1992 Audi 80 Reviews - Page 2 of 6

1992 Audi 80 TDI 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance273000 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

It may be uncool and boring, but it costs buttons to run and it is utterly reliable

Faults:

Gearbox replaced at 70000 miles under warranty.

Normal wear and tear from 16 years of daily use. The drivers seat has started to warp and the corner has frayed.

The turbo was reconditioned at 150000 miles after we were told that the car was only fit to be scrapped. We were told to scrap it by many garages many times.

Air pipe into the turbo had a giant rip in it and we thought that it had reached the end of the road. This was at 260000 and it was belching black smoke and making a meal out of hills. A 20 euro pipe later and it was as good as new.

The bonnet strut gave up at 200000 miles. We used part of an old door frame to keep it open for about a year until the car test was due, and we paid 220 Euros to get a bonnet strut. Ouch.

Like other reviewers, we have noted that it eats front bushings on a regular basis.

The only trim to fall off was the little Audi 80 badge over the glove-box. A slight problem and was most likely something we did with the many things we hauled in it.

General Comments:

This car is slow off the mark, but once you get it warmed up, it keeps up with motorway traffic. I did 1000 miles in it in one weekend.

The brakes are rubbish. They do work, but your foot is at the firewall when they decide that its time to stop. The brakes are fine, just not as modern as I would like. You have to hang back in traffic a bit because cars in front with ABS, when they slam on will stop very fast, and this thing will pile on into the back of them. Or straight through them it feels like.

This one was one of the first batch into Ireland in Feb '92, and has been passed onto me by my folks who still own the old bus. This car will go forever. We keep it well maintained and check the oil often.

We put fully synthetic oil in the car from day 1. The guy at the motor factors thinks we are nuts, but the car still goes.

The car is worth more to us than the market price. It's given 16 years of service, and there is no benefit bar comfort and snobbery in getting another car. I added some toys like sat nav and a Nokia car kit.

Everything works in it apart from the little lights in the glove box and boot, and the alarm. The bulbs blew, and we lost the key to the alarm and the key fobs disintegrated about 10 years ago. Nobody has tried to steal it, and nobody has broken into it.

Not a single rattle from anywhere.

The handling isn't fabulous. The steering is as vague as an election promise, and you won't make any fast getaways in it. Bank robbers look elsewhere.

I hate taking it on back road because it doesn't like to be rushed, and when it is eventually rushed it doesn't like slowing down too much. This thing takes a long term view of everything it does.

But for sheer endurance, and looking at the condition of the many Audi 80s still on the road, it is the best built car Audi made.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th February, 2008

1992 Audi 80 E 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance106000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 306

Summary:

I cherish this vehicle

Faults:

Wish bone struts & bushes replaced as well as front shock absorbers. (98,000 miles)

Timing belt replaced. (98,000 miles)

New fuel lines. (98,000 miles)

Hand-brake cables replaced (98,000 miles)

All repairs carried out as precaution due to age.

General Comments:

Drives like a new car. Still tight gear changes, responsive & reliable beyond compare. Starts first time, every time.

Would have no hesitation to drive the car anywhere without the worry of getting home again.

No blemishes on immaculate bodywork & interior as new.

Lucky to have bought car from one previous Lady owner with F.A.S.H.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th September, 2006

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 15 reviews