Love driving it, but too much to repair; are you listening Audi?
1. Two dash lights out and head light out (~30,000).
2. Rear wheel cylinder leaked (55,000 miles).
3. Glow plug fuse at 60,000 miles (easy fix, car still ran).
4. Other wheel cylinder leaked at 76,000, rear brake shoes replaced.
5. Wiper switch failed to activate windshield spray, new switch and arm (77,000), 1994.
6. Outer CV joint boot replaced, 78,000.
7. Horn replaced and return diesel engine rubber fuel hoses replaced (83,000), 1998.
8. Air conditioner compressor failed (85,000 mile), 2001, new air conditioner installed.
9. Left tie rod end replaced (96,000), 2003.
10. Water pump leaked, 97,000, 2003.
11. Throttle cable came loose from gas pedal, 98,000.
12. Clutch replaced, 99,500, 2004.
13. Horn replaced, windshield washer pump, 105,000, 2004.
14. Left CV joint replaced, 105,000, 2004.
15. Front bearings both replaced (one going bad) 108,000, 2005.
16. Wiper switch replaced (115,000), 2006.
17. Fuel rubber hoses leaking between tank and lines, 114,000, 2006.
18. Fuel injection pump leaking at manual choke shaft replaced (116,000), 2007.
19. Rear brake cylinders leaking (123,000), caught early 2008.
20 Fuel tank leaking, replaced with used tank, 2009, 132,000.
Car drives and handles wonderfully. It is always my first choice of car to drive. Love all the little handy things in the interior. Quiet, well controlled ride for such older technology.
I averaged 40 mpg, a real fuel saver. Got 50 mpg twice.
The car has issues with electrical components like many VWs and Audis. The horns are low to the ground so I find I must replace them periodically (4-5 years) because they corrode.
The wiper switch fails every 12 years, and some light bulbs like to burnt out (brake light, head light, dash etc).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th November, 2009