1986 Audi Coupe Reviews

1986 Audi Coupe GT 2.2 from North America

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 2.2 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 kilometres
Most recent distance254000 kilometres
Previous carDodge Colt

Summary:

If you get a chance, get one

Faults:

The car was stored for 3 years before I got it, so the brake lines and fuel line were completely changed out, as well as the fuel pump & filter.

It ticked a bit, but it's much smoother now with synthetic oil.

This car was painted 7 years ago, and has a way more solid body than people would expect, and believe me, it turns the heads of enthusiasts.

General Comments:

This is the best driving car I've ever owned. I commute daily in a Chevrolet Cobalt, and when I get home it's 2nd fiddle. The Coupe is the joy toy; this car can handle tight turns quick.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th July, 2013

1986 Audi Coupe GT 2.3L gas from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1996
Engine and transmission 2.3L gas Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

Audi's best

Faults:

The motor mounts were shot when I got the car, so there was a bit of "slop" when shifting gears. It never caused any vibration, and I just got used to driving it this way.

There was a loose electrical connection, that caused intermittent stalling and surging.

Lifters were replaced due to them ticking on cold starts.

General Comments:

A pure joy to drive. Smooth, luxurious and super comfortable. It handled great and was well built. The 5 cylinder engine, while not super powerful, has good low end torque and is butter smooth. The sound of these inline 5's being pushed hard is something to be heard. They sound awesome!

My car had 3 piece BBS rims and new paint. It was quite the looker and I really enjoyed it. It was one of my favorite cars, and I've owned at least 40 cars. It was very trouble free despite having at least 180,000 miles (the odometer was stopped when I got it!). It was a cut above the Volkwagens at the time in quality and reliability, at least in my experience.

Today, these cars are super rare. I see more Porsches and Ferraris than I do Audi Coupes. There is only one that I know of in my town. If you have a nice one, hang onto it and cherish it. This car is probably Audi's best work.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th October, 2010

11th Oct 2010, 16:48

Had a '87. Can't say it was reliable at all. It required a regular diet of window regulators and door handles. Subject to early timing belt failures, the ones installed by Audi. Enjoyed the vehicle as far as driving, but as you said, it really wasn't fast. It was just that it felt like more than it was.

1986 Audi Coupe GT 5 cylinder from North America

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 5 cylinder Manual
Distance when acquired87000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carVolvo 760

Summary:

Dependable and unique, fun to drive!

Faults:

Water pump went @ about 88,000 miles; was relatively inexpensive.

Master cylinder went in clutch about the same time, but as long as you don't engage it all the way, it wasn't a problem.

Changing the air filter was honestly the biggest difficulty (haha). The placement is very inconvenient.

General Comments:

Great car, great gas mileage, very fun to drive and unique, however depending on what goes wrong, it is very hard to diagnose without expensive equipment, and with parts being so expensive, it's sometimes not worth it.

All in all, I would love to own another one!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th October, 2008

1986 Audi Coupe GT 2.2 from North America

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.2 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.5 / 10
Distance when acquired179000 kilometres
Most recent distance188000 kilometres
Previous carAudi Coupe

Summary:

Was probably a great car in it's day...20 years later... needs lots of TLC to keep it fun to own.

Faults:

My biggest problem with the car is, whenever it rains the floors in the car are wet. I can't locate where the leak is originating from. When it is raining you can see a wet spot along the lower floor area next to the factory speakers on both sides of the floor area. Over time "say 1-2 hours of rain" you can see the build up of water along the rear foot area.

HELP...

General Comments:

Over all, it's been an OK car. (great second car) Wouldn't recommend it as a daily dependable driver.

My biggest peeve about the car... NO cup holders.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st October, 2006

2nd Nov 2006, 04:15

I had a similar problem recently with my Mazda. Car started leaking into the passenger foot well area after having windshield replaced. I thought it was bad sealing of the new window, but it turned out to be water leaking through the ventilation intake. The force of removing the old windshield opened up a seal in the water channel under the windshield (where the vent intakes are) that had become a bit rusty. I painted the seal with thick rust-proofing paint and have had no problem since. Mind you, I had to remove three different items to get to it. I don't know how hard an Audi would be to get to. Good luck.

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 19 reviews