1984 Audi 80 GL 1.8 from Belgium
Solid, magnificent german cult car
Water pump had to be replaced after a few years, and few years later the gearbox at around 125000km, which is I guess more rare than common.
Being the fact that this was my first car, it will always be remembered as a tremendous time; my first car, a whole lot of freedom.
I still think about this car with great nostalgia.
It had no power steering, so if I think back it needed some more muscle to manoeuvre at very low speeds.
The 1.8 petrol liter engine was a very powerful and strong engine for that car at that time. I drag raced several younger cars with it who had similar engines; it was almost as fast as the Opel (Vauxhall) Calibra 2.0, which was a very sporty and much younger car that the Audi 80. The handbrake handling was superb... I could do a 180 degree turn on a 2 way dry tarmac road. I loved to drive that car; after some time I handled it as if it was an extension of my body... controlled it perfectly.
The gearbox broke apart, though I replaced it myself with a second hand one together with my brother, since we had a greasepit back home, and we had the tools; it was a great chore.
I had the GL that had velvet seats of good quality. It even had a roll-knop-button apart from the radio, which you can pan the sound of your radio-CD to the front speakers or to the back speakers or to both, which was superb. With two people in front, you could set it to only back speakers, which was comfortable for having conversation and music.
It is now considered an old timer. If I had the budget for it, I would import one from Germany... because there you can still find some in excellent condition for a reasonable price, although more expensive than what I paid at the time when I bought it. I bought it for 30000BEF = 750euro and drove with it for 6 years, and how, you don't want to know ;o)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th April, 2011