1992 Audi 80 E 2.3 5 cylinder


Classy bit of German engineering.


Fuel pump and filter replaced.

Strut bushes and nuts replaced.

Wishbone bushes and ball joint replaced.

Seized front disc pulled off.

Brake hose replaced.

Control arm bushes replaced.

Heater spigot broke, heater by-passed.

Front discs worn beyond limits.

Leaky valve guide seal.

General Comments:

Feels quite different to the earlier 90, even though the engine is the same. Bigger, heavier, better insulated, more refined, better riding, much more practical with the folding rear seats, but not as much fun.

Once the front end was sorted, it steers and handles really well. The steering is nicely weighted, geared, doesn't load up, good feel, useful lock. Pity the wheel doesn't adjust for height (blame the Procon Ten?).

Seats are perfect, the car is unbelievably quiet when cruising, feels solid and safe. Interior is gloomy, but beautifully made and finished.

I thought the 4 speed auto would be a big improvement, but while it is more relaxed at speed, the box itself is not as good, even the selector doesn't have the same precise feel. Upchanges under power are slurred, which is worrying for the future.

Trans aside, nothing else you could get for the money can match the build quality, ageless style, refinement, and spec of the Audi. Nothing fancy, but has rear discs, 15 inch alloys, excellent air con, ABS (works!), and key-off window operation.

Parts prices, from specialists Qualitat in Auckland, NZ, are very reasonable. Even new wishbones are just over $100 each, which, given the difficulty of replacing the bushes, would be a better option.

Easy car for DIY, but really annoyed that Haynes never updated the manual for the facelifted cars. The entire rear end is completely different, and, from 1993 on, so are the engines. Not good enough.

Overall, if it was a 5 speed manual, I'd have nothing to moan about.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th December, 2012

17th Dec 2012, 01:56

Old RWD Volvos are about equal to Audi 80's with refinement, refinement, timeless style, and what not.

Okay, maybe the engines aren't the smoothest, but they have decent transmissions.

1993 Audi 80 2.3E


Sometimes just go for a drive just to drive it


Vacuum assist pump started knocking 2 days after I bought it.

Roof lining fell.

Air conditioner compressor bearings are noisy as of last summer.

Central locking has decided not to work every now and then for the last couple of months.

General Comments:

The car is front wheel drive and can suffer understeer when pushed, but that may be my enthusiastic driving. All in all, it handles well and is a pleasure to drive at any speed.

The 5 cylinder sounds great when pushed. The performance is good considering the weight of the car and the size of the motor. It keeps up with the local products pretty well.

Reliable and comfortable, well made and durable.

Would loved to have owned one from new.

Have been grateful to own such a nice, safe and reliable car. Now that I need a larger car, I will be moving to a larger Audi.

I have heard it said that if you can't afford a new Audi, then you can't afford an old one. I have had this car for six years, and it hasn't cost any more to maintain than any of my previous vehicles.

And if you want to do your own oil changes, you'll be happy to find that the oil filter is straight up and down, so it won't spill all over your engine and driveway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th September, 2010

1990 Audi 80 E 2.0 petrol 4 cylinder


A quality, stylish car


Break reservoir bayonet seal leaked ($20 fix).

Intermediate muffler corroded and needed replaced (whole system $500).

Moulded plastic tube at top of radiator that main hose clamps onto sheared off. Entire radiator replaced ($500).

Heater core leaked inside ventilation ducting - expensive to repair as required most of dash to be removed to access core ($800).

CV boots cracked and had to be replaced ($200).

Front factory oil-filled shock absorbers were apparently badly worn - still not convinced it was a problem, however new air-filled shocks are vastly superior and the handling is much improved. ($1200)

Felt material on doors has come unstuck and has proven a messy job to fix, the foam backing is crumbling and very sticky. However it's a repair I can easily do myself.

General Comments:

The car feels very sturdy, and the 2 litre engine is reasonably powerful for one of this vintage.

The factory fitted oil-filled shocks give a poor ride quality over rough roads, however after they were replaced with new air-filled shocks, the ride and handling were vastly improved. The interior is a mix of black and very dark greys - overall it is quite stylish.

My Audi 80 was in excellent condition when I purchased it and obviously well looked after. It had only 66k on the clock, and was literally close to new condition despite being 16 years old at the time.

Although I would consider the car quite reliable and I have never had it let me down in traffic, there have been several age related problems that have kept my mechanic busy (as described in the fault section of this review).

Purchased this Audi 80 four cylinder despite a preference for the 6 cylinder 1994 version - I had heard too many stories of problems with 6 to take the risk. I certainly don't regret my decision.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th April, 2009