1988 Audi 90 Q 2.3 from North America
Nice good looking car for its age
All belts to include timing belt replaced.
Water pump, tensioner, and puller replaced.
Secondary radiator replaced.
Above repair costs = $1,000.00.
I purchased this car based on the recommendations and the good ratings on this site. It's a Pearl white and for its age, it looks good; as a matter of fact I park it close to my window just so I can look at it!
I can't blame the problems I've had in these short two months of ownership on the car. As you can see, all the issues are preventative maintenance issues. The previous idiot (owner) trashed this car and didn't take care of it. It runs OK, just a bit sluggish and I'll blame that on a tuneup that it needs. It also still needs front struts, lower control arm bushings (front), and a front driver side seat. Looking at another 1,000.00 dollars and the car will be up to par.
No regrets, pretty happy overall. THE PARTS ARE EXPENSIVE AND SO IS THE LABOR IN THESE SHOPS!!! so be prepared if you're not a mechanic, still, I highly recommend the car!!!
P.S. I paid $600 for it when I originally purchased it, have put in $1,000.00 in repairs. Do the math. I still got a good deal... No dents, paint still good, tranny still works and compression test passed!!! I'll have it for a while my friends.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st July, 2009
15th Apr 2010, 00:04
Update: I now have had the car for almost a year and problems are starting to show.
There's some type of electrical short that continuously fries my instrument cluster lights (15 amp fuse). Still a mystery!
2nd: the car runs extremely sluggish. I thought it was the plugs, but after replacing those, the car runs worse!
Replaced air filter (it was nasty!) today and next step is to get it diagnosed with a scanner.
Engine wise it's an outstanding car, but like an Audi shop told me last year: "the only thing good on this car that will last is the engine. Everything else is garbage, get rid of it!".
I obviously did not listen as overall it has been a good car, but I will admit, it's tempting to get rid of it at this stage!!!
P.S.- The air filter was a nightmare to get to!!!