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So, I'm thinking of doing something foolish and trading in my beat-up 2004 DD for a 20 year-old Audi 80 non-Quattro.
After dealing with 30 year-old VWs, I feel I could take on...a lot more stuff.
I remember when these were new, and hearing horror stories about haywire electrics and prematurely-blown turbos (n.a on this one). However, I never drove one.
Were these just over-exaggerated rumors done by people who traded in Nissan Maximas for an Audi and then selling it a year later? Or should this specimen have been crushed years ago?
(P.S - I love the Eurotrash hubcaps)
Last edited by Maggiolone; 05-10-2012 at 01:05 AM.
I like these cars. They don't have a lot of the issues that plagued type44s. If you're willing to work on it yourself, and possibly diagnose electrical things as they come up you should be good. Motors run "forever", and they don't rust. I really hope it's not an automatic...
Previous: 91 CRX Si / 93 S-10 / 99 Neon ACR / 87 325e / 90 Accord Coupe
It's technically has the same motor other than a different intake manifold, are the transmissions realy that different?
if it has the sport button, its a 4 speed, so its better than the old 3 speed, mine always got 30 mpg.... autos do suck, but B3 audis are my favorite car ever, the 5 cyl is damn near indestructable, galvanized bodys that almost never rust,
oh and the only common problem with the trans is the seal that seperates the diff housing and planetarys, it will leak and cause the gear oil to leak into the trans and will starve the diff,ask me how i know.... but if you check the fluid level on a regular basis you should be fine....
All autos can "suck," but I have a stick-shift for weekends and I do the bulk of my driving in the city and in winter. Thus, I can live with it, and I doubt another one of these 80/90s will show up in my area for sale ever again in original condition, let alone with a stick shift
And it's a 5 cylinder....even if the auto is a slush box, I just prefer a modicum of driveability. This comes from someone dealing with a self-destructing Tiptronic at only 120k miles.
Do you think the fact it's a non-stick, non-awd, non-optioned model has added to its survival? I've heard the most reliable 5000s were base models without power accessories and no performance packages.
Last edited by Maggiolone; 05-09-2012 at 10:50 PM.
I miss my 90Q. The engine developed a loud lifter ticking when I finally traded it in. That was around 120k miles. The 2.2 was no powerhouse but the leather seats were great and I loved the interior. Its so rare to see these on the road (80s or 90s) anymore, but as a Bentley repair manual was pricey I was able to do some maintenance (brake pads/rotors service) with a Passat Haynes manual perfectly fine.
Great car to live with. If I could I'd buy it back in a second.
History: 1988 Audi 90 Quattro - 1990 Nissan 300ZX - 1999 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT Anniv. Edition - 2001 VW GTI VR6
I really want it more for driveability for the money rather than power. I don't do the whole Honda-Toyota thing; I don't mind a bit of a challenge to keep my brainpower up. This one's at a decent price (under $3k).
So from my research, these 80/90s were good cars, but overlooked because of the "unintended acceleration" nonsense of the 5000. The 4000/5000s looked good but ran like garbage (my aunt had a 5k and blew a turbo at 48k miles). I'd also never buy any Audi from 1996-06, and I certainly couldn't afford a nice specimen of those.
Last edited by Maggiolone; 05-10-2012 at 04:39 PM.