Three Months Gone: 1987 Audi 5000 S – Sold?
January 7, 2022 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
November 26, 2021 Update – After a three-month hiatus following the expiration of their August listing, we came across a new Craigslist ad for this rare-in-the-U.S. ’87 Audi 5000 5-Speed. Compared to their original listing, the private seller just lowered their asking price by two thousand dollars to $9,995 which is still well above the current NADA guidelines and is likely why the car remains unsold.
September 16, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this Audi “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” unless we come across a fresh listing for the car.
There are always cars that tend to slip beneath the radar as if they were never quite special enough to be wildly sought after, but you still take note when they do show up. The Audi 5000 is a perfect example of this, as there was nothing particularly exceptional about it aside from its punchy five-cylinder powerplant and ground-breaking Quattro all-wheel-drive. This 1987 5000 “S” sedan with a desirable five-speed manual first appeared in August 2021 North Port, Florida in seemingly excellent condition and under 60,000 original miles for $11,995. Comparing this price against the NADA Price Guide confirms this private seller has his front-wheel-drive 5000 priced well above the “High” retail estimate of $4,125, and while we can appreciate the incredible survivor the Audi may very well be, this price seems to be outpacing the market by a fair margin.
The 5000 was a gamechanger for Audi in more ways than one. When it arrived on the scene, there was nothing like it. Anything from GM in the mid-sized category was a joke compared to this stately German sedan, built with high-quality materials and exceptional road manners. Then, the unintended acceleration story broke. Looking back, most people will agree that the 60 Minutes investigation was essentially a hit piece on the automaker, with the acceleration issues caused by poor driving, not a gas pedal with a mind of its own or a brake pedal that lost the will to stop. Still, an aura hung over the model, but smart enthusiasts can look past that veneer and enjoy the hotter takes on the bread-and-butter commuter sedan, opting for the turbocharged, Quattro-equipped model with a five-speed manual.
Check out this 1987 vintage Audi PR video posted on YouTube that was the company’s way of trying to convince potential consumers that unintended acceleration was an industry-wide problem rather than an issue specific to Audi products:
A clean Audi 5000 in a hard-to-find car in any form, particularly in turbocharged wagon form. Even so, decent drivers still sell for under $10,000, so the seller’s ask is definitely a stretch for a naturally aspirated, front-wheel drive model. It certainly looks like an impeccably maintained example, and there aren’t many left that fall into that criteria. Plus, many of the standard-issue 5000 sedans you still find are almost always equipped with an automatic transmission, so a 5-speed model is definitely a find. The seller has spent a decent amount on recent maintenance, including a new clutch kit, master cylinder, and slave cylinder; new engine and transmission mounts; and a new power steering rack, brake rotors and pads, and new fluid in both systems. It’s pricey, but if you want a 5000 in your life and can’t find any in decent condition, it may be worth at least having a conversation with the seller.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1987 Audi 5000S, 5cyl, 2.3L, 5 Speed, all power, low miles 58700k
– Excellent condition. Run and drive. No rust. Original paint. No serious scratches or damages. Never was in an accident.
– New clutch kit, new master cylinder, and slave cylinder.
– All engine and transmission mounts are new.
– New power steering rack, new brake rotors and pads, new PS fluid, brake fluid.“
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