Review: Audi A3 (2008 – 2012)
Good choice of engines. Some petrol engines now chain cam. Comfortable and well built interior. cheap to run 1.6 TDI. Feels very refined especially on the motorway.
Golf with Audi cachet. Doesn't handle as well as some other premium hatchbacks. All diesels remain belt cam.
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Report of timing chain failure of 2009 Audi A3 1.8T TFSI (EA888) at 60k miles in 2017. M echanic fixed it and all sweet until xmas eve 2018 when exactly the same thing happened at around 75mph: a bump... Read more
Shards of metal found in reconditioned engine of 2009 Audi A3 1.8T (EA888 engine). Probably from the timing chain tensioner breaking up. Read more
Report of 2010 Audi A3 TDI going into limp mode. "Closest" garage said it needed a new EGR and that would be £600. Had the NOx emissions update a year before and is only now at 80,000 miles. VAG... Read more
Audi A3 (2008 – 2012): At A Glance
The 2008 Audi A3 is basically a VW Golf V1 with more upmarket trim that carries more status.
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