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Rust on rear arch - picture included, info on anti corrosion policy please!

VTI_EG_DAN Feb 9, 2009


    VTI_EG_DAN Member

    Hey all, well I might be goin to look at an S3 in a couple of days to buy,

    but there is a bit of rust on the rear arch


    Iv been reading through the forums and seen something about a 12 year anti corrosion policy that audi have.

    I was wondering does this have to be at the orginal garage or anything?

    or should I be able to buy the S3 and take it into my local audi and see if they will do anything?

    The s3 is a 02 plate

    Cheers Dan
  2. benr

    benr Member

    They will fix it at any audi garage if the work is approved by their warranty people.

    They will always try to get out of it though by saying its been painted previously (using a paint guage)

    bit if a pain in the ****, but if they do it for free its all good..

    not sure if rust there is a common problem but it would worry me on a 7 year old audi unless its had a ding/repaint on the wing?
  3. Ian W

    Ian W Active Member

    I've never seen an S3 with rusty arches, personally that would worry me and I would give it a miss.

    IMO an S3 that has had no paintwork or accident damage should not be rusting on the arches.
  4. Jacko4130

    Jacko4130 Goodie Gum Drops

    For it to bubble up there i would say that has has a ding at some point and been repaired on the cheap. Very much doubt audi will fix it for free.
  5. voorhees

    voorhees Moderator Staff Member Moderator Team V8 Audi S5 s tronic

    I agree with Jacko as its had a ding
  6. Broken Byzan

    Broken Byzan Photographic Moderator Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User quattro Audi A4

    Can you not test drive it too the audi stealer and ask them??
  7. Westy

    Westy Well-Known Member

    The reason Audi have a 12 year rust warrenty is because they are so confident that their cars wont rust. That car is only 7 years old and we all know that the arches rusting isn't common. I'd say that's had a prang and I'd give it a wide birth if I was you matey. Plenty of decent S3s about at low money now.

    I made the mistake of not checking over my motor properly when I bought it and now it has slight bubbling on the roof. I took it to an Audi body shop and they confirmed that it had had the rear quarter sprayed at some point.

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