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There’s an inside joke that the most hardcore purists prefer cars that no longer sell all that well – body styles like station wagons or with features like a manual transmission. Alas, if this describes you, then please take note of today’s in market find, as it is one clean 2003 S6 Avant with equally clean manual transmission swap.
Most will remember that this era’s S4, S6 and S8 all utilized varying versions of Audi’s 4.2-liter V8. Given the shared powerplant, one might assume that a 6-speed conversion using the transmission that was available only in the S4 would be a relatively straightforward conversion. No doubt many have wondered and several have done more than wonder… just like the current owner of this particular S6.
Editor’s note, we used a PR photo of a like car from our own archive. You can find more photos after the link. Thanks Pants for the tip.
Here’s what’s stated in the car’s Craigslist Ad.
2003 S6 Avant with 6-speed manual. 105k miles. Very clean. I’m the 2nd owner, California car since the beginning.
Most recent services: (I have full service history)
6-Speed transmission installed Jan 2013 @ 90K.
New fuel tank and pump February 2015 (factory recall)
New Valve cover and cam gaskets/seals 11/14.
Transmission flushed & inspected 10/14.
Exterior color is Aqua Blue Pearl effect, with charcoal alcantara interior. Well maintained inside & out. Paint is in great condition, with exception of a few small door dings, and bumper nicks/scratches. The interior is in great condition as well, with wear on typical areas (headlight switch, door switch, AC control buttons). Interior trim wrapped in 3M dry carbon.
Timing belt and all components were done with transmission swap. Brakes have ~75% left. Stock wheels w/ Dunlop SP Sport 235/45/17 tires with good tread (~70%). Imperfections include cracked rt. foglight lens, air bag light, window tint (some scratches), rear driver side window rolls up slowly, passenger headlight lens a bit wavy from restoration (doesn’t affect light output at all).
Most mileage has been highway (both my commute and previous owners were relatively long, highway)
Have all service records.
If you’re interested, please email me through craigslist. I can also send interested parties more photos.
Hope she finds a great new home, She will be missed!