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Audi A3 (2003 - 2008)

Last updated 6 May 2015

 
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Classy hatchback with a premium interior. Wide choice of engines including efficient TDI models. quattro models corner sharply. S3 can be a blast to drive.
All engines still belt cam. Oil pump problems with 2.0 TDI.
Updated 6 May 2015

Starting problems of 2007 Audi A3 2.0TDI DSG diagnosed as beginning of DMF failure. Quoted £800 just to separate transmission to investigate.

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Introduction

First VAG 'C' segment hatch based on PQ35 floorpan later shared with Golf V and Leon II.

Handled quite well. The old A3 was pretty good for its day. The Golf Mk IV and the Octavia took handling a step back. The SEAT Leon brought it forward again. But the new A3 shifts the goalposts altogether.

Outside, its chunky good looking and Audi-like. First with the new corporate two-tier Audi grille, like the Nuvolari concept car. Inside, you get a fully adjustable driving position and an interior that quietly shouts quality. Getting comfortable takes no time at all and, unlike some former Audis, you dont feel the need to re-adjust yourself afterwards.

Road Test Audi A3 2003 Range Launch Test

Road Test Audi S3 2007

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