At $20,500, Is This Two-Owner 2007 Audi RS4 Too Much To Handle?

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Nice Price Or Crack PipeIs this used car a good deal? You decide!

The seller of today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe RS4 says he owns another and that two is one too many. He may never make it on an episode of Hoarders, but will this hot Audi’s price make it worth adding to your collection?

There was some grade-A detective work going on in the comments for yesterday’s 2003 Ford Focus SVT, the kind that would have made Sherlock Holmes both proud and green with envy. The deduction centered primarily on three factors—some rusty bits under the hood, some staining in the carpet, and the Texas plates front and back.


The concern was that all added up to the SVT being SOL as it could potentially have been a Texas flood survivor. That’s possible even though the ad noted a clear title. That’s because Texas has a kind of convoluted registration system where you can claim a car to be clean titled even if it was once written off. Did that possibility influence the vote? Apparently not all that much. At just $3,300, fully 80 percent of you felt that to be a Focus worth a look.

Speaking of looking, have you ever looked at however many cars or trucks you own and thought, “damn, that’s just one too many?”

No, me neither.

That reverie has however, apparently afflicted the seller of this 2007 Audi RS4 saloon as he claims it to be the lesser of his redundant B7s and hence needs to find a new home so there may once again be balance in the universe. I’m making that last bit up for dramatic effect, but you can imagine the actual impetus is something just as noble.


As to the car? Well, the B7 RS4 is definitely not subtle. The large fender flares sheltering big meats on 18-inch alloy wheels announce the car’s intentions even from a distance. The valance vents and large oval dual exhausts offer additional visual clues as to the car’s purpose, which is to provide fun and to do it fast.

That’s all enabled by a 4.2-litre all-alloy V8 engine slung over the front axle. That offers up 414 horsepower, and that means it has nearly 100 ponies per litre which is some sort of magical milestone. The DOHC mill also pumps out a somewhat less impressive 320 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s all guided through a Getrag six-speed manual gearbox and Audi’s unflappable Quattro AWD system.


According to the ad, this one has 130K on the clock, but has benefitted from a slew of repair and maintenance work over the course of its life. That included a new clutch 50K ago, as well as new control arms, wheel bearings and half shafts more recently. The engine has had all of its major ignition components replaced as well in addition to other work to eliminate a sensor-related CEL.


Aesthetically things are pretty good on the outside. The Mugello Blue Pearl Effect paint still looks to hold reasonable luster, although the resprayed nose piece apparently needs to be refitted for a better appearance. Wheels seem to be free of curb rash and are appropriate for the car. Almost new tires wrap those.a


Inside things are a little bit funkier. The seller says the car was originally spec’d with a cream colored leather interior but that apparently showed too much of its age.

Since nobody likes anything old and wrinkly unless it’s an elephant, the cabin coverings were given the heave-ho and were replaced with pieces from a later S5. That’s covered in Alcantara in places and includes updated door cards and headliner to match. What doesn’t match is the embossing on the backrests which now say S5 instead of RS4. That’s a minor complaint but could be maddening to those with OCD. LED interior lights will remind you of the discrepancy even on the darkest of nights.


The title is clear and the seller says so too is the Carfax report.

He also says he’s the car’s second owner, having picked it up from a dealer where the first owner traded it in. He claims to have another RS4—one that rocks an APR blower—and so considers this one to be extraneous. He’s offering the hot Audi for $20,500 to solve that problem. Now, you might find that a bit confusing as he has it listed at $22K in the ad’s opening. A bit of patience and reading however, reveals the lower price a ways down the page.


With that all in mind, what’s you take on this modded and maintained RS4 and that $20,500 price? Yes, the seller makes the tactical mistake in his ad of comparing the asking to his investment in the car, but that shouldn’t detract from its overall value, right?

Is this RS4 worth that $20,500 price? Or, does that have you saying this one is one too many?


You decide!


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Rob Emslie

Rob Emslie is a contributing writer for Jalopnik. He has too many cars, and not enough time to work on them all.