I just found this site and can't resist adding a comment. In 1973 my wife and I purchased a new Audi 100 LS. We loved that car and had no real trouble with it. After four years and extensive annual travel between Virginia and New Hampshire, we had more than 80,000 miles on the odometer so decided to trade it on a new model.
Unfortunately, the new version of the 100 LS (was it a 90 or a 5000?) was more than we could afford so we bought a new Fox. It was a nightmare car. Lots of repairs, very quirky. After four years it started to rust around the wheel wells. By the sixth year, unbeknown to me, the body had started to rust away from the chassis. On my way to the train station one day I turned in one direction and the body of the car shifted in the opposite direction. Had I not been traveling at slow speed I wonder if the body could have separated entirely from the chassis.
I had it towed to the junk yard and watched them strip the wheels off and drop it at the top of a large pile of junkers. I owned one more Audi - a 5000 - that experienced the "runaway" phenomenon that Audi claimed was the result of inexperienced drivers. We sold it and now own only Volvo and BMW.
Sorry, but when even the American car industry admits that their worst quality cars were built in the 1970's you are clearly the exception, not the rule.
And, of course, if these 1970's were so fantastic and better than the competion, it is logically impossible for the foreign cars (mainly Japanese) to have made any headway. After all, all British makes, most Italians, and the French ones left the market due to poor quality.
Yet today, 30 years later, Toyota is almost the largest car company in the world, ALL the American car makers have lost substantial marketshare, Ford just sold Aston Martin to pay off its severe debts, and Chrysler will likely be in yet ANOTHER foreign hand by summer.
I have one now. I'd like to give it to someone who would actually fix it up (maybe because they have every other old car in their collection except this one...). It still runs, but doesn't go in reverse (not sure if its the original transmission or the gear shift linkage which no longer has any "spring" in its step). Yep, the interior has cracked over the years as has the dash (I mask these over with dash and seat covers).
I notice when I used to go to junk yards for parts that the same parts always had problems... The gas floats and heater valves always needed replacement and finding the huge rubber boot that goes over the CIS system was almost impossible. If found, it was likely all distended just like mine (the 75 had two models, one with a rubber boot, and the other with a plastic formed 'boot' over the fuel chamber). God bless the internet. I once found a part I needed in a New York junk yard (Pick-a-Part in California no longer had any Audi Foxes). --Bought it and got it in short order.
I wonder if I'm the last person to have one of these. Mine is now 32 years old...
One good thing is (being a California Car) --its so old it no longer has to be smogged...
Hello, my name is Shawn and I owned a 1975 Audi Fox 2 door coupe when I was 16 years old. The Fox was my first car. It was written off and I have never been able to find another one. It was the best car I'd ever owned. If you still have it, please contact me. My email address is email@example.com and I am located in Vancouver, BC and would be more than willing to drive out to California to pick it up. Thank you very much.
My first car was an 1975 Audi Fox Beige with Fuel Injection,4 speed, sunroof. It was fairly reliable handled like a dream and was fun to drive. The fuel pump return valve would leak from time to time, the mechanics could never fix it. I replaced the Alternator, Struts, CV shafts, Cam belt and had to rewire the ignition switch. Always had to replace no.#1 plug which would get fouled every 2-3 thousand miles. I got T-boned at 90k and car probably saved my life. The body folded all around me and the roof buckled, but I walked away from the wreck. As a 1st car it was wonderful, but I would never buy another Audi.
I had a Rally-Red (Orange) 2 door 1975 Audi Fox in College. I LOVED it. You guys are all NUTS. This was the best car. Yea it had character, but boy that baby was a blast. It died of Transmission failure at 150K, but by then the engine was losing compression. I'd trade my Mercedes for one of these to take me back in time... along with my hair coming back please!
I can't resist adding my comments.
The first car I ever bought was a 1975 Audi silver Fox. I bought it new, from the dealer, in 1975.
I should have known, when I drove it home and it wouldn't start 3 hours later, that I had bought a lemon. I was very young and very foolish.
That car was in the shop more than I had it. The only thing good about it was that it was great in snow. I had problems with about every system. The fuel injection system was NEVER right. Frequently I'd be driving down the interstate and it would die. Or it would go to a slow chug chug chug.
The windshield wipers quit working, the antenna fell off, which was no loss since the radio had quit working long before that.
The drivers seat collapsed.
There was a hole in the gas tank where gas leaked out.
It leaked oil such that I carried a can of oil in the car at all times.
The dashboard cracked, the paint peeled.
My friend refused to ride with me after the electrical system went totally out at night driving down the interstate. I suddenly had no headlights, no interior lights nothing.
The heat and the air both broke.
I kept water in a jug in the car as it kept overheating.
One night the brakes went out completely, for no apparent reason. I honestly don't remember what caused that problem.
When our baby was about to be born, I sold the car, AS IS NO WARRANTIES, and had nightmares about it. I dreamed that the buyer brought it back. I was afraid for our child to ride in it!
The really sad thing about this is that the car only had 60,000 miles on it when I sold it, in 1983. There's no telling how much I spent on that car. I bought a 1982 used Corolla for much less than I paid for that Audi and put 130,000 miles on it with no repairs. I am currently driving a 1995 Celica I bought new and it has 130,000 miles on it and has NEVER had anything mechanical repaired.