1990 Audi 200 Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1990 Audi 200 Turbo 2.2 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.2 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired100500 miles
Most recent distance105300 miles
Previous carNissan Altima

Summary:

A reliable when maintained high performance everyday sedan with costly repairs

Faults:

The oxygen sensor failed at 104,000 miles.

The starter had to be replaced at 101,000 miles.

The inlet hose had to be replaced at 101,000 miles.

The drivers side lock broke at 100,000 miles.

The factory car alarm stopped working at 105,000 miles.

The inter cooler developed a hole at 101,000 miles.

The car over boosts, then cuts out suddenly at 104,000 miles in the very cold weather.

General Comments:

I love the handling on this car.

The turbo charged engine feels as if it has a V8 engine, though it has a 2.2 5 cylinder.

Parts can be very expensive, such as a starter costing $200 without installation.

Parts also can be a good price if you look at the right places besides dealers.

The suspension needs a complete overhaul, but is still very fun to drive on the snow and ice.

The term "turn on a dime" is very true with this car due to it's excellent turning radius.

The oil gets black and must be changed every 2000 miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th January, 2004

1990 Audi 200 Quattro 2.2 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.2 turbo Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired133000 miles
Most recent distance155000 miles
Previous carDodge D150

Summary:

The Audi 200 Quattro is a wonderful car, but unless you are looking at a real "cherry" with a solid

Faults:

I had to replace all the engine breather hoses, the airbox cap hose, and the intercooler to manifold hose.

One wheel is bent. I will have that straightened, since used wheels are too expensive.

Both front drive shafts have been serviced, with one needing a new CV joint, ($275 for just the CV joint).

The idle sensor switch was no good, which was cheap to replace, but very expensive to determine that that was the problem.

Transmission mounts needed replacement.

Hydraulic pump and the high-pressure hose needed to be replaced.

The Bose stereo was only marginally functional and was too costly to repair, so I replaced it, which means that the whole system needed to be replaced since the Bose stuff is not compatible with anything else.

Replaced the brake line flex hoses, since the originals were starting to go.

Replaced all the coolant hoses, the coolant reservoir, the heater valve, and the turbo coolant pump.

I have repaired the radiator connector.

The heater fan is going out, and I am going to replace that myself since the mechanic wants $600 for just the labor to do that job.

I replaced the glove box light that had been glued back in place after it broke.

I replaced the very noisy though functional fuel pump. By replacing the fuel pump one gets a new check valve which is necessary for quick starts. The car still doesn't start quickly, so the fuel injectors also need to be replaced.

At 155.000 miles. my transmission suddenly started to make a "scraping noise" and when the oil was drained, there was a lot of loose metal in it. I finally found a rebuilt transmission with a decent guarantee for $1650 + $125 shipping + $250 core charge. The labor to replace it is $600. At that point one doesn't stop there or one will be sure to have profound regrets. Another $525 gets the clutch. Another $700 gets the steering rack. Finally another $150 gets the clutch slave cylinder and the flex hose. All these parts are only accessed with the transmission out of the vehicle, and that's why one includes them at this point or takes a big chance. That's a total of $4000!

General Comments:

I love driving this car.

Economically it is a disaster.

Only buy one of these if you know that all the mechanics who have worked on it are Audi experts. My transmission probably failed because the oil had never been changed at 145,000 miles. The Audi owner's manual says that it is not necessary to change the manual transmission oil. The good Audi mechanics know that that is nonsense. My car had always been taken care of by competent mechanics, but because they were not Audi experts I got stuck with these horrendous bills.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd May, 2003

1990 Audi 200 quattro 2.2 turbo from Estonia

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.2 turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired263000 kilometres
Most recent distance274000 kilometres
Previous carOpel Vectra

Summary:

Fast and comfortable, but reliability..

Faults:

Fuel pump replaced at 264000km.

Radiator has leaked twice, both with different reasons.

Temperature sensor at 266000km.

Climate control (no warm air) at 268000km.

Hand brake at 268000km.

ABS at 268000km (have not replaced it yet).

Starter free-run clutch at 270000km.

General Comments:

Now I have covered 4000km without problems, if they appear again I will sell this car and buy Audi 80q.

Drinks lots of fuel in city 14-16l/100km.

Otherwise really comfortable car with good performance (0-100 in 8s).

If you buy Audi buy a Quattro, at least in estonian winter it's superb:)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th November, 2002

1990 Audi 200 2wd 2.3 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.3 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired219000 kilometres
Most recent distance227700 kilometres
Previous carAudi 4000 S

Summary:

A solid, comfy craft!

Faults:

Transmission, what else is new. I had to replace it 500 km ago.

I'm having problems with starting it up. Cold-start I guess.

Power steering makes a grinding noise, but works fine.

And a leaky hydraulic oil reservoir.

General Comments:

Good amount of passing power. Extremely comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th February, 2001

18th May 2001, 21:31

I agree with your findings in regards to cold weather starts.

5th Jul 2001, 07:35

I own one in South Africa. Great car, important to use correct hydraulic fluid for the Steering to avoid leaking problems. Incorrect fluid attacks the seals in the power steering rack. causing leaks.

6th Jun 2002, 11:01

All Audi cars are like that! Always use recommended fluids or the car gods will not be happy!

6th Sep 2002, 12:02

I have a 1990 with 208,000 miles and it still runs great. The original transmission lasted 135,000 miles, so far so good on the second. The starting problem is probably caused by leaking fuel injectors, have had mine replaced 3 times, always corrects the problem. American gas is very hard on the fuel system, especially injectors. The exhaust manifold has a small leak that should be fixed, but repair is a little expensive. Sunroof motor gave up a couple of years ago. Otherwise, everything works, very comfortable, very safe car.

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 8 reviews