1987 Audi 5000 S 2.3 inline 5 from North America
An excellent value for the money.
My mother locked up three of the calipers while doing 75 miles per hour on the highway. I had to replace the two front calipers and rotors. I also had to replace the rear disc rotor.
In the winter time, the car had an acceleration problem. The car would start to drive but then the gas pedal wouldn't work and the car would just coast. Then all of a sudden, the car would take off again.
When I bought the car, the switch for the turn-signals had been broken. The turn signals worked, but the high beam wouldn't stay on.
The front right ball joint also had to be replaced, only because of where I drove the car everyday. Other than these problems, I loved the car.
For being such a large heavy car, it was extremely fast. I purchased an K&N air filter for it and the car performed like a dream. I put brand new Bosch platinum plugs in the car and that helped the performance a lot. I was very surprised at how fast the car was. When your on the highway driving about 80 miles per hour, the car kept wanting to go fast. So I had no choice but to drive faster.
This car also got excellent gas mileage. I have gotten a serious 500 miles to a full tank of gas in this car.
This car handled extremely well. I was also very surprised when I took it on country roads and took the car up to 75-80 miles per hour on extremely curvy roads. The car stuck to the road like glue. Even with Goodyear regatta 2 tires.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th August, 2001
500 Miles is a bit optimistic for a tankful. The car's got a 21.1 gallon tank and after owning 2 5000s I can say that you get around 17 mpg in town and about 21 on the road---with a light foot. Mash the throttle and the mpg drops like a stone, which is a real issue because these cars were underpowered (100hp to 130hp for non turbos and 130hp to 160hp for turbos, depending on the model year). I can't get over people saying how fast and quick the non-turbo cars are because 100 to 130hp in a 3,300 pound car = SLOWER THEN A SNAIL.
I too love my Audi 5000S, and although I do not feel it is a fast car, it certainly is fast enough for the type of day to day driving that I do. The fuel economy on my car seems to hold true at around that 500 mile to a tankful number. at 21.1 gallons, that equals out to about 25 miles to the gallon. My car seems to perform better when I do use the recommended premium unleaded fuels. Outside of minor annoyances that can be found on any car, the Audi ranks tops on my list as the greatest pre-owned vehicle purchase by far.
Well understand turbos do get better gas mileage. I am on my third 5000 though this one is a 5000cs turbo and the extra horsepower only kicks in at 10-15mph, but when it does it goes. By using your computer you can review your MPG. I drove from LA to San Diego and on the highway I did get 29MPG!!