1992 Audi 100 Reviews from North America

1992 Audi 100 S 2.8L V6

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.8L V6 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired199000 miles
Most recent distance208000 miles
Previous carSAAB 9000

Summary:

Comfortable and quiet luxo-cruiser

Faults:

New ball joints.

New driver's side outer CV joint and wheel bearing.

New rear subframe bushings.

New timing belt (service interval)

New engine mounts.

Check engine faults (undiagnosed)

New HVAC cabin fan.

Side trim pieces need replacing.

General Comments:

I bought this car in keeping with my annual ritual of purchasing a new daily-driver car (modified 944 Turbo toy). I picked this one up for $1000 needing the repairs listed above, although the car was and is in great cosmetic shape in and out. It's my first Audi after having owned many Saabs, a BMW and Subaru.

A general consensus regarding this model is something I'll maintain, that acceleration from a standstill is not overly impressive. It's not to say as though it's slow, because with enough drama the car can be launched briskly, but ease is one of the qualifiers, and this car requires quite a beating (working the clutch and drivetrain in some less-than-prudent ways) if you want it to get out of the hole fast.

I bought the car from another car-obsessed guy who actually warned me that it's a boat around town, and he is right. The car, despite being only slightly larger than my previous 1994 Saab 9000, feels quite a bit more substantial and more "floaty," particularly in the city. To its credit, however, it feels rock-solid at speed, especially on the freeway. The first journey I took with the car was roughly 500 miles, and it was much quieter, smooth and comfortable than any of my previous vehicles.

The car does tend to roll and plow a lot, even with new OEM-spec shocks, control arms, bushings, and the like having been replaced by the previous owner and myself. It doesn't surprise me a whole lot; it's a big luxury car and an Audi, which even an '02 S4 I drove felt soft for a car with such sporting intentions. My friend's all-OEM 1994 BMW 325i makes this car seem like a whale. I am expecting H&R springs with Bilstein shocks to arrive any time now, and I hope that these tie the car's cornering together a bit more.

I intended on buying a Volkswagen because I was (and presently still am) tired of high parts prices. I service all my vehicles myself barring alignments, and this car is definitely in the primo club. In replacing the engine mounts, subframe bushings, outer driver's CV and wheel bearing I spent a little under $500 - which in the Saab/Porsche world is to be expected, but in the VW/Honda world is outrageous. Kind of disappointed with this, though I can't say I see a ton of 100s, S4s, and 95-97 A6s running around. So expect high parts, and along with it labor, prices. The initial cost of these cars is low, so even with a repair budget the same as the purchase price the cost is more than reasonable for what you get.

The previous owner replaced the clutch and transmission, and I've found that kind of work often alters the original shift feel. The transmission is fairly quick and not too vague, though it's less precise than my Saab and BMW shifters (not high points in those cars, either), and about on par with Porsches I've driven. The engine is the first V6 I've owned, and it's adequate. As I stated prior, it's not impressive from a standstill, but it doesn't have the satisfying explosion of power that a turbocharged car provides once on the move either. Because of the flat torque curve, however, it doesn't need to be downshifted often.

Expect this car to have annoying electrical issues as it ages. Remember, if you're a U.S. customer this car is quite like the 5000 model it replaces, and that car was an electrical nightmare. I currently have three warnings on the status display, and they are all false. I also get a check engine light that when in diagnostic mode is reporting a repeated misfire, though there is none detectable.

All in all I'll say this car would be great for anyone who wants a larger european car for a nominal initial investment. I buy cheap cars to avoid payments, and this car even gets comments from people asking if I'm wealthy--which being a self-paying college student I am not. This car was also available in Quattro and in performance versions under the S4 and S6 badges. A drive in a Quattro 2.8L automatic 100 makes my car seem significantly quicker, though Quattro would be convenient during Wisconsin's winter.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd October, 2006

1992 Audi 100 CS Quattro 6 cylinder

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance135000 miles

Summary:

Saved my Daughters Life. Thank you AUDI!

Faults:

New A/C Fan Motor.

General Comments:

I purchased this car for my Daughter to go to and from School and work. I did normal service on it and found it to be a very comfortable car. I have nothing, but good to say about this car because I feel that it saved my Daughters life. My Daughter had a car pull in front of her and she hit the other car in the side doing 50 MPH. The cars crush zones performed exactly as they were designed. The inside of the car protected my Daughter and she walked away from this accident. The one part of the story I need to tell at this point was she was not wearing a seat belt. I feel that the airbag and design of this car saved her life. I found it to be a great car even if you took out my comments about the accident.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th November, 2005

1992 Audi 100 S 2.8

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.8 Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance137000 miles
Previous carAudi 100

Summary:

This vehicle has better fit and finish than any Japan import of the same year.

Faults:

To date there have really been no issues, other than routine maintenance.

General Comments:

This vehicle is very capable on a long trip.

The body lines and design have aged well and do not look dated.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th August, 2005

1992 Audi 100 S coupe 2.7 Liter

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.7 Liter Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired138000 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles

Summary:

A most wonderful driving experience!

Faults:

The catalytic converters were changed.

The front brake pads and front rotors were replaced.

The front struts were replaced.

The steering line was changed.

Changed the Timing belt and other parts associated with the timing belt.

Changed the fan belt.

General Comments:

The car is a bit slow off the start, but when it gets going, it's gone. The handling on the car is superb, allowing maximum amount of comfort and trust in the cars performance and dependability. It truly is a luxury car that doesn't receive the recognition it deserves. The sport feature button really makes this car worth having. It's the perfect blend between a comfortable family sedan, a sports car and personal luxury vehicle. Wonderful trunk and passenger space. All in all, it's just a great car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st September, 2002

4th Jan 2005, 15:30

Not bad from a stop acceleration. Really can move at high speeds. Great cornering allowing for a sporty ride and a Sunday trip to the store with the family. Great fun car!

28th Sep 2006, 12:17

I will maintain the comment regarding off-the-line acceleration. Even with my 5-speed model a quick start requires more drama than I'd be experiencing in many cars, including similarly-sized Saab 9000 models. In gear, however, it's quite the luxo-cruiser.

1992 Audi 100 CS 2.8 V6 gasoline

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.8 V6 gasoline Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance82000 miles
Previous carSAAB 9000

Summary:

A nice-looking luxury cruiser

Faults:

Catalytic converter is gone. Did not buy the new one because they cost around $400. Just bypassed with a straight pipe.

An oil leak that apparently all Audis have.

General Comments:

Nice, safe long-distance cruiser. Definitely worth the money. Performance could be better though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th October, 2001

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 5 reviews