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Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by hilly, Dec 12, 2010.

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    really thinking of getting a s3 in the next couple of weeks,but reading alot on this forum and the reliability of the s3 seems to be bad:banghead:!does anybody have a s3 that has been trouble free?
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    there not that bad! think about it, some of them are knocking on for 10years old and a 100k, name me a car that isnt gonna need a little bit of work by then!
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    I've owned mine for almost six years now and can honestly say it's been a pleasure. The only times it's let me down has been due to dodgy coilpacks (keep a couple of spares in the boot) a broken clutch pedal (common fault) and a flat Battery because I left the interior lights on.

    Buy one that has been cherished and you can't go wrong imo.
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    Reading a forum is always one sided.

    No one posts up to say they have had 12 months trouble free motoring.

    I owned my first S3 for 3 years and my current S3 for 6 months, neither have given me any major trouble.
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    I'm running one with 154k miles on the clock, and it runs like clockwork, it also has full documented service history to back it up, and made 251.5bhp on the rollers a month ago!
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    mine got taken home last night on the back of an AA truck!
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    you only read of issues on here as said no one posts how long the car has been fine for. I wouldn`t say mine has been bad in over 6 years of ownership I know of a lot of other cars that I wouldn`t even touch that have far more problems
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    Its the same with every forum for any car your going to get posts 99% of the time with someone having a problem but nobody posts if they have trouble free driving, personaly i would say they are relaible but mine is 9 years old and on 106k and it does need a few things replacing but as said above what car isnt going to have a few issues at that age. There was an S3 buying thread in this section a while back highlighting the common problems with them probably worth a look before you go buying one.
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    Little niggles for me. Right headlight beam sometimes drops to the floor, turn them off and on a couple times and comes back up, driver door doesnt register its closed in the summer when its hot, spray some wd40 in it and its ok for a few weeks and my indicators are flashing incorrectly which is either the stalk or the controller behind the hazzard button. Other than that nothing, two I can fix by replacing the part but not sure about the headlight. Car is on only just over 40k miles though but 7 years old.
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    if anyone expects any powerful performance car to be trouble free they are fools. its part of the buzz of having a fast car. for me maintenence and tuning is what its about if your an enthusiast. all cars have there problems, any forum will tell you that. just take note of what they are and you should know what to ask a seller.
    get one that hasn't had longlife services for a start.
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    The only problems i have had have been coilpack failure and dim headlights (needed new bulbs)

    Its up for sale at the moment though as ive now got a bastard of a commute. Might be worth a look for you

    Audi : AUDI S3 QUATTRO ONLY 64K FSH BLACK BOSE SOUND SYSTEM!
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    Mine's 9 years old in February and is on 121K miles. I've owned it for 2 years and it's only ever had coilpack issues and a wheel speed sensor failure. I've had cars that were only 3 years old and had more trouble than this one!
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    Welly VX220 SC Driver :)

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    Hmmmmm. I bought a nail basically, and have paid the price.... Not all of them are bad. Just don't buy one thats been abused. lol.
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    minor aging niggles such as sensors playing up.

    overall well built car, just take your time and don't let heart over mind
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    Even if you car wasn't broken you'd still take it apart and put it back together again! :p
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    Spent a lot more on modding than breakages around 95%
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    In 4 years mine has only failed to start once due to the ignition barrel failing, and been unable to drive once due to the clutch slave cylinder failing at 104k. So i'd say the S3 is reliable. Its had faults but these were all due to wear and tear, i.e. suspension, but all cars will suffer from this and even more so given age and milage.
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    Welly VX220 SC Driver :)

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    Interesting point.... :)
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    that sounds more postive from what i have been reading cheers for the replys
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