1981 Audi 4000 5+5

Do you know how many times I’ve heard “It was just too nice to part out” when referring to an older Audi? Heck, I’ve personally had three that I’ve said that very sentence for, and at least one more I should have said that about. One time I bought a 4000S front wheel drive 5-speed simply because I wanted a door. No, I’m not joking. The entire car was in mint shape – Sapphire with Marine Blue velour, and because I was 18 and had fully subscribed to the idea that the only good Audis were all-wheel drive Audis, I paid $300 to rip what was otherwise one of the nicest 4000S models I had seen to that point in my life apart. Most of it went to the junkyard, in fact. It’s something that near 40 year old me is mad at 18 year old me about, still.

Fast forward 25 years into the future, and since then I keep hearing the phrase in relation to all sorts of obscure, slightly crusty and forgotten examples of the brand. So when this 4000 5+5 popped up for sale it was worth a look. These are highly prized for their donor doors (see what I did there?) which are utilized in Sport Quattro conversions. Does this one have to die?

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Year: 1981
Model: 4000 5+5
VIN: WAUBB0811BE076930
Engine: 2.1 liter inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 15,000 mi
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Price: $2,750 Buy It Now

Very clean car inside and out it has an 2.2 inline Five with a 5 Speed Manual Transmission was purchased from a one owner and never got to touch it it has orginal 14921 miles on the Car (Needs a Gas Tank and Fuel Pump)was sitting in garage for years I can start it from the intake will turn on and stay running. I also do have the fourth BBS wheel it’s in the trunk needs a tire I will put on and update pics. This is an extremely rare car has never been wrecked and has ZERO rust witch are even harder to find Message me for any info Clean and clear TX title Asking 2750 or best offer

Is it a neat car? Yeah! And very rare. It’s hard to find the 2-door 4000 at all, never mind when combined with the five cylinder and a five-speed manual transmission. Would you be better off with a later Coupe GT? Well, they’re neater to look at, nicer to drive, and faster….so, probably. But if you’re into rare and obscure cars, here’s one. And unlike most it won’t break the bank! It’s also pretty clean overall, has some nice BBS wheels, Euro lights, a killer velour interior, and you’re unlikely to ever see another one driving anywhere. No one outside of some obscure Audi fans will appreciate it as anything more than just another weirdly boxy old car. But I appreciate it, and I hope someone doesn’t buy it just to rip the doors off.

-Carter

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13 Comments

  1. Oh wow! Great find!!! I would love to adopt this one. I know you are a coupe fan, as am I, but there has always been something about the 5+5 that gets my attention. Although its probably not accurate, I always thought of it as a bit of a sleeper. I can’t help but to wonder if the odometer is correct? I must look away now…..

  2. I bought the car in late March.After a long nightmare with electrical issues and entirey new fuel system, the shifter completely fell apart as the original plastic couldnt take the stress of time.The new part will arrive tomorrow, and ill finally be able to drive it.The engine runs like brand new.

  3. Congratulations! Very cool car! Well done. I hope you can get it sorted out to your liking. I think the 5+5 coupe is a great ride, and for bonus points it’s a rare bird.

  4. Awesome that you chimed in! Please let us know how it’s going!

    Best,
    Carter

  5. Please do keep us posted! I’m envious! I can imagine that fiver singing.

  6. Would anyone on here know of a place for parts for this can? I’m having trouble. All the shifter bushings need to be replaced.

  7. I haven’t been playing with my old Audis for awhile now, but my two favorite resources where Blauparts.com and then the Shokan scrap yard for the unobtainium. I just did a quick search for Shokan and I can’t find them. I bet Carter will have a few suggestions for you.

    So now I am just going to blather in the event that it might be helpful. I don’t know, but wonder if the transmission is the same as the one used on the four cylinder cars? Also, the VW Quantum was a very similar setup?

  8. Copy that, I’ll start there. Thank you.

  9. I think I may have just given you two dead ends. You got me thinking about it a bit though… So I went looking for ETKA, the part listing that used to be for a fee… Anyway I got to this: See if it gets you anywhere helpful.

    https://audi.7zap.com/en/usa/audi+4000/a40/1981-15/7/711-67000/#38

  10. And then I had a moment when I recalled the ball in the ball housing breaking in my 1980 Rabbit… and I thought that might be the sort of thing you were looking for, so I took a crack at it. Using the link I sent I went to the link above. I went to the pedals section and bored into it and got to this part number 431711251C which I then pasted into an internet search… looks like ECS tuning might be able to get it for you? The link in ETKA might work in some cases as well.

  11. You can actually find a reasonable amount of things online. Join the Small Chassis Facebook group and they’ll not only love your car, but will help with parts. I’m on there. Also, eBay isn’t bad (I’ve gotten parts shipped from Europe), Force5 has some stuff (but it’ll be harder on a Typ81), and some items transfer from VW. But your best bet is to crowd-source parts from others taking them apart. There was just a posting for an early Coupe being parted.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/SmallChassisAudi/
    http://www.force5auto.com/

    Best of luck!

  12. I’ve found everything I need, thanks for all the feedback.

  13. This car is amazing. Ive put just 46 miles on it so far, but just like that, im back in 1981. I was offered $10,000 for it while it was still at the shop,and i accepted it, only to call the guy and decline. Im gonna drive for awhile. You can find me on the backroads in the hillcountry with a smile on my face.

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