About Audi 100
As the first large automobile of the Audi brand's post-WWII revival, Audi 100 was built by Audi NSU Auto Union AG, which is one of the member of Auto Union GmbH, an amalgamation of four manufacturers, between 1969 and 1985 and by the German automobile manufacturer Audi AG, part of the Volkswagen Group from 1986 to 1994 as a mid-size luxury executive car. Originally introduced as a 4-door sedan on 26 November 1986, Audi 100 is Audi's largest car since the revival of the Audi brand by Volkswagen in 1965. Competing against the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Acura Legend, Audi 100 was finally replaced by the Audi A6 after a dramatic run of seventeen years through four generations.
Though being available in North American market as early as Audi 100's second generation in 1976 as Audi 5000, the more recent third-generation Audi 100 is more familiar and still available for many North American owners. Therefore, we will focus on the latest Audi 100. The third-generation Audi 100 (Typ 4A) was produced from 1990 to 1994 based on the Volkswagen Group C4 platform. It made its debut in late 1990 in Continental Europe and 1991 in North American market for the 1991 model year. Audi 100 was offered in two body styles, 4-door saloon/sedan and 5-door estate/wagon and came in five trim levels. During this generation, Audi 100 was powered by 2.8 L SOHC 12v, V6 engine rated at 172 bhp and 2.6 L SOHC 12v, V6 engine producing 148 bhp and engines sent power through 4-speed automatic, 5-speed, 6-speed manual transmissions to front wheels or Quattro four-wheel drive system.
Audi 100 Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Even though as the first vehicle that produced after World War II by Audi, Audi 100 was still an attractive automobile though its poor fuel economy was reported. Up to now, the youngest Audi 100 must be over twelve years old, then you have every reason to learn about these common problems on it:
First, engine problem is definitely a common and serious issue on Audi 100 since it has such an old age. But out of expectation, cooling system on it is also common, which even speeds up engine failure. For Audi 100 drivers, the sooner they solve this issue, the longer their vehicle could live. Therefore, if you could find leaking coolant on the ground, you should know the next thing would be engine overheating and staying at a high operation temperature. After a while, the engine performance will also experience a dramatic reduction so that it will run roughly, misfire, stall and even suffer from starting issues. Then, the vehicle will also lose power while acceleration and have poor gas mileage. If you find illuminated Low Coolant Light and Check Engine Light on the vehicle, please make sure the Audi 100 spark plug, oxygen sensor, coolant reservoir, cooling hose, fuel pump, drive belt, intake manifold gasket, water pump, timing belt, oil filter and air filter are in right order or not.
Second, considering the mileage Audi 100 has reached and harsh road conditions it has run over, it is not hard to image that suspension system also becomes its vulnerable system. Some Audi 100 drivers may know suspension failure could result in uncomfortable and unsteady driving experience, what they do not is that it is also the culprit of some fatal accidents. Starting with the clunking or grinding noises from underneath the vehicle, the tire wear will become uneven and excessive, which also make the vehicle tend to tilt to one side. After a while, you will find hard to control the vehicle due to intense car vibration, unintentional steering and loose steering. In other words, please keep the Audi 100 shock absorber, wheel bearing, sway bar bushing, control arm bushing, coil springs, and coil spring insulator at prime condition invariably.
However, on your Audi 100, some vulnerable auto parts need to be maintained routinely to keep a proper working condition. Parts such as Audi 100 seat belt, windshield wiper, wiper blade, fog light, headlight, antenna and cabin air filter should be on routine maintenance list in view of their roles in creating safe and comfortable driving environment and harsh working conditions.
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