In Reply to: SC'd 98 M3 or MTM chipped S4? posted by Wyatt on February 09, 2000 at 12:18:25:
I sometimes check out the audiworld message board on the S4 to waste time during my night job.
Test drove the S4......very nice. The M3 and the S4 are two different cars. S4 is geared more towards luxury and the M3 towards performance. Power is similar but handling goes to the M3 hands down.
The S4 is in it's first year and is having the usual "bugs" that come with a new model. The biggest of these "bugs" is failure of the 6 speed manual in the first 5000 miles. This has happened quite a few times.
I would wait till the second year of the S4 to make sure most of the new car stuff is fixed. This goes for the new M3 also.
: I have the opportunity to buy a good low mileage 1998 Supercharged M3. What are your experiences with that car. Any problems?
: The other option is to buy a 2000 Audi S4 and equip it with H&R Coilovers and the MTM Stage 3 upgrade. With a Stage 3 upgrade the S4 will be using all stock turbos running at only 1 bar of boost with a turbo back exhaust. This mod will make 350 horsepower. With all wheel drive I expect that 0-60 will be in the 4.8-4.9 range (based on the fact that people have been getting 5.0-5.2 times on chipped 305-320 HP S4's). I know this might not be quite as fast as a supercharged M3, but what about reliability. It is my feeling that the Audi might hold up better in the long run. Any opinions welcome. I am not sure which way to go. With all the S4 mods listed above + the car, price would be about 45-46K. Thanks,