1988 Audi 80 S 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland


One heck of a car!


Water pump 133,000 miles.

Battery 99,000.

CV twice.

Plus wear and tear items and that is about it!

General Comments:

This is without doubt the best, cheapest and most reliable car I have ever owned, and I would recommend one to anyone, I have both managed to get 130 mph whilst also getting 660 miles out of a tank on a journey from Devon to Scotland, there are not many petrol engined cars that can do that!

Finally, two days ago, I put it in for its MOT and it failed... on a 99p bulb!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd April, 2000

8th Jan 2001, 01:57

I live in Middlesbrough, I have a 1985 Audi 80 1.8 and I love the car.

I too have had 130mph, maybe more, I'm not sure because it only says 120 on the speedo but I've had the needle bouncing off the mile checker at the bottom of the clock. It also uses less petrol than my 1.3 Nissan Sunny used to use.

I will only ever buy Audis from now on.


Very Happy of Middlesbrough

1988 Audi 80 S 1.8 from Sweden


Rear wheel bearing (right side).

Rear brake pipes (rust!).

Front brake hoses.

Heat sensor for injection.

Front shock absorbers.

Plastic(!) cooling hoses connections on head and water pump (poor quality).

Almost all of the dashboard lamps (Cheap to buy but hard to change).

Cam shaft drive belt and tensioner (service only, cheap and easy to replace)

Fuel pump relay (most expensive thing during the three years I've owned the car so far).

General Comments:

The car has covered 250K km. Previous owner drove a lot on gravel roads and didn't really take care of the car at all. I'm convinced that this maltreatment would have killed any other car from 1988.

Engine uses ca 1l oil per 1800 km. No gear box problems.

I'm very satisfied with the car. I do all the work myself and the design is fairly straight forward and simple. Plenty of space at the engine compartment. No body rust problems due to zinc plating. Some knocking from valve lifters but it is "normal". The only main disappointment is luggage compartment size (tiny, better from 1992 onward). Car goes ca 14km/liter. If you want to buy one, go for the model with Bosch KE-Jetronic injection (my own opinion). This is a good system, works for ever and is easy to maintain as well. I have always bought a Haynes manual for every car I've owned and "do it yourself" has definitely saved me a fortune!

My next car will be a Audi too!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th November, 1999

1988 Audi 80 E 1.9 from Australia and New Zealand



General Comments:

A very good car for a very cheap price. Its very comfortable and easy to drive, handles very well and gets good fuel economy. All you need to do is change the oil every now and then and add fuel.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th July, 1999