1988 Audi 80 Reviews

1988 Audi 80 S 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired155000 miles
Most recent distance180000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz E-Class

Summary:

Fast and tasteful Classic

Faults:

Fuel gauge stopped working for about a week. No further problems!

General Comments:

This is the best car I ever owned. its 1.8 petrol engine is powerful with plenty of torque.

The interior is very comfortable and elegant.

Very few people know just how fast this car is, but its good to see the shocked look on the faces of the BMW driver as the 80 sport speeds by at up to 132mph.

The car looks amazing for nearly 18 years old.

The 80 sport also comes with a fuel pressure distributor which gives it an extra boost to take on the larger competition. This acts quite like a turbo, but results in high fuel consumption.

I sold the car last year for £2000 but it was a massive mistake as my new golf lacks its awe factor.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th April, 2006

1988 Audi 80 S 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 miles
Most recent distance200000 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

A Sporty Luxury classic

Faults:

Wishbones.

Worn brakes.

General Comments:

I was very surprised by the speed of this car. It accelerates well and has good top speed. I've managed to get 130mph out of it on motorways. my previous BMW 318 was a slow unreliable waste compared to the Audi. I love this car and will keep it for as long as it lives.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th March, 2006

1988 Audi 80 E 1.8 KE-jetronic from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.8 KE-jetronic Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired219000 kilometres
Most recent distance240000 kilometres
Previous carAudi 80

Summary:

A very satisfying car to drive

Faults:

Valve oil stem seals, oil cooler (fitted above oil filter). this lets oil into water system.

Door and roof liner falling off.

General Comments:

This is the best car I have owned. cleaned up it looks good and not dated at all. It uses the 1st generation fuel injection system, not needing a computer so is very cheap and easy to maintain.

From service history I have obtained it is on its 1st clutch. Galvanised body, not a spot of rust. Have installed momo gear and steering kit. Very nice to drive, I prefer this car to my wifes BMW 318is.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th October, 2005

1988 Audi 80 quattro 2.3L 5 cylinder from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.3L 5 cylinder Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired118000 miles
Most recent distance360000 miles
Previous carAudi Coupe

Summary:

This has been one of the best cars I've owned

Faults:

Replaced battery twice.

Replaced Exhaust.

Wiper motor failed.

Replaced emergency brake cables.

Replaced rear calipers.

Replaced shocks/struts.

Replaced front rotors.

Rebuilt sloppy shifter linkage.

Lower outside door moldings are falling off.

Lifters have made ticking sounds since I've owned the car.

General Comments:

My '88 Audi 80 quattro has been a great car since I purchased it. I have put 240,000 miles on it since 1997 and have only replaced items due to maintenance. Every single thing, including the A/C still works on the car. No complaints here at all.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th February, 2005

1988 Audi 80 1.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.8 / 10
Distance when acquired165000 miles
Most recent distance198000 miles
Previous carNissan 2 X 4 Truck

Summary:

If you want to waste your money, buy an Audi!!!

Faults:

Where to start? The fuel injection wires were frayed, had to replace them, ($250) The air intake had a small hole in it, had to have it replaces ($280) Spark plug wires twice ($89.95 x 2) Radiator hose (Audi dealer wanted $100, I made my own for $9) Wheel barrings were replaces twice ($350 x 2) And the grim reaper came and took it finally and took out the trans-axel and the clutch. (est. $2300) The car did not like our cold Minnesota winters, and did not like our hot summers. The car aged very badly.

General Comments:

This has been the most expensive and worst car I have ever had. It is slow and does not handle well at all. I will never buy and Audi again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th February, 2004

16th Aug 2008, 05:36

Seriously man, you know that mechanics don't work for free and you (should) know that nothing lasts forever. Seeing as how old cars are closer to "forever" than new cars you have to expect that things will go wrong. The problems you mention are fairly normal for ANY old (er) car and, for example, with a spare hour or two any home mechanic can replace wheel bearings in his driveway for much less than $100. It may be a wise future move for you to either buy a new car or buy a manual.

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 12 reviews