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1985 Audi 4000S quattro

Park a 1984 Audi 4000S quattro next to a 1985 Audi 4000S quattro and you’d be forgiven for thinking they were completely different cars. While few changes were manefested under the skin, the major overhaul in 1985 of the 4000 gave the car a completely different character. Few stones were left unturned; new aerodynamic headlights and smooth, textured body-color bumpers with revised indicators led the charge and did well to integrate the mandatory 5 mph impact bumpers. Wider black moldings surrounded the car. The same Ronal R8 14″ x 6″ 14 spoke wheels were present, but as the revised B2s stretched their legs, new aerodynamic lug covers appeared. The taillight design and rear quarter panels were revised as well – now the lights wrapped completely across the back of the car. But the full-width lights masked a big change to the body, as the trunk now had a much lower threshold, with the center section of the lights integrated into the lid. Inside, the seats didn’t change but the dashboard was entirely new. More up-to-date and modern feeling, power windows now were both front and rear and a few more options for colors were offered.

But underneath, what made the Type 85 quattro great remained unchanged. The 2.2 liter inline-5 JT-code motor was still pumping out 115 horsepower; modest for the weight, but with a great howl and good, usable torque. All-wheels were still driven with twin vacuum-actuated locking differentials, and the robust drivetrain and suspension was largely rally-ready out of the box. The great recipe coupled with the heavily revised and modernized aesthetics meant that the 1985 4000S quattro was a sales success, at least in relative terms. Nearly 5,000 sold that year (4,897 according to Audi), making it the most popular year for the model:

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Year: 1985 Model: 4000S quattro Engine: 2.2 liter inline-5 Transmission: 5-speed manual Mileage: 113,300 mi Price: Reserve Auction

Up for sale is this beautiful original paint and RUST FREE 1985 Audi 4000S Quattro 5-Speed! This is the first year Audi offered Quattro in their cars and this 4000S is awesome! With 2 locking differentials and Quattro badges everywhere you look, we are definitely digging this 4000s! This car was purchased by a local collector and driven very little while he has owned it. We just had the car detailed, installed a new battery, and have been driving it the last few days. The AC blows cold, everything works, and its ready to go! No major issues, leaks, or needs other than the following. Passenger headlight is cracked and has taken on water, blinker lens on the passenger front is cracked as well. Shift knob is worn (see pics) Also, the pinstripes are showing their age, and we’re hoping the new owner will re-do them to really make this Audi stand out! We have the reserve set low and this 4000S will be selling! If you are interested and don’t want to bid, please call. We reserve the right to end the auction at anytime. Please call or e-mail with any questions! ——————————————————— Disclaimer: *** Mandatory Doc Fee of $250 must be collected and is not included in the sale price.***We do our very best to represent the vehicles we sell both cosmetically and mechanically. Our best advice to potential buyers is that if you aren’t sure of something or have a question, PLEASE CALL. Our stellar eBay reputation over the last 15-years should put anyone at ease, but please do your research, ask questions, and buy all means feel free to have any of our vehicles inspected prior to purchase. All the vehicles we sell have been serviced and inspected to some degree (please refer to description for details) BUT, with all that being said, all our vehicles are being sold AS-IS and WHERE-IS unless otherwise stated in the description. These are used vehicles so please expect there to be small blemishes, imperfections, and some repairs needed. If you need help making inspection or transportation arrangements, please contact us and we will gladly help! We are not like other car dealers! We are ‘Car Guys’ just like you and aim to please all of our customers to the best of our ability! Please call with any questions or concerns today!

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So, if you’ve been reading the post, you’d already realize that the first line is critical to the appeal of this car – but the second line also shows the level of knowledge the seller has about the model. With fender liners and zinc coating under the paint, the 4000 quattros (note the lower case, seller) fared better than the Quattros in the rust department. Break through enough of the zinc coating, though, and rust will being – generally, on the lower doors, under the moldings, and especially in the fender area. This car looks well kept, and while the odometers are fragile the general condition seems in line with the reported 113,000 miles. The seats, original mats, and paint overall look good. The car even appears to be wearing an original exhaust (or correct replacement). Mudflaps are a hard-to-find dealer option, too. It appears that the stone protectors on the rear fender leading edges were removed, though they often discolor badly at this point. All the grills and even the reflectors (though cracked) appear – as does the side cardboard radiator cover panel and map pockets; NLA parts that make model fans salivate. The car obviously has needs; the vinyl pinstripe is failing, the shift knob leather has disintegrated (normal, and of note interesting that this car has a plastic knob while many had wood underneath. My ’86 4000CS quattro had a wooden knob which I refinished, while my ’86 GT has a plastic piece), and the headlights need to be replaced. Moving to European h2/h5s is the preferred look, but it’s also quite expensive. It also looks to me like replacement speakers have been installed in the front – probably at the same time as the new head unit was installed. It wouldn’t surprise me if the rear also has replacement speakers, but at least they’re hiding (in front) under the original covers.

