This is a great car to drive! The 5 cylinder turbo has enough power to get you up to 60 in around 6 or 7 seconds each and every time you put it to he test. The ride quality is spectacular! If I could have rated it higher than a 10, I would have. This is one of the best cars I've ever driven, let alone actually owned.
Turbo kick at around 2000 rpm, ride comfort and quietness, handling and performance in bad weather, interior design and comfort
Perhaps a rear wing to make the exterior more appealing, and the rear head rests should just be removed because it's not easy to see in the rear-view mirror.
Sleeper. It looks like a car mom would drive and she could, but she might not have her foot where it loves to be- on the floor. Load this car up with people and this is where this car just pulls. Strong runner loves 80 - 100. It handles very well, smooth ride, outstanding leather quailty - some say as thick as Elephant hide. It is a rare beast and I love the lack of badges on the car. If you buy one find your local Audi tuner and make friends. Parts can be hard to find and expensive, but check the salvage yards especially on the west coast.
After 17 years the leather still looks great. The wood dash has a nice quality that costs a lot these days. The car drives well and fast. The older body style is not for everyone, but when you get in a strong running Audi it is hard not to love driving.
Brakes. They are not bad, but for a car that was the third fastest production car in the 1/4 they should be much better. Lights. Wow. How are these legal - terrible A better way to get parts if needed. Check out some of your tuners they often have aftermarket performance parts you will love.
In my view it's the most beautiful car ever built. It has unique features implying character, unlike most new cars appearing to be streamline look-alikes. The Quattro traction makes new electronic devices (susceptible to faults), more or less redundant. The bodywork is made to last forever as well as the 2.2 L Turbo engine. The performance of the car with a quality performance chip (260 hp) is unbelievable and will outdo almost any other new car - you should feel the 306 ft/lds(!) of torque push you back into your seat. On the German Autobahn I easily reached speeds beyond 170 mph on the speedometer - keep in mind, my car is almost 16 years old - is that quality engeneering or what?!
A QUALITY performance chip will really set your 5-cylinder 20V Turbo free - the extreme durability of the engine nearly demands it :-) Complete red Audi V8 backlights really make my and your 20V look even better.
This has been a wonderful car. Basically reliable but the hydraulics and electrics can be a nightmare. Maintenance can be expensive if you aren't willing to get your hands dirty. Bought with 80k miles currently at 160k miles. I prefer this over most of the newer Audis. With low build numbers (150:wagon, ~1100: sedan), a well cared for specimen could be hard to find.