The Audi 80 is a compact executive car that saw its run last for 30 years. Initially sold to the public in 1966, it shared the Volkswagen Group B platform with the Volkswagen Passat. There were several trims made available by Audi for the Audi 80, boasting different combustion engines. Since it has been around for more than 40 years, some of its common problems are well-documented. Here are some problems that Audi 80 owners have been experiencing with their car.
There have been complaints about the Audi 80's engine misfiring and losing power. It's understandable if the Audi 80 is overloaded since it's already an old car. However, this problem happens even if it's on cruising speed or idling. Whenever it misfires, it appears to stall, and then it comes back to life again. In addition, there have been separate reports of it having engine problems caused by faulty fuel injections and air leaks. Models that are having this problem is the 1991, 1992 and 1994 Audi 80s.
The constant velocity balls and joints are needing frequent servicing. Technicians have recommended that these parts should be inspected at each service done with the Audi 80. This is for repairing the torn cv boots as early as possible in order to prevent replacing the CV half shaft or cv joint. Replacing the CV half shaft is costlier than repairing the cv boots.
In addition, both 1990 and 1991 Audi 80 models were recalled on January 29, 1993 for oil problems with the axle assembly in the power train. The recall covered the draining and replacement of the differential oils with oil formulated for higher performance. This was made to prevent pre-mature bearing failure brought about by quick oil evaporation. An estimated 152,000 units were affected.
On April 6, 1990, some 6600 Audi 80s were recalled for a faulty column locking anti-theft device. Some Audi 80s were fitted with improperly manufactured steering lock bolts. If it breaks, the steering wheel will remain locked even if the car has been started already. This would result to a total loss in steering control which could lead to accidents. The recall sought to replace the whole steering lock assembly, including a modified lock bolt.