1994 Audi 90 Reviews from North America

1994 Audi 90 CS 2.8 V6

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.8 V6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.5 / 10
Distance when acquired127000 miles
Most recent distance129000 miles
Previous carJeep Grand Cherokee

Summary:

I would not buy again. Too costly repairs

Faults:

Front struts needed replacement right away.

Sensor bad. Car wouldn't start.

Ignition switch and 2 starters were bad within a week of each other.

Back struts were bad when I sold it.

General Comments:

The car looked and drove great while it was running. No rust for how old it was and the mileage it had.

Didn't expect perfection, but since owning a million Honda's and a Nissan, I thought Germany could make a car that ran well with over 100k.

The car was in the shop 4 times in 4 months. VERY costly to repair!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th March, 2005

25th Oct 2010, 18:46

What I see here is a person who purchased a 10 year old car with 130000 plus miles on it, and expected it to be perfect. Buy a Honda with over a 100k on it, and you might have to replace shocks and struts etc.

I am a Audi fan, but I have owned and lived with other cars before too. I had a 99 Camry that I purchased with 180k on it. When I purchased the car, it need new shocks, struts and springs all around. Also new tires, but I purchased a car knowing I might have to do some work to it; after all, it had 180k on it.

I have always loved my Audi's and Volkswagen's, I liked my Toyota and I disliked my Chevy's. I purchased some new and some used. Know what you are buying, and if it is used, over 100k, yes you will most likely have to do some work. It does not matter who makes the cars; PARTS WEAR OUT.

1994 Audi 90 S 2.8L

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.8L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance128000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Prix

Summary:

It was fun while it lasted

Faults:

60,000 miles - Coolant Thermostat & Fan Switch.

70,000 miles - Oil Pump.

100,000 miles - Oxygen Sensors.

90,000 miles - Catalytic Converters.

110,000 miles - Fuel Pump.

125,000 miles - Heater Core.

I hope to NEVER own another car (the Grand Prix had one also) with a power antenna; I'm on my second mast and it's currently frozen.

The radio is possessed; it's nice when it works, and wretched when it heats up.

The dash/knob lights are burning out one-by-one. I dread what it'll cost.

General Comments:

This is one of the best-looking, solid, best-performing cars I've ever owned. It will move along smoothly @ 90 MPH all day long. It gets 27-28 MPG (on premium) on the highway regardless of how you drive. It has the perfect combination (for me) of ride and handling. I STILL have the original exhaust system.

The seating comfort is mediocre. The steering wheel is offset to the right by a few cm. This is bad for long trips. I wish it had tilt steering.

I don't know if it's Audi, German cars, or newer cars in general, but everytime I have repairs made, something else pops up. The cruise control stops working after I have the transmission fluid changed. The turn signals don't cancel all the time after the heater core is replaced. I use reputable mechanics, but am beginning to wonder if these cars are so fickle that you MUST use VW/Audi dealers. I really get tired of it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 28th November, 2002

18th Sep 2005, 11:28

Audi 90s are not for everyone. They are expensive to have professionally maintained, but this is the same reason why they are such a bargain for the DIY mechanic. Most of the repair work is predictable, and well known to the user community (like audifan). Most parts are readily available, both new and used, at great prices. For example a rebuilt steering rack is $1200 from the dealer, but only $232 from a professional rebuilder, and comes with a lifetime warranty. Any DIY mechanic can replace it without even requiring a lift. Parts previously mentioned usually require replacement on most cars (O2 sensors, pumps etc.) Things not working after a mechanics attention sounds like an inexperience mechanic. There are plenty of good Audi mechanics, but you do need to look for them. Certain items, like brakes, can be fixed by almost any mechanic. I get much pleasure from maintaining an Audi that cost me $3k, that drives and looks like most $30k+ cars.

Poncho.

15th Jun 2007, 15:14

I agree with poncho, the alternator was expensive, but found no problems replacing it myself, it is a smooth car, but I can't find the fuse so my sunroof will work again.

12th Dec 2008, 13:48

I own an 1995 Audi 90S Quattro. It has been a great car. It now has just over 120,000 miles. I have not had any major problems other than what I would consider to be normal wear.

The car has a classic look. The quattro system is great during the Pittsburgh winters. It is a comfortable car and although not fast, it is a good driver.

I am at a point where there are some minor repairs needed that may be expensive. The antenna (a problem from the start) needs replaced. The cruise control, seat heaters and numerous dashboard lights don't work.

I would recommend any Audi, as my experience has been good. The dealer has also been great.

Average review marks: 4.9 / 10, based on 2 reviews