1989 Audi 200


Hope it lasts forever!


The transmission and front end seals are leaking and there is some whine noise. Otherwise just general maintenance required.

General Comments:

Car extremely comfortable to drive and the leather seats are wonderful.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th December, 2004

1989 Audi 200 Quattro Sedan 2.2L 5 cylinder turbo (MC)


Very expensive to maintain, but rewards with performance


About the only thing that has not gone wrong with the car is the engine internally. At any point in time, there is something leaking. Engine oil, or the very expensive Pentosin fluid that is used for power brakes and steering.

Power steering rack at 120,000 miles - $900

Numerous problems with heating and A/C have cost $1000 in the five years I've had the car, and at present the A/C does not work. Too scared to find out what the next repair bill is.

Every power window mechanism has had to be replaced, I did these myself for about $150 in parts each, and an afternoon. I don't have a lot of afternoons.

Most things in the cooling system have been replaced - radiator is expensive and hard to work on. And it's not repairable, it has plastic end caps and it doesn't just leak, it shatters. Between the radiator, auxiliary cooling pump and heater core, it was over $1000, and I did some of the work myself.

Fuel injectors needed replacing at 100,000 miles - cleaning was inadequate. Cost $250 and I spent an afternoon doing it.

It is worth noting that every time something has gone wrong with the car, the mechanic or the members of the Audi club all say "oh, yeah, they all do that".

By contrast, my Supra, with modifications to take it to nearly 400 horsepower, went 275,000 miles, with me spending less than $1,000 for all unscheduled maintenance over the life of the car.

General Comments:

For a sedan, this is a very high performance car. With a simple chip in the engine, it can do better than 7 seconds 0-60, quickest sedan I've ever experienced. And it's BORING looking on the outside, so it hides very well in a crowd.

The suspension is a little on the soft side, but way tighter than any American sedan. Overall, the suspension makes this a fabulous freeway cruiser, only in tight city streets is the handling not really good enough.

It's plenty large inside, passengers always like the comfort.

Has way too many toys. Every automatic or power doodad (seats, windows, climate control, etc) has failed. If it weren't for the toys failing, this would be a reliable car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th November, 2004

1990 Audi 200 Turbo Quattro 2.2 turbo


Runs, rides and looks great, LOVE IT!


Replaced Driver seat due to torn leather. Don't forget to swap heater core in seat like I did. @139K.

Starter replaced, rather pricey. @139K.

Alternator replaced @160K (Skip the cheaper 90V and get the more $$ 110V)

Sunroof has issues, have to do some button pushing to get it to seat properly.

Power steering rack leaks like a sieve and fluid is about $30 a quart. Spending about $40 a month on fluid, but this part + labor is an expensive one to fix so for now let it flow.

Dash computer does a fun digital display light show on occasion, give her a good slap and she's good again.

Has left me stranded 3 times, while driving it decides to stop running. 2 of the 3 started back up in about an hour 3rd wouldn't start for 4 days. After each occasion goes back to running perfect. Mechanic can't figure out why??? Anyone have an idea?

Exhaust / Cat connection squeaks like crazy sometimes, but are completely tight.

General Comments:

All in all for a 14 year old car with over 200K on the odomoter. this car is fantastic. The repair cost are costly, but the car is worth it.

This car drives like it has a V8, the turbo kicks in (and you will feel it) and you go.

The seats are very comfortable and back is roomy with a very large trunk.

It is a gas guzzler, but to get a deluxe car at a economy price you pay the price.

If your looking to purchase one be sure to have a qualified Audi mechanic give the car a good look over or it could really cost you, and steer clear of the automatic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th September, 2004

15th Jan 2005, 15:18

I need a sway bar, but I look for one and I can't find it is it called something else.

10th Mar 2007, 19:43

Your car stalls because of a leaky rubber air intake boot.

Recirculating oil vapor pools up inside/bottom of this rubber boot making the rubber soft until it cracks then leaks.

Fork out fifty bucks and replace.

4th Jun 2007, 23:16

I bough a 1990 audi turbo, but any gauges work's on dash board like gas gauge, speedometer, temperature ect, ect, any help?

12th Apr 2009, 09:10

There is a transistor on the rear of the instrument cluster, if it is bad it will allow your gages you describe not to work. It is a small square black transistor about 3/8" X 3/8", and 1/8" high, with three prongs coming out of it, in a fork like config.