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1995 Audi 90 quattro

The good week for Audis continues with another car that’s frankly rare to find in reasonable condition anymore; the B4 Audi 90 quattro. The 90 was a bit long in the tooth in 1995 and slated for replacement by the updated A4. However, squint a bit and you realize that outside of the reshaped bumper covers the A4 shared many design cues with the B4 Audi. It’s a handsome car, and like the ’95 A6 I wrote up the other day it’s extremely competent. The V6 was coupled to the venerable but updated quattro all-wheel drive via a 5-speed manual transmission. While not the fastest car out there, the B4 focused on more luxury at a time when all of the major manufacturers seems to be backing away from sport just a bit. You won’t confuse this car with an M3, but that said it’s a fair bit more quiet, refined and quicker than a 4000 quattro. However, the car was a veritable sales flop compared to the 4000 – Audi only sold about 3,330 of the B4 90 quattros in the U.S. in total, compared to the nearly 16,000 4000 quattros sold. Rare? You bet:

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Year: 1995
Model: 90 quattro
Engine: 2.8 liter V6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 95,000 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

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Up for a NO RESERVE auction is a very, very rare 1995 Audi 90 Quattro with the desirable 5 speed manual transmission with locking center differential. These cars are next to impossible to find, especially in this condition with just 95k miles since new. This Audi has had the same owner since 1997. Pride in ownership shows throughout every inch of this sedan. It is finished in bright red over black and looks great. The finish has a mile deep shine all around. The body lines are nice and straight. The hood, doors and trunk all open and close easily. All of the glass and lenses are intact. The original alloy wheels show well and are wrapped in a nice set of rubber with good tread all around. Please take the time to check out each of the photos carefully.

The interior of this Audi also shows very well for its age. The door cards are clean. The carpets show well for their age. The deeply bolstered sport seats are in good condition and hold you firmly in place. Both front seats are heated. The dash and headliner are clean. The original wood interior accents also show well. The power windows, locks, mirrors and sunroof all work properly. The climate control system also appears to be working properly. The heater works well and the air conditioner blows ICE COLD AIR, too. The trunk is spacious and clean. A full set of original books and manuals (including the original $25,000 window sticker) come with the car.

Mechanically, this Audi 90 appears to be in good running and driving condition. The 2.8L V6 is a bulletproof engine and has an excellent reputation. She starts right up and idles smoothly. I’m sure the valve covers or something seeps a little due to the age of this vehicle. However, I didn’t notice any obvious leaks. The suspension feels tight and well sorted. The steering and brakes feel good, too. Her road manners are excellent. This is a light little sedan that loves corners. Audi’s legendary Quattro AWD makes this sedan handle like it’s on rails and gives added confidence in slippery conditions. Additionally, this Audi 90 has a locking center differential which makes this quite a formidable vehicle in any conditions. The engine feels strong and keeps perfect temperature. The clutch engages smoothly and doesn’t slip or chatter. Out on the highway, she drives nice and straight with no complaints. This is the nicest 90 I’ve seen in at least a decade. If you’ve been looking for one of these cars, you know how hard they are to find. With the combination of the right color/options/miles, this Audi definitely deserves your consideration. Thanks for looking and good luck bidding.

The 90 quattro came in two configurations in 1995; both with the AHA-code 172 horsepower 12 valve V6. The “Sport” option didn’t really add more sport, but it did add a rear spoiler – ironically, that probably slowed it down a hair, but it did look better. This car isn’t sport equipped, but shares the 5-spoke polished lip Ronal wheels that the cabriolet and 100CS quattro got (in 5-bolt configuration). This car does have the cold weather package with heated seats and was also optioned with a common to see sunroof; outside of that, there were virtually no other options you could select. Condition overall appears to be very good though it’s fair to say a cleaning would make it look better – especially the wheels. The next owner’s first order of business should be cleaning them up and ditching those budget and horrible Fuzion tires for something brand-name. Despite generally being unappreciated compared to the A4, ironically thanks to the rarity of these 90s and their stout reputation, they tend to bring stronger money than their replacements. While you can get just about any pre-2000 A4 for under $2,500, I’d expect this 90 to bring a bit more money. Treated properly, it’s a car that should last for some time and provide you with many stories of conquering snowy passes.



  1. Poorhouse
    Poorhouse March 20, 2015

    Interesting info on the sport package. So it added a spoiler only?
    Are those seats standard? They look pretty sporty.

  2. Carter
    Carter March 20, 2015

    Poorhouse; pretty much the sports were loaded and got spoilers. Otherwise, all the running parts and suspension, brakes are identical to the regular. Seats are stock, leather was an option.

  3. Cole
    Cole March 20, 2015

    That’s an “honest” engine bay – but it looks bad. I’d probably dress it up a bit. Looks like it’s been run thru sand dunes…

  4. Brad
    Brad March 20, 2015

    Joe is back! Last time we saw him, he was taking pictures of a Passat, I think, at night, soaking wet, at a car wash, with a .0001 megapixel camera. Also, then, he was crowing about how he would charge a fee of your money to receive your money into his hot little hands. He does things differently.

  5. McStiff
    McStiff March 21, 2015

    I posted this on FB but will put it here also, for those who eschew social media:

    Regardless of milage, this may not be the best B4 to buy, seems to have a fresh respray (it’s still in the paint shop) and cars from the region inevitability have more corrosion on fasteners if not the suspension, exhaust and body.

    I disagree with the claim that Sports were loaded and always had spoilers. They could be loaded and may have either a 2 post AL or 4 post FG spoiler (the 4 post was a dealer installed option) but not every B4 with a spoiler is a Sport.

    I feel that this IS a Sport because it has some options which were unique to the Sport models. Audi did not make it very easy as some Sports were “loaded” and there is no definitive VIN or build number to check. In this case, the jacquard wool seats, aux gauges below the manual climate control, versus climatronic, and the color matched door trim ere unique Sport features which would not be in a normal B4. It should also have a 2.6 lock to lock steering rack, unique to the Sport in sedans but similar to the RS2, and different Sport suspension.

    Ignore the CQ topic, this post is specific to the B4 Sport Quattro:

  6. Carter
    Carter March 21, 2015

    Interesting info, McStiff. Thanks for sharing! I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that the correct information is non-existent since I have a Coupe GT that, at least according to Audi on paper, doesn’t exist. I have the original ’95 brochure for the 90, but it doesn’t go into the depth you did above.


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