I got this car for free from a friend that had it sitting in his garage for two years. The car needed the following parts replaced to get it up and running initially: the oil pan, brake lines, radiator hose, front rotors and brake pads, exhaust system, and the parking brake cable.
Later on, the front suspension bushings and steering control arms were replaced to fix the wobbly and stiff steering feel at 190,000km.
Front bearing replaced at 190,000km.
The dashboard is warped and cracked up.
Even though this car is 19 years old, it is my favorite car to date. I guess the previous owners of the car treated it like gold, 'cause I've yet to experience any electrical problems as I've so frequently read about other Audi's of the 1980s.
My car is fully loaded except for leather and quattro. Everything works perfectly except for the front heated seats and the power mirrors, (who cares!)
There is NO RUST anywhere on the car, even the underside! Fellow Audi fanatics are amazed at the condition of the car. The car does need a paint job, UV rays have faded the paint on the top side of the car.
The engine used to have that annoying ticking noise, until I used this funky super oil additive. It pours out slower and thicker than molasses, but the noise disappeared instantly.
There is an oil leak from the cam cover, and the EGR valve doesn't work. Fuel economy isn't that good, but I don't care 'cause the car is so cool.
The free revving I5 engine pulls strong and has a beautiful exhaust note. The 3spd auto could use one more gear, but is shifts very smooth none-the-less. There is a lot of body roll, and the brake pedal is really soft. It's been checked out by different garages, but they all say it can't get any better.
I should replace the front driver seat because it's really worn out. The side bolsters are flat, and the upright is sunken in. My back hurts after long drives.