1991 Audi V8 Quattro Reviews

1991 Audi V8 Quattro 3.6 V8 5 speed from North America

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.6 V8 5 speed Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired129000 miles
Most recent distance135000 miles
Previous carAudi 200

Summary:

If we let Germany build a perfect Mustang, this would be it

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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

1991 Audi V8 Quattro V8 V8 from North America

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
Engine and transmission V8 Automatic
Previous carAudi 100

Summary:

Great car for a great disposable income

Faults:

Engine leaks everywhere, terrible gas mileage, electrical problems, engine problems, timing belt went and trashed the valves, flywheel broke - how does a flywheel break? Very expensive to repair.

General Comments:

Despite its problems it is by far the best car I have ever owned, and I've owned many, mostly high end. V8 is smooth and powerful - when it runs - and I can't imagine driving anything other than the Quattro in the New England winters. Solid, stable, smooth yet sporty ride. Nothing but problems with the engine, the latest is a cracked flywheel after a complete top end rebuild when the timing belt went and the valves got trashed, but you know what? I'll be getting it fixed, the sooner the better.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 26th January, 2007

22nd Aug 2007, 18:03

Such a shame; if one had done more research, one would have known to replace the timing belt and fuel pressure regulator; two of the things that can cause big money repairs!

From what I have read, the fuel pressure regulator, if aged, may fill the cylinders with fuel and cause a hydraulic lock, therefore when starting will strip a few teeth off the flywheel.

So like with any car; japanese, euro or american, they all have their downsides, but none of the others have won 24 hr Le Mans as many times; a testament to reliability...

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 4 reviews