Welcome to the JNBQC, Door Panel Edition. Let's see how well our junked Audi 80 performed for the Fatherland!
Since we were looking for three early-90s cars with roughly similar prices- in this case, around 20 grand (or about $32,000 in 2009 bucks)- I figured our German entrant would be a BMW 318. The wrecking yard we visited, however, was fresh out of 318s, and the more junkyard-common 325s sold for 25 grand and up. Mercedes-Benz was out, because even the low-end 190E was priced at close to 30 grand; on the other hand, the only Volkswagen that met our requirements was the Corrado… and good luck finding one of those at a random self-service yard. That made this 1991 Audi 80 an easy choice, since its price tag falls right in line with the '93 Buick LeSabre Limited and the 91 Lexus ES250. Shawn knows quite a bit about old Audis, but swore that he didn't have any special tricks for door panel removal on this car. Let's see if we can get that panel off in a reasonable amount of time, without breaking anything. Based on my experience with (non-air-cooled VW) German cars, I was expecting a real struggle here, sort of like rebuilding a grandfather clock while on the Bataan Death March. In a blizzard. Let's see how it sorted out!