1988 Audi 80 S 1.8

Faults:

Rear wheel bearing (right side).

Rear brake pipes (rust!).

Front brake hoses.

Heat sensor for injection.

Front shock absorbers.

Plastic(!) cooling hoses connections on head and water pump (poor quality).

Almost all of the dashboard lamps (Cheap to buy but hard to change).

Cam shaft drive belt and tensioner (service only, cheap and easy to replace)

Fuel pump relay (most expensive thing during the three years I've owned the car so far).

General Comments:

The car has covered 250K km. Previous owner drove a lot on gravel roads and didn't really take care of the car at all. I'm convinced that this maltreatment would have killed any other car from 1988.

Engine uses ca 1l oil per 1800 km. No gear box problems.

I'm very satisfied with the car. I do all the work myself and the design is fairly straight forward and simple. Plenty of space at the engine compartment. No body rust problems due to zinc plating. Some knocking from valve lifters but it is "normal". The only main disappointment is luggage compartment size (tiny, better from 1992 onward). Car goes ca 14km/liter. If you want to buy one, go for the model with Bosch KE-Jetronic injection (my own opinion). This is a good system, works for ever and is easy to maintain as well. I have always bought a Haynes manual for every car I've owned and "do it yourself" has definitely saved me a fortune!

My next car will be a Audi too!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th November, 1999