Audi 90 Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1990 Audi 90 2.3E 2.3 litre 5 cylinder

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.3 litre 5 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired135000 kilometres
Most recent distance161000 kilometres

Summary:

If treated well, an extremely satisfying car to own

Faults:

Air conditioning does not work.

Electric aerial does not work.

Rear electric windows do not work.

Radiator cracked.

Headlining has come loose.

Catalytic converter broke and rattled.

General Comments:

Overall, a very reliable vehicle if treated well. With regular servicing and the use of 98 octane fuel, the vehicle still feels as new, even after 160,000+ kilometres.

The vehicle is extremely safe, and is also very stable at speed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd September, 2010

1990 Audi 90 Quattro 20V 2.3

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.3 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired139000 kilometres
Most recent distance143000 kilometres

Summary:

An enthusiast's dream

Faults:

Randomly decides to shut down whether driving or idling, although does not happen frequently.

Lifters are quite noisy.

Slight oil leak from valve cover.

Cracked intake boot. Very expensive from Audi and they don't know their own parts.

Outer CV boot had to be replaced.

A/C compressor needs to be replaced.

Stock speakers have disintegrated haha.

Synchros are a little bit worn.

General Comments:

Handles well and performs quite well.

Very comfortable interior. The quality of the car is the most amazing, serious value for money.

The engine has a reasonable power output, but all of this has gone to waste with its less than impressive power curve. Maximum power is at a near unusable 6K RPM. Does have an excellent note above 3K.

Styling is excellent and looks good for its age.

1st and 2nd gears would be better if tweaked.

The all wheel drive is sensational.

I love the car despite its flaws, but the only problem lies with Audi... Unrealistic prices and the fact that they don't know their own vehicles and part numbers have put me off.

If you're after economy, look elsewhere.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th June, 2008

1990 Audi 90 2.3E 2.3 litre 5 cylinder

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.3 litre 5 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired190000 kilometres
Most recent distance201000 kilometres
Previous carRenault 25

Summary:

Quality and luxury for peanuts

Faults:

Cam belt and idler pulley replaced.

All three drive belts replaced.

Strut upper mounts replaced.

Both front wheel bearings replaced.

Radiator replaced with second hand unit.

Two front brake hoses, one ball joint replaced.

Crankcase breather hose replaced.

Coolant overflow tank spigot repaired (twice).

General Comments:

Two things stand out about this car: one is the build quality and solidity, which are way above average. The other is that wonderful five-pot engine, which is gruff, torquey and characterful at low revs, smooth and quiet at high revs and when cruising. It's a bit thirsty though, 30 mpg tops. Three speed auto shifts smoothly, another gear would be nice.

The quality of the materials and build, the roominess and the perfect seats make the Audi's cabin a very nice place to be. The car is exceptionally quiet, the ventilation heating and AC excellent. Visibility is superb.

The steering could do with more feel, but handling is mostly entertaining, and the ride is good. Brakes require a firm shove, but feel solid.

Not the easiest to work on, lots of stuff has to be removed to get to the front of the engine. Beware the bleed screw in the radiator; it has a 13mm hex and it's easy to break the plastic header! Bosch injection seems overly complex compared to Rennix, for example.

No doubt a Peugeot 405 would handle better, but nothing at this price comes close to the sheer quality of the Audi.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th July, 2006

1992 Audi 90 Sport 2.3 E

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.3 E Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired148000 kilometres
Most recent distance155000 kilometres
Previous carInfiniti Q45

Summary:

Door Hinges have more Steel than Some Car Doors!!

Faults:

Water Pump and Fuel Pump Seized after being Stored 12 Months.

Automatic has a Harsh Down shift.

Speedometer occasionally stops working.

General Comments:

I bought this Vehicle from an Auction after the Dealer was unable to sell it after 12 Months in His Yard. It Cost $570 to put it right after a Year off the Road, which included a New Fuel Pump, Water Pump and Top Radiator Hose. I also had the Timing Belt replaced at the Same time, as it had to be removed to replace the Water Pump. The Parts were Surprisingly Cheap, Funny Enough, but the Labour was more Expensive. The water pump only cost $64 which is less than for a Ford or GM Car. Most of the Front of the Car had to be Removed to Gain Access and This includes Bumper and Headlights.

This is a Charming yet Quirky Car and I am very impressed by it's Solid Build. There is probably more Steel in One of the Door Hinges, than in the entire Door of a Current Model Hyundai. It is also Quiet and Comfortable, apart from the Reasonably Limited Headroom. I am a little shocked it doesn't take off as fast as You might expect, but then it floats effortlessly at Highway Speeds and above. It has a Highly Noticeable CLUNK from the Auto Trans when coming to an abrupt stop. This may get better with a service. It is Absolutely Rust Free due to the Galvanised Body, and the Original Paint still Polishes up like Showroom Condition. This is Very Rare for Vehicles living under the Australian Sun. Visually, it still draws attention and the Neighbours think we must be Rich, but this Charming Car lets you look Affluent on a Tight Budget. It has now got me thinking of Upgrading to the A4. The AUDI 90 SPORT is Probably One of the Few Real Bargains Available in the Cheap Prestige Car Segment Today.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th June, 2006

19th Jul 2006, 14:04

No way don't upgrade to a A4! Keep the 90 its better IMO

3rd Aug 2007, 07:58

I have an Audi 90 as well and the speedometer stops every now and then. When it does, the engine will not idle and cut out. Could you tell me how you had this problem fixed?

6th Nov 2008, 18:52

I love the Audi 90 Sport in manual. It is a pretty nice drive. The stopping issues are easily overcome with downshifting to a lower gear. I agree, the fuel tank and water tank had to be replaced, I suspect that they were not quality to begin with. However, the steel frame is awesome and so is the 5cyl engine, apparently extremely long lasting according to my mechanic. A 200 000km audi 90 sport can easily go for 5-7 K.

6th Aug 2009, 16:49

I once test drove an Audi 90 (1992 model) and nearly bought it (but glad I didn't). It had very low klms on the clock and the owner presented it in near new condition. The shock absorbers rattled the entire drive and there just didn't seem to be much power even though it was running tuned. In hindsight I thought it was a very heavy car and that concurs with other comments about oversize door hinges, etc. A sherman tank that chews out the suspension, not a refined automobile. Fortunately I bought a BWM E36 318i and loved everything about the car. I drove it for several years before upgrading to another BMW (E46 320i).

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 8 reviews