The Audi 80-based Cabriolet is a solid, luxury sport convertible. Slightly under-powered for the weight with a sluggish transmission. However, it shines in comfort and still turns heads at 24-years old. As a retirement second car, it's just fine. Mine has the winter package, and it's needed when driving year-round in Iowa. With purchase price and maintenance included, it has cost less than $2,000 per year over my 10 years of ownership. And, that includes a recent purchase of a parts car plus a trip to the body shop for some cosmetic work. Market valuation has stayed in the basement for years, making it easy to send damaged cars to the crusher. As the car becomes rarer, the valuation radar is starting to speed up.
As third owner with 108k this vehicle has really impressed me. Vvery soild and responsive handling. Had it up to 150 kilometers an hour. No vibrations and quiet with top down. Vehicle was painted last year and every nec part was taken off, no rust anywhere. Replaced back window, would be great if it were glass. Original top is excellent. Will park this baby for the winter.
Convertible, comfortable leather seats, body style that doesn't grow old. Great fuel consumption
This vehicle's only drawback is its limited leg room for me. Other than that, try cruising over the pass in winter with the heated seats, heater blasting and top down while the windscreen diverts that annoying covertible back breeze that would otherwise chll you to the bone. It is quiet enough to carry on a normal conversation too. All you need is a jacket, gloves and a ballcap. Pretty good mileage, 27mpg avg at 75mph to the Bay Area with the top down the whole way. Even in a light rain, it was OK just blowing over the top. A blast! It responds like a dream and has more than enough power, roadhandling and braking to satisfy the most discriminating.
Fully automatic top (when it works), but it can be done manually almost as fast. Oil change requires only a 17mm wrench(provided in tool kit). Awesome windscreen. The back seat comes in handy. Insulated top is quiet and comfy. For the DIYer, the design makes this vehicle easy to work on or maintain
Upgrade sound system and give it more room so it doesn't overheat. The center console louvers are to close to the receiver 2 allow poper cooling. Design it so the AT pan can be removed easily for filter & fluid change. Improve reliability of the auto top. Use glass instead of plastic in rear window.
This Audi Cabriolet is the most solid
convertible at ten years old. We fell
in love with the new Audi Cabriolet,
but as a third car it was not
affordable for us. The first
generation of the Cab is an excellent
alternative. We also own a 2004 Audi
A4 Avant, and people think we have two
This car rocks! I wanted to buy a BMW but
my budget "Fortunately" did not allow it. The
Exterior design is more eye pleasing than the
BMW (same year). It is German and all that
good solid feel driving that car HARD. It is a
bit subtle in its engine power and is not as
aggressive as a hard-core driver would like
to experience it, but still beats most in traffic
and serpentines. Use "Sport" mode in
automatc transmission shifting (great
Engine is luxuriously quiet and low vibration.
Leather seats are lucious and provie just the
right support for aggressive cornering (90" @
The roof could close a little more faster.
Pirelli Tires should be standard. Headlights
should be Prism or Xeon Gas. Safety belts are
too fast to restrict.