The loss of the S4

It's been months since I've sat behind the wheel with four rings. The trips and joys I've had with my beloved S4 will forever be remembered. It may be time for me to move on... but not yet.
It's been months since I've sat behind the wheel with four rings. The trips and joys I've had with my beloved S4 will forever be remembered. It may be time for me to move on... but not yet.

Like many Audi B5 S4s on the street, there was a list of things that needed fixing on my car: leaking aircon fluid, “dentist drill” turbo, squeaky belt, bad wiring ect, and a crapload of unmentioned details that I had planned to fix myself. I went to Audi service partners to do some maintenance and blueprint stuff. Yes, it was expensive but sure they must’ve known what they were doing? Noope, I specifically asked the service adviser, if they would to check the belt tensioner when they were changing the timing belt (takes what, 4 hours?) and they forgot about it. Oops?

After two months of driving around with a squeaky belt, I finally had time (and money) to get rid of the hideous sound. I called the service center and sent them a video documentation of the engine idling. Shortly after they contacted me and said it was absolutely urgent. They offered to come and pick the car up and lend me a rental. Their recommendation was not to drive the car in its situation, at all. But hey, I’m a nice guy and its been like this for months… how bad could it be? I took the chance, and drove the car to service.

As predicted, the mechanic who had seen the squeaky documentation, was pretty sure that the belt tensioner needed a replacement… figures. All cool though, I signed all the papers and handed over the key, knowing that my car would be in good hands at Audi service partners. I left the place June 7th at 4:30 PM. The next day I got a call from the service adviser…

phone rings
Me: Hi, it’s [name].
SA: Hello, it’s [name] from Audi service partner. I’m afraid I have some bad news for you..
me thinking, aww crap engine needs a rebuild? Mechanic trashed the car into a wall? Did they find a body in the trunk???
Me: Well, how bad could it be?
SA: I’m sorry to inform you that late yesterday evening, around 10:15 PM, your car was stolen from our area.
Me: quietly shocked
SA: Hello?
conversation continues

I’ll never forget that phone call. The service adviser gave me an explanation of what may have happened: It took the thief less than 3 minutes from walking towards my car to driving away in it. No pried door, no broken window, nothing indicated a forceful entry into the car. I filed a report to the police and took care of the insurance before I called family members and friends. I was heartbroken at the moment. But the hardest part hit me when I came home to see one car less on the street. People who have had their car/mechanical love stolen know exactly what I mean.

I’m 24 years old and the Audi S4 was my second car. I only had it for four months until it was stolen. I know I’m searching for a needle in a haystack, but if there’s a slight chance that someone might find my love… please contact me so I can bring it back.

Look for VIN number WAUZZZ8DZWA277167

Kind regards,
Ruffe

The loss of the S4 - Audi A4/S4/RS4 Forum

Look for:
Pre-facelift Audi S4 Avant 1998, silver grey
Overall stock. Whiny turbo indicates upcoming replacement.
Slightly damaged rear bumper on passenger side
No Audi badge rear
Absolutely no rust (!)
Center grill in front bumper is grey instead of black
Broken cup holders
Broken piece of wood trim on driver door
Broken treble speaker in driver door
Roof mounted DVD monitor… not sure it it’s working. DVD box in the trunk.

I regret not having more and better pictures of the car…

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