Today, on Jalopnik’s regular column “Nice Price or Crack Pipe” , where they find obscure used cars in various conditions and ask the audience if they’re worth what the seller is asking, we’re taking a look at a 1987 Audi 4000CS Quattro.
This particular Audi 4000CS has 250,000 miles on it and has never had a major repair down to it in its life, according to the seller, which is actually quite impressive for that sort of mileage. Especially so on an ’80s Audi, as the Ingolstadt-based brand had a pretty horrid reputation for reliability at the time. According to the seller, the 4000 has had its timing belt replaced, as well as the clutch brakes and suspension. For the suspension replacement, to what extent, we’re not sure of. The seller also clams that all of the wiring and electronics are in working order, which is important for any ’80s German car.
Of the things that don’t work are the passenger side window regulator (though that’s true of pretty much any German car of the era), the cruise control and the rear window switches. That’s a pretty small list of negatives for such an old car with so many miles on it. Regardless of condition, buying this car requires being prepared for future repairs and extra cost, as it is a German car from the ’80s with 250,000 miles on it. But that doesn’t mean that this car isn’t with the $4,750 that the seller is asking for.
The Audi 4000CS is actually a pretty fun car to drive, with its 2.2 liter SOHC inline four-cylinder engine that made only 115 hp and 126 lb-ft of torque. That may not sound like a lot, but when paired with a five-speed manual in a car that’s as small and light as the 4000CS. While it won’t be a rocket, it’ll be fun enough and even more so with its Quattro all-wheel drive system.
It also looks pretty damn cool, in its Tornado Red paint color with two-tone interior. Although, the front seats don’t match the rears, as the fronts are something called Airflow seats, whatever those are. The car comes with two sets of Borbet Wheels. So, for $4,750, would you buy this cool little all-wheel drive sedan with some sporty driving characteristics and in good shape?