Pricing? A clean, original quattro will certainly draw attention because of their relative scarcity. This one has already hit $6,100 at time of writing with a few days to go and the reserve still on. That’s fairly close to the quite similar ’87 4000CS quattro we looked at just a few weeks ago. Benefits of the ’87 were the rare tan leather and some recent maintenance, none of which is disclosed on this car. However, this one is slightly cleaner overall for having the same mileage, and the mainland location means the bids are still coming in. Will it break the $8,000 asking price of the ’87? I think it just might.



1985 Audi 4000S Quattro – REVISIT

The Audi 4000S Quattro we featured last November is back up for sale with a lowered Buy it Now price of $11,300 from the original asking price of $13,000. Will a bit of a discount be enough to move this four-door, all-wheel drive modern classic?

1985 Audi 4000S Quattro on eBay – REVISIT

The below post originally appeared on our site November 23, 2012:

With Ur Quattro prices on the rise, where’s an Audi enthusiast to turn for affordable, all-wheel drive fun. The 4000S Quattro is a good place to start. The compact sedan of Audi’s range, the 4000S Quattro appeared in 1984 with a 2.2 liter five cylinder engine and the all important all-wheel drive system. I’ve seen few of these for sale in good condition, but this car for sale in Chicago has under 50,000 miles on the clock and looks rather tidy.

1985 Audi 4000S Quattro on eBay

1985 Audi 4000S Quattro, 46.247 Original miles. Black with Brown interior. I am the second owner of the vehicle since August 2011, the car was parked in a garage since 1996 to the summer of 2011 when I got it. Original paint in very good condition whit some dings here and there,expected for a car with this age and 98% body rust free just on the suspension side there is rust as shown in some pictures. Original Brown interior in perfect condition. Flawless crack free dash, Clarion head unit with bluetooth, USB and jack connection. Polk speakers in the back. Perfect headliner. All electronic systems in proper working condition. Windows, Cruise control, A/C and heater, sunroof, wipers, etc. All glass and trim in very good undamaged condition and tinted windows on the back.

All service and maintenance are current. Belts, hoses,brakes, bushings, fuel systems, H&R springs, KYB shocks, etc. Brand new exhaust and muffler. Newer summer tires and rims on 16 inch with around 2000 miles, plus brand new winter tires on the original wheels. Car drives and runs perfectly. A/C blows cold. I do have the factory cassette stereo in proper working condition.The only problem that I don’t like is that one fuel line got broken and instead of having a solid metal fuel line there is a rubber hose line.

1. Car located in Chicago Illinois

2. Clear title in hand

3. Payment dun in 3 days or less via PayPal

4. Buyer is responsible with the pick up or shipping of the vehicle

The tinted windows, dark gray paintwork and aftermarket wheels give this car a nice fresh look but are not overly modern for its decidedly 1980s looks. While it has low mileage, $13,000 is way out of line with current 4000S Quattro values. At the very high end, you might get $6,000 or so for a clean, low mileage car like this. Most 4000S Quattros in decent condition that I’ve seen for sale in the last year have ranged from $3,500 to $5,500. Barring the high price, it’s nice to see there are still some of these versatile sedans left roaming the earth.



4WD Week: 1985 Audi 4000S Quattro

You know, it’s funny; we can seem to go months without seeing a clean 4000 Quattro, and then suddenly there is a wave of 5 or 6 in a row. Without a doubt, last week’s time capsule 4000 Quattro was the nicest of the bunch, but the asking price was enough to scare many folks away. That car was certainly also a rare color combination, and while today’s Alpine White 1985 4000S Quattro gives that 1987 a run for it’s money in overall condition, it’s not nearly as rare a color combination. Despite that, it’s much more appealing to me for one important reason; I bought the near-twin of this car as my first car back in 1996. It’s hard in some ways for me to believe, but this is about as identical to my first car as you can come nearly two decades later. Mine was also Alpine White over brown cloth with nearly the same mileage as this car when I originally purchased it. For me, then, even though we saw arguably a better condition “Time Capsule” 4000 with lower miles only a few days ago, this is the car that brings me back.

