1992 Audi 80 2.0 E 2.0 8v multi point injection from UK and Ireland
If looked after and serviced regularly these cars would take you to the moon... and back. Superb!
The catalytic converter had to be replaced along with the lambda sensor (140,000 miles) at a cost of £800.
The front wishbone bushes and front subframe bushes had to be replaced at 160,000 miles.
The valve stem oil seals had to be replaced at 135,000 miles.
The distributer and hall effect sensor packed up at 208,000 miles.
This was an extremely well built and reliable car which never broke down in the four years that I owned it. It always started first time, apart from when the distributer packed up, and ran smoothly.
For a car of it's size the 2.0 8v (117 b.h.p) engine seemed a bit small and lacked urgency in it's acceleration (11.5 seconds 0-60m.p.h). However, it was a fine motorway cruiser where it was refined, quiet and fairly economical and capable of reaching its top speed of 120 m.p.h even after 200,000 miles.
On the down side the car did guzzle fuel a bit when driving around town.
The engine was absolutely bombproof and you could rev it up to the red line all day and the bodywork was equally as good. After a Ford Focus pulled out in front of me from a side road the only damage to the Audi was the headlights and washers, fog-lights and grille while the Focus' B pillar was were the handbrake sat. (no joke!)
Well equipped with height adjustment and heating on both front seats, air conditioning, ABS, electric everything, even heated windscreen washers and door locks. The power steering was a peach!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd April, 2006
With regard to the accident you had, I don't think your Audi would fair too well. The Ford has a four star Euro NCAP award while I don't think your 80 would gain more than 1, yet it comes with the Pro-Con Ten safety system.
With regard to the previous post. NCAP ratings are slightly redundant when comparing a post 1997' car with a 1991-1995 model. NCAP also take into account things, which I don't think concerned this owner. I think this owner was talking more about the fact his car wasn't a write-off when the focus clearly was: that is something EuroNCAP don't take into account.
Agreed the word "bombproof" is debatable and the NCAP rating of a Ford Focus is indeed very good; but from what this owner has described after an accident, I wouldn't judge the safety and frame build of a car soley on an NCAP rating.
If you ask me, you can keep your NCAP stats- Ford have simply NEVER made a car close to the Audi 80. I'd rather not have a car crumple like tin foil on impact thank you very much.
Buying a 2.0 Audi 80 E this week- survey to follow.