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Audi 5000 was called 100?

Here is an interesting Audi story I found on usenet.

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Newsgroups: rec.autos
Date: Tue, 15 Dec 1992 12:33:56 -0500
From: "Joseph D. Mazza" <mazz+@andrew.cmu.edu>
Subject: Re: 1990 Audi 100 SUCKS !!!!!!!!!!!!e+10

Back in 1970 I bought an Audi 100LS in its first
model year.  BIG mistake.  EVERYTHING, and I mean literally EVERYTHING
went wrong with it.  Here's a partial list, from what I haven't managed
to block out of my memory after 20 years:

Temp & Fuel guages either dead altogether, or else erratic and inaccurate.

Windshield washer inop.

Air conditioner noisy and completely useless.  Warm air only.

Hubcaps kept falling off -- literally.

The car didn't merely hesitate -- it LURCHED every time you even looked
at the accelerator --  IMPOSSIBLE to drive smoothly.

Alternator mounting bracket failed repeatedly, as did the alternator.

OFTEN failed to start.  It got so bad that after the fourth time the
dealer brought me out a new loaner 100LS one evening while he towed mine
back to be fixed.  The next morning the LOANER wouldn't start!  (Late
for work yet again...)

An engine mount failed allowing one corner of the underslung engine to
shift downward and screw up the drive train alignment.

The exhaust BURNED A HOLE INTO THE TRUNK when a leak developed in the
top of the tailpipe where it jogged upward over the rear axle.

IMPOSSIBLE to keep the front end aligned.

Etc., etc., etc.

>From what I've read, the 100LS was so bad that Audi banished its name
from the U.S.  The "100" continued in Europe, but here it was the
"5000." (Apparently, even the mere mention of the 100LS sent shivers up
Audi's corporate spine!)

Ever since my 100LS experience I've avoided Audi's like the plague --
despite their seemingly high quality/cost ratio and many testimonials
about how much they've IMPROVED over the years.  Forget it.  They had
their chance with me.  Long story short: Two BMW's later I've never
missed the Audi for an instant.