Year: 1985 Model: 4000S Quattro Engine: 2.2 liter inline-5 Transmission: 5-speed manual Mileage: 112,000 mi Price: No Reserve Auction

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You are looking at (and possibly bidding on) an absolute time capsule. I will try to give an exhaustive description of the car to encompass all that I would want to know if I were perhaps considering the purchase of a car sight unseen. Here goes: I own an operate a premier German repair shop in Denver. Look us up on the internet–we are Paddock Imports. We predominantly work on German cars, with a special interest in BMW, Porsche, and Audi. This Quattro has been under our care since 2007, when the second owner bought it. Roger was a meticulous owner, and attended to everything we ever recommended on this car. He brought this car to us twice yearly and let us know that it was an “open credit card” situation. As such, we took meticulous care of his beloved Quattro. The mileage on this car is low because Roger also owns a Porsche, an E39 BMW M5, and a Ford F250. This Quattro was a little hobby car for him, and as such, it got driven sparingly. Eight months ago, Roger told me he was selling the car to make room for a collector Saab he bought. After I got over the shock of him buying a Swedish car (better him than me) I jumped on the opportunity to buy this Audi for my son. Caleb turned 16 last year and I had been looking for a reliable car for him to drive to school and hockey. I therefore bought the car and went through every single nook and cranny to make it mechanically perfect. Heres the list of what we did to it 8 months ago: timing belt, spark plugs, distributor cap, distributor rotor, drive belt, timing belt roller, water pump, water pump seal, brake master cylinder, brake proportioning valve, expansion tank, expansion tank cap, camshaft seal, drive belt, coolant antifreeze, new door handles, all new fluids, and new battery. Parts alone (I did the labor myself) totaled almost $2000. Suffice it to say, the mechanical condition of the car is virtually flawless. I would get in this car and drive it to Connecticut tomorrow. The only reason we are selling it is that Caleb has to drive himself and two of his teammates from school to hockey, and quite honestly, the car isn’t big enough for these boys and their gear…not even close. We therefore bought Caleb a BMW 528 wagon. So the Audi goes to the next steward. Here are some bullet notes:

Mechanical: Absolutely flawless–it doesn’t leak a drop of anything. not a single spec. starts in the bitter cold and runs flawlessly.

Glass: perfect–not a scratch or chip in any of the original Audi glass.

Clutch: plenty of life left in it–engages low and has great feel.

Body: not a single spec of rust anywhere on this car. It has been a Colorado car it’s whole life and we do not use salt here–hence no corrosion. The paint has tiny chips here and there commensurate with its age, but you have to look hard to find them. I drive a brand new BMW M5 and this car honestly gets more thumbs up.

Interior: Indistinguishable from new!! The dash is perfect with no warping or cracks, the old school felt seats are perfect with no tears, the seats are firm and supportive, the door cards look new, the headliner is perfect, and the original floor mats still look amazing!! Interior is by far and away the most amazing part of the car—a true time capsule.

Tires: 85% and balanced perfectly…I know because I did it myself.

Electrical: absolutely everything works–even the sunroof. the passenger front window is going up and down slowly, but I will attend to that before the auction closes.

Heat: blows very warm and strong

Radio: my son had me install an Alpine deck with Pandora and iPod hookups. I also installed Fosgate speakers for him. Sounds really nice.

I am sure I forgot many things, so if you have questions, please feel free to call me on my cell phone. Doug Paddock at 303-807-1863.

Bottom line, you are bidding on a super low mileage, pedigreed Audi, that looks and runs perfectly. It will give some lucky buyer years of faithful service. I am positive that I will never get all they money out of it that I put into it, but you know the old saying: One man’s dream…another man’s bargain. My family now officially has 4 cars and a 3 car garage, so the Audi is now at my shop. I am therefore selling the car at NO RESERVE. That’s right. High bid takes her home. I will be happy to help with shipping arrangements.

Over my ownership, my appreciation for the stout 4000 Quattro grew and I’m not alone in that. I paid around $2,500 for mine in about identical condition to this car 17 years ago, and sold it with around 140 on the clock and a bunch of improvements 10 years ago for…you guessed it, $2,500. Since then clean 4000s have started up the appreciation chain, cresting $5,000 just a few years ago, and now serious buyers are talking about $10,000 to get into a clean one. That comes as a bit of a surprise to the enthusiast community that has followed them all along, but like so many cars we feature here on GCFSB it’s a simple matter of math; you can’t find a clean example and return it to the condition of a car like this for $10,000. Does that make the car worth $10,000 plus? Well, for the right person, it just may. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, either – just look towards the E30 market and even the quickly appreciating 944 market to see where these cars that were once throwaway second-hands are going. If you’re interested, don’t wait too long; we’re not quite to the buy a shot one to restore point on the 4000 Quattro, but when clean prices start to head towards $15,000 start expecting it. There’s the secondary issue of what else you can buy for that money, but like many other cars – the A1 Golf, the E30 BMW, and many others, that argument doesn’t hold because if you want the platform, you don’t really want anything else. Want a 4000 Quattro? This is the car to buy, folks.



