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1990 Audi 100 status

Posted by audiphilately on April 5, 2011 at 1:08 AM Comments comments (0)

I finally have my trusty 1990 Audi 100 back!  Not too long after reaching 500,000 kilometers (that's 310,686 miles ...) on December 31, 2010, the automatic transmission decided it was time to quit (late February, 2011) ...  But that's really not too bad: the original 3-speed automatic was rebuilt at about 129,000 miles, so that means that the rebuilt one lasted 182,000 miles (which is 40% longer than the original factory transmission).

The car drives fine now, although the shifts seem to come about 5 mph later than previously...

So, you might ask: what else is wrong?  Well, not much really, CONSIDERING the age and high mileage of this car?   Since I use this car daily, it has to be safe (especially with all the idiots on the roads here in the Dallas area..).

What doesn't work?  Mostly minor things that aren't that terribly important:

  • A couple of the back-lights for the power window switches on the door and the center console are burned out (too much effort to replace these bulbs for now...).
  • The trunk lid requires a key to open (the central door locking works fine for the doors, just not the trunk...)
  • Minor and only occasional instrument panel backlighting issue (known problem with cracking of some solder joints)
  • Cruise control works maybe 5% of the time (probably some vacuum hose that has a leak; besides, I don't really need cruise-control for in-town traffic anyway...)
  • Minor "creaking" while steering at slow speeds (steering column?)
  • The passenger-side rear view mirror blows a fuse when using the "up" position button to adjust it (other positional movements are fine - my guess is a short in the mirror somewhere...).

Well, there you have it; that's not really that bad.  I've seen many cars that are only half as old and with only half the miles where much more is wrong!

I have to say that Audi built a great car with these 100 models!

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Oh, and the engine is original!  It does NOT burn any oil (which gets changed about every 4,000 to 5,000 miles with semi-synthetic oil).