1993 Audi 90CS Quattro – REVISIT

You ever see a unique car and think “I’ve seen that one before…”. Well, in this case, you’re not seeing things. This 1993 Audi 90CS Quattro has graced these pages a few times, making me wonder a bit what the issue is. First Paul wrote it up in April, 2013 for 8,900 with 97,000 miles. It reappeared in September with 89,497 miles, new wheels, a different description from a different seller, and failed to sell twice. Now back up with a third seller with a different description, a few less miles at 89,355 and the original listing photos, asking price and wheels, color me confused. Still, it’s a nice example that looks to have a lot of potential even if it’s clearly a bit overpriced:

THE BELOW POST ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON OUR SITE September 1, 2013 and April 13,2013:

Let’s just say that you’re looking for an older Audi quattro, but you can’t stomach buying one that needs work or two that need work. That’s certainly understandable! Sure, they have more style than the A4, but those A4 prices are so low now and they’re pretty attractive to boot. Well, if you like the early A4 but want something a little more unique, there is the all-but-forgotten 90CS quattro. Based on the heavily revised B4 chassis, the 90CS quattro received body, interior and drive train updates over the 88-91 cars, making it a more comfortable highway cruiser and look a bit more upscale. This was the lowest point of Audis sales in the U.S. since the very early 1980s, so seeing these B4 90 quattros especially in good shape is a rare event, even in the Northeastern states. Today’s example is a lightly modified 93 in Emerald Green Mica:

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Year: 1993
Model: 90CS Quattro
Engine: 2.8 liter V6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 89,355 mi
Price: $8,900 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 Audi 90CS Quattro on eBay

Old description: Cleanest 90 I have ever seen, zero rust, super clean underneath, interior spotless no rips tears or smells after market head unit with iphone/usb jack 17 inch custom wheels with newer tires (2500miles), all electrics fully functional, no tears mint black leather, recent tuneup, fluids plugs etc. this car is a headturner and no matter where you are people acknowledge its condition. exceptional example hard to find one cleaner. Please contact with any questions or image requests. Mileage will continue to increase as I drive it occasionally for fun. Car is listed locally and I reserve the right to end auction early. Good luck bidding.

New description:

YOU ARE VIEWING AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE AUDI 90 CS QUATTRO – THE RARE “CS” MODEL WAS THE HIGHEST OPTIONED AUDI 90 AVAILABLE

THIS IS A METICULOUSLY MAINTAINED VEHICLE – ALWAYS GARAGE KEPT AND NEVER SMOKED IN –

THE EXTERIOR IS DONE IN STUNNING EMERALD PEARL – THE IMMACULATE INTERIOR IS DONE IN BONE LEATHER –

THE VEHICLE HAS EVERY AVAILABLE OPTION, INCLUDING POWER SUNROOF, HEATED LEATHER SEATS, HIGH LEVEL INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR TRIM WITH REAR WING – THE CLIMATE CONTROL, AIR CONDITIONING, ORIGINAL RADIO AND POWER OPTIONS WORK AS NEW – THE ORIGINAL BOOKS AND WINDOW STICKER ARE WITH THE VEHICLE

LESS THAN 1,000 MILES SINCE A MAJOR MECHANICAL OVERHAUL AND SERVICING – ALL MECHANICAL WEAR COMPONENTS WHICH WERE NOT LIKE NEW WERE REPLACED WITH CORRECT OE PARTS, INCLUDING > FULL TIMING BELT AND TENSIONERS KIT, WATER PUMP, STEERING RACK, STEERING PUMP, STRUTS AND SUSPENSION REBUILD, BRAKES ALL AROUND, NEW TIRES AND MORE – THIS AUDI JUST PASSED THE STATE SAFETY INSPECTION WITH FLYING COLORS – THE VEHICLE NEEDS NOTHING – IT RUNS AND DRIVES AS NEW

THIS 90 “CS” QUATTRO IS IN PHENOMENAL CONDITION AND A BLAST TO DRIVE – MOST LIKELY THE FINEST EXAMPLE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR SALE ANYWHERE

PLEASE CALL WITH ANY QUESTIONS AND FOR INFORMATION ON FINANCING AND WORLDWIDE DELIVERY (412) 736-3600

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I’ll admit that I’ve been on an older Audi kick as of late, and I always have had a soft spot for these 90 quattros. They always felt like a bit of an underdog to me. The V6 was not as peaky as the 20V was, but it’s also not much quicker, and in comparison to the E36 chassis released in the U.S. in 1992, even the refreshed B4 chassis felt pretty dated and slow. Despite this, I think the 90 design has actually aged pretty well in comparison to the E36. These quattro models, especially sport editions with the rear open spoiler design, look pretty fresh even 20 years on. That rear end could just as easily have been one that adorned a 2003 A8.

Though not generally considered as robust as the early 4000 quattros, the 90 V6 quattro is no slouch and many have covered two to three times the miles that are on this car. Also not considered quite as good in the snow as the twin-locking differential early cars, for most people this is more than a capable snow machine and could easily outpace many newer cars in the white stuff. They’re fun cars to drive and make a nice noise even if they don’t get you there like a sports car will. Reasonably easy and relatively cheap to fix, this is a great opportunity to get into one of the nicest 90 quattros I’ve seen in a long time. While the modifications may not be to everyone’s taste they’re relatively understated and don’t detract from the car overall. $6,750 would be more than I would want to pay right now even for as clean a 90CSQ as this one is, but I don’t think it’s far out of line and would expect this car to fetch around $6,000 right now. For that amount, the cheaper B5 A4 might seem like a better deal, but given the option I think I’d rather have one of these!

-Carter

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5 Comments

  1. Very good looking car! Probably just the price holding it back.

  2. I owned a 93 90CS for some time, they are head and shoulders above the A4 in terms of build and material quality, in my opinion a far better looking car as well. One of these with a AAN and RS2 mods would be fantastic.

  3. It is missing couple of options to call it “highest option”.. the aux gauges are not there and neither is the quattro script defrost rear window. Other than that, yes having leather power sport seats is an expensive option. Other than the aftermarket belt line rubber strip I can not fault the car… oh yeah, battery cover is missing as well… but that is nit picking.
    BTW if the owner is reading this, I do have a spare battery cover and set of aux gauges to finish off this beauty. 🙂

  4. Martin I may take you up on that….Carter I actually own this car purchased it a while back and the gentlemen that i bought it from used the images of my car to try to sell another car that he said “looked just like your but beige “ and then proceeded to try to sell me the car with pictures of a car I already owned if that makes any sense. Its a great car love all wheel drive in the next coming months it will be going under the knife for a heart transplant. Check it out on the website!!

  5. Jake,
    No problem, I also have the aux gauges and matching harness if you want to go for the gold!! 😉
    martin at quattro.ca is my email address.
    Congratulations on the car!
    Cheers
    Martin

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