Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Plain Jane 1986 Audi 5000S

This car isn't special for what it is, it's special for what it's not. It's not a turbo and not a quattro. Thankfully, it's also not an automatic.

It's pretty amazing that a car like this is still around. After the whole false "unintended acceleration" thing back in 1986, used Audis became worthless. A few smart people bought quattros and turbos and hung on to them, but a car like this was bought cheap, used up and then junked.

These are hardly exciting cars. They're slow, with 60 MPH coming in 11.5 seconds, and their handling is like any other 1980s front wheel drive car; safe, but hardly sporty. They do have some pluses, though. Audi has always been one of the best when it comes to interior design. The dashboard is well laid out and the seats are extremely comfortable. It also gets great gas mileage for a big car.

I think this car is going to be a tough sell. It's true mileage is unknown and it needs a little work. It might make a nice commuter car for someone, but an entertaining collectible it is not.

If you like the looks of the 5000 wagon (and I do) and want a decent, comfortable car that gets very good gas mileage for its size, this car is worth looking into. Me? I'd hold out for a turbo quattro.

Located in Granger, IN, click here to see the eBay listing.

A big thanks to John for sending me the link to this car.


Chris Keen said...

I'm also a big fan of these revolutionary aero wagons. I've also spent time daydreaming about a 1986 Taurus wagon in perfect shape. Not that I'd want to own one, but now there are very few survivors, you can see how remarkable the design was.

MattC said...

Wow, these were big, safe, reliable cars. Unfortunately, these will always be tied to the "unsafe acceleration" scandal (that was without merit) that almost sunk the company.

Mike P said...

Can't see an Audi without thiking about this...

Anonymous said...

I had a 1987 Audi 5000s during 1995-1997. I bought this used car without knowing any info about Audi. I should tell that it was the BEST vehicle I ever had. It was strong and safe.