Audi Cabriolet Reviews

1995 Audi Cabriolet SE 2.3 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.3 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance76000 miles
Previous carSAAB 9-3

Summary:

A delight to own, drive, and be seen in. Pure class

Faults:

Brake pump failed at 75000 miles.

General Comments:

This is one of the most attractive soft top cars ever made, especially with the hood down. Audi got it right with this design.

The 2.3 5 cylinder engine is just right for this model. Smaller engines would suffer because of the weight of the car, and larger engines would just make it faster, but more thirsty.

If you ever hear a loud clattering noise coming from the engine at around the 4th or 5th cylinder position, do not strip the engine down to check the pistons like my garage did. The 2.3 engines brake pump is powered by a metal bar, which is driven by the cam shaft as it goes round. If the metal bar wears a little, it will make a very loud clattering noise until the engine warms up and the oil lubricates it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st October, 2010

1997 Audi Cabriolet E 2.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired79000 miles
Most recent distance84000 miles

Summary:

Feels special every trip

Faults:

All repairs by Audi specialist as follows:

The radiator went in the first week & cost £360 incl fitting & all new hoses (genuine parts).

There was a lot of noise in the front suspension. The ball joints & CV gaiter needed replacing (£204 incl fitting), but did not fix it entirely.

The brakes seemed poor, so I had new discs & pads all round (£330 incl fitting). It still has progressive brakes i.e. soft at first, but become better the harder you press.

Some leaks around windscreen into the passenger foot well - have not been able to fix.

The seats are excellent & the ride is good & the handling feels safe. Solidly put together.

I'm 6ft 3ins & there is just enough headroom for me.

The rear screen had been replaced, but the hood has stayed in excellent condition for its age.

The engine is wonderfully smooth & refined to drive. A trip anywhere feels special.

Overall, I love this car & don't ever plan to sell it. It was such a stylish & beautiful design, & looks brilliant even 18 years after launch. I can't believe what I got for £2400.

General Comments:

One of the most stylish car designs ever. A beautiful car, & it feels special to own it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th January, 2010

1998 Audi Cabriolet 176 horsepower V6 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 176 horsepower V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired112567 miles
Most recent distance113408 miles
Previous carLincoln Navigator

Summary:

This car doesn't drive, it "tours," hugs the road, purrs as it glides past the tons of onlookers!

Faults:

The only issue when I bought my Audi Cabriolet recently is that the radio antenna was stuck and had to be replaced.

General Comments:

Even with having more than 100,000 miles on it when I bought it, this car is a gem! I plan on driving it well over 250,000 miles.

The engine purrs, and you have to watch the speed gauge to make sure you aren't speeding because it doesn't feel like you're going fast.

This is the first car I've been able to purchase just for me (always had to have something larger like a van or the Navigator to haul kids around in, but they're off to university so splurged). With regular maintenance, this car hummmmmsss!

Car looks great with the top up AND with the top down. You attract attention driving this car -- whether you want to or not. I've already had three offers just by driving it around, and all offers have been higher than what I paid for it! It is definitely a keeper!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th November, 2009

1993 Audi Cabriolet 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1996
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired27000 miles
Most recent distance112000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 405

Summary:

Classic looks, solid and reliable

Faults:

Electric radio aerial died twice - £100+ each time.

Brake disks need replacing every 55000 miles - £250 front and back from friendly independent specialist.

Passenger door dropped - rectified by dealer.

Broken cable in boot lid - tail and fog lights not working - either buy new loom (as dealer suggested) or get fixed by friendly specialist for £20.

Hood release switch not working - have to release hood manually. Believe there is a tilt sensor in the boot.

Switch that winds all 4 windows down at the same time needed replacing (£15)

Front wheel bearing needed replacing at 80,000.

Clutch may be on the way out at 112,000 miles - but its been like that for the last 40,000!

General Comments:

Very attractive car with a lovely smooth ride. Has been very reliable and solid.

Its perfect for runs to the beach, or just commuting with the top down. Tiring on long, high speed drives due to wind noise (but it is a rag-top!). Gearing is a bit low for relaxed motorway cruising.

For a heavy car, the 2 litre is a bit ponderous - if this car dies I shall buy a late 2.8 litre version of the same :)

Had a few minor electrical faults, but its basic, solid mechanicals are holding up very well - and I do drive it quite hard.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th March, 2006

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 14 reviews