I have the opportunity to buy a very lovely 1991 Audi 90. It is equipped with the 20v, and Quattro. It has a manual trans, and all options other than a sunroof (I don't know if it was an option).
The car has 90,000kms on it, and was imported just a couple years ago from Germany.
The interior is perfect, the engine has a full service history, and the body is mint. The only downside is a very leaky PS pump, and needs a couple small thinks like new rotors and pads, and a set of tires.
So would you buy it if you could? I'm looking for a project car that is winter capable, and will respond well to a turbo.
A friend owns it now, and he just picked up a BMW 530xi wagon with a manual transmission and is looking to part with the Audi. I could probably get it for under $2000. Opinions?
It would be strictly a project car. I have a beater 2001 Civic that I use day to day. The Audi would sit in a garage on the west coast until I move back next summer. Obviously sitting for a year won't be all together kind to it.
Pics for clicks!!!
Not the actual car. I'll try to find a couple shots I took of it a few years ago. It looks like this, but black. Small bumpers, euro headlights, etc.
A fellow CLer's old 90:
Last edited by x(why)z; 05-10-2012 at 05:19 PM.
Thanks for the replies so far. I know I should buy it. I thought I'd throw it out there to those in the know.
Power steering racks on those are big money, keep that in mind, since you said it has a leaky one. I had a 20 valve 90 quattro a few years back, and it was a really nice car to drive. I ended up selling it because the potential repair costs for a lot of things were quite high, and it was going to need a lot of time and money keep it in proper shape, which was just too much of a liability at the time when I was pretty broke. That being said, I do kind of regret selling it, and sometimes wish I still had it today. go for it, just don't be surprised if you spend more than you paid for it in maintenance on an annual basis.
As long as you're happy with the ridiculous amount of money you're going to throw away into that car then go for it.
"We're society's crowbar. They hate us, they never want to acknowledge the dirty jobs they give us to do, but when the job is done they never throw us away - they just slip us back in the toolbox until they need us the next time. And there will always be a next time."-Jim Hooper. Beneath the Visiting Moon: Images of Combat in Southern Africa
Thanks for all the replies! Reaffirmation of what I already thought.
i'll throw in my .02 since I owned a 90 20v for about 3 years. the cars sold in the u.s are almost identical to the european version with only minor differences, so it's not really anything special in that regard. brakes can be a problem though, especially if it has single piston calipers. the 90 was nearly identical to the coupe but they used different offset on the rotors, so coupe rotors WILL NOT work unless you swap everything else around. i had a hard time tracking down parts a few years ago so i don't imagine it's any easier now. as long as you're prepared for the normal issues present in audi's of that vintage then i'd say go for it. 56k is barely broken in, mine had somewhere near 300k when i sold it.
I had an Audi 80 (same body style). I did like the car but always wanted a 90 20vq or a 20v CQ. That said some parts were almost impossible to find. It took forever to find new driveaxles and when the auto tranny went I had to use one from a 4000 which had fitment issues. That was a 4cyl which I don't think was too popular. You may have better luck mith it being a manual quattro. The 20vs were kind of rare, but the 10v 90q's were easier to find and may use most of the same drivetrain. I'm about 20 miles away from a huge Audi/VW junkyad and they have plenty of 10v 90's. You may have better luck sourcing new parts these days, the internet wasn't too popular when I owned mine. I had a really hard time finding wheels for it too, but like I said, this was back in the day
Last edited by blackvento36; 05-11-2012 at 03:06 AM.
its actually a 24 year rule for many states
if your car is older than 24 years of age you are not required to pass emissions
as many older cars cannot maintain a clean emissions output without being emaculately perfect running systems
then they will fail and not be legal to drive on the road
and the emissions tests get harder to pass instead of easier...