1987 Audi 5000 S 5 cylinder from North America
High-Luxury, medium performance, timeless, head-turner
Four to five months after I purchased the car, the passenger side door handle broke. When I took it off, the inside was in pieces.
About three months of ownership, the locks went, they now only work intermittently. Usually not at all, there is something wrong with the pump for the locks (air).
Random electrical problems, they seem to usually work themselves out.
The climate control on mine has gone out 2 times. When you jiggle the wires connected to it, it comes back on. There is a bad connection somewhere, this is also common.
The radio is terrible. Replaced it with a Pioneer CD & speakers.
Poor construction of door handles.
Accelerates like a snail when the air is on.
Try to find one with Anti-Lock brakes. Two weeks ago I slid into someone. -(No damage)- This car is so heavy that it takes a long time to stop.
Do not be discouraged by the ticking!! I have called the dealer and they said that this is a common problem that is basically on all of these cars. They want 400$ to fix it, but this is not necessary.
Sunroof is also slow.
When purchasing, check door handles and electrical systems. Also, the trunk on mine holds some water.
Defrost on this car is terrible!!
Finally, people always look at this car. You rarely see one, especially in excellent condition. Usually, I see 3 to 4 people staring at each stop light and a few people in parking lots. This car also looks expensive.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th February, 2003
I read about your defrost problem, I am on my second 5000, and I have had the problem with both, under the passenger's side of the dash, there is a flap that controls the fresh air intake for the heat/defrost, and there is a small spring that is notorious for breaking, and then the car will not use outside air for defrosting, it just recirculates, causing the defrost to work poorly, I had this happen on a sedan, and a wagon, and now they both work great. Take a look for the broken spring. Any questions, e-mail me firstname.lastname@example.org