Great tourer, easy to do distance in
The ECU died at around 10000km, due to high humidity and temperature in the place I live, Audi replaced it at no cost then everything has been going smoothly after-wards.
Squeaks from B-pillar popped up recently. Looking to have it fixed next service.
It's a car I got from my dad, spent a bit of time with it during the holidays and I am going to get it as my daily commuter soon.
Very well equipped for a mid 90s car. Got climate control, leather seats, sunroof, 2 air-bags (it was 1995...airbags wasn't all that popular). Even has a trip computer... which I find quite amazing.
The cabin is very roomy. Along with the traditional black interior, it looks as if it's got bulletproof build quality. The squeak is not very loud, but just annoying when you noticed it.
Feels sluggish off the line, although the acceleration is smooth, sometimes you can still feel the car struggles to haul its 1500kg mass up a hill.
The brakes are reasonably good despite they feel a bit spongy compared to the S40 I had. Had the brake discs replaced at 60000 service.
Handling-wise, it's like steering a floating mass on four wheels. The soft suspension set-up do soak up the road irregularity quite well and rides comfortably, but it delivers little road feel, and making a sharp turn in this car feels like you r throwing urself across the cabin. I guess it's time to change the shocks, looking for something that is stiffer, like Bilstein shocks or perhaps Koni reds.
Reliability, no questions about it. Big, solid, and reasonably easy and cheap to look after. The paint still looks all right despite the fact it wasnt garaged for 5 years and my dad wasn't really looking after the paint by going to those crappy car-wash in petrol stations.
The only thing I whine about is the headlamps. They don't really shine the road that well. and quite often I have to drive with my fog lamps on at night... even when the road is reasonably lit with road-lamps.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th June, 2005