1989 Audi 100 Reviews from North America

1989 Audi 100 E 5 cylinder 2.3L

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 5 cylinder 2.3L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 miles
Most recent distance170000 miles

Summary:

The best car I've ever had the pleasure to be in

Faults:

Replaced Exhaust System: 110,000 miles.

Replaced CV Joints/Boots: 145,000 miles.

Replaced Front Wheel Bearings: 170,000 miles.

General Comments:

Astonishingly well built and reliable.

Extremely comfortable to ride in, either across town, on 6 day road trips or up to the ski resorts.

Fuel economy is as good as most modern 'fuel efficient' cars.

All problems encountered are more of a case of 'Well, it's about time that went bad, I was starting to wonder.'

Low initial acceleration, but gets to, and handles high speeds quite nicely. There IS a reason that the speedometer goes above 160mph.

Handles like a far smaller vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th April, 2008

10th Feb 2011, 07:12

Audi 100 (5000) is simply a phenomenon. I own one, and I can't believe what that adorable car is capable of. It is made to last forever and to serve you with extraordinary comfort. I'd rather say it's a GENTLEMAN, not a car. When you look at it from the outside, it looks simple and perfect, but the real magic begins when you enter and start it. I feel like a king in there. Bravo for the designers and engineers.

My A100 is manufactured in 1987, 2.0 TD version (rotational high pressure fuel pump, 5cyl). I assure you that its cruising fuel consumption goes even under 6,5 liters per 100 miles. Compression is perfect in all cylinders. A/C works perfectly. ABS works pretty well.

Weak spot is the front suspension system. It suffers great stresses and should not be driven off road or on bad roads. This car is born to be a cruiser.

1989 Audi 100 Quattro 2.3

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.3 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance108000 miles

Summary:

High performance that will get me up the ski hill in the worst of winter

Faults:

Have had almost no problems with the car that weren't due to me mis-driving, or from road damage.

General Comments:

This car is a very great car.

Could use more power. I would suggest looking for a 200 Quattro with turbo. My friend has one and it adds a considerable amount of power.

Very hard, and expensive to fix and/or customize.

Upgraded to H4 headlights, makes a ton of difference.

Clear corner and turn signal lights make car look much better in my opinion. also added V8 tail lights for better look.

Manual transmission and Audi's GREAT Quattro system makes this car so much fun to drive.

Original retail price over 32,000.

I have actually pulled out a stuck Ford Explorer on my way up to the ski hill in the middle of a pretty bad blizzard. The Quattro AWD is almost impossible to get stuck, also has rear locking differential which I have used once, and saved me from walking 5 miles in the snow.

Only problem is the under-matched engine. Don't get me wrong, I have beat some those "pimped out" Honda Civics off the line at stop lights, and this car has no problem reaching 75 by the top of the interstate on-ramp, but I am JEALOUS of the turbo, and putting one would cost me more than the car is currently worth.

Upgraded to cross-drilled brake rotors, and upgraded suspension for much better performance.

This car has almost 108,000 miles and although I didn't own the car until it had 90,000 miles, it still seems to run like new. My family's old BMW 320i lost most of it's power once it hit 80,000 miles, and needed about $6,000 to get it running well again, including a new engine. would definatly recommend this car to anybody who enjoys comfort, safety, and performance all in one car.

It's German!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th April, 2003

18th Nov 2004, 13:33

The noise from the back is the fuel pump. My 100 is not very fast.

9th Jul 2005, 08:50

The fuel pump on my Audi 100 also makes a whining/humming noise, but its not loud enough to annoy. Is this a precursor to it eventually breaking though?

Ours is a 2 litre, and although slow off the mark due to its weight, once on the move it can shift quite nicely. It will happily cruise in the 80's on the motorway, with a little in reserve!

1989 Audi 100 Quattro 2.3 Liter petrol

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.3 Liter petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired159257 miles
Most recent distance273128 miles
Previous carSAAB 900

Summary:

Very difficult to part with and impossible to replace

Faults:

The #4 fuse blows constantly.

Rear wheel bearings need to be replaced.

The heater core is plugged.

The door locks do not work.

The temperature gage is dead.

The cruise control is dead.

General Comments:

I've taken this car from Maine to Key West, Florida several times and everywhere in between.

The engine is as strong as the day it came off the assembly line.

With the right snow tires, this car will climb a tree.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th November, 2002

30th Oct 2004, 01:31

Wow, I would love to see a 100 climb a tree!

27th Jul 2005, 07:09

Well, Audi quattros climb ski-entrenchments regularly so why not a tree...

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 3 reviews