1986 Audi 5000 2.2 gas turbo from North America
The radiator outlet broke from years of flexing plastic.
Thermostat was stuck wide open.
The A/C programmer needed a tug to get the heat to turn on and off.
The turn signal/cruise control/high lo beam lever wore out and stayed on high beam unless you physically pulled back on it while night driving.
This is a wonderful car despite the little niggling problems. I absolutely don't recommend any German car for a person who can't do their own maintenance and/or repairs. The Audi parts are unreasonably costly. I could see paying a high price for some near infallible part, but the parts available are apparently meant to fail every 100,000 miles or less.
The 5 cylinder engine is a great unit, and I know one man who has almost 360,000 on a 1991 Audi 1000 non turbo. The hydraulic lifters make quite a lot of noise after the miles get past 100k, and it is optional to change them or drive this amazing car around with a valve train that sounds like it's munching up a coin collection.
The headliners are poorly done, and that subtracts from a really nice interior.
The Audi is very smooth and comfortable, with a pleasing suspension that is tuned perfectly for my driving style.
The stock turbo is just right for leaving a stop. You start quite slowly, then the boost comes on subtly yet crisp.
It could be a love hate relationship with an Audi 5000. As long as you love it more, you may end up keeping it and writing it off on your taxes as a dependent.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd October, 2015
25th Oct 2015, 03:18
Good catch about the hydraulic lifters. Otherwise, these vehicles were very good cars. Modern day Audis should take heed ;)
10th Nov 2015, 06:01
I did notice that running an engine flush before an oil change to synthetic oil 5w/40wt makes the lifters quieter as soon as the engine comes up to temperature.
I read that if the engine is clean on the inside, the noise from the lifters is minimal. I have found this to be true on my 5000 quattro.
I agree, the Audi 5000 is a wonderful car to drive. So smooth, and quiet as a whisper with a solid feel that is typical German. It's the price of parts that kills the bliss.