Put a set of snow tires on this car and you will never
fear winter driving again. I can tell you that this
car has saved my family's life in at least one major
driving disaster (trailer sliding over the centerline in
snow) and many smaller ones. This car with
snowtires will leave SUV's and every other car on
the road far, far back (even Subarus, not all all-
wheel drives are created equal). You'll still be on the
road after the SUV's have rolled because of their
high center of gravity.
There is a downside though and that's frequent,
expensive maintenance. Very expensive
Spiderlike traction, quiet ride, turbo boost (once
you get to 3000rpm). Heated seats are great.
Typically terrible Audi/VW electrical system. Parts
are very expensive and they break with regularity,
especially: the clutch, the steering rack, the
hydraulic hoses. Rear struts are either unobtainable
or hideously expensive to get.
Very good all around vehicle. Great
performance considering it's GVWR of
over two tons. Puts most V8 powered
SUVs,trucks and lesser cars ...
including some newer 3 series BMWs to
shame on the highway and especially in
the mountains thanks to the turbocharged
engine that is almost immune to altitude
here in Colorado.
I love it's shape ... it was way ahead
of it's time when it first came out in
Europe in 1983 ... it won car of the
year. Design, practicality, handling,
comfort, efficiency for a 2 ton car, and
safety ... it's all here in one vehicle.
Never leaves you stranded.
Turbo engine and outdated K-jetronic
fuel injection, electrical, especially
dash cluster and climate control systems
make this vehicle advisable for only
those who understand these systems, as
professional maintanance is too
expensive for the average buyer.