1981 Audi Coupe Reviews

1981 Audi Coupe GT5 1.9 carb WN from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.9 carb WN Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired135000 miles
Most recent distance165000 miles


An enthusiasts dream


My bonnet blew open (just after fixing the water pump so possibly my fault) causing snapped hinges and a broken screen.

General Comments:

This car has had new uprated suspension fitted by myself when I got the car (£130 from a local secondhand dealer) it handles well. Goes better than the boy racers Saxo VTR's, recently towed a boat 350 miles to Cornwall and back (with only a flat tire on the trailer) The car is bright yellow and has been nicknamed Louis the Lemon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th June, 2003

1981 Audi Coupe GT 5S 1.9 5-Cyl Carb from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1981
Engine and transmission 1.9 5-Cyl Carb
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10


All age-related. Water pump, replaced brake discs, driver's power window, battery.

General Comments:

Beautiful car, owned from '96-'97, sits 4 6-footers comfortably, durable, not rust-prone, not very good pedal positioning (though improved since '83). Parts cheaper than I expected. On long drives surprisingly frugal for a 5-cylinder with a carb, so-so for urban. Too tall-geared, hardly ever used 5th (E) gear. Robust body.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th February, 2000

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 2 reviews