1992 Audi 80 TDI 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
It may be uncool and boring, but it costs buttons to run and it is utterly reliable
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.
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