1989 Audi 200 Reviews

1989 Audi 200 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired67000 miles
Most recent distance151000 miles
Previous carAudi 5000

Summary:

Hope it lasts forever!

Faults:

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) from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.2L 5 cylinder turbo (MC) Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 miles
Most recent distance175000 miles
Previous carToyota Supra

Summary:

Very expensive to maintain, but rewards with performance

Faults:

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

1989 Audi 200 Turbo 2.2L 5 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.2L 5 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired102000 miles
Most recent distance122300 miles
Previous carFord F150

Summary:

A great second car to commute in. A great bargain

Faults:

The drivers side window motor had to be replaced @ 110000K.

The heater core was replaced @ 150000K.

General Comments:

This is a great car! The fuel consumption is not a factor.

I get about 23 MPG in heavy traffic. (Atlanta)

I am a big guy and I feel very comfortable in this car.

I would suggest this car to anyone.

I can keep up with most new imports and domestic cars.

It will scream.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th December, 2002

1989 Audi 200 2.3 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.3 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired209726 kilometres
Most recent distance211458 kilometres

Summary:

Awesome car for the money, very good for a shade-tree mechanic type guy!

Faults:

The power door locks constantly break (driver's side) and they require a lot of attention and maintenance. The transmission just went on the car, its currently being looked at at a local transmission shop. The sunroof motor is pretty much gone, I need to close the sunroof by hand most of the time. Car is very very hard on gas. 80L will last me about 600KM.

General Comments:

Very solid car, solid frame & body. Very comfortable ride and lots of options. The interior is very lush and luxurious. Seats are nice and comfy and the driving experience is awesome. The power is great and the car has a nice & smooth acceleration.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2002

30th May 2004, 18:02

The Audi that I have has no problem with the sunroof motor. It is a gear in the mechanism that has lost some teeth, so it requires hand cranking. I wish I knew where to buy the gear.

2nd Mar 2006, 21:52

Try getting the gear off a wrecker or maybe the dealer, you'd be surprised :)

'91 Audi 200ta.

19th Jan 2011, 12:46

I am very fond of my Audi 200 turbo 1986 and hope very much that I can keep it in the same good condition it is in for many more years.

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 4 reviews