My name's Dan - based in the UK. Currently in a Porsche Carrera 4, but am looking to return to the Audi S-fold (had a modded B5 S4 Avant a while back). Why? I've had the Porsche 9 years, and while it's an epic car, it's the longest I've ever owned a car and I'm just looking for something different now. Hence the S5.
I don't do many miles and it's a daily driver in the countryside with some decent A-roads.
I'm not here to cause issues, so please take what I say as from the outsider's perspective, trying to get the lowdown on which car is right for him So V8 vs V6:
From what I've gathered so far, the V8's party-piece is "simply" the engine sound. Married to a manual box, it's kinda good. They seem quite "cheap" to buy (cheapest was £6k, granted, with 250k (miles) on the clock though!), although not the best idea to go in at that level possibly?
The things that go wrong are coking (?), high-pressure fuel pumps x 2, and possibly standard wear & tear items. Servicing is relatively standard as are parts. Tax isn't cheap, but insurance is (for me anyway! )
Due to it's age, the cabin will be missing out on some niceties, but I'm not interested in Nav as I'll be installing/using Apple CarPlay. Although it would be nice to see what is available for the V8.
The manual apparently likes the taste of the clutch, but the auto is a little more sympathetic towards it.
What's the S-tronic auto like though? I appreciate it won't be as "on it" as the DSG, but is it still responsive when you press the changer?
Although probably answered by my earlier comment, does teh V8 respond well to high miles? (as long as they're serviced and looked after?)
The V6 - newer, more modern cabin and toys, the "modability" to RS5 territory for little money, DSG box (so all the issues that come with that), the engine noise (with a suitable exhaust) - it appears more reliable thus far, although entry-prices for the V6 are a lot higher.
Running costs are similar although in the UK, the V8 will cost more to tax.
There appears to be various states of trim - the black edition and then "regular" (vorsprung and edition 1 being for the latest models) - what is the consensus on this?
What about optional extras? What are desirable things to have? B&O stereo over the Bose(?) - quite liked the Bose in my S4.
Do any of the extras have issues (such as sunroofs being leaky etc)
Modding is an interest, although we're not talking The Fast & The Furious! The Porsche is modded with some engine mods and pushes out similar to the V8, albeit a LOT lighter (some 200kg), I've also put a Dansk sports exhaust on it, so it's "meaty".
This appears easily mimicked on the S5 (regardless of engine), albeit it's not a cheap option - so perhaps look at a car with it already done?
I'm aware of the MRC boys etc from the S4 days too.
Minor mods also include the RS5-style grille, and maybe something to improve the stance.
The coilovers etc don't suffer from the RS-issues that dogged the B7 RS4 and the RS6 (from what I'm aware of) - so is this a popular upgrade?
The V8 does seem like a golden opportunity as it's one of the dying breed of cars - that said, is it one of those that I resign myself to having a car that's worth nothing at the time of selling? The Porsche has gone up in value from the day I bought it, which is nice, but ultimately an unrealistic impression.
The 2nd hand market in the UK is silly right now, and as such cars are over-valued anyway, but it would be nice to at least get something back at selling time
I'm trying to get to my local Audi dealer (Hereford) as they've got a v6 in stock to at least try. Then I can try the V8 - I'm in no mega-hurry as the Porsche needs to be sold first And time is on my side
Thanks for any inputs