1988 Audi 90 Reviews - Page 2 of 4

1988 Audi 90 2.2 from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.2 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired83333 miles
Most recent distance87789 miles
Previous carAudi 90

Summary:

Awesome!

Faults:

I had to replace the battery!

General Comments:

The 1988 Audi 90 is a solid, reliable and smooth vehicle. I found the car on Ebay from a local guy in Atlanta who painted the car Metallic White from it's original Grey. A real sharp car. I had a 1990 Audi 90S with a 6Cyl which ran much faster and better pick up, but the guy who sold it to me lied about the cars transmission and I got my money back. The car I have now the 88 Audi 90 is one smooth machine. I only need to put a tune-up on it and off I am for my first long distance trip from Atl to Syracuse, NY should be fun.

If you never owned a Audi--I highly encourage you to drive one or buy one. Very stable cars and fun car to drive. They handle and hold the road well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th March, 2006

1988 Audi 90 e 2.2 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.2 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired220000 kilometres
Most recent distance223300 kilometres

Summary:

Class all the way until the sport kicks in

Faults:

The speedometer stopped working on the way home when I first brought it. This was fixed by simply pulling the instrument panel apart, then putting it back together.

The engine died when stopping or fast deceleration. This was fixed by adjusting fuel injection.

There is tappet noise when the engine is cold, but this is normal for an Audi, or so I have read.

General Comments:

I am very happy with this car. It is suitable for town driving, being pleasant under 4000 rpm. When I want to have some fun I plant my foot.

The 2.2 liter engine isn't too thirsty. I haven't worked out the mileage, but it is not much more than the Honda Civic 1.5 I was driving before.

The thing I like best about this car is the way it looks. It has class with a lot of sportiness.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th September, 2004

1988 Audi 90 Quattro 2.3 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.3 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 miles
Most recent distance230000 miles
Previous carCadillac DeVille

Summary:

A snow storms nightmare

Faults:

I replaced the Control Arm Bushings once at 200000 again at 228000.

I replaced the Struts at 228000.

I replaced the rear brakes, rotors, e-brake cables, LR inner CV boot and differential seal.

I replaced the clutch, rear main seal, Timing belt, cam and crank seals, water pump, valve cover gasket, thermostat at 200000.

I had a problem with the air flow meter at 224000. I also replaced the injectors at this time to remedy a hot start problem.

I replaced the power steering rack at 226000.

The drivers seat is very worn and ripped and the seat heater gave out.

I have also replaced countless little items that were worn, missing, broken, and such.

General Comments:

Over all this car has been excellent. It's not super fast and it has a heavy amount of under steer.

But it has never left me stranded and continues to perform quite well.

Though I wish it had a turbo for the mountain trips.

But the Quattro system is super.

The car has a surprising amount of passenger room. Especially for such a small car, but the trunk is over taken by the gas tank.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th January, 2004

27th Feb 2005, 14:53

I am interested in the comments regarding a hot start problem with the Audi 90 Quattro. I have the 10v 1989 2.3 90 Q (53,000 miles). Full service history etc, but suffering from a very bad hot start problem. I noticed your post citing new injectors to cure this. Can you give me any more details, since I do not want to replace mine unless the symptoms are the same!?

Thanks in advance.

1988 Audi 90 2.3 5 cylinder. from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.3 5 cylinder. Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance200000 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

An awesome car for the money!

Faults:

Thermostat was out in the car when I purchased it. I didn't notice it until then winter when the car would never warm up during highway driving. Replaced easily myself for $20.

Alternator bearing wore out and was replaced by myself. Easy job again, also the original.

Transmission had synchro going bad when I bought it. Drove it 60000 miles before it gave out entirely, the car wouldn't stay in gear. I bought a used trannsmission and installed it and it has worked fine ever since. Also at that time I replaced the clutch which was the original.

The upper outlet of the radiator cracked and separated entirely, causing all the coolant to be pumped out as I was driving one day. Fortunately the indicator on the speedo warned of low coolant levels, so I pulled over to investigate, good thing I did! I patched it and bought another radiator, but still have to replace it, my patch is still holding fine.

General Comments:

Great car for the money, I paid less than $1000 for it and less than $800 in major repairs over 4 years. I had it painted Audi yellow after I bought it for $700, which brings cost of ownership right to $50 a month, and it still looks great and turns heads. Gets mistaken for an A4 all the time!

This car handles well for a four door, front wheel drive. Has plenty of power, especially on the highway, and as some one mentioned in another review, this car will do 135 mph.

Seats are starting to wear, especially drives, the leather wasn't care for all that well by the previous owner. Headliner was also falling, but has been fixed with a little headliner glue.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd June, 2003

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 10 reviews