Sunday, December 4, 2011
The Avant that could!
I have the pleasure to introduce you to Randy Mull’s 2001 Audi S4 Avant. It’s been a tough journey for the S4, and Randy had various moments when he wanted to quit, but luckily he didn’t. This story goes back to when Randy was rolling around in a slammed pearl white B5 A4. He wanted a roof rack and decided to make a trip to buy one off another owner. When he showed up to the seller’s house, there was a salvaged S4 Avant just sitting around.
The owner asked Randy if he was interested in the S4 but assuming a premium price tag, he declined. The owner made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. It was a risky choice since the door and fender were busted and he was financially unstable due to changes in jobs. It was his girlfriend who told him that he would regret it if he didn’t buy it. Randy made a bold move and took the risk. He brought it home and the search for the parts began!
It took months for Randy to find the fender and the door for the S4. Once he got those fixed and a few other things, the S4 was ready for the road. Having two cars would make his wallet lighter so he sold his B5, but not before taking the ST coilovers and a few other goodies. Randy then installed the ST coilovers on it and slammed it on 18x8.5 fronts and 18x9.5 rear SL 500 AMG wheels with ECS Tuning 20mm all around. The final offset is an aggressive +13mm and man does it look great!
Nankang 215x40 tires are wrapped around every wheel for that stretched look. He had to roll and pull the fenders a bit to make it work but since that’s a hobby of his, he knew how to make it work. He even rolled the fenders on my A3! The 2.7 twin turbo V6 was also treated with Stage 2 APR software, APR downpipe and full exhaust, and K&N drop in filter good for about 320-340 HP.
He has lots of future plans for the car like new wheels and more engine mods but as most of us know, money slows down a project. Randy claims the one downfall of the car is all the maintenance and money spent keeping this car on the road. He had to change many things on his car like his power steering, timing belt, diverter valve and more; not a cheap or easy fix.
Before you begin to hate on his S4 because he slammed a performance car, remember he brought life to the salvaged S4 and created a car he loves. It was a long journey for Randy, but we are happy he kept to it and reminded us why we go through the hard longs days and nights of fixing a car: The best things are worth waiting for.
Photos by Manuel Ayala Words by Edgar Lamas