1989 Audi 200 2.2 gas turbo from North America


Heater flap actuator.

Power window switches.

General Comments:

There is little not to love about this car. The cloth seats are nowhere near as comfortable as the leather seats in my Audi 5000, but still very comfy.

Gas mileage for the auto trans is poor in comparison to my manual trans Audi 5000.

The FWD Audi 200 feels different in the way it plants itself on the road. The AWD 5000 feels noticeably more tank like and is generally a better drive.

Brakes are stronger on the 200.

Often these cars suffer from a "no heat situation". A fairly easy fix if it's not a heater core. I got my 200 from a person who lost the cabin heat and no longer wanted to be bankrupted by a service department. The 200 uses an electric flap actuator that fails. Cost me 80.00 new and I now have great heat.

My wife has a 2014 Nissan Sentra; though a decent car with a few modern electronic gizmos, it is very weak in comfort and driving enjoyment compared to the Audi. A poor comparison I know, but old car vs new car, the Audi is much more fulfilling.

I am not a fan of most of the Volkswagen brand, but the older Audis kind of have a soul. You take care of them and they do the same for you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th December, 2015

1989 Audi 200 from North America


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) from North America


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

1989 Audi 200 Turbo 2.2L 5 cylinder from North America


A great second car to commute in. A great bargain


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


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


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.