1986 Audi 4000S

Seeing a front wheel drive Audi 4000S is like running across an old high school photo of a group of friends. You’ve stayed in touch with the high school quarterback E30; he’s more popular than ever even if you find that baffling. The class president W201 is also still in your circle; undervalued and not as appreciated, but still probably the smartest option. But the Audi 4000S was like Judd Nelson’s character in The Breakfast Club; different than the others but popular in his own way. Of course, what’s Judd Nelson been up to lately? Exactly. I have no idea, either. The Audi 4000 front drive model was the bread and butter of Audi’s sales in the 1980s, but like the rest of the lineup they’ve virtually disappeared from the landscape. Back in the 1990s, I bought one in great shape for $300 – probably the explanation for why they’re going extinct. Unfortunately, as much of an Audi fan as I am, I can’t say that I helped the cause. I bought that whole car just for the fender, and then proceeded to take it apart. I’m a bit ashamed to say so now, because looking back it was really a nice car. It was Sapphire Blue with blue velour interior and a rare-to-see 5-speed. The 4000 wouldn’t light any fires under you if you were looking for a M3, but it was actually a really solid performer overall. Almost 20 years after I bought that car, one in nearly equal shape has popped up just down the road from me. Time for redemption?

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Year: 1986 Model: 4000S Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4 Transmission: 3-speed automatic Mileage: 58,537 mi Price: $3,500

1986 Audi 4000S, 58k original miles, 1 owner, always garaged, no rust, original paint, automatic, air, 4 cylinder, sunroof, power windows and locks, cruise, alloys, new tires, new struts, seats look like they never been sat in, runs and looks like new, lowest mileage nicest condition Audi 4000 in existence!!! silver/blue metallic with dark blue cloth interior, front wheel drive, 1.8liter 4 cylinder, must see to appreciate…$3500 call 401-714-4061

Unfortunately, there are some problems with the car. It’s certainly low mileage, though the claim that it’s the nicest and lowest mile 4000 in existence is probably serious overstatement. There are some issues on both the front and rear bumpers with some NLA trim pieces missing and a serious dent on the character line in the rear quarter. I’ve written up many better condition 4000 quattros over the past two years and they’re much more desirable than the front drive 4000. Then there’s the automatic transmission – reliable but a bit dull-witted, the 3-speed automatic transmission saw duty in everything from the Volkswagen Mk.2 to the 924 and 944, but it’s not what enthusiasts want. This car would have originally came with Ronal R8 wheels, too – and they’ve been replaced by what I think are cheap Prime alloys. Finally, the price; if this was a $3,500 4000 quattro or Coupe GT 5-speed I’d be willing to overlook some of the trim issues if the condition was good – but for a front driver automatic blue on blue 4000S, unfortunately it’s going to take a very special person who wants nothing else. Even the odd-ball 4000CS front drive would be more collectable because of the cool interiors. That’s sad, because so few want to save these cars – but ultimately, as cool as they are to see and remember, it’s just not what the masses want right now. I like watching The Breakfast Club clips when they pop up on T.V., but I’m not going to go buy the Judd Nelson DVD collection anytime soon.



1984 Audi 4000S Quattro

While the Quattro stole all of the headlines for Audi, the reality is that it was an expensive vehicle at the time – very expensive. As a halo car for Audi, the purchase price of the Quattro was around $35,000 in 1983 – more money that most of the competition that was, at least on paper, faster. Remember, a 1983 Porsche 911 coupe would have only set you back around $32,000 at the time. It was, then, the Audi R8 of its day, and like the R8 it had a limited market. Audi’s solution to the problem was to take all of the underpinnings – virtually unchanged – and pop them into the more pedestrian 80 platform. Marked as the 4000S quattro in the U.S., it developed as a legend in its own right, with a carved-from-granite drivetrain that seemed unbreakable and great handling. True, at the best part of 2800 pounds but with only 115 horsepower, it won no drag races, but the versatile small sedan took the Audi fanbase to new levels. It was, in many respects, the Audi S4 of its day. The interior and exterior received substantial upgrades for the 1985 model year, making the first year model a one-year stand that has many fans. They’re rare cars to see today, especially in great condition:

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Year: 1984 Model: 4000S quattro Engine: 2.2 liter inline-5 Transmission: 5-speed manual Mileage: 250,000 mi Price: $5,000 Buy It Now


