1989 Audi 80 Reviews

1989 Audi 80 Quattro 2.3 litre inline 5 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.3 litre inline 5 Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired136000 miles
Most recent distance145000 miles
Previous carLincoln Mark VIII

Summary:

The prince of winter driving :)

Faults:

Replaced all calipers, E-brake cables, pads, rotors, and rear brake lines due to rust.

Replaced vacuum hoses, idle control valve.

Replaced ignition coil, plugs, wires.

Replaced thermostat.

Replaced air filter.

Replaced fuel injector seals to remedy warm restart problem.

Replaced passenger side CV boot.

Replaced passenger side strut mount and control arm bushings.

Replaced steering rack (rack wasn't bad, tie rod assemblies were seized and had to replace the whole thing to get them out).

Replaced brake vacuum booster (accidentally broke it while reinstalling the old one)

Replaced oxygen sensor.

Replaced down pipe, center muffler clamps, rear muffler (due to broken mount and it dragging on the rear axle due to previous owner neglect)

Replaced the fuel pump, filter, accumulator, tray assembly, and main line to front of the car due to just a leak at the filter and everything being completely seized together : (Couldn't risk using a impact wrench to take off the one nut because of risk of spark blowing the whole car up!!!

General Comments:

Only things that have gone bad on the car are normal maintenance items and normally due to corrosion from it being a New York car it's whole life. The body on the car is near perfect and it's a monster in the snow with Quattro awd and the Blizzak snow tires I added :) It took a lot of work (95% done by myself), but now I have a like new, reliable, cheap to insure, and paid for car. Longevity seems to be a strong point on these cars and I've seen them with over 300,000 miles and still running strong normally on original clutch. By the looks of the clutch kits, for only 130hp they over clutched these cars. If not for corrosion, most everything would have been perfect on this car.

I bought the car for $1200, and have put about $3000 into it over 2 years, so basically less than $4300 for a car that should last me for many years of good service, it's regularly washed and waxed, fluid changes, etc. Since the body is in such good condition, I plan to keep this car indefinitely as a work car/grocery go getter, while I purchase a second car (e.g. M3, 911, sl600 (all used of course :) ).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd March, 2007

1989 Audi 80 S 1.8. i from Latvia

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.8. i Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired240000 kilometres
Most recent distance250000 kilometres
Previous carMazda 626

Summary:

Waste of time and money

Faults:

Dampers and brake calipers failed at just 1000km.

Both engine and generator belts failed at 9000km.

Heater failed in cold winter.

General Comments:

Cheap as dirt, but not even an average ride.

1.8.i engine has only 100 Hp, which makes highway driving and any maneuver uncomfortable.

3-step automatic transmission is outdated.

Bad handling above 100 km/h, mostly because of light weight.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th January, 2007

31st Jan 2007, 11:00

Firstly the car you speak of is not a Sport as they do not come in automatic, secondly the only automatic AUDI 80 of that year was the 2L non sport. The Audi S80 is nothing like what you described. It has 126bhp, is very quick and smooth a 130mph. These cars fill the clock very quickly and because it's a heavy car it sticks to the road resulting in excellent handling. Please do not display your ignorance of classic cars. I have three of these and they're all great.

1989 Audi 80 2.0E from Netherlands

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0E Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 kilometres
Most recent distance170000 kilometres
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Great car and still at it's age it's not out of date

Faults:

The shock absorber was leaking. This was very costly to replace.

And the watertube did break. Just replaced and now it's working well again.

General Comments:

Very nice and quite a quick car. Drives very well on the high way. I love it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th January, 2007

1989 Audi 80 2.0L Four Cylinder from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0L Four Cylinder Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired143000 miles
Most recent distance158000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz W116

Summary:

Cheap and Fun

Faults:

When installing a new rotor and cap on the distributor, I accidentally broke a little plastic clip that holds the wires for the electronic timing advance, which later shorted out, and I had to buy a new distributor. So not really a big problem, since it was my fault.

The rubber seals and bushings around fuel injectors were old and cracked, so I replaced them at 154000 miles.

The exhaust leaks, but it's still original.

Interior wear is really starting to show, and the door panel cloth is falling off and the headliner is sagging.

General Comments:

Being the base model in the Audi line for 1989 the features are kind of spartan on this car. However it has A/C that still blows cold, power windows and mirrors, heated mirrors. The seats are very plain, but very supportive and comfortable. The best thing about this car is the handling, but it is not very quick. (105 horses of fury).

One thing of note: The brake and gas pedal are very close together, which would be great if this was a race car for heel/toe, but it's not, and my size 13 feet will accidentally hit both some times (great seat belt check I guess)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th November, 2005

28th Nov 2007, 14:35

Yes, I agree with you about the gas and brake pedals being too close together for those whose feet are big enough. Mine are size 12.5 feet, and 3 days ago I had a small accident when parking because I hit both pedals accidentally.

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 15 reviews