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Noisy Engine - S3

jp825 Nov 29, 2010

  1. jp825

    jp825 New Member Team Nano Grey Audi S3


    Just joined the forum as I am looking to join the audi family very soon. :rockwoot: I ve been looking to buy a used 08 S3 and I went to see one last week, everything is great except the engine seems to have this tapping noise which I thought its a bit loud for a petrol car. It almost sounds like a diesel if the bonnet is up.

    The car seem to drive fine though.
    Can anyone confirm if this is normal?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. consilio

    consilio Up the owls!

    Totally normal mate, they sound like a bag of nails when idle
  3. Jamiekip

    Jamiekip Member

    Yep that's normal. It's the direct injection system
  4. jp825

    jp825 New Member Team Nano Grey Audi S3

    Thanks for the quick response guys.

    Is there anything else I should be looking out for? I also notice a loud mechanical sound under the floor whilst driving, but I take it thats normal given its 4wd, it sounds like the drive shaft or something.

    I think I will see another just to compare anyway. I never owned an Audi before so this will be my 1st one.
  5. beanoir

    beanoir Large Member

    The engine noise is normal, they sound worse than diesels.

    Not sure about the mechanical noise, that sounds a bit iffy to me. Mine doesn't make any mechanical noise like that from the Haldex (4WD system). I do however have a knocking exhaust which has been in to Audi twice since Jan to have it tightened up, normally notice a knocking exhaust when you come off the gas to change gear.

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