Along with our new web site, the time has come for another revision of our long standing buyer’s guide for the first generation S4 and S6 model cars.

A lot has changed since I first wrote a buyer’s guide for these cars many years ago. Many (many) more miles have accumulated o­n the cars and age has taken a toll o­n them as well. Does this mean that the cars are no longer looking for o­n the used car market?  Not really! Quite the contrary in actuality.

Many of these cars are bargains these days as far as I am concerned. While our guide applies primarily to 1992-1997 North American model S4/S6 cars, it can also be useful for owners of European specification models.

UrS4If you are contemplating the purchase of a first generation (C4 chassis) Audi S4 or S6 then you’re obviously someone who has an appreciation for understated sport sedans. Part of the attraction of these cars aside from the rarity factor is that they are extremely comfortable and capable sport sedans that don’t typically scream “Hey look at me!”  They are also, for the most part, simple enough to work on for the average enthusiast.  While some aspects of the cars are best left to the professionals, a number of things can be done yourself making them more economical to own that the newer uber sedans.

Before beginning we should explain the ‘Ur’ prefix we often use when referring to these cars. Simply put, “Ur” is a German prefix meaning original. You’ll hear these cars referred to as UrS4/UrS6 or the original S4/S6. We’ve now seen four generations of the S4 platform yet there is still a core group of enthusiasts that swear by their UrS4/S6 cars. These cars are unique. Special. Limited production. Oh yeah, and they can be quite fast as well!

With that out of the way let’s take a closer look…