In one word--excellent--I'm not sure I can go back to American or Japanese after this
The power steering pump and/or hoses may be leaking--there is a decent amount of wet, (or formerly wet), area on the skid plate and the steering is sluggish at low speeds as well as during braking.
The interior climate control fan is losing at least one bearing. Sounds emanating from behind the dash range from squeaks to rattles, (sounding like a small rubber ball is bouncing off the fan and throughout the fan housing).
The sound system is all factory original, so it really is not a big surprise that the speakers cannot handle high volume levels without distortion and rattling. Also, the previous owners didn't pay much attention to their children's activities--there are coins in the tape player and food stains abound throughout the interior.
I have owned American and Japanese cars in the past, but none of them can even compare to the solid feel and comfort of the 80.
The bulk of the car seems almost too much for the little 4-banger under the hood, but I do not think the Audi engineers were trying to build a street racer when they designed this car.
The interior, however defaced it may be because of prior abuse, is still in great shape and is very comfortable--more comfortable than any car I have owned, previously. I'm looking forward to road trips that I have been postponing due to the lack of a comfortable ride.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th September, 2004