1992 Audi 90 Reviews

1992 Audi 90 Sport 2.3 E from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.3 E Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired148000 kilometres
Most recent distance155000 kilometres
Previous carInfiniti Q45

Summary:

Door Hinges have more Steel than Some Car Doors!!

Faults:

Water Pump and Fuel Pump Seized after being Stored 12 Months.

Automatic has a Harsh Down shift.

Speedometer occasionally stops working.

General Comments:

I bought this Vehicle from an Auction after the Dealer was unable to sell it after 12 Months in His Yard. It Cost $570 to put it right after a Year off the Road, which included a New Fuel Pump, Water Pump and Top Radiator Hose. I also had the Timing Belt replaced at the Same time, as it had to be removed to replace the Water Pump. The Parts were Surprisingly Cheap, Funny Enough, but the Labour was more Expensive. The water pump only cost $64 which is less than for a Ford or GM Car. Most of the Front of the Car had to be Removed to Gain Access and This includes Bumper and Headlights.

This is a Charming yet Quirky Car and I am very impressed by it's Solid Build. There is probably more Steel in One of the Door Hinges, than in the entire Door of a Current Model Hyundai. It is also Quiet and Comfortable, apart from the Reasonably Limited Headroom. I am a little shocked it doesn't take off as fast as You might expect, but then it floats effortlessly at Highway Speeds and above. It has a Highly Noticeable CLUNK from the Auto Trans when coming to an abrupt stop. This may get better with a service. It is Absolutely Rust Free due to the Galvanised Body, and the Original Paint still Polishes up like Showroom Condition. This is Very Rare for Vehicles living under the Australian Sun. Visually, it still draws attention and the Neighbours think we must be Rich, but this Charming Car lets you look Affluent on a Tight Budget. It has now got me thinking of Upgrading to the A4. The AUDI 90 SPORT is Probably One of the Few Real Bargains Available in the Cheap Prestige Car Segment Today.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th June, 2006

19th Jul 2006, 14:04

No way don't upgrade to a A4! Keep the 90 its better IMO

3rd Aug 2007, 07:58

I have an Audi 90 as well and the speedometer stops every now and then. When it does, the engine will not idle and cut out. Could you tell me how you had this problem fixed?

6th Nov 2008, 18:52

I love the Audi 90 Sport in manual. It is a pretty nice drive. The stopping issues are easily overcome with downshifting to a lower gear. I agree, the fuel tank and water tank had to be replaced, I suspect that they were not quality to begin with. However, the steel frame is awesome and so is the 5cyl engine, apparently extremely long lasting according to my mechanic. A 200 000km audi 90 sport can easily go for 5-7 K.

6th Aug 2009, 16:49

I once test drove an Audi 90 (1992 model) and nearly bought it (but glad I didn't). It had very low klms on the clock and the owner presented it in near new condition. The shock absorbers rattled the entire drive and there just didn't seem to be much power even though it was running tuned. In hindsight I thought it was a very heavy car and that concurs with other comments about oversize door hinges, etc. A sherman tank that chews out the suspension, not a refined automobile. Fortunately I bought a BWM E36 318i and loved everything about the car. I drove it for several years before upgrading to another BMW (E46 320i).

1992 Audi 90 2.3 sport 20v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 20v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance148000 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

What can you say? Simply the best!!

Faults:

Rear calipers changed at purchase, also replacing timing belt and water pump. Due to m.o.t failure also had to change brake master cylinder.

Apart from above failures no problems.

General Comments:

I have never driven a car that pulls like a freight train, now I have.

Handles like a roller skate, even better on Toyo tyres.

Only paid £350 for the car, what a bargain.

After minor engine modifications, car at rolling road putting out 227bhp @ 6100rpm.

I would sell my mother before selling this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th January, 2005

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 2 reviews