1993 Audi V8 Quattro 4.2 from North America
An appealing choice for the right person
Well, no actual big"failures", but a lot of preventive maintenance and expected repairs due to age and mileage.
Now needs lower control arms and front axle boot.
Did timing belt service, brake calipers rear, battery, window handle cable (failure), front cam seal, needs a power steering rack in the near future (leaking some), power steering pump (replaced washers, failure), climate control head (easy fix, had the part), blower motor is chirping (big job to get to, and would do the heater core at the same time).
A cool car in many ways. Love the look, solidity, performance, interior style and comfort, and the ability to work on it (a new A8 you can't mess with at all).
Negatives are fuel economy (16 combined; 21 on freeway only if it is only freeway and not a single pit stop). I've owned several of these so please note the trip computer reads high... you aren't getting what you think!) Won't comment on the cost of repairs because it's to be expected, and as others mentioned, you need a good independent mechanic and you need a parts car. The cost of parts will stun you if you don't, and many parts will just not be readily available anymore.
The 4.2 engine (which started in 1992-94) is the only way to go. It transforms the car and makes how anemic the 3.6 is apparent. Also you get a dozen improvements with the '92 on, such as BBS wheels, Servotronic power steering, passenger airbag, new climate control system, remote entry, locking gas flap, new seat controls, exhaust tips, G60 brakes (only an improvement from a maintenance perspective; the UFO brakes are better and are what the car needs. The G60s are weak for this heavy car.)
Sure, it was technically advanced then and something of an anachronism now (can't get the right fuel for it anymore; it was designed for 95 octane and suffers even with current "premium", but it's a car you can love if you love all the baggage that goes with it.
It's an interesting car in its own classic unique way. It can't compete with an A8, which is much more advanced, especially now.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 16th December, 2014