Tuesday, November 4, 2014

1k: Sudden Depreciation: 1983 Audi 5000S

 After the rust prone Audi 100 LS (or LS 100 depending on where in the world you see it), the 5000S became the car that launched Audi so successfully into the US market that a frivolous lawsuit be brought against them to send them damned near back to Germany.  At least we get to thank the plaintiff's attorney for ending up creating a precedent which has caused anyone with an automatic to step on our brake pedal before shifting into drive, ain't progress great baby!?!  It took another 20 years or so before more lawyers and idiots (who hit the wrong pedal) formed a union to take on Toyota, but that is a story for another time. In the meantime, you can relive your 80s Audi fantasies with this 1983 Audi 5000S currently bidding for $1,026 on eBay with 6 days to go, located in El Segundo, CA.



This may have been the first 5 cylinder imported to the US, which didn't work well with local buyers because we're a country of even thinking.  In 'Murica, 4, 6, 8 cylinders were the stepping stones one climbed on the ladder to success. Audi introduced a car that was ferrin in every sense of the word.  As we climbed up from 4 cylinder, through 6 cylinder, we were expected to step down to an odd  sounding, odd number 5 cylinder??   Well, put an S on the back, give it a 5 speed manual and watch that S-car-go.


These early 5 cylinder Audis sounded like someone had pulled a plug wire off of one of the cylinders but they drove smoothly once you got your boot into it. So, the solution for any prospective buyer.. "put yer boot in it and fugeddaboutit."  The 2.1 liter inline-5 is mounted so far ahead of the front axle that the radiator is shoved to the driver's side of the engine bay.  The 100 (or so) horsepower is put to the front wheels via a 5-speed manual gearbox that is complete with an "Upshift Light" indicates precisely the most propitious time to shift gears.  (Mad props to the seller for a correct use of the word propitious, don't play scrabble with this guy when money is on the table!).


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11 comments:

  1. Audi's inline 5 sounded great in their rally cars back in the 80's

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVbKt-71Y_0

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    1. Volvo's early, non-turbo gas inline 5's sounded great on daily driven cars back during my morning commute. Sorry, no fancy video. You'll just have to take my word for it.

      So the Volvo inline-5 was co-developed with Porsche. Porsche is a part of VAG with Audi. So this post was totally Audi related. Yep.

      Also, this.

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  2. Upshift lights! AAAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHHH I hate the frickin' things. Ford has had them on the Escort and Focus for decades. Bloody useless. Just a handy reminder to push the gas harder to keep the light off.

    These days, they are really irritating, because they are located right next to the traction control indicator, so when you are driving in poor conditions, you keep catching a glimpse of the light in your peripheral vision, and you think the wheels are spinning. So far, I have not found a kludge to de-programme the shift light.

    Oh, yeah we were talking about this Audi. How the heck could 100 bhp ever have been thought to produce unintended acceleration if you actually were pushing the brake?

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    1. The kludge to fix the shift light is a strategically-placed piece of black electrical tape. It worked well for the ABS light in my old Jeep Grand Cherokee (the brakes were fine, the ABS computer was toast).

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    2. Bobinott, Take the light out of the cluster.

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  3. The so-called unintended acceleration issue affected the following generation Audi 5000 produced 1983-1992, also known as C3 or Type 44. Featured car is a 1976-1983 C2 or Type 43 model. Peter N

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    1. i was gonna say this didn't seem as round as i recalled - must have been the next ones - i sure like this one

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    2. Here's the much better known "unintended accelerator":
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audi_100 Both generations are attractive in their own way. Earlier car is neatly chiseled with clean simple lines. "Roundie" was ground-breaker in terms of aerodynamics, featuring first volume production use of flush mounted side glass.

      Peter N

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  4. Buy this and you can say you drive "that car in Magnum PI". Just leave out that it's not the 308...

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    1. Hey, I'd forgotten about the Robin 2. I think DT needs a Magnum PI special. Nothing but the cars from Magnum PI: Ferrari 308, Audi 5000, the creepy dude (with bad skin)'s van, a helicopter...I see a special post!

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