Audi V8 Quattro Review from Germany

1993 Audi V8 Quattro six-speed 4.2

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.2 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired146000 miles
Most recent distance208000 miles
Previous carAudi Audi V8 quattro 3.6

Summary:

The original four-door sports car

Faults:

Replaced parts so far: Oxygen sensor, front brakes, left rear brake caliper, rebuilt alternator, left distributor, battery for auxiliary heater and lots of suspension bushings. Nothing extraordinary.

Other worries:

- both front BOSE amps dead.

- Brake caliper mounts are somewhat worn and need to be replaced soon.

- some lights in dash and switches are out.

- rear power sunshade drive is missing a few teeth in gear drive - makes grinding noise when closing.

- original exhaust still under the car, front muffler will go soon.

- biggest gripe: replaced valve seals at 150k, still burns 1qt of oil every 800 miles.

General Comments:

The car is generally a blast to drive and goes like a bat out of hell no matter what (I have the Euro-only six-speed manual transmission). Average mileage is around 19 mpg.

Maintenance and repair costs are high, even compared to other vehicles in the same class. The 150k scheduled service which includes a timing belt change ran a whopping $2000. Parts pricing is outrageous, with availability becoming more and more of a concern - already there are some trim pieces that are no longer obtainable... this will make this car a hard-to-maintain classic in the future.

Good things: interior still looks like new. Superb build quality, perfect fit and finish. Good reliability record - never left me stranded. Also never had any electronic gremlins in both V8 I own (ed).

The UFO front brakes are a little overburdened by today's traffic though - I encounter considerable fade in high-speed autobahn driving conditions.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th December, 2005

18th May 2006, 16:33

That six speed must be a blast to drive, however, UFO's were eliminated by the 1992 model year. Unless, of course, they were still offered over the G60's in Europe after 1991.

10th Aug 2006, 16:46

Does anyone know what a good price on a 93 would be with around 200km on it???

Thanks.

23rd Aug 2006, 12:27

That depends on where you live.

In general, prices for these cars have all but bottomed out. In (western) Europe, especially Germany, well-maintained late-model ones can be found in the EUR 3000 range, maxing out at EUR 5000. Long wheelbase versions (of which only 260 were ever made) and manual transmission models with the 4.2l engine are sought after most, and therefore are a little more expensive.

Germany`s the biggest market for these cars by a wide margin.

But these low prices have one reason: Owning a V8 is expensive. VERY expensive. Expect to pay around EUR 0.40 per Kilometer in running costs if you work on it yourself. If you can`t afford that, stay away.

Have a look at www.mobile.de for prices in Germany. And check out www.audiv8.com - there you'll find an excellent buyers guide, as well as classifieds, and the best Audi V8 forum on the 'net (speaking German is a plus for that one...).

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 1 review