I have my A3 just over 2 years and the running costs are getting worse. The car went into the stealers yesterday for a service and to check the engine management light on the dash (originally thought it was the coolant sensor). Anyhow, I was told after several hours that there was a burst pipe somewhere that caused damage to the timing belt. Also the immobilisor was damaged so I would need a new one along with two new keys. Also the coolant sensor needs fixing and all this comes to approx, wait for it....1500. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/swear.gifme pink!!!!! And this doesn't include the /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/swear.gif service or change of tires I also need. So since I've had the car I've had the following expense: 1) Hazard light relay box (50) x 2 2) New Dash Dials (250) 3) New bulbs (20) 4) Major Service ( 600) x 2 5) Door closed sensor (100) Add to that a minor service x 2, 4 new tires and additional service costs to diagnose funny idle! My old Polo gti had no trouble - ever. Was seriously thinking yesterday about selling it and buying a 2 - 3 year old Passat TDi or even a Bora TDi. The damned Audi stealers and the constant problems are really /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/swear.gif me off now. I did see an A4 TDi with 70,000 - 2 years old for 25,000 tempting but mileage is a bit high.