1985 Audi 5000S with 89k miles


Audi 5000. A vehicle name so infamous it has its own entry in the Urban Dictionary. We’re all familiar with the unintended acceleration stories that emerged from the TV show 60 Minutes. This story was a near death sentence for Audi’s US market share and had me scratching my head for years thinking “can drivers really be this daft?” Whatever the case may be, Audi made a triumphant comeback in the US market towards the late 1990s and they haven’t looked back. This 1985 5000 is one of the better ones I’ve seen for sale stateside as of late. Even taking into account the automatic transmission, it’s sure to grab enthusiasts’ attention.

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Year: 1985
Model: 5000S
Engine: 2.2 liter inline-5
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 89,821 mi
Price: $8,499 Buy It Now

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5000S, 2.2L I5 FI, Automatic, **CLEAN CARFAX**, and **RECENT AUDI OF ST. PAUL TRADE**. Your lucky day! You NEED to see this car! Audi St. Paul is proud to present this. This 1985 5000 is for Audi fans looking the world over for a great, low-mileage creampuff. This car will take you where you need to go every time…all you have to do is steer! Stop in Today for a Test Drive, Call Or Chat With Us Online Today For More Information!

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I’ve come across a few good Audi C3s in Germany, but rarely this nice outside of the late model 200 Turbo Quattro Avants, which are coveted by collectors. Even considering the condition and mileage, this is going to be a tough sell at almost $8,500. If it had the 5-speed manual gearbox, maybe I could see it, but the automatic is a limiting factor in this car. Except, perhaps, for those seeking the fastest route between here and a garage wall.

Sorry folks, I just had to go there on this one.


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4 Comments on "1985 Audi 5000S with 89k miles"

  1. markiteight says:

    A very brief browse of the interwebs turned up a B7 RS4, a murdered out Stage III Allroad, and a very clean Stage III B5 S4, all posted for sale today. So it wasn’t like today was a particularly slow day for interesting German cars for sale. And yet you chose, over all those others, to feature a Ford Taurus. Seriously, sometimes I think you should change the name of your blog to BGCFSB: BoringGermandCarsForSaleBlog

  2. Paul says:


    Thanks for the feedback. We have featured RS4s, Allroads and S4s recently, but occasionally we like to switch it up with cars like this well preserved 5000S, as some of our readers like the more pedestrian vehicles, if you will. Due to time constraints with our day jobs and other commitments, some days there is more than a 24 hours lapse between scanning ads. We do try our best, however, to keep things fresh and give equal time to a variety of cars that appeal to different audiences.

    Thanks for reading.


  3. Carter says:

    At the Audi ice school yesterday, there were 4 or 5 RS4s, countless S4s, allroads, TTS and TTRSs, 3.2s and the like. And yet, what drew my eyes were the boring old and rusty 4000 quattros. On the ride up, our caravan of Subari was passed by one, a graphite 1987. We laughed on our walkie talkies (all three owned 4000Qs at one point or another) and said “When was the last time you saw one of those pass you in New England?” For me, the same goes here. It may be a boring car in some regards, but it’s nice to see some older iron that you just don’t see anymore. The 5000 was a quiet, capable highway car that wasn’t a bad handler and in 1985 looked downright futuristic compared to the 7s of the day which appeared to be trying to hold onto 1970. It’s not the best Audi ever made, and it’s not the fastest, but it helped to define the current generation and I’m glad to see it.

  4. UrSDriver says:

    This is a great find, the second most significant Audi in modern history behind the UrQuattro. I have never seen a sub-100k 5000, to see one that’s not a total basket case is rare.