1992 Audi 80 Reviews - Page 6 of 6

1992 Audi 80 E 2.0 SOHC Injected from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 SOHC Injected Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired72400 kilometres
Most recent distance77800 kilometres
Previous carAudi 80 1.8 GTE

Summary:

Solid, safe, reliable, durable, and looks smart!

Faults:

Slight ATF fluid leak at the radiator end, problem with radiator fitting, will need new radiator (damn the automatic - never had radiator probs in any previous Audi I had, no choice - this is a Jap import with an automatic).

Slight coolant leak at the plastic coolant elbow on engine, possibly needs a new gasket.

Changed thermostat (wasn't running warm enough).

History unknown, so did full maintenance work including timing belt, fluids, auto transmission service, fuel filter.

General Comments:

Built like a tank - solid, no rattles, galvanised body won't rust.

Rigid - I bought this car because it's safe (with out paying through the nose for Swedish parts), a friend's survived a serious accident in an Audi with only a gash, he's bought another Audi.

Automatic is sluggish off the mark in city driving, but in the open road, can accelerate like my old 5-speed, thank goodness. Personally I'll ALWAYS go manual, but there are no 5-speed Audis in Japan, where this was imported from. Compromise - I wanted an Audi at a good price, must live with an automatic (Sob!)

Driving position not ideal for me - if I move the seat far enough back for my legs to be OK, I can't reach the steering wheel comfortably, must be an Audi trait.

My 4th Audi, new parts prices surprisingly reasonable vs. modern Jap cars, and reliable, none of my previous Audis ever stranded me.

Design still looks modern, doesn't look "older" than the A4, only different, dashboard well-designed, looks great.

All problems normal for its age, never serious.

Fuel consumption not too good around town (strange, a previous similar Audi auto had much better economy), but better in constant open road speeds.

I'm happy enough, can't wait for the A4's to come in as affordable Jap imports.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th March, 2001

26th Jun 2002, 23:43

27 June '02 -- mileage now at 92K km, since getting the car the radiator has been changed, one coolant hose, and I'm going to get the leak in the steering rack rubber boot fixed. The only other thing is the air direction dial was stiff and traced to a broken airbox, but haven't bothered as it requires removing the dash. I just had the mechanic set the thing to "defrost" and took the cable out. All age-related, but the car has still never stranded me, always starts, and still rattle-free and solid.

1992 Audi 80 2.0 single point injection from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 single point injection Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired128300 miles
Most recent distance129200 miles
Previous carBMW 320i

Summary:

Solid and reliable (so far) transport

Faults:

Newly acquired with high mileage, changed oil/filters.

New discs at front and pads. Rears look like they need changing too - will have to wait.

General Comments:

Body is in very good condition, interior has held up surprisingly well considering its age - actually it's practically mint!

Could do with a little more power - only 90bhp available. Good to have an engine that it is possible to work on.

Not as 'in your face' as a BMW.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th March, 2001

1992 Audi 80 2.3L 5 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.3L 5 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance135000 miles
Previous carHyundai Excel

Summary:

A tribute to German engineering

Faults:

Air conditioner compressor clutch needed to be replaced, otherwise *very* reliable and cheap car to maintain.

General Comments:

Excellent car -- German engineering really shows with this car. The five-cylinder engine with four speed automatic transmission is great! ABS brakes, drivers air bag, and other features make it a safe and comfortable car to drive. Air conditioning is great -- I never had it in a car before. I can't believe I drove a Hyundai Excel for two years!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th July, 2000

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