I’m currently looking for a new car at the moment and chances are it will almost definitely be an 8P chassis Audi A3 that I will be going for . I’ve joined the forum for a couple of weeks now but have only just started viewing some recently.
From reading previous posts on here about the 1.6 FSI, I think I’m going to avoid this model and concentrate ideally on the 2.0 TDI 140 Sport as I’m looking for something with plenty of torque throughout the rev range and something that’s a bit sporty yet refined.
The car will mainly be used for a mixture of different journey types, stop/start, town driving and motorway journeys. Therefore reliability is also paramount for me as well as performance.
According to my budget, It will most probably be a late 2003-2004 model, and it can be either the 3 door or the 5 door sportback – not too fussed whether I have more doors or not. However, my first question is are there any differences or advantages (handling or performance wise) over one another...or is it just simply a cosmetical/more door difference?
Secondly, What I wanted to know is the typical things that I should look out for in a A3 in general and in particular this engine when viewing cars (common faults e.t.c.).
Also if people could share what kind of problems they have had with their 2.0 TDI 140 since owned? (ideally early models but later models too as ill probably try and get the newest car for my money) – hopefully this will give me an idea on their reliability too.