The C3 Audi 100 was sold in the United States badged as an Audi 5000 … until the “unintended acceleration” nightmare nearly killed Audi in North America and the company decided, after a few years of abysmal sales numbers, to go ahead and call this car the 100 over here. Because so few were sold, the 1989-1990 Audi 100s are very, very rare these days.
Here’s one that I spotted in a Denver-area yard a couple of weeks back.
This is a manual-transmission car, and the Unintended Acceleration fiasco was all about the automatic-equipped 5000s. That means you won’t see the big scary “Apply foot brake when engaging Drive or Reverse” stickers near the shifter on 5-speed cars. Thanks to a bit of help from the Reagan Administration earlier in the decade, Ford was able to use similar stickers to avoid recalling 23 million vehicles that tended to pop into reverse with no driver input.
Nearly 200,000 miles on this car, which is pretty good for a (non-Mercedes-diesel) German car of its era.
This car probably wasn’t in terrible shape when it showed up in the junkyard, but anything that goes wrong with a 25-year-old Audi is going to cost plenty to fix.