By on January 13, 2016

06 - 1994 Audi 100 Wagon in Denver junkyard - photo by Murilee Martin

We examined part of the endgame of the Audi 5000 debacle in the United States with a junked 1990 Audi 100 Quattro sedan in Denver. Having banished the toxic Audi 5000 name, Audi called these cars Audi 100s until everyone was thoroughly confused, then renamed it the A6, which they still use today.

Here’s a sort of unusual example I saw at a Denver yard a month ago: the final year of the Audi 100 name in the United States, and it’s a wagon.
02 - 1994 Audi 100 Wagon in Denver junkyard - photo by Murilee Martin

234,126 miles! Pretty impressive, I’d say.

07 - 1994 Audi 100 Wagon in Denver junkyard - photo by Murilee Martin

We can assume that approximately 228,000 of those miles were clocked by a meticulous first owner, who took care of every single maintenance item as it became due and fixed small problems as they arose. Then the person who applied this tasteful decal took ownership, and within a year the car was here.

15 - 1994 Audi 100 Wagon in Denver junkyard - photo by Murilee Martin

Delmarva Public Radio is in Maryland, as are the breweries and coffee shop represented by these stickers, so we might guess that the car’s final owner bought it in Maryland and then moved to Denver (where cannabis is legal and so cheap that you can find it in junked Suzuki Swifts).

12 - 1994 Audi 100 Wagon in Denver junkyard - photo by Murilee Martin

From there, it didn’t take long before something on the Audi broke that cost more to fix than a few boxes of Snoop Dogg’s Peanut Butter Gems, and that was that.

05 - 1994 Audi 100 Wagon in Denver junkyard - photo by Murilee Martin

The prices you get for scrap cars have crashed (down to $20-$50 a ton in most parts of the United States), and so the next stop was my local self-serve wrecking yard, which will sell few parts from this oddball machine.

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39 Comments on “Junkyard Find: 1994 Audi 100 Station Wagon...”

  • avatar

    The final owner must have been one of those radical liberals Maryland’s Spiro Agnew warned us all about.

    I guess the Audi wagon wasn’t as durable as the beater Volvo they’d had before.

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    This is pretty much the ideal I am always looking for, design-wise. Has anyone had any success hollowing one of these out and stuffing it full of Accord parts?

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    Land Ark

    I’ve whined about it before, but here we are again.
    I had a 1997 A6, which was the final year of this body style (except they carried the wagon over through 1998), and it was a hateful, spiteful car. From blowing headlights on a weekly basis, to burned out instrument lights, to a broken sunroof, exploding water pump, and a colony of ants living in the drivers door (ok, that’s not VW’s fault) that car managed to turn me off from all German cars, possibly for life.

    Well, that is until I win this Powerball thing and I can afford to have someone maintain my cars full time on site.

    • 0 avatar
      heavy handle

      Too late now, but the headlight issue was likely due to AC ripple from the alternator. I believe that you could replace just the rectifier on that generation of Bosch alternators.

      • 0 avatar
        Land Ark

        I should point out that the second gen headlights, meaning same housing but with projectors in it, were absolutely worthless when they did work if the road was wet or if it was raining. But woe be the one trying to drive that thing around in the dark while snowing. It might as well have not come with lights.

    • 0 avatar

      Weird. I have a 1995 S6 Wagon, the exact same version of this car with a turbo 20v engine, 5spd manual. It’s fucking awesome. The engine is super easy to work on if it needed anything. So far it’s needed new coils ($250) and a coolant hose ($8). The ignition lock failed which was $20, and one of hte HVAC servo motors died ($75). I’m putting in two new front axles tomorrow ($160), but honestly I don’t consider this excessive.

      I have put 57,000 miles on this car in the 5 years I’ve owned it. It’s well under $250 a year to maintain.

  • avatar

    Dogfish Brewery, as represented by the shark logo on this car’s side window, is in Milton Delaware. My brother’s house is across the street from the brewery.

