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A3 1.9 TDi advice please

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by liam_bettinson, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. liam_bettinson
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    Hey, I'm considering buying an A3 1.9 TDi once I get rid of my 96' A4 2.6 Quattro and just wondering if there's anything I should look out for as I'm new to the TDi range...any flaws or things I need to know and to look out for, how many K miles are they good too etc etc...?

    Thanks in advance guys

    Liam:icon_thumright:
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    What can be said about the VAG TDI, it’s very reliable, if you’re looking at the 8L shape A3 there a 3 engine outputs, 90bhp, 115bhp, and 130bhp, personally I would only look at the 6 speed 130’s.

    As for longevity it’s immense, 150k without any major problems is an easy target, mine has just passed 100k and it feels better every time I drive it.

    The flywheel chatters a bit, don’t mistake it for noise from the gearbox.

    My TDI is a Quattro and that cause a few problems, some tuning parts for TDI’s do not fit / work on the Quattro’s, however S3 / TT parts do fit.

    I honestly can’t think of any one thing that I would call a flaw with these motors, perhaps the smoke made when flooring it, and that’s not too big a deal when you're leaving it behind is it?

    If I were to buy another VAG TDI I could be tempted by either the VW GT TDI or the Seat Leon Cupra TDI, both 150bhp and fast as greased lightening without any modifications.

    There are a few TDI / diesel specifc forums, not sure if it's the done thing to post their details in an open post so I'll send you a pm.
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    I've seen an A3 for £1995 with 135K on the clock and plenty of MOT on Autotrader...would that be any good?
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    Not enough info to say if it's a good car or not, at 135k it should of had 2 timing belt changes, a big fat wedge of bills, MOT's and service records.
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    Yep i have a 110 model with 80k and would recomment it although i havent been in a 130.

    Mainly recommend it due to cost of running. it costs me a fraction of what my old 97 1.6 polo cost to run and is very nice to drive.

    Also iirc if you chip the 110 it will run to 130bhp+ anyway, but 110 is plenty if you ask me. you can get away from lights quick enough and it pulls very well 30-70 which is ideal

    But im not going to lie it is noisy compared to a petrol. Especially noisy when cold

    Good luck
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    Had a look at that one I mentioned above last night and it was no good, engine seemed sound from what little knowledge I know and the bodywork was ok but 3 of the wheel arches had plenty of blistering and needed 4 new tyres...plus he was only gonna give me a grand for my A4 and wanted a grand off me!! Cheeky bugger!
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    I've got a 1.9 TDI 130bhp.
    Very nice car - no problems apart from the front passenger electric window mechanism broke [common fault in A3s] so until I get that fixed I can't roll down that window :p

    130s are pretty quick and you can remap them to about 185bhp with an uprated clutch.
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