Cheap to buy, not to fix, but always fun to drive!
Steering rack/pump were badly leaking when I bought it.
Brake accumulator needs replaced.
I had to recently replace the battery.
The water pump started leaking, but has been replaced.
The coolant gauge no longer works.
Three of the power window switches and the sunroof motor failed in a three day period.
I had to replace the original radiator fan resistor pack due to massive deterioration.
The shifter knob has become loose.
The cruise control does not work.
The wiring between the driver's side door and the frame has become cracked and broken.
The driver's seat heater no longer works.
I bought this car for cheap and although repairs are expensive I still feel it was a bargain.
It's got a great all wheel drive system, great brakes with ABS, a strong engine, comfy leather interior, good visibility, the mechanicals are typical German rock solid, and above all it didn't cost much more than $1000.
The electrical system is definitely a weak point in these cars.
Despite its problems I realize it's almost 20 years old and it's in far better condition than most other makes of cars that I've seen of this age.
If you are looking for a 5000 don't get one with an automatic transmission, that transmission is very failure prone. Get one with a stick shift, especially a quattro if you can find one. The transmissions are strong, I'm still on my original clutch.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th December, 2002