Sudden acceleration has occurred in more than one car. If you actually researched this topic you would see that Jeep, GM and Ford have all had several problems with this. Audi is always mentioned because they were one of the first car manufactures to experience problems with sudden acceleration.
The sudden acceleration was due to the pedal positioning. Some folks would hit the accelerator while braking and assume it was a problem with the car, not their foot positioning.
I bought my Audi 5000S Automatic nine years ago. It was especially classy looking then and still is, at 22 years! I did have to replace the transmission 2 years ago, and have had all of the usual troubles with the door locks and door handles and power windows. Air no longer blows cold or cool air, maybe it's the freon or lack there-of?
That all said, this has been an excellent used car, purchased then for $1,800.00! The problem now is... finding some parts for it. This "Cash-for-Clunkers" program may have sucked in some of these older ones, although they do get good gas mileage. Mine now needs a new cowl (or good used one) for the top of the firewall area. Some not-so-careful mechanic at a regular service station tore it to pieces taking it off!
This car has always been fun and comfortable to drive, and its quite roomy inside. Also the trunk area is ideal for carrying groceries, bedding plants, paintings, suitcases etc.
If the cowl becomes broken or missing... watch-out! There will be severe rain leakage into the front drivers and passengers foot area and also wet electrical areas at the firewall! Even the glovebox will fill with water! PROTECT YOUR AUDI'S "COWL"!A wonderful car to have and take care of!
I had an 1985 Audi 5000s automatic from 110k to 120k. I had a lot of problems with this vehicle, from all the door handles breaking, some inside and out, had a short in the tail lights, have to replace running light fuses every couple of weeks, and all of a sudden I had a total loss of power; hard to really hard to start cold, and barely able to keep up with traffic.
By chance was your car in Calif?? I just bought one with ISSUES. As I'm cleaning them up, it's starting to become a real nice cruiser. Could use advice from others that have already done repairs I'm facing, email@example.com