1988 Audi 80 Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1988 Audi 80 TD 1.6 TD from Slovenia

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 TD Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 kilometres
Most recent distance154000 kilometres
Previous carAudi 80

Summary:

A comfortable, low - cost limousine

Faults:

The water pump blew. It cost 100 euro to fix. (and 2 hours of my own work)

The ABS light comes on at 125 km/h (75 mph). Probably a relay error.

Driver seat broke. I Had to weld.

Clutch totally broke down. It cost 150 euro and 8 hours of my own work to fix.

Interior heat radiator blew, water spilled into cabin. Took 80 euro and 10 hours of my own work to fix. I had to take the whole dashboard apart.

General Comments:

I really love this car. It is very solid, it still looks modern and is very comfortable.

The handling costs are at minimum. It has an average consumption of 5.5 liter/100 km.

It is a turbo diesel, has only 82 HP, but goes quite well. On flats it can reach up to 190 km/h.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th May, 2003

5th May 2005, 04:50

My brother had the same problem with heater radiator in dashboard. Engine almost had no water in it and there was about 5 liters of water in cabin.

Very, very painful job to do. We needed six hours to fix the problem.

This is third one replaced for last two years!!!I think it`s because of poor quality parts he was buying.

1988 Audi 80 1.8 petrol from Romania

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 kilometres
Most recent distance161000 kilometres
Previous carDaewoo Tico

Summary:

Audi 80 - the last Audi to really last.

Faults:

Suspensions must undergo repairs pretty often (in part because of the road quality).

Air direction switch is getting harder to use, probably needing a cleaning of the mechanism.

General Comments:

The car is very solid and well-built. Even after 15 years it doesn't show important flaws and handles very well.

The Audi 80's design is still attractive and I really like standing and just watching its unique shape.

The thing I admire most is the interior of the car, which is of good quality and still modern design, although its plastic parts are no match for newer materials.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th March, 2003

1988 Audi 80 2.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired172000 miles
Most recent distance183000 miles

Summary:

Great car for what I payed, lots of potential

Faults:

I bought the car for a hundred dollars with the understanding that it had a blown engine. As it turns out, the engine was fine. Still to replace are the exhaust, water pump, and shocks.

General Comments:

I have only had the car for about 2 months, and in that time including the cost of the car I have payed about 200 dollars. I have saved myself tons of money by doing the work myself. All said and done I should have this car in very good working condition for well under a thousand dollars. I was dead set against European cars before I got this car, but I have since changed my tune. It's a pleasure to work on and a pleasure to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th June, 2002

1988 Audi 80 2.0L 4-cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0L 4-cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired177000 miles
Most recent distance183000 miles
Previous carVolvo 240

Summary:

Can't go wrong for $400

Faults:

Replaced the front struts.

Replaced the exhaust system.

Had to fix an electrical problem before it would run.

A few minor wiring problems throughout the car, don't know how to fix (trunk light, glove box light, front passenger window control light, etc.).

General Comments:

I love this car. My dad got it for me because he owns a wrecking yard and bought it for $400. It's not the best car ever, but you can't go wrong for such a low cost. He had to get it running and replace a few things, but it runs fine now. Still won't pass DEQ, but oh well.

It has power everything, which is really nice compared to my old Volvo which had power steering, brakes, and locks, which wasn't much help. I'm a little too used to rear-wheel drive though, so every once in a while I oversteer.

Lastly, the performance is so so. With just me in the car driving around, I feel like I'm in a sports car. But get a friend or two in there and the weight really bogs down the performance. I wasn't expecting incredible speed from this car, but I also didn't think the drop-off would be so severe.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st July, 2001

31st Jul 2001, 18:36

Since you've got the 3-speed automatic, make sure you get the tranny and the diff properly serviced, there's an inherent fault where the seals between them perish and the diff fluid goes to the tranny and runs the diff dry. Very expensive to fix. Later 4-speed autos are immune from this, but it didn't kick in unti '92.

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