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CliveH

Last(ing) impressions - S2

As the time has finally come to part with our S2, I thought I’d give a short write-up on my ownership experience, as we don't get many posts in this forum.

The original (ur) Audi quattro captured my attention back in the 80s, and I was equally inspired by the S2 and totally in awe of the first RS, the stealth Porsche tuned and styled RS2.  It was then, when I was dependent upon and restricted by company cars that I decided I would one day own one of these cars.

Time moved on, and along came the B5 S4 and I’ve been the proud owner of one of those for over 5 years.  But the hankering for the classics never went away.  Then back at the end of 2006, I decided that I needed to do something sensible, like get a daily driver to reduce the cost of ownership and commuting costs.  I thought that something like a Golf Tdi would do the job and started looking for something suitable…and somehow I ended up with an S2…!!

For those of you who don’t know the car, it’s a 1995 coupe in volcano black.  When we bought it back in January 2007, it was totally stock with only 59,000 miles and had never had a cambelt service!  That was soon rectified and before long had also been mildly modified to include a Milltek catback exhaust, H&R springs/Koni shocks, RS2/Whiteline ARBs, Porsche 996 front brakes, shortshifter, bigger wheels, HIDs, and MRC remap.
The original factory spec was quite high, including full leather interior, sunroof, air conditioning, and heated front seats.

Apart from the odd glitch, the car has run faultlessly, performed well on 2 trackdays, and now has another 22,000 miles on the clock.

Although it has nothing like the refinement of the S4 or S8 in the stable, it is always a real pleasure to drive and when I’m behind the wheel, I feel as if it’s the best of the 3 even though it’s the least powerful.  The sound of the 5 pot engine and the classic (almost Porsche 944) feel  are just something else.

The old girl has really paid her way recently, hauling a 6’ xmas tree, being a daily driver while the S8 has been off the road due to a seized wiper motor, and its handling in the snow (especially with the benefit of the diff lock) is easily the best of the 3.

So it will be a sad day when she goes, but needs must, although I have a feeling that it won’t be the last of my 5 pot ownerships…
CliveH

A couple of pics...




5potmad

s2 sale

I think you've had a bang to the head over x-mas. And need a lay down  
Cornishmoocher

I do love that car.
CliveH

LOL!  exactly the sort of comment I'd expect from someone called 5potmad...!

It will certainly be a sad day when she goes but needs must - I've put it off as long as I could...
5potmad

   

Whats the reason mate? you have a secret project on the way  

Shes a credit to your care and attention mate as sadly a lot are hanging out their arses with wear n abuse
bluebrakes

are those my old wheels clive?

If so, they've come up really well.
CliveH

5potmad wrote:
   

Whats the reason mate? you have a secret project on the way  

Shes a credit to your care and attention mate as sadly a lot are hanging out their arses with wear n abuse


Yes, secret project, :shhh:!

True, there's a lot of neglected ones out there now, but with the low miles someone is going to get a nice example to care for
Paz

It's time for a 944 S2 Clive, or a 944 Silver Rose if you're after something extra special.
CliveH

Have always loved the 944, and if I were parting with the S2 for another classic of the same era it would have to be a late 944 turbo
5potmad

s2 sale

She has been reliable up until now.....when you sell she will refuse to start 'cos she dont want to leave you  
H8CAK

Good write up Clive I always love these!
bluebrakes

How much are you looking to sell it for clive?
CliveH

bluebrakes wrote:
are those my old wheels clive?

If so, they've come up really well.

Yep, those are your old wheels, Dom - told you they'd come up nicely
CliveH

bluebrakes wrote:
How much are you looking to sell it for clive?

I purposely overpriced it when I put it up for sale a while ago (shh, don't tell MrsH!) at £6,500.

Realistically, I think £5,500 to £6,000 is more like the mark for the low miles, high factory spec, and tasteful but essential mods.
trevithick

Good luck with the sale.
Cheers
T
CliveH

Thanks Trev
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