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#4 of 23 83 audi 5000 P.O.S.
Feb 06, 2008 (2:14 am)
dang! i kinda saw that one coming. thank you for your help. i love this car but it has trouble starting when it's cold. it wont stay running unless i have the gas down half way. thats not really easy stopping and going and no fun either. it hesitates no matter wat i do, and it revs high but i know how to fix that. but if i do it will just die. wat sucks is it's my first car. i feel like i got screwed hard. i also have a 1965 volvo P1800s that i'm trying to sell. but can anyone tell me wat they think might be wrong with my P.O.S. Audi!
#5 of 23 Re: 83 Audi 5000s
Feb 06, 2008 (7:42 am)
Does the 5000 have a somewhat better reputation in Germany, and Europe in general, than in the U.S.? Some cars age better in their countries of origin than in export markets. For example, the Renaults 5 and 9 (aka Le Car and Alliance in the U.S.) were much maligned here, but didn't have such a bad reputation in France. Maybe French drivers were easier on them, in terms of driving style, and more diligent on maintenance. Whatever it was, you see many more old 5s and 9s, and other old French cars, in France than the very occasional siting of these cars in the U.S. I'm thinking that the same could be true for the Audi 5000 in Germany, and elsewhere in Europe, where the older generation, at least, has more of a repair, rather than throw away, mentality.
I should add that a powerful factor working against keeping older cars in some European countries, such as Italy, for example, were repeated government programs to get older, polluting cars out of circulation, and production of new cars cranked up. These social engineering programs took the form of financial incentives for owners of old cars to trade them for new ones.
#6 of 23 Re: 83 audi 5000 P.O.S. [iridebmx65]
Feb 06, 2008 (7:45 am)
I've got nothing to recommend, except to look around for an independent shop that deals specifically with Audis for a diagnosis. Parts could be hard to find, based on some previous posts. Sounds like you need a 1990 Corolla for backup...
#7 of 23 Re: 83 audi 5000 P.O.S. [iridebmx65]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Feb 06, 2008 (8:48 am)
You might check for cracks in the rubber plenum (underneath, where you can see them), that causes an air leak. The plenum runs from the fuel distributor (where the injection lines all gather) to the engine intake. If there are cracks in this accordion-like plenum, it will suck air and throw off the fuel mixture Big Time.
Anyway, check for vacuum leaks wherever you can.
#8 of 23 Re: 83 Audi 5000s [hpmctorque]
Feb 09, 2008 (3:30 am)
i don't really know. I must say i don't know much about this car other than no one likes them. i must say that we do need to try and get pollution lowered in our country but trying to keeping older "classic cars" out of the country is stupid i think. there are bigger and more important things we should concentrate on then trying to get these cars out of the picture.
#9 of 23 Re: 83 audi 5000 P.O.S. [Mr_Shiftright]
Feb 09, 2008 (3:32 am)
i shall check for cracks in the plenum first thing tomorrow! i'll let you know what i find. thank you very much for your help!
#10 of 23 Re: 83 audi 5000 P.O.S. [texases]
Feb 09, 2008 (3:34 am)
a 90 corolla huh?
#11 of 23 Re: 83 Audi 5000s [hpmctorque]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Feb 09, 2008 (9:06 am)
Audis are wonderful cars in many ways, but they are a pain in the butt. They were a pain in the butt then, and still are. Expensive to fix, glitchy as all get out, and not all that exciting to drive except for the few $$$ road-burners they make.
When the 5000s first came to the US, they caught a lot of attention----the styling was quite startling next to the boxy Americans and Japanese cars, and the cars Quattro system (if you ordered it) coupled to the 5000s luxury was irresistible to the ski set.
But problems soon arose, and they weren't small problems. In one case, engine oil would contaminate the gearboxes, and destroy both of them simultaneously----nice, eh? Parts were expensive, as in VERY expensive (still are-- how about new headlight assemblies for $1000 bucks a pop?), and dealers often dualed with VW, meaning maybe one Audi tech for ten VW techs.
Even today, many independent "German" repair shops won't touch an Audi.
The Quattro system is fabulous and near bulletproof and revolutionized AWD in passenger vehicles, but otherwise Audi's bad reputation in America is well-deserved, even without the "sudden acceleration" scandal that probably had no basis in fact.
You can buy an old 80s Audi, or you can drive a steak knife into your forehead and get the same effect. The choice is yours.
Just my two cents but that's my story and I'm stickin' to it.
#12 of 23 Re: 83 Audi 5000s [Mr_Shiftright]
Feb 11, 2008 (2:52 am)
well i must say i do agree with what you said and learned a bit about the 5000, my mother has an 1989 Audi 90 Quattro and her clutch went out...... to make a long story short two weeks later and nearly $1200 later we finally got it fixed. yeah Audi's most certainly have many glitches and problems i wont be buying this another one unless i build it from ground up. anyway i found two hoses that one side connects into the intake manifold but the other ends don't lead to anything. i couldnt find anything they would attach to so i blocked them with tape as a temporary solution. now it starts real nice and stays started. still hesitates up until 3000 rpm so there has to be something else. i have two people interested in buying it, one person came by today for a drive, he said he would pay for a mechanic to take a look at it.... i'm praying it wont be nothing serious. i'll let you know wat happens. thanks again for your help. this time i'm buyin a BMW!!!!!!!
#13 of 23 Re: 83 Audi 5000s [iridebmx65]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Feb 11, 2008 (8:21 am)
Yep, get a nice 80s era 325 and be happy.
Or if you really like these big Audis, get a Turbo Quattro Wagon, and then you'll have something worth putting some money into.