It is fair to say that Audi and other European car manufacturers make cars that are not known for their reliability, but more for their durability. I am on my 3rd Audi - presently a '90 V8 and it is the best of the lot. People are always amazed at the age and the condition of the interior/exterior. The V8 was meant for uber speeds and with the speeds we typically travel in N. America, the engine is under stressed. I expect to keep the car a long time and maintain it as required. At present everything works, even the rear heated seats. I would never buy any car new and for me, a depreciated Audi is such a good buy if you are patient and do a little research first.
Traction and performance is such a toxic combination which is why Audi has such a loyal following.
What a saga LOL... give you 200 dollars for it... I am servicing a 90 Quattro V-8 with just over 500,000km on it. You could not pry it out of this owners hands.
OK I've had my 1990 Audi V8 Since Nov of 2003, here's what I've had for problems so far...
Right front and rear windows failed.
Tachometer works when it wants (but not really needed for automatic)
Left Rear Caliper (luckily I bought a used one for $75.00 or else I would have paid $800.00 through Audi.
Middle of exhaust rusted through (but not uncommon in New England.
But here what's awesome about this car, it's a blast to drive. 240 HP stock. AWD V8? Gotta love it... I won't lie... I have all the records of the previous owner, and he spent a lot of $$ to maintain this car. I got mine at a steal of $1500.00 when the book value was about $4000.00 I believe. I'm at 157,689 miles right now, and she runs very strong.
If you want this car, get yourself a good trusty mechanic and buy your parts online, or if your lucky like me...from a 92 that some jerk decided to get in a minor accident, being declared a total loss.
And oh yeah if you do get into an accident, tear your car apart for parts and sell them!
Overall I love this car, but you'll need to have some $$$$ around to fix this beauty.
Would the person who posted the following "I found a factory service manual (set of 4 in three-ring binders) on Ebay for less than $100." be willing to sell a printed copy?
I bought my 1990 Audi V8 in 1998. It had 60000 miles on it.
The transmission would not shift properly. I invested a total of $2000.00 over the 6000.00 I paid for it. At the time I called it my winter beater car. I drove my pickup in the summer. I drive it full time now, and it only has 145000 miles.
Driving a Quattro is addicting. I owned two 4000S's that drove like they were on a railroad track.
The key to maintaining this car is to stay away from the dealer. Find a mechanic that knows Audi's. The parts and problems are similar.