Will This 1981 Audi 5000S Diesel Give You Unintended Excitement?

Okay, I had to get some sort of unintended acceleration joke in there somewhere, so I figured I’d start at the top. For those that don’t know, the Audi 5000 was involved in a scandal about unintended acceleration, which turned out to be a false narrative that actually really unfairly hurt the Audi brand. However, now that enthusiasts know 5000s suffer no such unintended acceleration, they’ve come around to its charms. This 1981 Audi 5000S Diesel is a good example of why.


Currently for sale on Bring-A-Trailer, this Audi 5000S Diesel is a great example of the car. It’s in good condition, considering its age. Sure there are a few little dings, nicks, and damaged bits here and there but it’s mostly in nice shape and its Helios Blue paint still looks good.

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Inside, its almost entirely blue interior also looks nice, with very few signs of major wear, and the wood shift knob adds a nice pop of contrast. It’s an incredibly ’80s looking interior and I’m very much here for it.

Audi 100/Audi 5000


The car has had quite a bit of service done, with several repairs made and paintless dent removal. With only 52,000 miles on the odometer, it’s a surprisingly fresh car for being over 40 years old.


However, if you’re looking for a sporty sedan, look elsewhere. Its 2.0 liter naturally-aspirated inline-five-cylinder diesel engine makes 67 horsepower and 86 lb-ft of torque. Not exactly a super sedan, is it? It’s also front-wheel drive, rather than Quattro all-wheel drive, as it’s an early 1981 model. So don’t expect big levels of grip, either.


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Instead, the Audi 5000S Diesel is a great cruiser. It’s slow, comfy, and easy to drive, all while packing cool ’80s style. If you want a little slice of ’80s German luxury, the Audi 5000S Diesel might be an interesting, albeit slow, way to get it.


[Source: Bring-A-Trailer]
Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.