YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO: 200K AUDI RS4 (B5)
There's leggy and there's leggy but if it means a twin-turbo RS4 for £7,500 then it could be worth a punt
This is because the British obsession with the miles covered by a car is ridiculous, as well as often being unfounded. Offer me a the choice between two identical modern cars, one that does a couple of thousand of miles a year popping to the shops and one that is used properly and serviced properly by a knowledgeable owner and the supposedly 'fresher' car wouldn't get a look in.
Admittedly, a twin-turbo Audi RS4 with 198,000 miles on the clock may be stretching faith in that mantra a little too far. But it could also be perfect fodder for someone seeking a (fairly) practical and very fast estate.
Encouragingly, the vendor of this particular RS4 states it has a full set of services from either Audi main dealers or Audi specialists. So far, so tempting. Moreover, the car looks in fine fettle cosmetically, with a small dent and the inevitable stone chips the only (apparent) imperfections. And, apart from a faulty airpump, it isn't plagued by mechanical maladies either. Now it's only natural to take the description of a near-200,000 mile car with a pinch of salt, but it could certainly appear far worse.
And more importantly that all of this, a B5 RS4 is still a hugely desirable car. To these eyes, those swollen arches still look great and yet, to many, it probably just looks like a decade-old Audi estate. Also, these were never the most incisive driving tools, so it's unlikely to have been hooned around at 10/10ths very often. It may not have covered every single yard on the motorway as claimed, but you would expect its treatment over time to have been more sympathetic than, say, an M3 of similar vintage. And given the plethora of tuned B5s, either S4 or RS4-based, the 2.7-litre V6 must be a strong unit (although stories of the opposite must exist?).
AUDI RS4 AVANT (B5)
Why you should: Still very fast and seemingly mechanically strong. A very cool performance estate for £7.5K.
Why you shouldn't: Two turbos, 380bhp, 4WD, 1,620kg, 198,000miles ... it's potentially a very expensive and painful high-mileage experiment.
See the original advert here.