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Audi RS2 Avant (1994 - 1995)

Last updated 21 September 2017


Buying Guide


  • The 2.2-litre five-cylinder is one of the most rugged engines Audi ever made.
  • High mileages are not a problem for these power units.
  • The for-wheel drive transmission is also, supremely tough.
  • General servicing is actually reasonably priced.
  • Some Porsche parts can be sourced cheaply.


  • Gearbox itself is weak, and is known to break first gear on hard-used examples
  • The original Dunlop tyres are almost impossible to find
  • Finding parts - a usual Audi bugbear - is getting diffcult, especially for RS2-specific items


  • The cambelt repacement interval is 80,000 miles - make sure it’s been done
  • Make sure there are no untoward noises from the gearbox - if so, it's likely to be a first gear or selector, both expensive to sort.
  • Spark plugs can rattle loose - check them regularly, and replace every 20,000 miles.
  • Coil packs are also known to fail, so check for any signs of rough runnning. It's a £400-plus job to sort.
  • Check the handbrake, as the cable is known to stretch and lose efficiency.
  • The auxiliary water pump that comes on after the car has been running need to be checked regularly - they cool the turbo and therefore, it needs to be working. It's a relatively simple fix.
  • Brake pad runner plates can lift due to corrosion where aluminium and stainless steel meet. 
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