Great in the snow. The cheapest way into a proper quattro!
Cruise control inoperative.
Airbag warning light came on.
Side skirt trim came off (very common on these).
Oil seal in engine needed replacing.
Minor coolant leak from radiator.
Alloy trim strip on boot lid corroded (also very common for these!)
I bought this car for £1100, just at the right time in January this year, before very heavy snowfall!
Got to say, Audi's Quattro system is fantastic, even on an older car.
The last owner had had new tyres fitted on the front (but only budget ones) and it had decent Bridgestones on the rear. Along with the ESP and electronic limited slip diff system, I had no worries. I even drove up the kerb and around a neighbour in his Fiesta, who was stuck in the middle of the street in deep snow, without a hitch, and this was on summer tyres, x2 of them budget ones!
I don't think I've ever owned a more confidence inspiring car in terms of grip levels in wet, icy or just generally dodgy conditions than this; you just point and go!!
The engine was a lovely sounding V6, one these 5 valve per cylinder ones, which were very hi-tech when new, and performance was also great; it always felt every bit as quick as the 7.3 sec 0 to 62 time Audi quote.
Downside... about 25 MPG, but I didn't drive it that gently... ever!
It also had a great sounding stereo for an older car, and was a nice looking Burgundy metallic.
Also had dual zone climate control, which worked perfectly.
One annoying thing was the cruise control never worked, which I looked into and found out was most likely the stalk needed replacing. It wasn't worth replacing, as I didn't keep it long enough.
Overall, one of my favourite cars I've owned, and a very cheap way of getting into a proper Quattro Audi.
Also, a hell of a Q car, as mine was debadged and looked standard, I wrong-footed tons of modern repmobiles in it; always a pleasure!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th September, 2013