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stubbs
04-20-2010, 09:29 PM
I've owned a '97 12v, and loved everything about it except the soft suspension and the lack of power. I know the 90 has the same engine, but I'm on a budget so any facelifted A4's are probably out of my range (hoping to get something for around $3000, or less and fix it for that much).

Here's a 90 that has caught my eye. Looks OK except for the rust spots that worry me a bit.

On another track, is there a good reason to get a 90 CS over a 96-97 A4 with the same engine? Handling, ride, maintenance, etc?

Here's the link to see the car:
http://www.ksl.com/index.php?sid=0&nid=443&tab=list/view&ad=2402528

BTW, I posted a similar question in the misc./classic audi forum, but thought I'd ask the A4 guys here for your opinion in case any of you have owned 90s.

Thanks!

jsquillz22
04-20-2010, 10:50 PM
i had a 90... loved iit, miss it... was a good car.. i had a 12v a4 too, which was poorly maintained and was full of problems

my 90 was a 95 and was taken care of, had minor rust.... but other than that it ran like a champ.... never left me stranded! id say get the 90 B)

jsquillz22
04-20-2010, 10:54 PM
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4022/4321401072_5cd41f3186_b.jpg

stubbs
04-20-2010, 11:02 PM
Those are some encouraging words. My A4 never gave me problems, but I spent close to $4000 in the year after I bought it replacing everything that needed it. I'll have to go drive that 90 and see how it feels.

walky_talky20
04-20-2010, 11:14 PM
I had a 90 quattro as well, but mine had a 5 cylinder. Loved it so much that I still have it. I'd like to put it back on the road someday. Real fun car.

As far as comparing the B4/B5, I'd think the B5 would be easier to get parts for. At least where I'm from, I think I had the last B3/B4 for miles. Features and interior on the B5 is probably better too. Just remember, old Audi's like lots of attention so be prepared for that. 12v is a good choice if you're on a budget. Pretty reliable.

jsquillz22
04-20-2010, 11:51 PM
Those are some encouraging words. My A4 never gave me problems, but I spent close to $4000 in the year after I bought it replacing everything that needed it. I'll have to go drive that 90 and see how it feels.

i bought my 90 for 1500 in 2005, best money ive spent in my life..... kept it for a while then wanted an a4..... now i want a 90 again... but ideally i want it all! but budget wise the 90 isnt too bad, like the other man stated parts are harder to come by, but lucky me i still have practically a 90 in my garage in parts... i had 2, one was a parts car! lol my sister couldnt drive ha accident turned into free parts car for me!

BlkBullitt
04-21-2010, 06:46 AM
First, I wouldn't buy anything with rust on it already... especially if I intend to keep the car for any period of time. I've never owned a 90, but I'm sure you can find an A4 within your budget. Parts will most likely be easier to find for the A4 and you have the potential to upgrade the A4 as well if so desired with more modern facelift parts if you desire. So my vote is A4.

marknad113
04-21-2010, 09:13 AM
my dad had a sweet 1995 90quattro and i seriously loved that car soo much. he got hit and it was totalled.. but i would take my a4 over it anyday lol. i just love it too much. plus there is more room, better interrior, etc. go with an A4

BADB5A4
04-21-2010, 09:49 AM
I had a 93 90CS for about 4 years until a deer totaled it. I do miss it, the lockable rear diff was a nice feature. The 12v feels pretty anemic compared to the 30v but other than a battery dying it didnt have any issues.
If you can find one at a good price I would consider it. A well cared for 90 will be a better buy than a mis treated A4 - newer does not automatically = better

stubbs
04-21-2010, 11:25 AM
Yeah, after looking some more, I think I'll wait for another B5 to come along. I'm leery of rust and damaged bodywork (not to mention the salvage title). I wish I was out in the northeast, there seem to be far more cheap B5s out there than here in Utah.

marknad113
04-21-2010, 12:54 PM
Yeah, after looking some more, I think I'll wait for another B5 to come along. I'm leery of rust and damaged bodywork (not to mention the salvage title). I wish I was out in the northeast, there seem to be far more cheap B5s out there than here in Utah.


Road Trip!!!

Ruffiano
04-21-2010, 02:02 PM
plus there is more room, better interrior, etc. go with an A4


I would STRONGLY disagree with that statement... The back seat of a 90 vs the back seat of a b5 or newer a4, I'm 6'3" and i have MUCH more leg room in the back of a 90 then an A4.

Secondly 90s used better quality leather then a4s. I would put my 20 year old leather seats up against anyones 10 year old a4 seats.

Ldiaz12
04-21-2010, 03:39 PM
I would Go with the A4 its nicer, but if your looking at power potential i would go with the 12v 90 cs because it is AAH AKH engine code and the cars with those engine codes have the "chipable" ecu which means "power". The A4 you could mod a bit also ( rs3 maf, VS, bored throttle body ported and polished IM) but no chip but remeber with the A4 you get more luxury.

marknad113
04-21-2010, 07:04 PM
I would STRONGLY disagree with that statement... The back seat of a 90 vs the back seat of a b5 or newer a4, I'm 6'3" and i have MUCH more leg room in the back of a 90 then an A4.

Secondly 90s used better quality leather then a4s. I would put my 20 year old leather seats up against anyones 10 year old a4 seats.

a4 > 90