1989 Audi 80 Reviews - Page 3 of 3

1989 Audi 80 Audi E 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Polo

Summary:

Still up there-a classy aging lioness

Faults:

Front suspension bushes all need replaced.

New clutch slave cylinder at 135k.

Complete new clutch, including fork, at 137k.

General Comments:

Head-room a bit restrictive - I'm 6'1"

Boot space is compromised for anything other than a medium load. Split-folding seats would be very welcome.

Steering is very taught. With 195's and alloys you can easily throw it around-it's very forgiving and built on a sound chassis.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th April, 2004

1989 Audi 80 1.8 base 1.8 carburettor from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 carburettor Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 miles
Most recent distance165000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Rover 213 SE

Summary:

Great value because it lasts so well

Faults:

Gearbox was noisy and had to be rebuilt at 64,000m. This appears to be a common fault.

The carburettor has a tendency to ice up. This was due to the air intake failing to operate properly and on another occasion the air intake shroud over the manifold rusted through.

The rubber seal below the carburettor also perishes and the carburettor has been rebuilt as a consequence.

General Comments:

The car is very well built and does not rust. After 13 years the doors all shut properly and there are no leaks. I feel the body will outlast the mechanical components.

It handles extremely well on snow.

Fuel consumption is good.

It is such a nice car to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd February, 2003

1989 Audi 80 2.0e 2 litre 8v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2 litre 8v petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired149000 miles
Most recent distance156000 miles
Previous carNissan Micra

Summary:

Reliable mile eater for peanuts

Faults:

Front brake disks were warped when I purchased the car, resulting in a slight juddering when braking. Easily changed.

Central locking had a leak in the vacuum. Which meant I lean over and lock the passenger side first.

General Comments:

Superb comfort for easy mile eating.

Bombproof build quality.

An amazing 38 miles to the gallon on a run.

Only let down by the dark interior and lack of anti lock brakes. It is a lot of metal to stop without it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th January, 2003

4th Apr 2004, 14:54

I have the same problem where I need to unlock it from the passenger door, this opens all doors including the drivers?? from the drivers door it only opens that one door! How did you fix this problem with the C/L thanks.

1989 Audi 80 S 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired178000 miles
Most recent distance185000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Passat

Summary:

Quality saloon car that refuses to age

Faults:

Front suspension bushes worn and will need replacement at the 190k mile service.

One wheel bearing replaced.

Tappets sometimes quite loud on initial starting. Typical at high mileage.

Cracking noise from CV joints when steering on full lock. Typical at high mileage.

General Comments:

Car has been pressed into service as a second vehicle for work use and covers 800 miles every week, mostly on the motorway.

Handling and suspension feels a bit tired when travelling around town.

Brilliant as a motorway car, as the gearing is just right for relaxed high speed work.

Bodywork unmarked and the interior in remarkable condition with virtually no wear (!)

Astonishing build quality - car still feels really well made and safe to be in (even though it's too old for air bags, ABS and other modern passive devices).

Steering very heavy without PAS.

Design still does not look too dated.

Brilliant as a workhorse.

These cars will go to extreme mileages if serviced correctly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st July, 2002

1989 Audi 80 S 1.8 Carb 8v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.8 Carb 8v Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired71000 miles
Most recent distance84000 miles
Previous carAudi 100 2.3e

Faults:

Front shock absorbers replaced with gas units.

All 4 tyres replaced with Bridgestone ER20s.

Automatic advance/retard diaphram on the distributor to be replaced.

Trademark tappet noise when cold.

Slight slackness in steering (non-PAS) to be looked at.

General Comments:

Considering how much stick I give it this car, it just gets on with it. Won't rust and I don't feel safe in "normal" cars after having this. Fords etc feel too flimsy now.

A bit slow but very safe and surefooted and, no matter how hard you push the car, it looks after you. The next cars will have to be German and I want a rare Audi 90 Quattro Sport if I can find one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th December, 2000

1989 Audi 80 E 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired88000 miles
Most recent distance102000 miles
Previous carAudi 80

Summary:

Better than an 8,000ukp small hatchback!

Faults:

A leaking gasket in the engine. Other than that its just been routine servicing. Oil change, timing belt (replaced just for reassurance!), spark plugs, brakes and oil filter.

General Comments:

Very reliable, everything works perfectly, solid and ages well. But the boot is very small!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st September, 2000

12th Sep 2001, 16:35

1988 Audi 80.

My automatic gearbox just blew, really watch out for this one!!!

1989 Audi 80 1.8s 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10

Faults:

The car won`t idle for long without coughing and dying, haven`t got to the bottom of it yet. But this is the only problem which, once used to it is no hassle.

General Comments:

Currently under-tyred so will run it`s nose wide under spirited driving but nothing some Audi alloys with 195+ tyres won`t sort out.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st March, 1999

1989 Audi 80 S 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10

Faults:

Noisy tappets, gone once warmed up.

General Comments:

I am still getting used to the car but so far I`m very pleased, especially the build quality.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 1998

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