1993 Audi 80 E 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland
Loved this car
Brake pipe at MOT, suspension ball joints, exhaust mid section, and so on.
Battery and alternator failed at around 100K.
Oil pump, most expensive item, replaced at 110K.
Servicing is a must as for any car, I did every oil change, and the car had full history upon purchase. No rust! Cosmetically the car was excellent. Even the interior looked great after many years and miles.
Solid red Audi 80 2.0 E, one of the best cars I ever had. Bought at 10 years old and would go on for another 7 years of reliable motoring.
These cars were not exciting to drive, instead the car had a solid predictable feel. Ride was rather firm, but cornered sharply. The car didn't feel too heavy as a lot of people complained, I found the handling nicely weighted.
2.0 petrol engine accelerated adequately, and you could get over 30 mpg taking it slow. Manual box was slick and satisfying to use.
Interior looked great in black, visibility was good, the car had all the basic instruments but was not very well equipped. Alloy wheels and sunroof, but... wind up windows?! Really Audi? Ford and Vauxhall offered electrics on some similar or cheaper basic cars at the time!
Overall however I loved it. Just was a good car, the odd expensive repair aside, I have good memories with this car. My father had a 1992 VW Passat at the time, which was very similar, but the Audi felt that little bit more refined and expensive.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd August, 2022
30th Aug 2022, 14:26
You could of course get electric windows on these cars (among other options) depending on the car's spec or what was an option when new. Fairly certain a friend's Audi 80 many years ago (1991 H reg I think) was a "sport" model and had 4x electric windows, and electric mirrors, half leather seats, etc. But base/lower range models were always a bit stingy with equipment levels on these cars at the time. Not just Audi, I believe even the BMW 3 series and Mercedes C Class/190e had wind up windows on lower spec cars as well at the time. Quite disappointing when you consider the price of these cars new back in the day. Still, you got a solid well engineered car at the very least.
Of course nowadays cars in general got better equipped as the years went on; it has been a long time since I was in any car that didn't have air con and electric windows as standard.