K the car has 270,000kms on it and your complaining that it breaks down too much. that's probably has to do with the way it was maintained by the previous owners (s). I just bought a 82 GMC S - 15 with 280,000kms. I've had it 2 weeks and my heater core sprung a leak. you gotta expect that to happen. car parts don't last forever.
My mechanic was telling me a story the other day of some friends he had who purchased a 5000 years ago when brand-new. They also elected to purchase an extended warranty with $0 deductible for $1,800. Now, back in the mid 1980s, you understand just how much that amount of money meant.
He said it turned out to be worth every penny, however, because the total tab for warranty repairs on the car before 100,000 miles came in at over $30,000 (!!). He said at one point, Audi sent two inspectors 150 miles to examine the car at his shop because they simply could not believe that the car was having all of these problems.
The warranty company later refused to cover Audis, Land Rovers, and Jaguars, because this was back when Jags were notoriously unreliable. Even after doing this, they later went bankrupt!
If you buy this car for $900 and you spend another $900 to fix things, you've got a car of incomparable worth in comparison to the money invested. The Audi 5000 is "over-engineered" car and absolutely reliable (if maintained well). Taking into account that well over half of all car owners are ignorant as far as car maintenance is concerned, these cars appear to be indestructible. I have seen many Audi 5000s in excellent condition.
All in all, this car is made for eternity, for very long journeys - unprecedented comfort and reliability.
Remember, they are more than 20 years old, and majority of them are without a single spot of rust. The handling is excellent. Fuel consumption is comparable with the latest models of cars of similar categories...