I paid £20,000 for my A3, 3.5 years ago. so far it has cost me £6300 in service and maintenance to give it a FSH ( not tyres/exhaust etc) so I have shelled out £26,300. I have covered 30k miles and the car has been valued at £8k now. So basically it has cost me £5k a year to run if i sold it today. Thats a £100 a week before you even start it up... The latest health check says the discs are shot and the Rad is leaking now at a total of 45k miles. And its been in the workshop for a month now so i can expect another bill to add to these totals' The advice from my Audi main dealer was, buy new keep for 3 years or get an extended warranty and then sell ! Never keep it out of guarantee unless you have very deep pockets. If your out of guarantee then you are living on luck IMHO...be warned.