1994 Audi 80 B4 2.6 V6 from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

A great car, but mine was unreliable at best

Faults:

Within 2 days of picking the car up from the dealer it started overheating, the dealer mechanic had connected the electric thermo-fans backwards resulting in hot air from the engine being blown through the radiator. This took 4 trips to the mechanic to fix.

At 99,000 km the heater core outlet failed dumping to coolant all over the road, leaving me stranded. I was told the heater core would cost AUD$1000+ to replace so I by-passed it leaving the car drivable, but with no heating.

The following day the fuel pump failed, leaving me stranded (twice in two days not happy).

At 102,000 Km I took the car to a auto trans specialist for a service after I noticed the gear changes were getting a bit 'sloppy'. I was told that they had found plastic and clutch material in the filter. The mechanic advised me to sell the car before the auto gearbox failed leaving me with a AUD$3500-5000 bill.

General Comments:

The car is beautiful to drive, the steering is responsive and there is plenty of power.

The interior is a delight, if you turn the stereo down the only sound you hear is the creaking of the leather seats.

There is a slight lack of interior room particularly if the driver is over 6 foot.

The only thing that spoilt the driving pleasure of this vehicle was wondering what was going to break next and how much it was going to cost to fix. I think I must have been unlucky and bought a poor example. Sorry if you ended up buying it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 27th April, 2004

6th Jun 2004, 06:58

Yes.

I concure also. I have had Audi 80 2.6E for some 3.5 years. My also was very unreliable and EXPENSIVE to repair. I had all the same issues, plus timing belt jumping due to a siesed water pump ($1,500), Fuel pump ($500), Radiator Core - After I sold it! ($1200)

This is a good car - in GERMANY!

20th Aug 2004, 03:39

Funny, we have one as well, it has been most unreliable. We have had heater core, gearbox, brakes (which is still not fixed, because no one knows what is wrong with it), now we have an idle problem which is currently being fixed. Lucky for us we had mechanical insurance and they spent $11,000 on the car in the first 12 months, we have only had it 18 months. I wonder what is going to be next. It only has 80,000 km.

17th Oct 2004, 13:09

Hi there,

It is strange to read such thing about Audi. I think that mechanics are not informed enough about some special feature of this brand or they are superficial. the 2,6 litre Audi is very reliable. Mine is running since 3 years already without major problem (manual).

Only a thermostat and 3 relays went wrong, beside wearing out of brakes which is obviously normal. The tachometer shows 286.000km. I bought it with 189.000 km.

30th Apr 2007, 05:38

I'm stuck with a 2.6E also.

First the heater core went (not worth fixing) then the head gasket went ($2,000) now the trans (auto) is getting sloppy (nightmarish costs)

Sooner I offload it the better...I'll stick to BMW's from now on.

23rd Jul 2008, 21:08

I have a Audi 1994 V6 80 26e with transmission problems.

The auto transmission experts say there is nothing wrong with the transmission.

The audio dealer did not have the correct equipment to diagnose the fault.

Cheers.

1994 Audi 80 avant 1.9tdi from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Fantastic teutonic reliability

Faults:

Tailgate lock.

Jammed thermostat.

AM radio reception poor.

General Comments:

Absolutely reliable.

More economical than a mini.

Everything works and feels like it's gonna last forever.

Will happily sit all day on the motorway at legal limit and still do at least 50 mpg.

Usual fanatical Teutonic attention to detail on all moving components of the car, everything over engineered and made to last.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 2004