1992 Audi 80 Reviews - Page 4 of 6

1992 Audi 80 2 litre from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2 litre Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance118000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

This car saved my life

Faults:

Needed a new exhaust down pipe.

Needed a new catalytic converter at £200.

Needed a new mid section exhaust.

Needed new distributor cap and rotor arm.

Also needed new spark plug leads for mot.

General Comments:

I had the carburettor model and it was not as quick as I thought it might be.

The interior for age was in great condition, almost as good as new.

As the base model it didn't have many toys which was a shame.

The handling of the car was great, despite the high miles it still drove like new.

Above all the car is built like a tank. I skidded on ice head on into a tree, then bounced off it into another one side on. I walked away with a dislocated clavicle and no bruises.

The door pillar came in slightly on the drivers side knocking me about a bit. The bonnet had a slight dent in it, though the bumper disintegrated.

Unfortunately the car is a write off. It had to be peeled off the tree!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th March, 2005

1992 Audi 80 16v 2.0 16v from UK and Ireland

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance168000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Polo

Summary:

Looks as good as it goes - unbelievable quality for a 12 year old car

Faults:

Tyres needed replacing because previous owner had fitted suspension and shocks incorrectly. Full set of Avon ZV3 and front suspension replaced by AA service centre for 460.00GBP.

Replaced cam belt as a precautionary measure -125.00GBP.

Broken Switch for radiator fans replaced - 90.00GBP from Audi service centre.

Broken hose - 13.00GBP.

General Comments:

Previously had a VW Polo, which was spartan, but reliable. Needed a bigger car with longer legs due to relocation and need to commute. Bought the Audi for 900 quid off an internet advert. Owner had previous service history, had fitted a remote central locking alarm and a CD player.

The car has ABS, side impact protection and is incredibly solid - there is a lot of steel between you and the outside world.

No airbags on this model unfortunately.

This £900 car has done 48000 miles in 12 months, and has had no real problems. It starts every time, is superb for motorways and long A-roads and has NO corrosion anywhere.

This is NOT a nippy town car - performs best above 3000 revs, and accelerates really well in 4th and 5th, but is a bit heavy and slow in the lower gears.

Very high waisted, low overall glass area, so visibility is not very good.

Driver footwell a bit cramped, with no spare room for a footrest.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th February, 2005

22nd Dec 2005, 02:28

Very good news/review. I had to get another car in a hurry and I ended up with a 16V 93 Audi 80. I am very impressed with the build quality, everything still works and there are no rattles or squeaks. This car has a full service history (Audi dealer) and has done 103,000miles. Is there anything I should be looking out for to go wrong? A friend (Audi Mechanic) will be servicing it from now on (only costs me parts and beer!). The only gripe is that it's kinda pink now instead of red, but I'll T-cut her to sort that out.

16th May 2007, 16:23

I've owned a 1992 16v for past fours years, and it has never let me down. I bought a new car recently, and have decided to keep the Audi as well because it's always been reliable. The only major problem I've had is the head gasket, which went at 140,000m, but had the paper gasket replaced with a metal one, so it will go on forever.

A very good car, starting to look a bit dated, but makes an excellent work horse. Also the performance is still excellent at 190,000 miles.

A good old German tank!

1992 Audi 80 TDI 1.9 turbo diesel Intercooler from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Intercooler Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired62000 miles
Most recent distance155000 miles
Previous carDaihatsu Charade

Summary:

A Reliable, economical, high quality machine

Faults:

The hand brake cables have required replacement several times.

The Heater matrix has been replaced.

All the front suspension bushes have been replaced.

General Comments:

The Audi 80 TDI has a rather strange acceleration curve. It seems to accelerate at exactly the same rate from 0-60 as it does from 60-100. So although it may not feel very quick before 60 after than it seems to gather pace at a rather impressive rate. Off the mark it is a little sluggish. This is due to the turbo being introduced at almost 2200 revs. So to pull away quickly you must make sure that it is a these revs, otherwise it will bog down.

It is rather 'tall' geared. For example it will do 85mph in third gear, just over 100mph in fourth and romp on to 125mph in fifth.

In my experience, for a car of its size, the 80 handles rather well. It gives you far more confidence to throw it into bends than a number of hot hatches.

Inside, there are a few little niggles. The 'clutch foot' rest is very small on the right hand drive Audi 80's. So on long journeys, unless you are wearing very narrow shoes, you cannot get your foot past the clutch pedal to rest it.

The roof is quite low, this can be solved by lowering the driver's seat. However, neither the passenger seat nor the back seat have height adjustment. So try not to be alarmed when your taller passengers emerge from the car with the same postures as vultures.

The brakes are very good, chiefly because the disc's on the rear are far bigger than they need to be. This means you can safely bring the car to a halt even with four passengers.

Unlike the newer A4, the 80 has split fold rear seats which makes it very practical.

All Audi's leave the factory galvanized so if you find a rusty one it is more than likely that it has been involved in an accident.

This car is best suited to traveling great distances along the motorway. It will sit at 90 mph all day without missing a beat. Thus making the TDI Audi 80 a fast economical way of traveling across the country.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th August, 2004

8th Nov 2005, 15:05

You might as well have been talking about my Audi 80 TDI!My Audi has also suffered the exact same minor grievances as yours! These cars are possibly the best thing Audi ever made, it can be pushed harder round a corner than any lowered hot hatch boy racer and still give 50 ish to the gallon! Eat that nova boy!!

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