1995 Audi 80 TDI Avant 1.9 turbo diesel


Terrible handling, but great gas mileage


Persistent fault with the engine 'coughing' during heavy acceleration or high speed motorway cruising.

Hinge holding driver's door worn out. Had to be replaced at 205,000 km.

Accessory drive belt broke at 220,000 km causing breakdown. This was caused by a faulty tensioner.

Water pump belt tensioner gear rusted.

Loose door lock levers on driver's side.

Inner rubber bushings on forward carrier arms had to be replaced at 245,000 km.

Anti-roll bar links (balljoint) worn out at 255,000 km.

Lower, forward balljoints worn out at 250,000 km.

Air hose going to the turbo cracked open at 250,000 km.

Oil leakage from valve cover.

Rear wiper does not press hard enough onto the rear window due to corrosion in the hinge mechanism.

General Comments:

The good thing with this car is its gas mileage. You can easily get 4,5 liters per 100 km.

Also rust seems to be no big issue.

The main bad thing about the car is the handling characteristics. Driving this car is like driving a lump of jelly. The suspension is way too soft. Its cornering abilities are terrible and actually dangerous unless you really reduce your speed before a turn.

Another main issue with the car I've got, which I also can read here on this site that others have problems with, is that the engine coughs every now and then. It can be somewhat annoying.

The high beam lights are weak (no problem with charging voltage).

I drove the car for 5 hours today, and I am not very tired, and my back does not ache. I guess the seats must be okay then. I still miss the ability to adjust the steering wheel though.

The ergonomics, when it comes to levers behind the steering wheel, is suboptimal. I am talking about light controls and wiper controls. Their functions are illogical and they are difficult to handle.

The air conditioning works great. Very cool.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th July, 2009

27th Jul 2009, 13:48

I forgot to mention that also on my car, the accelerator pedal plate came off. I replaced the whole pedal.

I also had one rear brake caliper leaking. It had to be replaced.

1985 Audi 80 CC 1.8


Fantastic car!


Clutch burnt out at 190.000 km.

Seat heaters burnt out at 164.000 km.

The car is leaking rain water. The floor can be soaked in water after a rainy day/night.

Driver seat is worn.

General Comments:

The car is quick and strong. Heavy acceleration for an 1800 ccm engine.

Good space in both trunk and cabin.

Easy to maintain and cheap parts.

The car before my previous Passat was also an Audi 80 CC. I had this car until 1997, when it passed 400.000 km. It still worked fine!

Rock solid engine!

Handles like a dream on icy roads!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th November, 2006

1989 Audi 80 S 1.8


Brakes wear down fast.

Digital clock lives its own life.

Carburetor trouble.

Rust (actually) in left front wing, and doors. And that is not by treating it bad.

Left front seat starts to wear.

Blinkers in front falls out.

Rear seat belts fastens.

General Comments:

The car seems very solid inside, except the seat upholstery.

It's comfortable and seems very safe to drive, despite it's age. Heels over a bit in tight corners though, and feels rather under-steer.

The car runs very economic at highway driving.I've been down in 0,56L/10km.

In the city it's no so good. 1,1L/10km.

The engine runs good at high speed, but a little noisy over 3000rpm.

Not the most spacious car. Small trunk.

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

Review Date: 10th February, 2005

11th Jun 2009, 16:34

Owned the same, some years ago. It went too fast at 132 000 km. Someone drove into it. Yours has a whole lot of kms. My engine was still perfectly intact. Got back from insurance and bought R 25. I liked driving this Audi.

One thing I had, the cable to the reverse lights indicator wore out by opening and closing the trunk. I can believe that not everyone has as much luck as I had with it.

The thing you wrote about brakes wearing out. I still remember thinking the same, at the time. There must have been something quite wrong with those, construction wise. I did not have to replace them, but sometimes I heard them cracking under not too much pressure.

1987 Audi 80 1.8 S petrol


Still modern and economic


Front and back suspensions struts changed.

Water pump ruined, changed.

Ball joints, both sides, changed.

Bushes, both front and back, changed.

General Comments:

With sports-suspension and new tires, this car handles speed and cornering very good!

Even if it's carburettor engine, the car runs economic.

The shape of the car is still very modern, and it's a very good thing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th December, 2004