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Cost of windscreen replacement for your Audi 80

The Audi 80 is in the top three best-selling Audi models in the Netherlands. Almost 85,000 cars were sold in this country. This has resulted in a substantial after-market with car parts. Even if you need a windscreen replacement for your Audi 80, you can use the after market for automotive glass, where prices are much lower than at the brand dealers. But first let's take a look at this very popular model, which would eventually become the basis of the most popular Audi in the Netherlands: the Audi A4.

The first generation started in 1972

Audi presented the Audi 80 in 1972. This model was to be the direct counterpart of the Volkswagen Passat from the Volkswagen group, of which Audi was already a part in 1972. The more luxurious version of the Audi 80 (the Audi 90) was only taken into production in 1984.

The first generation of the Audi 80 consisted of a front wheel driven car with a water cooled engine. Compared to its competitors, the Audi 80 was mainly spacious and had a striking appearance with the thin window frames that characterise this type. The first facelift was in 1977: the indicators disappeared from the bumper and were placed in the headlights that were no longer round. Furthermore, the facelift was mainly about minor changes.

The second generation: larger and for the first time a galvanized body

The second generation of the Audi 80 was already a fact in 1979. This was a larger car that was built on the Volkswagen B2 platform and not the B1 platform
on which the first generation was built. To ensure that the car maintained its performance, stronger engines were used in the second generation (1.6 instead of 1.3 litres).

In 1981, Audi then introduced the Audi 80 Coupé GT to the market. This was equipped with a 2.0 litre and was only available as a two-door for safety reasons. After this point, the Audi 80 models also came on the market with quattro drive, one of the characteristic features of Audi over the years.

In 1986, the third generation of the Audi 80 was to come, but before that, Audi decided to make a smart modification to the body of the Audi 80. After the facelift of the Audi 80, the bodywork was fully galvanised. A brilliant move, because the life span of the cars at that time was highly dependent on the rust. Audi immediately went the extra mile by giving a 10 year guarantee.

The third generation

The third generation of the Audi 80 was dedicated to the lowest possible air resistance (just like the Audi 100, which went into production a few years earlier). Therefore a new platform was chosen, the Volkswagen B3-platform. This type of drive was standard on the front wheels, but the Audi quattro drive was also available for the heavier engines.

All third-generation Audi models have a body that is fully galvanised to prevent rust. In addition, Audi came up with a Procon-Ten safety system.
And this is how Audi itself explained this to the public in 1991:

In short: thanks to a steel cable, the straps are tightened and the steering wheel is pulled away in the direction of the front bumper in the event of a collision. In this way, the bonnet and car windscreen will be damaged, but it will be a lot safer for the driver (and especially his or her head) in a collision - according to Audi about 30 years ago.

The fourth generation - a recognisable Audi

In 1991 the fourth generation of the Audi 80 was launched and this would also be the last generation. Again a new platform was chosen, the Volkswagen B4-platform, and again front-wheel drive became the standard. The biggest difference is in the front bumper with the characteristic Audi grille and the back seat which could be folded down because the fuel tank was no longer in the way.

Here we see more and more Audi as we know the car builder today. The fourth generation moved from 14 inch to 15 inch wheels, got bigger and chose for a V6 engine so that the Audi 80 was further away from the segment where the Volkswagen Passat was already located.


Four special versions

In the line of the Audi 80 there are four special versions that shouldn't be missing here:

  1. The Audi 80 Convertible (1991-2000)
  2. Audi 80 2.0 16V (1990-1991)
  3. Audi S2 Quattro (1991-1995)
  4. Audi RS2 (1994-1996)

The Cabriolet has been Audi's first soft-top. It shares the chassis with the Coupé version of the Audi 80 and has a reinforced windscreen frame that is also a rollbar.

The Audi 80 2.0 16V is a type that has only been in production for two years. This is one of the first cars in which Audi opted for power: 140 hp from a 2.0 litre engine with optional quattro drive. Apparently this went well, because a year later the Audi S2 came around the corner. This time no less than 220 hp with a 20-valve five-cylinder engine under the bonnet.

This eventually led to the production of the Audi RS2 with the help of Porsche was called upon. The result: 316 hp under the bonnet and 17 inch rims for a much sportier character.

Audi 80, one of Audi's greatest successes

If you look at the top 3 best-selling Audi models in the Netherlands, you will notice something. Yes, the Audi 80 is 'only' in third place with 85,000 sales. But that's not the whole story. The Audi A4 came directly from the Audi 80 (just like the Audi A6 came directly from the production line of the Audi 100). And this Audi A4, with more than 120,000 units, is in first place in the ranking. This makes the Audi 80 a huge success for the Volkswagen group.

When should my Audi 80 windscreen be replaced?

Do you have window damage in the driver's field of vision and is window repair no longer possible because it's more than an asterisk? In that case, a car window replacement is the only option. This also applies to branched cracks in the automotive glass outside the driver's field of vision.

Can I save on costs by replacing the windscreen myself?

No, in that case the costs are often even higher. A windscreen replacement is the job of the professionals who know what they are doing. If you want to save on a new windscreen for your Audi, take a look at our prices for after market vehicle glass for your Audi. The same quality as the windscreens at your Audi dealer, only at much better rates because there is no need to pay for a brand logo.

Windscreen Audi 80:

€ 149.00

Moulding Audi 80:

€ 20.00

Optional installation:

€ 100.00 (NL) - € 130.00 (BE)

Are you an experienced mechanic and only need a new windscreen for an Audi 80? Then you can easily order new windscreens from us without mounting. If you would like the windscreen to be installed as well, you can choose a windscreen with installation by our certified assembly partners.

If you can't figure it out, just contact us. We will be happy to help you find the right windscreen for your Audi 80.