I bought my S4 CE sight unseen from Ric, great guy, at RMS Alfa in Daytona. It has 38,000 miles and is a gem. It's so nice that I figured I could rationalize buying a less nice, high-mileage rescue as a summer driver. (I live in Michigan). There may have been beer involved, but no excuses, I pressed "send" and a week later a dandy '91 S4 spray and flip rolled off the truck from a used car dealer whose "ASE Certified" mechanic used the words "pristine" and "great" to describe it - for a shiny bargain car, delivered, those words alone should have scared me. When it rolled off the truck, I was surprised to see a very decent repaint and reupholstery. I went through it, sorted out what I could find and fix myself, then drove it to my mechanic for the rest. He fixed a fairly long list, nothing too major, When I picked it up, he reminded me it was very low on gas so I stopped and filled her to the brim. With the top down, and a cautious smile, I started the drive home. Hmmm. I smelled gas. The aftermarket gas cap didn't fit right and as I was thinking maybe that was it. Then, I noticed blue blinking lights behind me. I wasn't speeding, so maybe I had a bulb out? Nope, coolest cop ever just wanted to let me know that he loved the car but, um, gas was "pouring" out and maybe I didn't want to explode. Good point. Back to the shop where the first mystery was solved. When I had filled the tank, it apparently busted out the bondo the used car smile balls used to patch the gas tank. Seriously. The patch was on the top of the tank so you wouldn't see it without dropping the tank. This has to be a contender for hall of shame repairs! On the road again, and with the first list of issues fixed, so far, it's actually a pretty decent car for 120,000 miles. Except for the non-power steering - let's hope they didn't use the rest of the bondo to attach the front end.
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