IN THE next year or so, I will be buying my first car. I am looking at the 1993-95 Audi 80. Could you give me a price range for the Audi 80 and suggestions on what to look for? I'd be looking at an automatic with either the 2.3 or 2.6-litre engine.
THE 80 has no major problems, but you need to buy carefully. The timing-belt is due for replacement at 90,000km intervals and is a major repair that is best done by removing the front of the car completely. Make sure it has been done. Auto transmission rebuilds are expensive, so make sure that's OK. Other problems can be engine mounts, lower control-arm bushes, front-end knocks, oil leaks on V6s, and climate-control displays not reading properly. Find an 80 with a verifiable service record. It's vital that the engine oil has been changed regularly, because sludge build-up from missed servicing can be terminal. Expect to pay $10,000 for a 2.3-litre, $12,000 for a 2.6-litre.