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I love European cars of the German variety. I have for as long as I can remember. And within German cars, I've always been partial to Volkswagen and Audi - there's something oddly familiar about them.

möbius one was designed as a log of sorts, for me to record the changes I make to this, one of my dream cars, which I am lucky....

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04 3 2011

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Ah yes, to start anew.

This is what I did, contrary to logic and reason. I traded in a perfectly good car, which was nearly paid off, for a brand new 2011 Audi S4; a car I consider one of my dream cars – attainable dream cars at least.

After a few weeks of considering the pros and cons and running some numbers, I decided to make the jump and go for it. I then began the search for the perfect example – which I found not even a week later, at an Audi dealership south or Portland, Oregon.

See, I tried hard to spend my money locally in Washington, but Audi dealerships in the region were either inconsistent with their dealings, or simply overpriced and unwilling to offer concrete numbers. Hell, even a Portland dealership behaved in the same manner. And when a transaction of this magnitude is potentially taking place, I don’t like leaving things to chance or assumptions. Particularly not when it involves me driving for four hours in uncertainty.

Hence, the vehicle was purchased at the dealership that offered the best price, the best value for my trade-in and the most up-front numbers and honest negotiating methods.

I located an Ice Silver Audi S4 at Wilsonville Audi, a brand new dealership serving the Portland Metro Area. If you are in the market for a new Audi, I highly recommend these guys. They have taken online vehicle sales to the next level, by communicating and offering their inventory in-real time through their online system. Basically, what took days if not weeks and multiple calls and emails between myself and other salesman, took a grand total of 5 minutes through Wilsonville Audi‘s online offer/counteroffer system. Within that amount of time, I had received a fair offer on my trade in, had locked in a fantastic price on the vehicle I wanted and was already finalizing numbers.

The vehicle I selected is equipped with the following options:

  • 7 speed S-Tronic transmission.
  • Rear Sports Differential.
  • Navigation.
  • Bang & Olufsen Audio System.
  • Carbon fiber inlays.

The paint color was quite a controversial choice for me. After having owned a black car for almost six years, I wanted to try something different. Also, the lines of the B8 Audi S4 are better complimented by lighter colors as the design of the car is better appreciated and understood in lighter paint than in a dark colored car, at least in my opinion. And after looking at the car in person, it became clear I had made the right choice. The metallic silver paint compliments very well the aluminum accents that come standard on the Audi S4, from front and rear spoilers, to window trim and side view mirrors. Silver also happens to compliment nicely the bright red tail lights and carry the theme all around the car with chrome badges with the iconic red S4 logo.

After having decided on the car, we set a date for me to come down and the long road to putting my 2006 GLI back to stock began. It was honestly nothing short of a miracle, the fact that this was able to be completed in one day. And despite the fact that I received more help than I could have ever hoped for, I still have the scars to show for it.

The next morning, I was on the road bright and early to make the drive down to Portland. I arrived at the dealership at around noon where the staff was ready to greet me as soon as I pulled in. They had the car ready on the delivery bay and after waiting for a few minutes, we went on a test drive to get acquainted with the S4.

Within a matter of hours, I was already on the road back to Washington, behind the wheel of the new car, financing contract completed and all lose ends tied. Wilsonville Audi shattered any expectations I had with fantastic customer service and genuinely friendly smiles.

Not to say that it was all skittles and flowers. Parting ways with my 2006 GLI was tougher than I thought. Over the past almost six years, I had become very attached to the car, not to mention all the time and money I put into it. It wasn’t an easy decision to leave it behind. When a big part of our hobbies, friendships and memories revolve around these cars, we become quite close to them. The cars become part of ourselves, if you will. Therefore, leaving them behind is almost like leaving behind part of ourselves.

If only because a new beginning brings opportunities to start fresh and continue to learn, that this whole thing makes sense. Obviously the car itself is also quite the upgrade in terms of performance and features so it’s not like I feel short changed or that I ended up on the losing end of this process; like I said in the beginning, this car is one of my dream cars. I had my eye on one of these for a while but honestly I did not think this was feasible until I started looking into it more closely and seriously.

Overall, I couldn’t be happier with my decision. Driving this car puts a smile on my face every time without fail. It’s really fast, really well built, comfortable, sporty and has all the amenities I could have hoped for and then some. I have big plans for it – nothing crazy. Just to make it my own and have fun with it.

I’ll be documenting everything about it on these pages. Maybe I’ll learn a thing or two.

I’ve posted some images below which I took with my cellphone shortly after I drove off the lot.

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