It’s no secret that Doug, the overseer of Oversteer, is not a big fan of the Audi allroad. He even crushed one with his Land Rover Defender. So, I decided to find out: Exactly what type of person owns an allroad? Well, my buddy Steve Podysocki owns not only one, but two allroads — and they’re modified! What kind of person owns two modified Audi allroads? Take a look at the video and read below. But first, let’s go over some of Doug’s criticisms of the allroad.
First, Doug notes that you have to take the front of the car off to change the timing belt. Yes, you do need to take the front bumper off to do some of these services — but Steve maintains that it’s not that hard to do, and he says he has done this many times. It’s definitely going to be more expensive if you have to pay someone to do it, though, so the allroad is definitely at home with a DIY owner.
Next, the air suspension is prone to leaks. This one is true — but there are aftermarket solutions. Arnott Industries offers aftermarket upgrades for the airbags and includes a lifetime warranty. Steve used some of their products on his 2.7-liter allroad, and he says that he can change them out in less than an hour on each side with just a floor jack and simple tools. They also offer a fixed suspension option in case you want to do away with the fancy airbags. But where’s the fun in that?
Next, the allroad leaks oil. Yeah, that’s pretty much true, but so do all German cars. When I asked Steve about oil leaks, he replied, "Oil leaks happen on all cars. Just keep up with regular maintenance." True enough.
Finally, Doug notes that the allroad’s torque converter dies earlier than the average car’s. While it’s true that the torque converter in the earlier models died fairly easily, the 2004 and 2005 models were upgraded a bit and don’t have as many of the same issues. Steve noted that if they do go bad, you can just swap it out for a 6-speed manual transmission. Kits start a $1900 for a transmission, which is pretty reasonable.
So, if you’re handy, and if you don’t mind making a few "upgrades" that Audi probably should’ve made before the allroad left the factory, it may be the car for you. Thankfully, Steve has been able to keep both of his allroads on the road and make some changes along the way.
Only separated by one model year, Steve’s 2005 allroad 2.7T and 2004 allroad 4.2 V8 couldn’t be more different. One is low, blacked-out and now home to a 6-speed; the other is tall, with knobby tires and an off-road kit. His story is pretty great: He owns a heavily modified nogaro blue Stage III B5 Audi S4 but needed room for his dog. So, like any Audi enthusiast, he stayed in the family and bought a 2.7T allroad. His father liked it so much he bought one — but his was a year newer, with a V8. Sadly, Steve’s father passed, so Steve took possession of the car and has begun building it into an off-roader. It will be tribute to the family vacations they took out west when he was a kid.
Neither car is stock, and the modifications amplify the personality of each car.
The 2005 allroad 2.7T has several performance mods, including a 6-speed manual conversion, a Stage 2 custom tune, Arnott Gen 2.5 airbags, Hotchkis sport swaybars, a Magnaflow exhaust, 19 x 9.5-inch Miro 111 wheels with 20mm spacers, a 034 Motorsport snub mount and adjustable control arms. Outside, it’s been blacked out a bit and includes an OEM spoiler, Euro black roof rails and LED taillights. Inside, Steve added a Podi boost gauge with a custom pod, S6 sport seats with an alcantara headliner, Dension Bluetooth, an RS 6 steering wheel and RS 6 carbon-fiber trim.
Meanwhile, the 2004 allroad 4.2 is no slouch, with an APR ECU programming (52+ HP) and H-sport swaybars. Outside, Steve added the OEM spoiler, Tamo wood-trim vinyl wrap, 15mm wheel spacers, an OEM hitch, BF Goodrich K02 tires on 16-in on black allroad wheels, powder-coated roof rails and cross bars and a Yakima roof basket complete with a spare tire. It’s big and loud, and pretty mean.
The allroad definitely has a cult following, and after my day of driving these two vastly different wagons, I’m a fan. I’ve got a lot more thoughts on how each car drives in the video. Let me know in the comments if you are Team Doug, and think all allroads should be crushed, or if you’re with me, and you think there is some good to be found in Audi’s quirky off-road wagon! Find an Audi allroad for sale
All photo credits: Steve Podysocki, check him out on Intagram!