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Auto residual value and reliability?

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by relentless, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. relentless

    relentless New Member

    Sep 10, 2011
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    Im on the look out for my first A3!

    Im thinking about a 2.0 TDI, Sport <60k miles, budget around 7K, an S-line would be nice.

    Ive seen an Auto, 2.0 TDI, Sport, S-line, 54 plate, 69k from a dealer for just over 6k which seems like an ok deal.....but im not too sure about an Autobox.

    Do people want them...do you think it would be more of a struggle to sell? I guess servicing would be more than MT? I had an auto gearbox fail on me in the past so i might be a bit over weary. Whats the rep like of the A3's DSG?

    Thoughts appreciated.


    #1 relentless, Sep 16, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2011
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  3. jbs2472

    jbs2472 Active Member

    Aug 16, 2010
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    I can't say what older autos are like but I have a 11 plate A3 S-tronic (auto) and I will not go back to a manual. I am sure someone will be along soon to give you further advice...good luck and hope you find something.
  4. h5djr

    h5djr Well-Known Member
    VCDS Map User Gold Supporter quattro Audi A3

    Jan 23, 2003
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    If it has the DSG type gearbox I don't think you will find it's any less reliable than a manual gearbox. The DSG is not like a 'normal' automatic. It's basically a manual gearbox with two electronically controlled wet clutches running in an oil bath which Audi say should last the life of the car with the actual syncromesh hubs being moved using hydraulics. The only maintenance is an oil change every 40k. Also a DSG and it's clutches cannot be abused as the electronic will not allow it. If you attempt to over-rev the engine in any particular gear it will change up and there is no way you can 'slip' the clutch and lessen it's life.

    I have owned three A3s with DSG gearboxes and done around 35k in my previous two and around 30k in my current one and have never had the slightest problem.

    See this recent thread about the DSG for a lot more information and peoples thoughts:

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