Before B4 – 1990 Audi 90 Quattro 20v

For their third generation of compact sedans, Audi moved away from VW and put the typ 89/8A on its own platform. And for the first time, Audi had a world wide naming convvention – no more Fox or 4000 (what about those names was any better than a 2-digit number, anyway?). While the previous generation B2 cars were said to target BMW and Mercedes, Audi took things a lot further in this generation, offering something more than an upgraded VW. Starting in 1989, you could get your Audi 90 with a 20v 2.3-liter inline 5-cylinder engine and quattro, continuing Audi’s indecisiveness – 4 was not good enough, while 6 was just too bourgeois – but also giving drivers a direct connection to Audi’s successful rally heritage. Not many were sold in North America, and even fewer survive 26 years on, but one of the survivors is this 1990 Audi 90 Quattro 20v for sale for $2999 (was $3000 too much?) in Lynnwood, WA.

1990 Audi 90 Quattro 20v left front

Said to have been purchased from the original owner’s son, the car now sports 180,000 miles. The seller did a fair amount of work to the car, and was planning to keep it as a family spare, but has just moved to a new home where there is less car storage. The original owner seems to have been carefree with the options list, specifying pearl white on silver leather, the cold winter package with heated everything, and power seats, windows, windows, mirrors, door locks, and sunroof, as well as climate and cruise control, and a locking rear differential controlled from inside the car. Best of all, the accessories are all said to be in working condition.

1990 Audi 90 Quattro 20v right rear

Pearl white paint, the stout-looking 5-star wheels, and the rear spoiler really work well on this car, and while the only exterior issue mentioned is the missing Audi logo on the trunk lid, the driver’s rear fender appears slightly bumpy, though hopefully that’s just an issue with the picture. Note the beautifully thin (for a modern-ish car) rear pillars, which must allow for great visibility without the need for that silly little arrow in your rear-view mirror.

1990 Audi 90 Quattro 20v engine

The engine is said to have strong compression, and a list of new parts as long as your arm, including various belts, seals, gaskets, tires, bulbs, switches, and more. There are plenty of nice touches, like a functioning factory radio, upgraded 2-piston front calipers, and the use of Audi factory fluids where appropriate, that show the seller really wanted to nail the details and keep the car in good order. The exhaust has also been upgraded so you can properly hear the 5-cylinder exhaust note. On the downside, the power steering pump is said to be leaking, so you’ll want to find out cost before deciding to just refill it every so often and parking it over a drip tray.

1990 Audi 90 Quattro 20v interior

The leather interior survives in lovely condition, though the driver’s side seat back is said to have a tear. The seller offers to swap in his perfect spare black interior, but with the rest of the interior being so nice, it would be a shame if this car were dark inside like very other modern car. Note the three auxiliary gauges ahead of the shifter, which were a part of the top-end 90 quattro package. Another minor issue is a crack at the bottom of the windshield, but outside of that, this car appears to be in very nice survivor condition. In a Youngtimer (to borrow the German-English term) world full of E30 BMWs, this well-kept 90 quattro looks like it would be a fun way to stand out from the crowd.


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One Response to “Before B4 – 1990 Audi 90 Quattro 20v”

  1. Steve in Podunk Says:

    sold already,,

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