known as the S4. Audi assigned the S4 name to the performance version of the A4 (which had previously been called the 90) and the high performance A6 became known as the S6. 18 years removed, this all seems logical. Back then it was confusing.

The S6 is powered by a turbocharged, 20 valve, 2.2 liter I5. There are a number of Audi freaks out there that will argue that this is Audi's best all around engine. It produces 227 horsepower and moves the car to 60 MPH in the 7 second range. The transmission is a 5 speed manual and all that power goes to all 4 wheels via Audi's quattro AWD system.

Audi has always designed nice looking station wagons. While this isn't as unique looking as the old 5000 (100) Avant, which was sort of a station wagon / hatchback hybrid, it still has a nice look to it. You won't mistake it for anything else.

I can't write about an Audi without mentioning the interior. Audi just does great interiors, especially dashboards.

This one is in overall good condition. The drivers seat has some wear. The hatch has a small dent, and the lower door molding on the drivers door is starting to come off (a really common Audi problem).

Older Audis are not trouble free cars. You can expect some electrical glitches. The engine compartment gets hot and keeping the cooling system working perfectly is a must. Being a turbo, I would recommend changing the oil every 3,000. I know I'll get an argument about that, I've read all the articles that say it's a waste of money to change your oil that often, but, an oil change it a lot cheaper than a new turbo or an engine rebuild and fresh oil never hurt anything.

The S6 Avant was only sold for one year. This car would be a somewhat unusual, very fun, daily driver.

Located in Newark, NJ, click here to see the eBay listing.

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