Thursday, February 28, 2019

Strange Brew: 1990 Audi Coupe Quattro

The B3 generation Audi 80 was sold from in 1986 through 1991 as a sedan, coupe and cabriolet.  The coupe version dropped the 80 nomenclature in 1988 and became known simply as the Audi Coupé.  This generation of Audi Coupe isn't quite as iconic as the original Ur-Quattro, but it offers better drive-ability and ergonomics for a better price...or at least so I've been told.  Find this 1990 Audi Coupe Quattro offered for $5,700 in Burlingame, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

From the seller:

1990 Audi Coupe Quattro 
fuel: gas 
odometer: 127000 
title status: clean 
transmission: manual 
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Hello everyone,

Selling my 90 Coupe Quattro, as you may already know these things are becoming more and more rare!. Vehicle is in great running condition, recently had the oxgen sensors replaced, new timing and water pump, full tune up, with new injectors as well. Has a 5spd Manual transmission with a new clutch. 

Odometer reads 127K miles however odometer stopped working about 3-4 months ago. Vehicle just passed smog

Body is in pretty good shape for its age, no major dents or fading paint. Interior is in good shape as well. Drivers window motor will need replacing.

Asking $5,700 again these cars are rare so please no low ball offers.

See a better way to Quattro?


  1. Whoop Whoop - 5 cylinder! One of my top favorite race car engines in the Audi 200 trans am.
    This seems like a scorching deal for someone. I really like it.

    1. Fleetwood T. BroughamMarch 1, 2019 at 10:04 PM

      Sadly, they left this one normally aspirated. For what they were charging for these when new ($30k---almost $60k in 2019 dollars), they really should have left the factory with the 230hp S2 engine (which I think was also the 1991 200 TQ engine.

      I just remember these growing roots on dealer lots, and understandably so---the yuppie era was winding down, and for the price of one of these you could almost have two Talon/Eclipse/Laser Turbo AWD's that would blow this car into the weeds.

  2. Check out Hoonigan's "Carcaine Rehab" series on Youtube if you're interested in these Audis. Brian Scotto is reviving a Coupe Quattro like this one, and it's interesting to see all the Audiness on full display with no sugar coat...

    1. Nice I will check it out. I watch a lot of the videos where they do doughnuts in that little shop driveway. Pretty crazy.

    2. They had to stop because of complaints from neighbors and permitting issues with the city of Long Beach. It was a pretty tiny yard to do donuts in though. If you get bored, watch the "V8 BMW E36 Camper" episode - that's me and 2 of my Lemons teammates!

    3. OMG epic hahahaha. SO great

    4. The Camper Beast looks pretty sweet. Love how hesitant they are at first and then they really start to get into when the see how sick the thing is. I just knew that crash was coming. I was in the same boat as you guys, Hoonigan dudes laughing their asses off as you all cringed that you were going to have to fix the smushed corner. I guess you knew what you were getting into...

  3. What a good looking car, both outside and inside. Clean, straight-forward, Germanic design. I just don't know that I'd be up for paying the inevitable cost of Audi ownership. It's the supermodel girlfriend scenario. She's beautiful and exciting but it will cost you a small fortune to keep her happy and in your garage. Wait, what?

    Also, I'd always have an elevated fear of any type of front impact in a 5-cylinder Audi because of the far forward position of the motor. Talk about zero crumple zone. One minor parking lot bump and the grille goes into the motor. I'd want to install some sort of brush guard... which would then lead to adding a full rack of Hella lamps which would lead to going full rally. That's a dangerous rabbit hole.

  4. I have never understood the obsession with the original Audi Quattro (I refuse to use the "Ur" word!). Although technically interesting, they were in no way attractive to my eye (the left one....). However I like the styling of the model on offer here. But then I read people's comments about reliability/fixability and I just move on. As Mega Vonza implies, life is too short to spend it with Super Models.

  5. There's definitely going to problems. The seller put a Volvo battery in an Audi. The car has an identity crisis.

  6. When you find the opportunity to locate an utilized one then you will be fortunate to have the capacity to snap it up. used car dealerships


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