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The Audi 100 is a spacious and luxurious piece of automotive excellence, and when you include the automatic transmission instead of the manual one, its as though you are driving in a big cloud of candy floss but not as sticky! I bought this after a disastrous affair with a VW golf and just wanted a car that could get me from A to B and not need me to try and coax it in to existence with promises of new foot well mats or a new exhaust! From the day I bought the Audi I loved it, its sleek exterior and extremely comfortable interior make make you feel like you are driving a far more expensive car than you are. The Audi is very quick off the mark and if you are not give it your full attention it can easily slip over the speed limit, the Audi is also not brilliant when it come to it cars fuel economy. I found that it does between 15-20 mpg in city driving and around 25-28 mpg on fast road driving. They do tend to suffer from electrical problems and mine was no exception, the alarm system would go off at random intervals and the cars lights would work only if you gave the cables a little wiggle before you started your journey. But despite these problems and the fact that if you have a pet that goes with you then they are either in the boot or the roam free in the back seat, I loved this car. It is a luxury sedan without the extortionist price tag and when you include ABS, airbags (driver side only) and power steering as standard plus the feeling of superiority you get a lot of car for the age of the vehicle. I drove this car in torrential rain, freezing welsh winter and in the scorching 2 weeks of summer and found it to have superb handling and never once did I did i feel like i was not in complete control of the car. In the end the Audi's electrical issue just got to be to much and we decide that it was time for an upgrade and my love affair came to an abrupt end with the Audi just not willing to even start one day in summer. I will always cherish those moments that we shared on the A55 or going to Manchester to visit family, but life goes on and unfortunately my Audi did not!
Audi 100 2.0 Avant / A6 first generation Many years ago my last girlfriend who later became my wife had the early square looking 1989 Audi 100 turbo quattro 2.2 litre, a great car in its day,I drove it many times including a trip to France one year.The later last generation 100 of the early 90s gave way to the A6,basicly a very successful facelifted Audi 100,identical underneath but slightly subtle changes to exterior and more changes inside the cabin.I had the 1996 last of the old A6/revised 100 ,a basic 2.0 litre non turbo version that shared the same engine as the Golf 8V and VW Passat.Not enormously powerful in a heavy car like this but this was possibly the most reliable car I have ever had.Economy was adequate at around 28/30 mpg,loads of room inside although the tail gate does slope down a fair bit.I bought well,a 1 owner car,about 3/4 years old ,60,000 miles with full Audi service history for less than £8K.It was black with grey interior,steel wheels were standard and not too many extras but this was just a 2nd/3rd workhorse car and not for posing in.It had drivers and passenger airbag,ABS,power steering of course but the best thing was the quality of build more solid than modern Audis.Appart from normal servicing costs and tyres which were reasonable,it never let us down.Just one day it developed a coolant leak,a simple fix,only the engine core plug had coroded,a common fault and cost peanuts to do.It handles ok,good brakes but not a rocket ship,sold it on about 4/5 years later to my Dad.He had a real bargain from me,it had 150,000 miles on the clock and I let him have it for £1500 (I just had it serviced and a new set of tyres too!) He remarkably still uses it as a second car still working away after covering 250,000,I should have kept it as the newer A6 I bought was a real dog and had to be scrapped after spending shed loads of money to keep it on the road and the engine gave out at 125,000.My advice avoid the later A6s,especially the turbo powered petrol models,diesels are best.The older Audi 100/original A6 is a fine better quality over engineered car,if you find one hang on to it! Thanks for reading my review and I hope you found it interesting.If this has been useful to you and you take time to leave Your rating it will be appreciated and hope you will take a look at my other reviews sometime.I also leave reviews on the Ciao website about this and other items,many thanks!
The final generation Audi 100 was produced from 1991 - 1994 and continued (re-badged as an Audi A6) throught to 1997. For some reason this cars was never as popoular as its BMW and Mercedes rivals, despite it being a fine executive car. Even the latest examples of this model are now 10 years old and being diesel tend to be high mileage. Nonetheless they are testament to Audi's build quality. You can now pick these up for less that £2500, which is a small price for the levels of refinements, luxury, space and safety you get. The example I owned had 142,000 miles on the clock, but ran superbly, was comfortable, easy to drive and very lively. If driven carefully it would regularly return 47mpg (you could probably get more from the 6 speed version) and even if driven spiritedly it would not drop much below 45 mpg. The leather seats were in excellent condition and very substantial and supportive. The boot was large, but had a dissappointingly high floor, which combined with the sloping rear roof to offer less space than you might have expected from a car of this size. The main focus of your search (should you be looking for a good second hand example) should be for a car with as few previous owners as possible and a comprehensive service history. Even having taken these precautions it is still possible to end up with some huge bills. Audi parts are expensive and with cars of these age it is all too easy to end up with a garage bill of almost equal value to the car! The Audi 100 Estate make you feel safe and secure and the driving experience compares favourably with much newer and lower mileage cars from other manufacturers.
I bought a 1988 Audi 100E 2.0 when I wanted a cheap but roomy family car. My one is automatic and I must admit, despite a 5 cylinder 2litre engine, it does get a bit wheezy under acceleration. Once up there at motorway speeds the car is relaxed and a joy to drive. Parts have proved pricey ( £40 for HT leads and £110 for a CV Joint ) but they do last. The boot is surprisingly roomy and deep and the interior very spacious. I was surprised that it didn't come with electric windows as standard but I suppose it's one less thing to go wrong, anyway, you can always make whirring noises and pretend! It's very quiet at all speeds inside and you can tell, despite it's age, that this is a quality car. Everything is very understated - the dash, the body, the engine etc but it is obvious that it's built to last. That lump up front is quite juicy, especially the auto version but you'd buy a fiesta diesel if you were worried too much about economy.