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BenGmin

My PFL Santorin B5 S4 Avant

So, after driving my friends KO4'd B5 some time back I fell in love with the S4 and longed for one. I didn't have the funds at the time and bought a Leon cupra R, nice car however about a month ago  on checking the MOT history for the upcoming MOT I found out it was clocked by 60k miles back in 2009 (when I bought it, it didn't show history before 2011 so assumed it had a private plate). Anyway, after a lot of swear words I sold it for pennies and got on the hunt for an S4.

Found a nice looking Santorin S4 avant on 129k miles with a nice couple of mods being sold on here by FarleyD, sounded genuine and price was good. So made the 5 hour train journey up to York to pick it up. I was nervous as it was a one way train ticket so I was going up to buy not just look. Fortunately the car was absolutely as described and even better than I was expecting, he'd also replaced the Rad, done cambelt etc and it had 12 months MOT. Cheers to Dec, really nice bloke.

The 5 hour drive home was a pleasure, I didn't know what to expect having not driven a standard S4 before but I was impressed, pulls great, handles nicely and it's so smooth and solid for an 18 year old car.  

Few pictures from for sale as, hopefully they work



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Currently it's basically standard apart from stainless decat downpipes, FL manifolds, twin 2.5" toyo exhaust and samco lobster claws

Things I have on the immediate to-do list:
S4 front grill badge - now done
RS4 front grill
Passenger sun visor as it was missing - have this just need to fit it
Coilovers
Wheel spacers/possibly different wheels
Sort out exhaust rattle - due to the downpipes not having flexi's im led to believe there's a hanger not sitting right and rattling around although I need to get under it and have a look myself
Get small dent in boot lid sorted
Fit centre arm rest
Get new audi concert head unit as pixels are going in the old one

To do list for the not too distant future:
FMIC
Bosch 044 fuel pump
Panel filter and mod air box
Stage 2 MRC map
Respray front bumper and bonnet
Porsche 18z brake upgrade
New DIS
Neuspeed rear ARB
replace bushes all round

Long term plan, KO4 conversion and just get it generally very tidy is the dream so we'll see how we go

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Rez

Welcome to the fray and of course Santorin IS the classiest colour
Noggymike

Rez wrote:
Welcome to the fray and of course Santorin IS the classiest colour



Not the fastest tho
BenGmin

Rez wrote:
Welcome to the fray and of course Santorin IS the classiest colour


Thanks matey, i'm a big fan of the colour I must say!
frazz82

BenGmin wrote:
Rez wrote:
Welcome to the fray and of course Santorin IS the classiest colour


Thanks matey, i'm a big fan of the colour I must say!


Welcome to the club  
C J

Awesome!

Be prepared for a love/hate relationship, heartache, sleepless nights, stress and the biggee an empty wallet!

But great choice! You'll wonder how you ever did without one! 😂😂😂
frazz82

Get a new induction pipe fitted on the o/s yours is missing. It will improve the airflow and help stop heat soak.
BenGmin

Cheers guys

C J - fully prepared! (I think?!)

frazz82 - induction pipe is now fitted
Rez

Noggymike wrote:
Rez wrote:
Welcome to the fray and of course Santorin IS the classiest colour



Not the fastest tho


 
Zildjian

Welcome to the S4 world.

Good to see another pre facelift. Is that a facelift rear bumper though?
Zildjian

Double post
BenGmin

Zildjian wrote:
Welcome to the S4 world.

Good to see another pre facelift. Is that a facelift rear bumper though?


Don't know mate? The original was badly scratched when previous owner bought it so could have been replaced with a FL bumper I guess?
BenGmin

Think I've sorted some Eibach Pro street S coil overs although need to buy a rear coil for them, anyone know if you can buy them individually from eibach?

Wheel wise I'm thinking either 18" BBS CH's or LM's but can't decide which, leaning more towards CH's I think
BenGmin

Well, Saving for a wedding has turned this into the slowest car progress thread ever??

A years ownership and she's been great, now sitting at 135k miles.
Only had one issue a few months ago where the viscous fan coupling sheared causing the engine to over heat whilst in traffic on the motorway.
Took it into RCMR garage near me who work closely with MRC who fixed it for me along with a few other issues like new coolant expansion tank, sorted some iffy wiring and also fixed a boost leak (I thought it went well before but with that fixed it felt miles better).

Last month it went through MOT with no advisories which I was well happy about.

Got the eibach pro street S coilovers fitted, I'm due new tyres on the front but ideally I want new wheels so I'm hanging fire a bit.

I've bought an 044 fuel pump, now saving the pennies for FMIC and stage 2 remap...

The thing that really lets this car down sadly is the condition of the paint so at the start of the year I treated it to a paint correction detail, the guy did a great job and the colour looks so much better now... still going to need a respray at some stage though



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BenGmin

Got pictures to post but can't get it to work... feeling very old right now  
falco

BenGmin wrote:
Got pictures to post but can't get it to work... feeling very old right now  

I believe there is an issue. I can seem to post pics at the moment either.
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