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    Pretty base one. V6 2.8 with cloth and FWD. Look how nice the wood trim is though! I love that burl. Many of the same bits as the 90S I had interior-wise. Interesting the mirror controls were there next to the stereo. In the 90, they were on the door which makes much more sense.

    Why can’t “buy local” people ever have any taste and not put stickers on everything? And why can’t they maintain a car?

    • 0 avatar

      Because it’s hard to do anything when you have to remember to tell someone “I’m a vegan” every 6 and a half minutes.

    • 0 avatar
      formula m

      Loved that wood trim in my uncles 91′ sedan. One of the first luxury type vehicles I ever spent much time in as a kid. My current SUV makes a nice attempt at the wood burl but it will never be as cool as I remember that Audi being.
      The car itself turned out to be an electrical nightmare that he passed on to his son. Big mistake

  • avatar
    bumpy ii

    “Kylo Ren, your hooptie is ready.”

  • avatar
    Felix Hoenikker

    That shark silhouette in the oval is the Dogfish Head beer emblem. I have one of these that I picked up during a tour of the Dogfish Head brewery located in Milford DE which is about 15 miles from Rehoboth Beach.. This guy had good taste in beer!

  • avatar

    This was a fantastic engine. Timing belt change was pricey. But, overall I had very few complaints when selling these in the 90’s. Over 200k miles on the odometer was not uncommon.

    • 0 avatar

      My ’94 Audi 90 quattro had this engine, supposedly rated at 170 hp, but it was a poser and never really wanted to get down to some solid work like getting a move on.

      My other car was an Eagle Talon Tsi AWD, and it left the Audi standing, even when I was beating on the Audi and my visting brother was just getting used to the Talon.

      Two years of the Audi was enough for me, and that was my fifth and last 4 ringer, so I really cannot comment on engine longevity. Had three five cylinder cars and no engine problems at all, but the original four in my 100LS dropped a valve guide at 92,000 miles – considering 72 mph was 4,000 rpm, it’s surprising it lasted that long.

    • 0 avatar

      My indie mechanic brother gives the old 2.8 V6 a big thumbs up as well. Relatively simple to wrench on, understressed and very durable. In a customer’s (close friend’s) beat to hell B5 A4 (Quattro, 5spd) we had a blast driving it through close to a foot of snow on a post-repair test drive. With a somewhat perforated exhaust, these plain jane V6s sound awesome, and have a very satisfyingly linear power band. Key being that lighter A4 body and a manual transmission.

      I could see myself buying one of these 1st gen A4s with said powertrain as the perfect winter beater. They really don’t rust, at all.

      • 0 avatar

        Yep, the 2.late will get you there, eventually. They tend to have leaky Valve cover gaskets, but are otherwise bulletproof.

        An early B5 A4 with a stick is actually a pretty fun ride, and you’re right – the corrosion protection on this era Audi was incredible. Even in Ontario, land of rust, the ones in the junkers have solid bodies.

        I just picked up a C5 (next gen) A6 wagon with this engine… Apparently there’s a supercharger kit that can get it to 300 hp, but at that point the 2.7tt is a better base.

  • avatar

    Where’s matador when ya need him?

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    Sad end to a nice wagon, even if it’s got pretty basic specs. Rear facing third rows always make me smile, and the bench and hardware are actually still worth a chunk of change to the right buyer.

    I’m really curious as to how they killed a 2.late though. There’s nothing too fragile on that thing other than electronics, and in such a basic model, not too much to go wrong.

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    I owned one of these. The platform is actually fairly reliable, particularly by the standards of that era VW product. If you DIY you can keep one running for small dollars. Keeping them perfect will cost you a mint. The drive train and body are solid. Electrics are a bit more iffy, about par for the era. Climate control is reliable but complex, so all fixes are expensive and/or annoying.

    I liked the styling and Quattro enough to hunt down an S6 Wagon. Drove it for five years. Built the engine. Now it’s for sale. These are really great cars, just not cheap to keep. The stuff that breaks generally won’t leave you stranded.

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