Okay, so I found this post on Jalopnik, I won’t lie. But this car made me smile in the most ridiculous ’90s fashion that I needed to re-post it.
Currently, $20,000 is not a lot of money for a brand new car. If you spend $20 grand on a brand new car, you’re probably not getting much, which is an unfortunate truth. In actuality, $20 large is a lot of money, it can buy you many things. Except in a new car. However, spend those $20,000 bucks on a slightly older car and you might find yourself having a much better time. For example, you can either have a pretty bare brand new Volkswagen Passat or this 1991 Audi V8 Quattro.
If you opt for the Audi, which any person with serious mental issues would do (e.g; Me), you get quite a lot for your money, actually. Firstly, look at that square-tastic ’90s luxury car body style. It looks so totally rad. But aside from its radness, it actually isn’t a bad looking car. The plain but handsome German styling of the ’90s was always appealing to me for some reason. It also gives this car a bit of a sleeper personality, because it belies the performance underneath the hood. 247 hp comes from its 3.6 liter 32 valve V8, which is paired to a five-speed manual and sent to all four wheels, which is able to haul the V8 Quattro to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds. That isn’t blistering by any means, and by modern standards is downright slow, but its enough to have some fun and is faster that people would suspect.
The Quattro all-wheel drive system features two Torsen diffs, one in the center and one at the rear axle, so the V8 Quattro can handle snow and dirt like a champ. So while this old Audi might not be fast by today’s standards on dry pavement, it’s practically a rally car when the weather turns for the worse and you’ll blow past people in their hopped up Mustangs. Fun.
This particular Audi V8 Quattro is actually in surprisingly good condition. The body looks clean and the interior, despite being entirely done in ’90s “Fisher Price” gray, looks good as well. It also comes with all of the luxuries anyone in the early ’90s could have hoped for and even some stuff that modern cars don’t get. Automatic climate control, heated front and rear seats and even a car phone(!). C’mon, if the idea of that hilarious car phone doesn’t get you excited for this car, I don’t know what will.
But overall, this is actually a pretty good car. Those aftermarket wheels need to go and be replaced with stock Audi wheels from the era but, other that that, it looks pretty good. The 182,000 miles are a bit of a concern for any Audi, but those were the days when German cars were built to last a bit more. According to Audi, the timing belts needed to be changed every 90,000 miles or so, so this thing should be on its third timing belt and if it isn’t the job should be done as soon as its purchased. Aside from that, however, this old Audi should see another 100,000 miles pretty easily. Will all of those fancy electronics hold up? Probably not and, in fact, I’d be surprised if most of them still work. But who cares, it’s an old Audi sedan with a kick-ass all-wheel drive system, a V8 and a manual, what more could you want from life? $20,000 is still too much for this, though, I don’t care how rare it is. It’s still an old Audi sedan with nearly 200,000 miles on it. It isn’t an old Ferrari. Knock $10,000 off the price tag and this is a steal.Jalopnik]