Saturday, November 15, 2014

3k: Seasonal Selfishness: 1989 Audi Quattro Turbo Avant

This is how car collections start. With your sports car/project car/Radio Flyer Wagon already stowed away for the season, your daily driver is left with winter transportation - entirely possible with a good set of snow tires. Then you think, "Hmm, this Audi would be ideal (five-speed transmission) for a last-minute Christmas shopping blitz (turbo) in the snow (Quattro) for the whole family (Avant)." And so it begins. Find this 1989 Audi 200 Quattro Avant in Denver, CO for $2,800 via Craigslist.

The long-roof body style is so hot right now. Credit the sleepy appearance, or an aging enthusiast demographic suddenly finding themselves with offspring (or offspring's offspring), or something in the water making pragmatics out of everyone. Or they just look freakin' awesome. This Audi doesn't disappoint in any regard, even if you can't tell from the lack of pictures.

The 2.2L turbocharged inline-five ranks just below the DOHC 20v rally-bred unit that made its debut in later 200s. Expect about 160 horsepower from the 220,000-mile unit that's said to be stock minus a "1.9 bar chip." That's 27 psi of boost pressure, unless it's some Audi parlance the kids are using these days.

Cruise, ABS, air conditioning, and power everything are said to be in good working order, but the seller is including a small encyclopedia of service manuals in case something blows. That's a risk we would be willing to take for the chance to hoon a rally-era Audi with BBS wheels and driving lights in the comfort of heated leather seats. Why another car? Why not! We're all headed toward a bulk sale anyway.

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PhiLOL actually likes the tuna here, but abhors structural rust. Save the manuals.


  1. The factory boost gauge reads in absolute pressure, so with key on engine off it reads 1.0 (sometimes 0.9 on really crappy days). Therefore, that 1.9 bar chip is actually about 13 psi. Expect 200 hp or thereabouts, depending on which chip it has.

  2. This would make me so happy. Until it didn't.

  3. They were beautiful cars, but they were a little underwhelming in the go-power department until the 20-valver came along.

    I have no clue whatsoever what's involved in swapping an AAN into one of these. Or, hell, a 4.2 40V V8.

  4. Fleetwood T. BroughamNovember 17, 2014 at 7:16 AM

    This is actually in San Diego---just appears to be a savvy seller knowing his target market and trying to list it in Denver.


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