1991 Audi V8 Quattro 3.6 V8 5 speed from North America
If we let Germany build a perfect Mustang, this would be it
At 130,000 miles: The brake fluid level sensor is faulty, and says it's low when it's full. The brake light sensor in the system check says a brake light is out, but they are all working fine. Cruise control switch is corroded, and needs to be taken apart and cleaned to get cruise to work.
I have the rare 5 speed manual V8 Quattro. Only 72 were built in 1991 only. This car rocks! V8.. 5 speed.. Quattro, all together in the same car is unbelievable! I love this car so much I bought two.
The 32 valve V8 loves to rev above 3000 rpm, so I floor it when it gets to 3, and hit second at redline, and it just leaps forward.
The rear and center diffs in this car are Torsen differentials with worm gears. This all wheel drive system is indestructible, and doesn't freak out and break on you like most 4wd systems.
This car has some cool features like the optional 6 disc CD changer, a $890 option, and the pearl white paint, a $470 option, and the best color in my opinion. It came standard with a cell phone with hands free operation and voice recognition according to the window sticker I found in the trunk; that's crazy for 1991.
My car is fitted with 18 inch wheels, and they fit fine under the large flared wheel wells and look great.
The shift knob is burled walnut, and the rest of the trim looks too shiny to be real wood, but in fact it is real burled walnut too, and is holding up very well.
The leather seats are comfy and durable.
All the hardware on the car is holding up well, except the headliner that is starting to sag. The car even has a trip computer with avg miles per gallon and miles to empty. I like the electronic temperature control with its auto function and the outdoors thermometer reading. The only modern feature missing from this 20 year old car is a compass, but that's about it.
Lots of Audi enthusiasts want the 5 speed version, but can't find one, so they take a automatic car and convert it to a 5 speed. The trans tunnel has to be cut from a donor 5000s Audi and clutch pedals, slave cylinder, transmission, rear diff, front axles, front spindles, and shifter all have to be switched over. Then you have to get a flywheel and clutch and a pilot bearing from 034 motorsports, and voila, you have a 5 speed, at least that's what I've read on the Audi forums.
But I just did an advance search on Google and found an original 5 speed after a couple months of searching every day. They are well worth it. Great performance, like driving a Mustang, only you won't spin out into the ditch in the winter.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th October, 2010