It would seem that the modifications on this Zermatt Silver have been limited to a lowered suspension and large BBS wheels, steering wheel and what appear to be some smoked-housing Euro-spec flat lens lights. The lights are arguably an upgrade; many people on both sides of the Atlantic like the quad-rectangle lights that the early B2 cars came to the U.S. with, though I think the European-market lights look great. The BBS RS wheels look striking but a little too large for the 4000 in my opinion; however, if they’re included with the sale they’re easily worth the best part of half of the “Buy It Now” price, if not more, and with an avid market for them right now you could easily recoup half the asking price right there alone. It in part depends on whether they were redrilled or are running on adapters; either way, you’ll find someone who wants them. The suspension work is a question, though with the ride height as shown I’d guess the car is running coilovers to get that low. If that’s the case, the suspension is adjustable; even if it’s not, replacing the suspension isn’t a particularly expensive undertaking on these cars. It would be nice to know how good the quality of the repaint is and to check that rust isn’t a problem, but factoring in the value of the wheels I don’t think the asking price is outrageous even with the 250,000 miles.



1985 Audi 4000S Quattro

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s record breaking 1985 4000S Quattro that sold for $12,655 we find another 1985 Audi 4000S Quattro. This one is in the equally familiar Tornado Red this time around, a color that always looks great on these cars. Unlike the last example, however, this car is not offered with a full and careful detailed history or photos. Rather, we see some light modifications and some great pictures of engine components but little overall detail. But what does not make a good museum candidate may make a worthy driver, and this might be a good example of that for you:

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Year: 1985 Model: 4000S Quattro Engine: 2.2 liter inline-5 Transmission: 5-speed manual Mileage: 140,000 mi Price: Reserve Auction

Approximately 140k original miles. New rebuilt cylinder head, valve seals, and gaskets lifters, lightly ported head (short sides mainly reshaped). New ball joints frt & rear, seam welded control arms bead blasted & etch primed painted new bushings, new kyb shocks, new gray HD strut bearings, 1990 coupe quattro springs, new front wheel bearings, new sunroof seal sunroof roof needs a little work still I will fix and paint for a serious buyer. New front tie rod ends, hella ff330x4 relayed custom light bar, new braided brake lines, larger coupe quattro master cylinder and proportioning valve, 95% frt brake pads 5% rear, newish water pump, newish timing belt, new Bosch cap rotor wires plugs, new coolant expansion tank & coolant, thermostat hoses, 15×7 et37 OEM Audi Speedlines tires are new 95% tread Dunlop Graspic DS-3 185 65/15. Interior is pretty complete original gray cloth 6 of 10 condition, exterior is about par for car this age 6 of 10 condition has few dings dents, nothing a good body shop can’t fix or competent do it yourself, have a spare drivers door matching color to save you the effort of reworking the dented drivers door though it could be salvaged pretty easily. Original Audi windshield is cracked passenger side. Classic status now, I have one to many 4000q’s Audi’s here help me make room. Quad headlight bar is removed you can have it with the car, sunroof still needs a little work but still retracts but won’t flip up… Cruise control works with some patients, might need a new brake peddle or clutch sensor can be finicky at times. Power door locks do not work, nor do the power mirrors or heated seats, power antenna needs a new mast, and the lead from the head unit to antenna needs to be replaced I have a good used lead to replace the old broken one, ah the radio is well the radio, just a old Blaupunkt back light is out but still works has couple older Blaupunkt amps, and a small Blaupunkt sub-woofer really the car just needs a blue-tooth head unit and your ready to go…. The power mirrors, and locks can be traced to a broken lead in the drivers door usually a easy fix with a volt meter I’m kinda lazy about certain stuff but nothing to hide solid 4000 quattro like no other in its own right.

It looks to me as though this was likely a not-particularly well maintained example that the current seller put some serious time and work into. Coupe Quattro springs are a stiffer and higher simple upgrade for those looking for a little more ground clearance, and that likely helps with the wider wheels and tires from the later 90s. The engine work and suspension work is what makes the car appealing because they’re hopefully one less thing you’ll need to undertake on the car. Despite that, there’s still a fair bit not working properly here, so you either need to be ready to tinker or pay some big bills to get the items sorted. No detailed photos of the exterior are provided but it appears the paint and body isn’t in the best shape – though it looks mostly rust-free from what I can see which perhaps makes this a decent starting point. The car is listed as a reserve auction and that reserve is on with about 4 days to go and bidding at the $1,500 opening point. Given the condition of the car, I’d peg the value around $2,500; for that price, you could have a fun winter car to tinker on while you drive it hard!

Thanks to our reader and Audi expert Mike for sending this our way!



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