Junkyard Find: 1990 Audi 100 Quattro Sedan

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1990 audi 100 quattro sedan

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.

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  • Bocatrip Bocatrip on Jan 06, 2016

    Better interiors.. but never forgotten 100LS and 5000. which were are junk.

  • Johnster Johnster on Jan 07, 2016

    When these were new I thought they were so wonderfully new and round, but now they just look kind of conservative and square and boxy.

    • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Jan 07, 2016

      The design is over 30 years old, of course it looks old. Compare it to other things from the early-mid 80's, and you'll see it's aged incredibly well.

  • Bd2 Other way around.Giorgetto Giugiaro penned the Pony Coupe during the early 1970s and later used its wedge shape as the basis for the M1 and then the DMC-12.The 3G Supra was just one of many Japanese coupes to adopt the wedge shape (actually was one of the later ones).The Mitsubishi Starion, Nissan 300ZX, etc.
  • Tassos I also want one of the idiots who support the ban to explain to me how it will work.Suppose sometime (2035 or later) you cannot buy a new ICE vehicle in the UK.Q1: Will this lead to a ICE fleet resembling that of CUBA, with 100 year old '56 Chevys eventually? (in that case, just calculate the horrible extra pollution due to keeping 100 year old cars on the road)Q2: Will people be able to buy PARTS for their old cars FOREVER?Q3: Will people be allowed to jump across the Channel and buy a nice ICE in France, Germany (who makes the best cars anyway), or any place else that still sells them, and then use it in the UK?
  • Tassos Bans are ridiculous and undemocratic and smell of Middle Ages and the Inquisition. Even 2035 is hardly any better than 2030.The ALMIGHTY CONSUMER should decide, not... CARB, preferably WITHOUT the Government messing with the playing field.And if the usual clueless idiots read this and offer the tired "But Government subsidizes the oil industry too", will they EVER learn that those MINISCULE (compared to the TRILLIONS of $ size of this industry) subsidies were designed to help the SMALL Oil producers defend themselves against the "Big Oil" multinationals. Ask ANY major Oil co CEO and he will gladly tell you that you can take those tiny subsidies and shove them.
  • Dusterdude The suppliers can ask for concessions, but I wouldn’t hold my breath . With the UAW they are ultimately bound to negotiate with them. However, with suppliers , they could always find another supplier ( which in some cases would be difficult, but not impossible)
  • AMcA Phoenix. Awful. The roads are huge and wide, with dedicated lanes for turning, always. Requires no attention to what you're doing. The roads are idiot proofed, so all the idiots drive - they have no choice, because everything is so spread out.